Johns Hopkins Title IX coordinator to depart for national law firm

Joy Gaslevic, who joined the university's Office of Institutional Equity in 2016, will be succeeded by deputy Title IX coordinator Linda Boyd

Johns Hopkins University assistant vice provost and Title IX coordinator Joy Gaslevic will leave the university later this month for a senior counsel position in the higher education practice at a large national law firm, Husch Blackwell, LLP, JHU Provost Sunil Kumar announced today. Her last day at Johns Hopkins will be Jan. 20.

Joy Gaslevic

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Gaslevic, an experienced higher education attorney and administrator, joined the university's Office of Institutional Equity in June 2016 and, as Title IX coordinator, supports all aspects of OIE's day-to-day operations. She has played a key role in the development and implementation of a number of programs, processes, and initiatives, including increasing the office's size and visibility; enhancing and streamlining case management; and developing reports, trainings, and policy enhancements, as well as Sexual Violence Advisory Committee action plans. She also served as interim vice provost for institutional equity from July 2019 to June 2020.

In her new role, Gaslevic will advise clients on a broad range of higher education legal matters, including best practices for addressing sexual misconduct, discrimination, and harassment.

"Joy has helped translate national guidance on advancing sexual misconduct prevention, support, and accountability efforts into meaningful action at Johns Hopkins," Kumar wrote in a message announcing Gaslevic's departure. "I am extremely grateful to Joy for her outstanding service to the university over the last 4 ½ years and for her excellent counsel as a core member of my leadership team.

Linda Boyd, who joined Johns Hopkins in 2015 and became the deputy Title IX coordinator in 2016, will succeed Gaslevic and assume co-leadership of SVAC responsibilities. Boyd, an employment lawyer with significant experience handling sexual harassment, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation matters, previously practiced law at a national employment law firm.

Before coming to Hopkins, Gaslevic served as senior counsel for advice in the Educational Affairs Division of the Maryland Attorney General's Office. She also served as an assistant attorney general for Maryland for nearly 12 years, from 2004 until June 2016.

"I am incredibly proud to have led the talented and dedicated OIE team, and I'm grateful to have been a part of OIE's work to support vital equity and inclusion efforts at Hopkins," Gaslevic told the Hub. "Linda Boyd is a talented and trusted partner with a deep understanding of and care for the Hopkins community and the work of OIE, and I am confident that her leadership will be very beneficial as OIE continues its important work and progress."

OIE supports the university's commitment to fostering an environment that is inclusive, respectful, and free of discrimination and harassment. The office ensures compliance with affirmative action and equal opportunity laws, investigates complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment, and serves as a resource for individuals with disabilities or those who require religious accommodation.

The Title IX coordinator at Johns Hopkins University is reachable at 410-516-8075 or by email at