Sara Slaff named interim Title IX coordinator in Office of Institutional Equity

In a letter sent to Johns Hopkins students, faculty, and staff on Dec. 9, Robert Lieberman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, said that Allison Boyle was stepping down from her role as the university's Title IX coordinator and that Sara Slaff of the General Counsel's Office would fill that position on an interim basis. The text of that email is as follows:

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Over the past several years, we have frequently communicated with you on the important subject of sexual assault on campus. I am writing to inform you of a personnel change in the Office of Institutional Equity. After eight years of service, Allison Boyle has decided to step out of her role as the university's Title IX coordinator, a position that oversees Title IX compliance activities and the investigation of complaints of sexual misconduct. Allison will continue to serve as assistant vice provost. The university thanks Allison for her dedication and contributions as Title IX coordinator.

Effective today, Sara Slaff will fill the role of Title IX coordinator on an interim basis. Sara currently works as an attorney in our General Counsel's Office, where she specializes in Title IX, student affairs, and employment discrimination issues. Sara has been directly involved in the rollout of our new sexual misconduct policy and procedures and has assisted in our Clery compliance efforts. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Sara was deputy chief counsel and senior counsel for advice in the Educational Affairs Division of the Maryland Attorney General's Office, where she also served as general counsel to St. Mary's College of Maryland. Sara will be a strong and steady leader, and I appreciate her willingness to serve in this interim role.

The Title IX coordinator will continue to report to Vice Provost of Institutional Equity and Chief Diversity Officer Caroline Laguerre-Brown. In the coming weeks, we will launch a national search for a new Title IX coordinator, a process that will include the participation of students, faculty, and staff.

As always, I encourage anyone who has been the victim of sexual misconduct to report the incident. Our Title IX coordinator is part of a system of resources available to our university community. Information on how to report and how to access resources, as well as information on our policies and procedures, is available at the Johns Hopkins Sexual Assault Response and Prevention website.


Robert C. Lieberman Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs