“The first thing to recognize is that, while Harvard is made up of multiple Schools, we are one community at the end of the day. Our responsibility is to protect all students, all faculty, all staff, affiliates, and visitors from discrimination, and for the task at hand, sexual harassment.”
- Mia Karvonides, University Title IX Officer and Director of ODR
We encourage you visit us in person but you should also feel free to call or email for us to set up an appointment. Parties seeking information or advice can learn about resources available at the University and elsewhere that provide counseling and support. They also will be advised about the steps involved in pursuing an informal resolution or filing a formal complaint. Learn more.
You may request an informal resolution from your local Title IX Coordinator or the Title IX Officer through ODR. If informal resolution is deemed appropriate, an Investigator can help both parties work out a mutually acceptable resolution. Learn more.
Complaints of sexual or gender-based harassment should be filed directly with the ODR, regardless of the identity of the Respondent. ODR personnel are here to talk about the formal complaint process in addition to making sure you receive appropriate supports and interim measures. Learn more.
Interim Measures and Supports
Interim measures designed to support and protect you or the University community may be considered or implemented at any time, including during a request for information or advice, informal resolution, or a formal complaint proceeding. Consistent with School or unit policy, interim measures might include, among others: restrictions on contact; course-schedule or work-schedule alteration; changes in housing; leaves of absence; or increased monitoring of certain areas of the campus. These interim measures can be reviewed and revised throughout the processes described above.
About the Process
The University has adopted a Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy that applies to all members of the University and a set of procedures for handling complaints involving students, which apply to all Harvard Schools. Under the procedures, formal complaints against students under the University Policy are investigated and resolved by the Office of Dispute Resolution. Because the administration of discipline in cases involving students is subject to the authority of the faculty, if a formal complaint results in a finding that the University Policy has been violated, the student’s School separately will consider the imposition of discipline through its own processes. In determining discipline, the School must accept as final and non-reviewable the ODR’s findings of fact and its conclusion as to whether a violation of the University Policy has occurred.