What We Do
The Office for Dispute Resolution (“ODR”) has been charged with implementing the procedures for students pursuant to the University's Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy (“Policy”). The ODR operates under the Office of the President and Provost, working in partnership with the Title IX Office, School or unit Title IX Coordinators, and other School or unit leadership. Harvard students, faculty, staff, other Harvard appointees, or third parties who believe they are directly affected by the conduct of a Harvard student may visit ODR to: request information or advice, including whether certain conduct may violate the Policy; seek informal resolution; or file a formal complaint.
History of the Office
The release of the University Policy and Procedures during the summer of 2014 builds on more than a year of efforts that included the hiring in March 2013 of Harvard’s first University-wide Title IX Officer followed by the formation in May 2013 of a working group to revise policies and procedures, and the creation of a task force who recommended improved strategies to prevent the full range of sexual misconduct.
How It Works
ODR is a central administrative body of trained investigators reporting to the Director of ODR. They investigate sexual and gender-based harassment complaints against students, staff, faculty, or third parties, often working closely with a School representative. The Investigative Team will make findings of fact, determine whether there was a violation of the Policy, determine whether there was a hostile environment, and recommend measures to remedy any hostile environment. Once completed, ODR investigative reports will be referred to the appropriate disciplinary body of the individual School or unit involved.