The Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) is a neutral body that impartially investigates and resolves sexual and gender-based harassment complaints against students, staff, and, with most Schools, faculty. ODR investigations are handled by professional investigators working with the involved Schools and Units. Any member of the Harvard community may visit ODR to request information or advice, including assistance in seeking an informal resolution or in filing a formal complaint.
ODR operates under the Office of the Provost, working in partnership with the University’s Title IX Office, Title IX Coordinators, and other School or Unit leadership. All ODR staff members receive trainings on issues related to sexual and gender-based harassment, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and on investigation techniques that protect the safety of the parties and promote equity and accountability.
ODR staff are also trained to handle sensitive information with appropriate discretion. Although not a confidential resource, they protect and respect privacy to the greatest extent possible, sharing information only on a need to know basis.
William McCants, J.D.
Director, Office for Dispute Resolution
Bill supervises the ODR staff, ensures timely and high-quality complaint resolution processes, and develops and delivers extensive University-wide training. He came to the Office in August 2014 with over 12 years of experience in civil rights investigations on the federal and state levels, in various protected class statuses, including sex, race, color, national origin, disability, and age. Read More.