Policies and Procedures

Harvard University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the University community is, on the basis of sex, including sexual orientation or gender identity, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any University program or activity. Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination in that it denies an individual equal access to the University’s programs or activities.

Harvard University’s policies prohibiting sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct are designed to ensure a safe and non-discriminatory educational and work environment and to meet legal requirements, including: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the University’s programs or activities; relevant sections of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in employment; and Massachusetts laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

The Policies

Interim Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy

Interim Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy 

This Policy is designed to address conduct that falls within Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and other federal and state laws and regulations. This Policy addresses misconduct occurring on or after August 14, 2020. 

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Interim Other Sexual Misconduct Policy

Interim Other Sexual Misconduct Policy 

This Policy is designed to address sexual misconduct that falls outside the jurisdiction of the Interim Sexual Harassment Policy. This Policy addresses misconduct occurring on or after August 14, 2020. 

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Sexual & Gender-Based Harassment Policy

Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy

This policy addresses sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct occurring before August 14, 2020. 

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En Español (PDF)

PROCEDURES FOR COMPLAINTS AGAINST STAFF, STUDENTS, AND FACULTY

The University has designed grievance procedures to provide prompt and equitable methods of investigation and resolution to concerns of sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct, remedy any harm, and prevent its recurrence. 

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