Policy and Procedures

Harvard University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the University is, on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any University program or activity. Gender-based harassment and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, are forms of sex discrimination in that they deny or limit an individual's ability to participate in or benefit from the University programs or activities.

The Policy

The Harvard University Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy is 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.

Read The Policy (pdf)

Policy

Procedures for Complaints Against Staff, Students, and Faculty

 

The University has designated grievance procedures designed to provide prompt and equitable methods of investigation and resolution to concerns regarding sexual and gender-based harassment, remedy any harm, and prevent its recurrence. You may request information or advice, including whether certain conduct may violate the Policy; seek informal resolution; or file a formal complaint. These three options are described in the Procedures.

Central Administration  Harvard Business School  Harvard Divinity School  Harvard Graduate School of Education • Harvard Kennedy School • Harvard Law School • Harvard Medical School • Harvard School of Dental Medicine • Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
 
 
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
(includes: Division of Continuing Education • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences • Harvard College • Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)
 
Graduate School of Design
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
(includes: Division of Continuing Education • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences • Harvard College • Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)
 
Graduate School of Design
 
Graduate School of Design • Harvard Business School  Harvard Divinity School  Harvard Graduate School of Education  Harvard Kennedy School  Harvard Medical School  Harvard School of Dental Medicine  Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health  Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
 
Harvard Law School
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
(includes: Division of Continuing Education • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences • Harvard College • Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)
 
Graduate School of Design
 
Harvard Business School
 
Harvard Divinity School
 
Harvard Graduate School of Education
 
Harvard Kennedy School
 
Harvard Law School
 
Harvard Medical School • Harvard School of Dental Medicine
 
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
 
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
For complaints against faculty members, the sexual harassment policies and procedures of the School with which they are affiliated apply. Please contact Asma Shariff for the appropriate policy and procedures.