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 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.
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.