Reporting

The University Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy provides procedures for reporting and responding to sexual harassment when it occurs. As the policy states, "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, 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 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 University programs or activities." Sexual assault, stalking, and relational violence may also be crimes. Be familiar with the University policy and your options for reporting.

HDS Title IX Coordinators

The local Title IX Coordinators’ responsibilities include receiving information about allegations of unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature, providing interim measures, and serving as resources for questions about sexual and gender-based harassment. Title IX Coordinators are knowledgeable about, and will provide information on the University Policy and Procedures and on the wide range of resources available to the community. The University procedures allow for the option of resolving conflict through formal means, or through an informal process, when appropriate. Your Title IX Coordinators can advise on each option. Title IX Coordinators will handle the information you share with the utmost sensitivity, but may need to take action to address an ongoing threat or to maintain your safety.

HDS has designated Title IX Coordinators available for students. If you are in need of such counsel, we hope that you will seek it from any of the coordinators listed here:

Title IX Office

The Title IX Office is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment that is free from sexual and gender-based harassment. The office provides ongoing support, training, and monthly workshops on key topics to our network of more than 50 Title IX Coordinators.

The Office of Sexual and Gender-Based Dispute Resolution (ODR)

Complaints of sexual or gender-based harassment should be filed directly with the ODR, regardless of the identity of the Respondent. ODR personnel are available to talk about the formal complaint process in addition to making sure you receive appropriate supports and interim measures.

Harvard University Police Department

You can speak with a specially trained police offer and consider filing a police report through the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD). You can speak with a specially trained officer of the Sensitive Crime Unit to provide information, to begin an investigation, or to explore criminal action. If you prefer, you can request to work with a female or male police officer. You are not obligated to file a police report if you choose to work with the HUPD.

Confidentiality

If you would like to learn more about reporting in a confidential setting, contact the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, or within HDS, you may speak to Kerry Maloney, or one of the HDS Peer Advocates. These resources can offer confidentiality within the usual bounds (i.e., expressions of imminent harm to self or others or harm to a member of a vulnerable population may need to be reported). Otherwise, they only share information you disclose at your request.