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Title IX Coordinators at Harvard University support all members of the Harvard community and have specialized experience in responding to disclosures of sexual and gender-based harassment. They are also aware that your concerns may be of a sensitive nature and can offer supports to help you continue with your work or studies while maintaining appropriate discretion. 

Title IX Coordinators at Harvard College are a resource for all students impacted by sexual and gender-based harassment, including both students who have experienced and may have caused harm, as well as their friends and impacted community members. Interim measures described below are not limited to experiences that occurred at Harvard and are inclusive of harassment or discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Harvard College students may choose to only ask questions or share minimal information in a meeting with a Title IX Coordinator, or to disclose through the Title IX Office’s Anonymous Disclosure form.   

Contacting a Title IX Coordinator is not the same as filing a formal complaint; filing a formal complaint is a separate process handled by the Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR). Rather, Title IX Coordinators are a resource to help you make an informed decision about which options are right for you.  Below are a few options a Title IX Coordinator may be able to help you with: 

Interim Measures

Interim measures are individualized supports to help those impacted by incidents of gender-based or sexual harassment, including sexual assault, participate in campus life at Harvard and continue with their studies or work. Interim measures may be implemented at any time and may include:

  • Course-related extensions and adjustments
  • University-issued and enforced no contact orders
  • Work and/or course schedule adjustments
  • Changes in housing and seating
  • Leaves of absence
  • Increased monitoring of certain areas of the campus

These are just a few examples of interim measures. Title IX Coordinators work with students to ensure that interim measures are individually tailored to meet each individual's unique needs.

It is important to know that you do not have to file a formal complaint with ODR or a report with HUPD in order to receive interim measures.

Informal Resolution

Some incidents of sexual or gender-based harassment may be resolved through an informal resolution process without a full investigation. If informal resolution is appropriate, an ODR Investigator, Harvard College Title IX Coordinator, or the TItle IX Officer will work with parties to reach a mutually acceptable resolution. Informal resolution is a voluntary process.

No Contact Orders

A no contact order is issued by the College and is designed to limit or prohibit contact or communications between or among individuals. No contact orders generally are mutual, meaning that they restrict each party from contacting, or communicating with, the other. 

Formal Complaint

Harvard students, faculty, staff, other Harvard appointees, or third parties may file written complaints of sexual or gender-based harassment against Harvard students, staff, and most faculty members with the Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) at any time. Formal complaints can be filed by delivering your complaint to ODR in person or by emailing your complaint to ODR@harvard.edu. The complaint must be in writing and describe allegation(s) of sexual and/or gender-based harassment. To learn more about filing a complaint and the investigative process that takes place once a complaint is filed, please visit the ODR Investigative Process site