Title IX at Harvard College

Consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Harvard College does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff based on sex in any of its programs or activities, including but not limited to educational programs, employment, and admission.  Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a kind of sex discrimination and is prohibited by Title IX and by the University. 

In accordance with the Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy and Procedures for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, Harvard College is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the College 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 College 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 College programs or activities.

Policies and Procedures

Policies

Harvard University’s Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy applies to Faculty, staff, students, third parties, and appointees at the University. The policy applies to sexual and gender-based harassment, which includes harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy and Procedures for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University adopts the University Policy and adds provisions specific to the FAS community, spelling out prohibitions on certain relationships between people of different university status, expanding quid pro quo harassment to include the conduct of individuals in student organizations and clubs, and expanding the jurisdiction of the University Policy to include conduct that occurs off-campus even in cases when it may not have the effect of creating a hostile environment in the Harvard community.

Procedures

The Procedures for Handling Complaints Involving Students Pursuant to the Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy explain the process available to individuals who are interested in filing a formal complaint against an undergraduate student at Harvard College as well as the process for requesting informal resolution. The Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) is responsible for implementing those procedures.

As those procedures explain, in cases when the respondent is a student at Harvard College, the Administrative Board of Harvard College is responsible for the administration of discipline as appropriate. For more information, please consult the Administrative Board of Harvard College regarding the Disciplinary Process for alleged violations of the Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy. 

Responsible Employees

Sharing Information with a Coordinator

In order to ensure that all students have access to interim measures (the supports to help students continue with studies and participate in all aspects of campus life at Harvard) and information about resources and options, and to enable Title IX Coordinators to identify and address potential community safety concerns, employees who are not serving as confidential resources have a responsibility to share information that they learn about incidents of sexual and gender-based harassment with the Title IX Coordinator. As is stated on page 9 of the Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy,

Such FAS officers include (but are not limited to): deans; administrative and professional staff; those responsible for residential life (for example, House Masters, Resident Deans, Resident Tutors, Resident Advisors); coaches and assistant coaches; other personnel who work directly with students, such as those who work with student clubs and organizations, career services, academic support, and others; and faculty, instructors, teaching assistants, and others who teach students, including graduate student teaching fellows.

Title IX Coordinators treat information that individuals share with them with the utmost discretion and sensitivity. Please feel free to contact a Coordinator to discuss the distinction between confidential and non-confidential resources and to find the appropriate resource for you. During such a conversation, you are free to share as much or as little about your own experience as you feel comfortable.