Confidentiality in a nutshell

The following is an overview of confidentiality as it relates to Harvard resources. You may find it useful to ask about confidentiality and privilege at the start of your conversation with any of Harvard's resources.  

Confidential - Privileged

Conversations are privileged and, absent special circumstances, may not be disclosed without your consent even in a criminal or other external proceeding:

  • OSAPR staff providing services as rape crisis counselors
  • Mental health clinicians
  • Lawyers providing legal advice to clients
  • Clergy members

 

Confidential

Employees designated by Harvard as confidential who do not need to notify a Title IX Coordinator when they learn about potential incidents of sexual or gender-based harassment, but may be required to reveal information that was shared with them in a criminal or other external proceeding:

  • OSAPR staff when not providing services as rape crisis counselors
  • Bureau of Study Counsel
  • University Ombuds
  • Longwood Ombuds
  • Office of BGLTQ Student Life