"The Title IX Office has heard from many community members expressing concerns about how the revocation of the 2011 Dear Colleague letter and the new September 2017 Q&As issued by the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights will impact Harvard. Harvard's Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy and Procedures are grounded in VAWA and the 2001 Revised Sexual Harassment Guidance as well as Massachusetts laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, all of which remain in place. At the Title IX Office, we want to reiterate to our community our unwavering commitment to ensuing equal access to University programs and activities as well as our commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion based on sex, including sexual orientation and gender identity."
-Nicole Merhill, Title IX Officer, Harvard University; statement issued on September 27, 2017
This guide provides an overview of Harvard’s Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy as well as the many resources available to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based harassment at Harvard.
Harvard 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.