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
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
Employees who protect privacy and share information with a Title IX Coordinator and otherwise only on a need-to-know basis*:
- Faculty Deans
- Resident Deans
- Teaching Fellows
- Administrative and Professional Staff
- Paid Student Employees (only when acting as employees of the University)
- School or unit Title IX Coordinators **
- Title IX Officer **
- Associate Title IX Officer **
* Note: the above is not an exhaustive list of responsible employees. If you have questions, reach out to your Title IX Coordinator for your School or unit.
** Staff with specialized training and expertise in addressing issues of sexual or gender-based harassment, who are positioned to help students, faculty, staff and third parties and who protect privacy and share information only on a need-to-know basis.