Title IX & Gender Equity

"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 ensuring 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


Consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Harvard University 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.  

The University is committed to responding promptly and effectively when it learns of any form of possible discrimination based on sex.  The University responds to reports of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, as part of its efforts to stop the harassment and prevent its recurrence of possible sex discrimination.  An individual who has questions or concerns regarding possible discrimination based on sex should contact a Title IX Coordinator at their respective School or unit (if applicable), or Nicole Merhill, the University's Title IX Officer.  Ms. Merhill's contact information is provided below.  An individual also may contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”).

Harvard also complies with Massachusetts laws that protect individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, as well as on the basis of gender identity.  Although these obligations may be outside the realm of Title IX, questions or concerns about possible discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity under state law may also be directed to a School or unit-based Title IX Coordinator, or to the University’s Title IX Officer.

  Contact Information for Nicole Merhill, Title IX Officer

Email:        nicole_merhill@harvard.edu
Address:    Title IX Office
                  44R Brattle Street, 2nd Floor
                  Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone:       (617) 496-2470

Contact Information for OCR

Email:        OCR.Boston@ed.gov
Address:    U.S. Department of Education
                  8th Floor
                  5 Post Office Square
                  Boston, MA 02109-3921
Phone:       (617) 289-0111