FAQs About Anonymously Disclosing
What does it mean to submit a disclosure? How is it different from filing a formal complaint?
Who can submit a disclosure using this form?
Active students, staff, and faculty at Harvard may access the online anonymous disclosure form to submit a disclosure of sexual and/or gender-based harassment. HarvardKey authentication is only used to verify your affilation with the Harvard community and to direct you to the independent, third-party vendor who provides secure, anonymous reporting services. Once you are on the form's webpage, Harvard cannot determine your identity and does not have access to any internal connection logs with IP addresses.
What type of situations should I submit a disclosure about?
Can I disclose incidents of sexual and/or gender-based harassment that I am aware of, but am not directly impacted by?
How do I know my identity will be kept anonymous?
Once you have verified that you are a member of the Harvard community through HarvardKey, you will be redirected to the anonymous disclosure form. The anonymous disclosure form is hosted by a third-party vendor who is contractually committed not to pursue your identity and will not generate or maintain any internal connection logs with IP addresses. No information linking your identity to this form is available to either Harvard University or the third-party vendor.
If you feel uncomfortable submitting a disclosure on a device connected to the Harvard University network, you have the option of using a device that is connected to another network (such as the network at your home, and Internet café, a friend’s house, etc.).
For more information about HarvardKey, read the HarvardKey Privacy Statement.
What will the Title IX Office do with my disclosure? Who can access it?
Disclosures made through this form are available only to specific individuals within the Harvard Title IX Office, who are able to provide resources and supports. When you submit a disclosure through the anonymous reporting service, the Title IX Office will respond to the disclosure, through the same anonymous service. Anonymity is preserved during these follow-up communications. In their response to your disclosure, the Harvard Title IX Office may provide you with information on resources, supports, and other options specific to your concerns. The Harvard Title IX Office treats information provided to them with the utmost discretion and sensitivity and share information only on a need-to-know basis; for example, in order to facilitate the implementation of supports such as interim measures (individualized supports).
Can my professor, principal investigator, supervisor, etc. see my disclosure or receive details of it if they are involved?
What if I remember something important about the incident after I submit my disclosure?
Are follow-up communications about my disclosure as secure as when I submitted my initial disclosure?
I want to share my identity with the Title IX Office. Can I still submit a disclosure through the online form?
Yes. There is a section in the disclosure form for identifying yourself, if you wish to do so.