Submit a Disclosure Anonymously Online

 

USING THE ANONYMOUS DISCLOSURE FORM

This anonymous disclosure form is only available to degree-seeking students, staff, and faculty at Harvard. In order to verify that you are affiliated with Harvard, you will be asked to log in via HarvardKey. Then, you will be redirected to the disclosure form which is hosted by an independent, third-party vendor who provides secure, anonymous reporting services. The vendor is contractually committed to preserve your anonymity and not to pursue your identity.

If you do not have a HarvardKey or are unable to use the anonymous reporting form for any reason, you may still anonymously submit a disclosure to the Title IX Office. To do so by phone, you may call the Harvard Title IX Office at (617) 496-0200 from a blocked number and withhold your name when you speak with one of our staff. Or, you may email the Title IX Office at titleix@harvard.edu from an email address that does not contain personally identifying information. You may share as much or as little information as you feel comfortable.

For a list of all options available to you, including confidential resources, visit Your Options.

 

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We know sharing information about something you may have experienced or witnessed can be difficult. If you choose to disclose, you may share as much or as little information as you feel comfortable.

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Follow Up On Your Anonymous Disclosure

You may follow up on your disclosure form to add more information, communicate with the Title IX Office, and receive resources. Your anonymity is maintained whenever you follow up.

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FAQs About Anonymously Disclosing

What does it mean to submit a disclosure? How is it different from filing a formal complaint?

Submitting a disclosure to the Title IX Office is not the same as filing a formal complaint with the Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR). Sharing information with the Title IX Office allows us to provide you with resources and supports, including interim measures, which are individualized supports to help you fully participate in campus life at Harvard and continue with your studies or work.

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?

This form may be used to submit disclosures of sexual and/or gender-based harassment. Examples include, but are not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances; verbal, nonverbal, graphic or physical conduct of a sexual nature; stalking; exclusion from an activity based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Can I disclose incidents of sexual and/or gender-based harassment that I am aware of, but am not directly impacted by?

Yes: individuals who may have witnessed incidents or conduct of sexual and/or gender-based harassment may use this form to submit a disclosure.

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?

The anonymous disclosure form and disclosure access are designed so that parties who may be engaging in sexual and/or gender-based harassment are not granted access to any disclosure forms in which they have been named. Only select individuals in the Harvard Title IX Office have the ability to view disclosure forms submitted through the online system.

What if I remember something important about the incident after I submit my disclosure?

When you submit your disclosure form, you receive a unique username and are asked to choose a password. You can return to the system again and access your original disclosure form to add more detail, answer questions from the Harvard Title IX Office, or provide any other additional information. We strongly suggest that you return to your original disclosure form to see responses from the Harvard Title IX Office.

Are follow-up communications about my disclosure as secure as when I submitted my initial disclosure?

All correspondence through the disclosure system is held in the same strict confidence as your initial disclosure, continuing under the umbrella of anonymity.

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.

I don't have a HarvardKey. How can I submit a disclosure anonymously?

If you do not have a HarvardKey, you may still submit a disclosure anonymously by calling the Harvard Title IX Office from a blocked number at (617) 496-0200 and withholding your name, or, by sending an email to titleix@harvard.edu using an email address that does not contain personally identifying information. You may choose to share as much or as little information as you feel comfortable.