Online Course for Faculty and Staff

Harvard provides a 45-minute online training course, "Supporting a Harassment-Free Community (University-Wide)", to all faculty and staff at Harvard. Below, you will find answers to commonly asked questions about this course.

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Frequently Asked Questions Concerning the Online Course

What are the University's goals in the online course?

Through this training, faculty and staff will: 
  • understand the key points of the University’s Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy;
  • understand the resources Harvard makes available to members of the community who have experienced sexual and gender-based harassment, how to access those resources (or how to help another member of the community access those resources), and the different roles served by different resources;
  • understand who has an obligation to share information about potential incidents of sexual and gender-based harassment with a Title IX Coordinator and why that it is important to our collective effort to foster an environment where everyone has a fair opportunity to do their best work; and
  • understand confidentiality as it relates to Harvard resources.
The training is just one piece of what the University hopes will be an ongoing conversation about the Policy and the role each of us plays in upholding Harvard’s commitment to maintaining safe and healthy educational and work environment for all members of the Harvard University community.

How do I access the online course?

You will receive an email from the Harvard Training Portal notifying you that the online training course, Supporting a Harassment-Free Community, has been added to your learning plan. Included in this email will be a link to the training course. You will need to log into the Harvard Training Portal with your HarvardKey to access the course.

Who is expected to take this course?

This training is required for all benefits eligible faculty and staff.

How long will it take to complete the online course?

The training takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.

What if I am unable to access a computer to take the online course?

Please call the Title IX Office at (617) 496-0200 and someone will contact you to arrange a time and place for you to complete the training.

I am having difficulty accessing the course from my tablet, iPad, or mobile phone.

The training is designed for completion on a desktop or laptop computer. It is not designed for completion on a tablet, iPad, mobile phone, or other similar device. If you are unable to access a computer to take the online training module, please email the Title IX Office at and someone will contact you to arrange a time and place for you to complete the training. 

I am currently on leave and cannot take the course right now.

Please email the Title IX Office at and a staff member will contact you about rescheduling your training.

What if I’ve already taken a similar online course at another affiliated institution?

This online course contains Harvard-specific content, including information about Harvard’s Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy. As a member of the Harvard community, you are expected to complete the course that speaks to our values as a community, our resources, and our rules. If you believe that you have already completed a course within the current fiscal year that meets your training obligations, please reach out directly to the Title IX Office at and a staff member will contact you.

I’m getting a message that says I need a HarvardKey to enroll in the course. How do I get a HarvardKey?

If you need a HarvardKey, you will need to claim your Key and Duo Authentication:

  1. Claim your HarvardKey at this website Then follow the instruction steps using your 8-digit Harvard ID number (located at the bottom of your Harvard ID). Use the same information you provided to Harvard Human Resources (legal first and last name, email, date of birth) for the fields in setting up your HarvardKey.
  2. DUO Setup:
  3. Smart phone setup:

I’ve taken a similar online course when I was a Harvard student. Do I have to take it again now that I'm a Harvard employee?

You must still complete the course. This online course contains content specific to your role as a faculty or staff member.

I’ve completed the course, but I’m still getting automated reminders telling me that I haven’t completed the course.

Please send an email to and someone will contact you to assist.

What happens if I do not pass the assessment?

There is no penalty for not receiving a score of 80% or better on the assessment; however, if you do not earn a score equal to or greater than 80%, you will be required to complete the assessment again before the training is marked completed. You can take the assessment an unlimited number of times. If you are experiencing difficulty passing the assessment, it may be helpful to review your responses and receive feedback. To review your responses once completing the assessment, click the ‘Review’ button to receive feedback.

Can I take this course in a language other than English?

The course is offered in English and Spanish. While we do not currently offer the course in a language other than English or Spanish, you may send a request with your preferred language to and someone will reach out to you to identify alternative options.

Are there opportunities for in-person programs and trainings for faculty and staff?

Yes; Harvard’s Title IX Prevention & Awareness Program strives to deliver customizable programs and trainings for Harvard faculty, staff, and students.  To request a training or for further information, please visit:, or contact the University Title IX Office by telephone at (617) 496-0200 or by email at