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Are my conversations confidential? As a general matter, HUPD does not publish the names of crime victims or include identifiable information about victims in the HUPD crime log, in campus timely warnings (also known as community advisories), or online. HUPD will not disclose the name of any alleged victim of rape or assault with intent to rape, and will maintain all reports of rape and sexual assault (or attempts to commit those offenses) or abuse by family or household members in a manner that will ensure their confidentiality. When applicable, reported incidents will be included in the Clery Act annual crime statistics without any identifying information.
HUPD provides timely warnings (also known as community advisories) to the University community when a significant criminal incident occurs within Harvard’s geography (as defined pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, commonly known as the “Clery Act”) and represents a serious or continuing threat. However, there may be situations in which an alleged assault occurs between two students, but there is no ongoing threat to other Harvard community members; in these instances, a timely warning notice would not be distributed. Similarly, sometimes sexual assaults are reported long after the incident occurred, so it is not possible to distribute a “timely” warning notice to the community.
Clery Act Crime Statistics
The Clery Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about campus crime. Each year, Harvard files a report of campus crime statistics with the United States Department of Education. Crime statistics for the past three calendar years are also available on the HUPD website. These statistics do not include any identifiable information (e.g., names, addresses, telephone numbers, etc.). For more information on Clery Act reporting, visit the HUPD website.