Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR)

The Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) is a neutral body that impartially investigates and resolves sexual and gender-based harassment complaints against students, staff, and, with most schools, faculty.*ODR investigations are handled by professional investigators working with the involved Schools and units. Any member of the Harvard community may visit ODR to request information or advice, including assistance in seeking an informal resolution or in filing a formal complaint. Visit ODR's Investigative Process website for further information on ODR’s investigative process.

ODR operates under the Office of the Provost, working in partnership with the University's Title IX Officer, School or Unit Title IX Coordinators, and other School or Unit leadership. All ODR staff members receive trainings at least monthly on issues related to sexual and gender-based harassment, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and on investigation techniques that protect the safety of the parties and promote equity and accountability.

Contact ODR: odr@harvard.edu, 617-495-3786

Are my conversations confidential? While conversations with ODR staff members are not confidential, they will handle any information that you provide with the utmost discretion and sensitivity and will share it with others only on a need-to- know basis.

 

* Harvard Law School (HLS) has its own procedures and handles its own investigations for cases in which all parties are HLS students. See HLS Sexual Harassment Resources and Procedures for Students. HLS and Harvard Business School (HBS) also conduct their own investigations for cases involving allegations against members of their faculty.