The Harvard University Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy is designed to ensure a safe and non-discriminatory educational and work environment and to meet legal requirements, including: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the University’s programs or activities; relevant sections of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in employment; and Massachusetts laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
The University has designated grievance procedures designed to provide prompt and equitable methods of investigation and resolution to concerns of sexual and gender-based harassment, remedy any harm, and prevent its recurrence.
Terms and Definitions
The Policy and Procedures may contain phrases and terms you are encountering for the first time or that you may want to understand better. This Terms and Definitions document provides you with the definitions and explanations of these terms including, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, and unwelcome conduct.