On May 6, 2020, the United States Department of Education issued new Title IX regulations with an effective implementation date of August 14, 2020. As a result, and consistent with Federal regulatory requirements, the below Policy and procedures will be revised and replaced; new versions will be available on the Title IX website as of August 14, 2020.
At Harvard Medical School, we fully embrace the importance of upholding and promoting collaboration and service, respect and dignity, integrity and accountability - for all. These values represent our commitment to ensuring that HMS fosters inclusion and promotes achievement, a culture in which every individual feels both safe and valued. They are core to our mission.
Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment (Title IX)
HMS has adopted the University-wide Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy (“University Policy”) and the University’s Procedures for Handling Complaints Involving Students Pursuant to the Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy (“University Procedures”). To the extent any existing HMS policies or procedures interfere with compliance with the University Policy and University Procedures, application of such HMS policies and procedures shall be suspended. The policy can be reviewed on the University Title IX Website.
HMS is committed to maintaining an environment free from discrimination. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, age, ancestry, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or any other legally protected basis is prohibited. Please see: https://hms.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/assets/Sites/HR/files/Anti-Discrimination%20Policy%20Approved%2012.13.17.pdf
Abusive and/or Intimidating Behavior
Unprofessional Relationships and Abuse of Authority
Consensual romantic relationships that might be appropriate in other circumstances have inherent dangers when they occur between any HMS faculty member, fellow, or officer and any person over whom he/she has a professional responsibility (e.g., teacher, advisor, preceptor, or supervisor). Such relationships are fundamentally asymmetric and are considered to be unprofessional, because among other things, they may create an impression of inappropriate or inequitable academic or professional advantage or favoritism that can be destructive in the learning and working environments. These relationships may also be considered an abuse of authority. See https://hms.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/Departments/Ombuds%20Office/files/HMS%20Unprofessional%20Relationship%20Policy%20071415.pdf
Any instances of mistreatment can be reported anonymously via phone or online through the ALERT Reporting Hotline—the Anonymous Learning Environment Reporting Tool. ALERT is a 24/7 anonymous mechanism for reporting mistreatment or any other student concerns. This reporting portal allows students to submit concerns to an outsourced third party that directs reports to the appropriate office: Title IX concerns to the HMS Title IX officer and all other student concerns to the Dean for Students and Director of Student Affairs, copying the Dean for Medical Education.
Reported incidents are treated seriously and responded to appropriately, fairly and expeditiously. HMS has a zero tolerance policy for student mistreatment.
HMS Ombuds Office
The Ombuds Office is a confidential resource and will maintain anonymity.
Course and Clerkship Evaluations
Students are encouraged to report instances of mistreatment that occur during a course or clerkship. Reporting these incidents helps the School and its affiliated hospitals sustain an environment of collegiality and mutual support.
Direct Reporting to Dean for Students
Students have the option, and are encouraged, to report incidents to the immediate attention of the Dean for Students, who will treat such reports with discretion.
Allegations of Sexual and Gender Based Harassment
HMS students wishing to report a violation of the University Policy should begin in all cases by contacting the Harvard University Office for Sexual and Gender-Based Dispute Resolution (“ODR”) or an HMS Title IX Coordinator.
A student may seek counsel in a matter involving mistreatment, discrimination, affirmative action, or harassment through an appropriate officer, such as the University Title IX Officer or an HMS Title IX Coordinator; a Society Advisory Dean or Advisor; a faculty advisor/mentor; a course, clerkship or PCE director; the Director of Disability Services; the Dean for Students. Students may wish to consult with the following offices which can provide information, assistance and support.
Last updated 08/24/20