Discrimination

Discrimination based on race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, age, ancestry, veteran status, disability, military service, or any other legally protected basis is contrary to the principles and policies of Harvard University.  

Complaints of Discrimination

Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity

The University and the College have developed policies and procedures for complaints of discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Gender-based and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, are forms of sex discrimination. The College policies and procedures concerning complaints of discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity are described in the Handbook section on Harassment.

Discrimination on Other Bases

The College has also developed procedures for responding to incidents of all other forms of discrimination. These procedures are described below:

Ordinarily, students should direct their initial inquiries to their Allston Burr Assistant Dean or Resident Dean of Freshmen or to the Office of the Dean of Harvard College. Students can also report an incident of bias, harassment and/or discrimination by emailing reportbias@fas.harvard.edu.

An undergraduate who feels that he or she has been subjected to discrimination may wish first to seek a resolution of the problem through their Assistant Dean or Resident Dean. These officers may consult with others in the College and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, including, for example, the Office of the Dean of Harvard College, or the Director of the Accessible Education Office, depending on the nature of the concern.

If the matter cannot be resolved satisfactorily by informal methods, more formal routes are available. The student may lodge a complaint with the Office of the Dean of Harvard College. Depending on the circumstances, and in consultation with the student making the complaint, that officer may request that the Dean of Harvard College appoint a special committee to resolve the problem or may refer it to the appropriate agency or office of Harvard College or of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for resolution. Such agencies include, among others, the Administrative Board, the Faculty Council, and the Dean of the Faculty.

If the matter cannot be resolved satisfactorily through ordinary channels, either the student or the Dean of Harvard College may refer it to the Dean of the Faculty for final resolution. The Dean of the Faculty holds authority over all departments, committees, commissions, and councils within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The disposition of the Dean of the Faculty will be final.