Notice of Non-discrimination
Harvard Law School does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, source of income, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs and activities. The Law School has instituted these policies and certain procedures to ensure a safe and nondiscriminatory environment and to meet legal requirements, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. All employers using the facilities and services of the career services offices must comply with these policies and procedures.
Members of the HLS community with concerns regarding the application of the Law School’s nondiscrimination policy may be referred to the following Law School coordinators of that policy to discuss options and resources.
Dean for Student Services
Faculty & Staff:
Roxanne L. Armbruster
Assistant Dean and Chief Human Resources Officer
Director of Equal Opportunity and Title IX Program Officer
Inquiries concerning the application of nondiscrimination policies may also be referred to the Regional Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 8th Floor, 5 Post Office Square, Boston, MA 02109-3921, or OCR@ed.gov.
Harvard University Interim Policies on Title Ix Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct
Harassment based on sex, gender, or gender identity is governed by Harvard University’s Interim Policies on Title IX Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct. The Policies prohibiting sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct are 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
To learn more about Harvard University’s Interim Policies and Procedures, please refer to the Office for Gender Equity website. More background explanation about the interim policies is available here.
If you wish to report a concern in an anonymous manner, you can do so via the Harvard University Reporting Hotline:
- The Anonymous Reporting Hotline operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is run by an independent, third-party provider.
- There are two ways to report: toll-free by calling 877-694-2275 or you can submit a report online.
Procedures for Handling Complaints
Complaints Involving Students
- Reports of sexual and gender-based harassment, including sexual assault and sexual violence, will be processed under the HLS Sexual Harassment Resources and Procedures for Students when both the complainant and the respondent are HLS students.
- If either the complainant or the respondent is a non-HLS student, the Harvard University Procedures for Handling Complaints Involving Students Pursuant to the interim policies on Title IX Sexual Harassment and Other Sexual Misconduct will be used, and, when the respondent is an HLS student, will be supplemented by the HLS Interschool Sexual Harassment Procedures. For additional information regarding the investigative process under Harvard University procedures, visit the Office of Dispute Resolution’s website.
Complaints Against HLS Staff
- Procedures for Handling Complaints Against Harvard Staff Members Pursuant to the Interim Title IX and Other Sexual Misconduct Policies.
Complaints Against HLS Faculty