Sexual Harassment

As expressed by the Faculty Council of Harvard College, “the determination of what constitutes sexual harassment will vary with particular circumstances, but it may be described generally as unwanted sexual behavior, such as physical or verbal comments or suggestions, which adversely affects the working or learning environment of an individual.” The administration of the Harvard School of Public Health wishes to do everything it can to maintain an environment free from harassment. Sexual harassment, especially by persons with authority, be it faculty members or teaching assistants, will not be tolerated. Anyone believing herself or himself to be a victim of sexual harassment should seek assistance. This may take the form of just talking over the circumstances, informal counseling, or filing a formal complaint. Persons at HSPH who are ready to help you include:

  • Linda Picard, Senior Director for Human Resources (617-432-2719)
  • Stacey Herman, Associate Dean for Student Services (617-432-4703)
  • Mahnaz El-Kouedi, Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs (617-432-1381)
  • The chair of your department
  • Melissa Brodrick, Ombudsperson (617-432-4040)

Often an informal process can remedy the situation, so do not hesitate to seek help.  Click below for Harvard’s Sexual Harassment Policy, more information on who to contact and process to start a claim:

Tell SomeoneResponding to Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy Any form of discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability unrelated to course requirements is contrary to the principles and policies of Harvard University.  Click here for the Longwood Medical Area Policies. For inquiries regarding these policies, please contact your HR Partner or email us at: