Diversity, Harassment and Miscellaneous Policies

Policy on Tobacco-Related Companies

The Faculty of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health voted on January 24, 2002, not to accept any grant or anything else of value from any tobacco manufacturer, distributor, or other tobacco-related company.

The list of such companies has been provided by the American Legacy Foundation.

Personal Expenses

(revised 8/3/2010)

University policy requires that use of School resources (including staff effort), as well as all expenditures from Harvard funds, must be for an appropriate University business purpose. Therefore, Harvard Chan School funds – including departmental and School funds, as well as any other funds available to a faculty member – must not be used to purchase personal items (e.g., computers or supplies), even if the department is reimbursed. In the event that a Harvard Chan School fund is mistakenly used for a personal purpose, the department must be reimbursed with a notation of the error included with the reimbursement documentation.

Unprofessional Relationships and Abuse of Authority

(revised 8/2015)

Consensual romantic relationships that might be appropriate in other circumstances have inherent dangers when they occur between any Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health faculty member or non-faculty academic appointee, fellow, or officer and any person over whom he/she has a professional responsibility, e.g., as a teacher, advisor, or supervisor.  Such relationships are fundamentally asymmetric, and are considered to be unprofessional under this policy because, among other things, they may create an impression within the Harvard community of inappropriate or inequitable academic or professional advantage or favoritism that can be destructive of the learning or working environment.  Depending on the circumstances, such relationships also may be considered an abuse of authority.

Harvard Chan faculty and non-faculty academic appointees, fellows and officers should be aware that any romantic involvement with a student violates School policy, even if they have no supervisory, teaching, advising, or other professional responsibility for that student, and makes them liable to complaint and formal action.

Harvard Chan School faculty and non-faculty academic appointees, fellows, and officers also should be aware that any romantic involvement with trainees, junior colleagues, or staff members over whom they have a professional responsibility makes them liable to complaint and formal action.  Even when both parties have initially consented to such a relationship, it is the more senior individual, who, by virtue of his/her special responsibility, is accountable for the unprofessional relationship or abuse of authority.  If a romantic relationship develops in this context, the person in the position of greater authority – whether as supervisor, teacher, or advisor – promptly must notify the Chief Human Resource Officer or the Dean of Faculty Affairs to evaluate the situation and ensure that alternate reporting or evaluative arrangements are put in place.

University Statement of Equal Opportunity Laws and Policies

(section revised 6/2015)

Harvard University provides equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons and prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, genetic information, military service, or other protected status. All personnel actions, including but not limited to those relating to compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoffs, training, education, and tuition assistance are based on the principle of equal employment opportunity. Each administrative officer of the University is responsible for ensuring that individuals are afforded equal opportunity and are not denied access to these benefits.

Additional information may be found here: http://diversity.harvard.edu/pages/statement-equal-opportunity-laws-and-policies

Harvard Chan School Grievance Procedures for Faculty and Non-Faculty Academic Appointees to Address Allegations of Discrimination (other than those involving sexual or gender-based harassment)
Grievance Procedures for Faculty and Non-Faculty Academic Appointees.

Harvard University Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Related Procedures

(section revised 6/2015)

University Policy Document
The Harvard University Policy on Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment can be read here:


Procedures for Handling Complaints of Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment

The Office of the Assistant to the President provides links to all of the following documents as well as additional information that may be helpful: http://diversity.harvard.edu/pages/title-ix-sexual-harassment

1)      Procedures for Complaints Against Students: http://diversity.harvard.edu/files/diversity/files/harvard_sexual_harassment_procedures_student.pdf

2) Procedures for Complaints Against Staff: http://diversity.harvard.edu/files/diversity/files/harvard_staff_sexual_harassment_procedures.pdf

3) Procedures for Complaints Against Harvard Chan School Faculty: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/faculty-affairs/faculty/miscellaneous-policies/grievance-procedures-for-faculty/

4) To find the procedures for  complaints against a faculty member at another Harvard School, go to the following link on the Office of the Assistant to the President website and select the school/unit based on the affiliation of that faculty member: http://diversity.harvard.edu/other-policies-procedures-school

If you are unsure of the faculty member’s affiliated school/unit, contact one of the Harvard Chan School Title IX Coordinators

Additional Guidance

  • The Longwood Area Ombuds Office provides additional information and guidance on matters related to harassment and discrimination.
  • General information on how to respond to sexual harassment and sexual violence can be found in the ‘Tell Someone’ brochure.
  • All inquiries regarding this policy or with matters which concern sexual harassment should be addressed in confidence to:

Michael Grusby,
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
T: 617-432-1240 or by email at mgrusby@hsph.harvard.edu

                                           or to:
Mahnaz El-Kouedi,
Title IX Coordinator for Faculty and
Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs
T: 617-432-1381 or by email at elkouedi@hsph.harvard.edu)

All concerns involving students should be discussed with Stacey Herman, Associate Dean for Student Services at 617-432-4703 or by email at sherman@hsph.harvard.edu.

Use of Harvard Names and Insignias

(section revised 8/18/2008)

The university policy regarding the use of its name and insignia can be found at the Provost’s Office website, and should be consulted before using the Harvard name or insignia.

Use of Harvard Chan School Name and Insignia

(revised 10/24/2003)

The school’s policy regarding the use of its name and shield is available in the online document, Use of the Harvard School of Public Health Name and Shield by Units of the School (PDF).

Other University Policies

A listing of university-wide policies and guidelines on a variety of subjects is available on the Provost’s Office website at http://www.provost.harvard.edu/policies_guidelines/.