Grievance Policy and Procedures

The following procedures should be used by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health students for the prompt and equitable resolution of grievances alleging unfair action on the part of the University administration or faculty, including but not limited to:

  • Discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (with the exception of grievances related to sexual and gender-based harassment or other sexual misconduct, the procedures which are covered by the interim Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy and the Other Sexual Misconduct Policy both of which can be found here:, 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.

These procedures also may be used by students with disabilities who are not in agreement with the provision of accommodations by the School.

  • Academic retaliation: Using an academic assessment or other academic action as a means to retaliate against a student for engaging in conduct protected by University policy or the HGSU-UAW bargaining agreement is unacceptable and prohibited. Examples of prohibited academic retaliation include basing a grade, academic credit, authorship, or other academic judgment, or failing to provide opportunities for academic advancement, on a student’s opposition to discrimination and/or good faith participation in a complaint or grievance process.

There may be other University policies, outside of the Interim Other Sexual Misconduct Policy, that also provide protection from retaliation. Students may elect to follow the process in those other policies, as appropriate, instead of the process set forth here. That choice is final, and there will not be duplicative reviews of the same complaint.