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 Stacey Herman, Associate Dean for Student Services (617-432-4703); Leah Kane, Director for Student Affairs (617-432-0488); Mahnaz El-Kouedi, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (617-432-1381); Linda Picard, Senior Director for Human Resources (617-432-2719); the chair of your department; or Melissa Brodrick, Ombudsperson (617-432-4040). Often an informal process can remedy the situation, so do not hesitate to seek help.