Fostering Respect

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How we interact with one another affects the integrity of the Harvard academic and workplace environments. We help support a climate of respect, accountability, honesty and integrity in the Harvard community as described in the 2002 University Statement of Values. These are examples of some of the serious issues we work to resolve.

Inappropriate Behavior, Abuse of Power, Unprofessional Conduct:

Visitors may report inappropriate or unprofessional conduct that is impacting their sense of safety and well being. Inappropriate, abusive or mean behavior can be destructive and debilitating, and can diminish productivity. The University publishes sexual harassment and discrimination policies to inform and help protect members of this community from inappropriate or unlawful behavior. The College and graduate and professional schools also publish policies and guidelines regarding expectations of professional and academic conduct.

Sexual Harassment

(Harvard University's Sexual Harassment Policy)
Under the law, Harvard University is responsible for providing a work and academic environment free of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment in the workplace and in the academic community is discriminatory and unlawful, and denies respect for the rights and dignity of others. Sexual harassment includes such conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, or sexually offensive work environment. Faculty, fellows, staff and students may want to address their concerns by meeting informally and confidentially with the Ombuds to assess options and strategies for next steps.


(Harvard University's Discrimination Policy)
Discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, creed, national origin, age, ancestry, veteran status, disability unrelated to job requirements, and genetic information is unlawful. As a large educational institution we attract a richly diverse population of faculty, fellows, staff and students. Discrimination can isolate, humiliate, and silence an individual, as well as limit his/her capacity to be a contributing member of the community. It is important to be attentive to our interactions with others and be diligent not only in recognizing discriminatory behavior, but in speaking up when it is observed.