UNIVERSITY TITLE IX POLICY AND PROCEDURE: Harvard’s University-wide Title IX policy and student procedures guide efforts to prevent and respond to sexual harassment – including sexual violence – related to sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Harvard University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff based on sex in any of its programs or activities, including but not limited to educational programs, employment, and admission.  Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is a kind of sex discrimination and is prohibited by Title IX and by the University.

The University is committed to responding promptly and effectively when it learns of any form of possible discrimination based on sex.  The University responds to reports of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, as part of its efforts to stop the harassment and prevent its recurrence of possible sex discrimination.  An individual who has questions or concerns regarding possible discrimination based on sex should contact a Title IX Coordinator at their respective school or unit (if applicable), or Nicole Merhill, the University’s Title IX Officer.  Ms. Merhill’s contact information is provided below.  An individual also may contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”).

Harvard also complies with Massachusetts laws that protect individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, as well as on the basis of gender identity.  Although these obligations may be outside the realm of Title IX, questions or concerns about possible discrimination based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity under state law may also be directed to a school or unit-based Title IX Coordinator, or to the University’s Title IX Officer.

Contact Information for Nicole Merhill, Title IX Officer
  • Email:
  • Address: Title IX Office
    44R Brattle Street
    Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138
  • Phone: (617) 496-2470
Contact Information for OCR
  • Email:
  • Address: U.S. Department of Education
    8th Floor
    5 Post Office Square
    Boston, MA 02109-3921
  • Phone: (617) 289-0111
Sally Robinson, Associate Director, Human Resources; Title IX Coordinator for Staff
Valerie Porciello, Executive Director, Division of Research and Faculty Development; Title IX Coordinator for Faculty
Suzy Conway, Director, MBA Student and Academic Services; Title IX Coordinator for Students
  • Email:
  • Phone: (617) 495-6831
  • Address: Spangler Center 2nd Floor
Deborah Hooper, Managing Director, Executive Education
  • Email:
  • Phone: (617) 495-6641
  • Address: Chase Hall, 1st Floor
John Korn, Executive Director, Doctoral Programs
  • Email:
  • Phone: (617) 495-6030
  • Address: Wyss House 1st Floor