Title IX & Gender Equity

University Title IX Policy & Procedures

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

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. 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.

  • Title IX Coordinator for Students

    Rachel Cohen (Director, MBA Program Delivery)

    (617) 495-6767
    Batten Hall 203C

  • Title IX Coordinator for Faculty

    Valerie Porciello (Executive Director, Division of Research and Faculty Development)

    (617) 495-6116
    Morgan Hall T15

  • Title IX Coordinator for Staff

    Sally Robinson (Director, Human Resources)

    (617) 495-6066
    Teele Hall 225

  • Title IX Officer

    Nicole Merhill

    (617) 496-2470
    Smith Campus Center, Suite 901
    1350 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02138

  • Office of Civil Rights (OCR)


    (617) 289-0111
    U.S. Department of Education
    8th Floor
    5 Post Office Square
    Boston, MA 02109-3921

  • Additional Resources

    Liza Nascembeni (Associate Director, Executive Education)

    (617) 496-8071
    McArthur 130B

    Jen Mucciarone (Managing Director, Doctoral Programs)

    (617) 496-0479
    Wyss House 109