Students

Students

Students at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine are an extraordinary group of people. In addition to their academic strengths, they also engage in the world outside of the School, participating regularly in local and international community-service projects, organizing seminars, informal working groups, and discussions to increase their knowledge in areas of interest, and supporting causes important to the field of oral health.

The 35 selected individuals—out of the 1,000 candidates who apply to the DMD program each year—represent the highest qualities of character, intellect, and distinction. Our Advanced Graduate Education students embody these same qualities as well. This School charts the future of oral medicine, and our students and alumni represent the success of this core purpose. Our experience is that 90 percent of each DMD graduating class continues their education through advanced studies.

With HSDM's foundation, your possibilities are endless. As budding global leaders, when you step out into the next phase of your lives, you take with you the best of HSDM and the best of yourselves—and the world is the beneficiary.

The Sexual Harassment/Assault Resources and Education (SHARE) web portal is a central location for information about support, safety, medical, and reporting resources for the Harvard community.  Through the SHARE website, you can connect with timely and confidential counseling, explore filing a complaint, contact specially trained 24/7 emergency services, and learn about engaging interim measures — academic, workplace, housing, or other support services — to help you continue to participate in all aspects of the Harvard community.

Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment

Where can I get help?

Title IX Coordinator for Complaints against Students:  Carrie Sylven, Director of Student Affairs, Office of Dental Education, 188 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, carrie_sylven@hsdm.harvard.edu, 617.432.4245 

 

Title IX Coordinator for Complaints against Staff: Kevin Dolan, Director of Human Resources, 188 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, kevin_dolan@hsdm.harvard.edu, 617-432-2625
 

Title IX Coordinator for Complaints against Faculty: Carol Bates, Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs, Gordon Hall, Faculty Affairs, Suite 206, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115, carol_bates@hms.harvard.edu , 617 667-5728 

 

Director, Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response: Alicia Oeser, Interim Director, Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response731 Holyoke Center, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge MA 02138,oeser@fas.harvard.edu, 617-496-5636.

University Resources

Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response | 617-495-9100

University Mental Health Services | 617-495-2042

Harvard University Health Services| 617-495-5711

Harvard Chaplains | 617-495-5529

Harvard University Police Department | 617-495-1212

 

The Sexual Harassment/Assault Resources and Education (SHARE) web portal is a central location for information about support, safety, medical, and reporting resources for the Harvard community.  Through the SHARE website, you can connect with timely and confidential counseling, explore filing a complaint, contact specially trained 24/7 emergency services, and learn about engaging interim measures — academic, workplace, housing, or other support services — to help you continue to participate in all aspects of the Harvard community.

Community Resources

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Rape Crisis Intervention Center | 617-667-8141

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center | 617-492-8306 or 1-800-841-8371

Cambridge Police Department Sexual Assault Unit | 617-349-9342

The Cambridge Hospital Victims of Violence Program | 617-591-6360

Middlesex District Attorney Victim/Witness Bureau | 781-897-8490

Victim Rights Law Center | 617-399-6720 

 

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature when:

Submission to or rejection of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a condition of an individual's employment or academic standing or is used as the basis for employment decisions or for academic evaluation, grades, or advancement (quid pro quo harassment); or such conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it interferes with or limits a person's ability to participate in or benefit from the University's education or work programs or activities (hostile environment harassment). Conduct is unwelcome if a person did not request or invite it and regarded the unrequested or uninvited conduct as undesirable or offensive.

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence, including rape and sexual assault, are types of sexual harassment. These sexually violent acts may violate federal law, including Title IX; state criminal law; and Harvard policy. As a result, if you believe you have experienced sexual violence, you may file a complaint with the Harvard Title IX Coordinator or the HDS Title IX Coordinators and/or you may file a criminal complaint with the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD). Different standards are used to assess a complaint under Harvard policy and a criminal complaint.

Why does sexual harassment continue to occur?

Those who engage in acts of sexual harassment are unlikely to stop unless they are challenged.  It is therefore imperative that those who experience sexual harassment be supported and encouraged to come forward.  Unfortunately, many people who ex­perience sexual harassment do not come forward because they are afraid that no one will believe them.  Others blame themselves.  Sometimes those who have experienced sexual harassment fear they are making too much of the experience, and sadly, some­times, they are told as much by those in whom they confide.  They should not stop there.  They should speak to someone else.

If you have experienced sexual harassment (or if you are not sure), you may find it difficult to come forward when you feel vulnerable or threatened.  There are, however, a wide variety of resources available to you.

Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy

For complete policies related to sexual misconduct, discrimination, and harassment, please refer to the HSDM Handbook for Students.


Harvard University and the School of Dental Medicine are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the community is, on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any University program or activity. Gender-based and sexual harassment, including sexual violence, are forms of sex discrimination in that they deny or limit an individual's ability to participate in or benefit from University programs or activities.

This Policy is designed to ensure a safe and non-discriminatory educational and work environment and to meet legal requirements, including: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in the University's programs or activities; relevant sections of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in employment; and Massachusetts laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. It does not preclude application or enforcement of other University or School policies.

It is the policy of the University and HSDM to provide educational, preventative, and training programs regarding sexual or gender-based harassment; to encourage reporting of incidents; to prevent incidents of sexual and gender-based harassment from denying or limiting an individual's ability to participate in or benefit from the University's programs; to make available timely services for those who have been affected by discrimination; and to provide prompt and equitable methods of investigation and resolution to stop discrimination, remedy any harm, and prevent its recurrence. Violations of this Policy may result in the imposition of sanctions up to, and including, termination, dismissal, or expulsion, as determined by the appropriate officials at the School or unit.

Retaliation against an individual for raising an allegation of sexual or gender-based harassment, for cooperating in an investigation of such a complaint, or for opposing discriminatory practices is prohibited. Submitting a complaint that is not in good faith or providing false or misleading information in any investigation of complaints is also prohibited.

Nothing in this Policy shall be construed to abridge academic freedom and inquiry, principles of free speech, or the University's educational mission.

Any student who believes that she or he has suffered rape or sexual assault is strongly encouraged to pursue medical assistance, counseling and support, and legal remedies. Students may also choose to file a complaint with an HDS Title IX Coordinator or the Harvard University Office of Sexual and Gender-Based Dispute Resolution. Disciplinary action may be pursued whether or not a student chooses to invoke legal action. Consultation regarding emotional, legal, and administrative concerns is available to those students who wish to pursue a formal complaint with the University or legal processes, or both, through the assistant dean for student affairs or the associate dean for enrollment and student services.