Safety and Title IX

Harvard University Police Department 

The Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) is committed to assisting all members of the Harvard community in providing for their own safety and security. It is important for students to be aware of their surroundings and personal belongings at all times. Learn about ways to prevent theft, and register your personal property such as laptops and bicycles.

Students should report crime and suspicious activity to the Harvard University Police:

Urgent: 617-495-1212
Longwood: 617-432-1212
Online contact form


Sexual or Gender-based Harassement or Assault

Harvard University is committed to creating and advancing a campus community where you feel empowered to raise concerns, ask for help, or learn about your options before making any decisions. If you have experienced, witnessed, or been impacted in any way by sexual or gender-based harassment, we can assist in finding the options that feel right for you. To seek assistance and information, you can contact your local Title IX Coordinator and/or the Title IX Office. You can also contact any of the resources listed on the Title IX Office website, or any combination of resources with whom you are most comfortable – you are in control of deciding to whom you speak and how much you want to share.

  • Title IX Coordinator for Students:  Carrie Sylven, Director of Student Affairs, Office of Dental Education, 188 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115,carrie_sylven@hsdm.harvard.edu617.432.4245
  • Title IX Coordinator for Staff: Judith Vance, Director of Human Resources, 188 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115, judith_vance@hsdm.harvard.edu, 617.432.2625 
  • Title IX Coordinator for 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
  • University Title IX Officer: Nicole Merhill, Smith Campus Center, Suite 901, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 nicole_merhill@harvard.edu, 617-496-2470
  • Director, Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR): William McCants, Smith Campus Center, Suite 901, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138odr@harvard.edu, 617-495-3798
  • Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR): Smith Campus Center, Suite 624, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge MA 02138,osapr@harvard.edu617-496-5636. 24 hour confidential hotline: 617.495.9100

Options, Resources, and Support

Harvard University is committed to creating and advancing a campus community where you feel empowered to raise concerns, ask for help, or learn about your options before making any decisions. If you have experienced, witnessed, or been impacted in any way by sexual or gender-based harassment, we can assist in finding the options that feel right for you. Click here to learn about your options, resources, and support.

Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy

For more information on policies, procedures, and support resources, visit the Harvard University Title IX Office, which offers:

Office for Dispute Resolution

To file a formal complaint or to learn more about the investigative process, please visit the Office for Dispute Resolution

“While Harvard is made up of multiple Schools, we are one community. Our responsibility is to protect all students, faculty, staff, affiliates, and visitors from discrimination, and for the task at hand, sexual and gender-based harassment."
- William McCants, Director of ODR

Anonymously Disclose

Members of the Harvard community can anonymously submit disclosures of sexual and/or gender-based harassment to the Title IX Office. Through the online disclosure form, you can let us know of a concern, communicate with a member of the Title IX Office, and access resources without ever having to reveal your identity. Click here to submit an anonymous disclosure.