The Harvard Kennedy School aspires to be a place for working and learning in which everyone can thrive. To help achieve this goal, the University has adopted new policies and procedures to address discrimination and bullying in our community that go into effect on September 1, 2023. These policies went through extensive community review and community comment at every level of the organization, from the deans to approval by the Harvard Corporation. The process followed a nearly yearlong community review period that solicited input from students, faculty, staff, and researchers across the University. More information about the University’s policies can be found on the Community Conduct webpage. Community members who are interested in learning more about these policies, what they cover, and processes for resolving concerns can register for the Harvard Non-Discrimination and Anti-Bullying Policy Training Module (Harvard Key login required) via the Harvard Training Portal.
These policies apply to all students, faculty, staff, fellows, and other members of the Harvard community across all Schools and units, including Harvard Kennedy School. The newly formed central university Office for Community Conduct, in collaboration with locally designated resources, will continue to gather input, expand training options, provide options, and offer opportunities for community engagement.
The implementation of these new policies is part of an ongoing commitment to foster an environment in which everyone can participate fully in the life of the University and Harvard Kennedy School. Below you will find the names and contact information of “Local Designated Resources” (LDRs), HKS community members with whom you can discuss concerns and obtain information on available resources related to these new policies, as well as a brief overview of possible options for taking action. Please note that speaking to or making a report to an LDR does not in and of itself initiate an investigation or formal complaint.
How can I take action?
Here is a brief overview of options for taking action. We encourage you to speak with a Local Designated Resource (LDR) as a first step.
|Get information and discuss a concern
|Learn what the new policies cover, talk to someone about your concern, discuss options, and get information on resources
|Work out a mutually agreed-upon solution to your concern.
|Request special temporary arrangements related to your concern such as academic extensions or modifications in work schedule.
|Request an official university investigation of alleged policy violation. Complaint must be “accepted” before investigation is undertaken.
HKS Code of Conduct Violation
|Report alleged violation of Student Code of Conduct for behavior not covered by new policies. NOTE: This is OUTSIDE the NDAB System.