What is Title IX?

Title IX is a federal civil rights law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972. This law protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Title IX states that:

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

Title IX applies to any institution receiving federal financial assistance from the Department of Education, including state and local educational agencies. Educational programs and activities that receive federal funds from the Department of Education must operate in a nondiscriminatory manner. Also, a recipient may not retaliate against any person for opposing an unlawful educational practice or policy, or because a person made charges, testified or participated in any complaint action under Title IX.

You can find more information regarding Title IX at Harvard, including policies, procedures, and resources on the Title IX website

The University’s newly developed Anonymous Disclosure Form provides an additional point of access for students, staff, and faculty.

Title IX Resource Coordinators

Title IX Resource Coordinators serve in a neutral role and support all members of the GSD community. Resource Coordinators have specialized experience in responding to disclosures of sexual and gender-based harassment in the Harvard community. They are also aware that your concerns may be of a sensitive nature and can offer supports to help you continue with your work or studies while maintaining appropriate discretion.

Contacting your Title IX Resource Coordinator is not the same as filing a formal complaint with the Office for Dispute Resolution. When you reach out to a Title IX  Resource Coordinator, you are free to share as much or as little information as you feel comfortable.

Title IX Resource Coordinators for GSD Students

Kelly Wisnaskas
Gund Hall 422
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 496-8306

Title IX Resource Coordinators for GSD Staff

Lauren Baccus
7 Sumner Road, Room 203
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-4322

Sara Wilkinson
7 Sumner Road, Room 203
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-4322

Title IX Resource Coordinator for GSD Faculty

Pamela Baldwin
Gund Hall 414a
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-5409

Caroline P. Newton
Gund Hall 414
48 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response

The Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (OSAPR) is a confidential space open to the entire Harvard community where people can process and understand their experiences and feel empowered to make the choice best suited to their needs. Every staff member is a certified rape-crisis counselor, committed to the just and compassionate treatment of survivors and their friends, peers, significant others, and allies.

If you or someone you know is experiencing emotional distress and/or is in need of immediate support, call their 24-hour confidential hotline: (617) 495-9100.

If you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed interpersonal harm, or have questions about what that might look like, call the office to make an appointment at (617) 496-5636 or email osapr@harvard.edu.

Walk-in appointments are available Monday-Friday from 12-1.  No prior contact with OSAPR is needed to walk in.

The office is located in the Smith Campus Center, Suite 624, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm by appointment. The office may be accessed via 75 Mt. Auburn St.  All genders and people welcome.

Counseling and Mental Health Services

Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is a no-cost support service that works collaboratively across the University to support registered students who are experiencing some measure of distress in their lives.

For more information, please call (617) 495-2042, or (617) 495-5711 after hours.