Safety

Our Harvard Can Do Better

Our Harvard Can Do Better is a student activist organization working on the college, university and national level to advocate for survivor-centric, intersectionally inclusive reform of sexual violence policies. We are not a counseling group and we are not trained first responders.  … Read more about Our Harvard Can Do Better

Is there a way to identify as LGBTQ as in incoming freshman to ensure that I am matched with accepting roommates?

Yes, you are able to identify as LGBTQ in your housing application, but there is no guarantee that you will be matched with an accepting roommate. There have been instances of BGLTQ-identified students being matched with non-accepting roommates. Making explicitly known any and all qualities of the people you would like to live with should be detailed in your first-year housing questionnaire, and the Freshman Dean's Office will do its best to match you appropriately. If you are matched with a non-accepting roommate, please raise your concern to your proctor and/or your resident dean… Read more about Is there a way to identify as LGBTQ as in incoming freshman to ensure that I am matched with accepting roommates?

Who can I talk to if I feel I have been harassed or discriminated against based on gender identity and/or sexuality? What are my rights?

"Any form of discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, veteran status, or disability unrelated to course requirements is contrary to the principles and policies of Harvard University." (Harvard College Student Handbook) 

As a first year, the first person you can turn to is your proctor. If you do not feel comfortable speaking to your proctor, you can contact the BGLTQ proctor for the Yard (search here … Read more about Who can I talk to if I feel I have been harassed or discriminated against based on gender identity and/or sexuality? What are my rights?

How can I apply for gender neutral housing? Is this available to all students who request it?

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors may request to form mixed-gender rooming groups.  All occupants must voluntarily agree to the arrangements.  As with all rooming inquiries, requests for mixed-gender rooming groups should be made to the House Administrator, and will be addressed and managed on a case-by-case basis, taking into account all circumstances, including space constraints.

For more information about this policy, contact your House Administrator or the Freshman Dean’s Office.  If you have gender-based needs that require accommodations beyond those offered by this policy… Read more about How can I apply for gender neutral housing? Is this available to all students who request it?

Response

Response is a non-judgmental, non-directive peer counseling group which offers confidential support to individuals dealing with rape, sexual assault, abuse, harassment, and relationship issues. It is open from 8 pm- 11 pm Sunday through Wednesday in Lowell Basement E and a phone line is staffed… Read more about Response

Trans* Task Force (TTF)

The Harvard Transgender Task Force (TTF) seeks to build community with Trans* people (transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, agender, genderfluid, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and all other trans* identities) and their allies across the Harvard campus. Feel free to reach out with… Read more about Trans* Task Force (TTF)