Safety

Title IX Resource Guide

The University is committed to responding promptly and effectively when it learns of any form of possible discrimination based on sex. The University responds to reports of sexual harassment, including sexual violence, as part of its efforts to stop the harassment and prevent its recurrence of possible sex discrimination. An individual who has questions or concerns regarding possible discrimination based on sex should contact a Title IX Coordinator at their respective School or unit (if applicable), or the University’s Title IX Officer.

Harvard Medical School provides assistance to students regarding harassment, discrimination and bias-related incidents. Our goal is to educate the Harvard Medical School community about these issues and promote an environment free from harassment and discrimination.

The Title IX Resource Guide is a central location for information about support, safety, medical and reporting resources for the Harvard community.

Policy and Contacts
 

Student Mistreatment

ALERT Reporting Hotline—the Anonymous Learning Environment Reporting Tool. ALERT is a 24/7 anonymous mechanism for reporting mistreatment or any other student concerns. These reporting outlets allow students to submit concerns to an outsourced third party that directs reports to the appropriate office: Title IX concerns to the HMS Title IX officer and all other student concerns to the Dean for Students and Director of Student Affairs, copying the Dean for Medical Education.

Reported incidents are treated seriously and responded to appropriately, fairly and expeditiously. HMS has a zero tolerance policy for student mistreatment.

Need Help Now?

Harvard University Health Services (HUHS)

Urgent Care: 617-495-5711
Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS): 617-495-2042
After-Hours Nurse Advice Line: 617-495-5711

Security and Police
 

Emergency Contacts

  • Call 911 for police, fire, HAZMAT, and/or ambulance service.
  • Longwood Medical Area Health Service at Vanderbilt Hall, 275 Longwood Avenue. Boston, MA 02115:  617-432-1370
  • Harvard University Police Department: 617-432-1212
  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 

Harvard Chaplains: 617-495-5529 or chaplains@harvard.edu


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Weather Emergencies 

Call 617-432-6666 for up-to-date information on the status of the School. Students should check the Student Handbook (7.04) for detailed information on preclinical and clinical course attendance in weather emergencies.