The following information describes services and programs available for GSAS students. These resources exist to provide assistance and to enhance the experience of graduate study. Students are encouraged to become acquainted with the various offices and ways in which they may be of help.


The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is under the direction of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It is the responsibility of that faculty to set the conditions of admission to the school, to provide courses of instruction for its students, to direct their studies and examine them in their fields of study, to establish and maintain the requirements for its degrees and make recommendations for those degrees to the Governing Boards, to lay down regulations for the governance of the School, and to exercise a general supervision of all its affairs.



University Hall, 3 North
617-496-8623 (fax)
Xiao-Li Meng, dean of the Graduate School of Arts of Sciences

The dean has overall responsibility for the Graduate School, in particular for establishing policies guided by the Committee on Graduate Education and the Graduate Policy Committee. The dean is also chair of the Administrative Board of the Graduate School.

Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 350
617-495-2928 (fax)
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Dean Gill has overall responsibility for implementing Graduate School policy. She supervises the work of the Graduate School’s administration and the day-to-day operation of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 350 staff.


Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 350
617-495-2928 (fax)
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Assistant Dean McNally supports the activities and initiatives of the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences (HILS) Program, which serves as the umbrella structure for the PhD education in the life sciences. He serves as a liaison to the Coordinating Committee for HILS, working closely with the chair of the committee to foster closer communication and integration of the existing programs in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the medical area. Assistant Dean McNally assists the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid in coordinating policies and procedures related to PhD admissions and financial aid; he also collaborates on the development and shaping of new PhD programs.

Assistant Dean McNally interprets, implements, and advises on policy issues related to teaching fellows. He also assists the senior administration of GSAS with special projects, GSAS priorities, and initiatives.


Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 350
617-495-5315 (admissions)
617-495-5396 (financial aid)
617-495-5333 (fax)
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Dean Berg oversees the administration of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. He also supervises the Office of Computer Operations and the Office of Special Students and Visiting Fellows. The office coordinates admissions and financial aid for the fifty-seven programs. The staff has numerous and varied responsibilities relating to the admissions process. These include the preparation and distribution of application materials and information concerning departments, divisions, and committees; the recruitment and advisement of applicants from historically underrepresented minority groups; the processing of applications for admission; and the certification of international matriculants. Staff members are available to help students and departments understand the admissions process and financial aid programs, policies, and opportunities, including teaching fellowships. The staff works closely with academic departments on these and other matters pertaining to admissions and financial aid.


Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 350
617-495-2928 (fax)
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Dean McCavana bears general responsibility for the welfare of graduate students; he monitors students’ academic status, progress, and discipline. He oversees the Student Affairs Office, GSAS Residence Halls, the Office of Student Services, and the Office of Housing Services in Dudley House. The Student Affairs office administers the various graduate fellowship competitions and processes leave and travel applications, intra-Faculty of Arts and Sciences transfer applications, and readmission applications.

Dean McCavana represents students in disciplinary cases before the Administrative Board and advises students on sexual harassment complaints. He coordinates orientation and registration activities. He represents the interests of GSAS students on numerous University-wide committees, including the Student Health Coordinating Board.

Patrick O’Brien works closely with Dean McCavana and serves as a contact person and resource for the registrar, the departments, and other Faculty of Arts and Sciences and University offices in communicating and interpreting GSAS policies and in assisting graduate students in maintaining academic satisfactory progress. He coordinates the transfer and readmission process, the Exchange Scholar Program, the non-resident application process, and the JD/PhD coordinated program. He advises students throughout the petitioning process including extension of incomplete petitions, part-time petitions, and add/withdrawals after the deadline. He advises international students on English as a Second Language resources, helps to coordinate the summer English Language Program for new international graduate students, and administers the requirement of English Language Proficiency. The assistant dean of student affairs also monitors the MD-PhD and HST programs and is a liaison for students, administrators, and faculty in all interfaculty programs. He assists with registration and commencement.


Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 350
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The centerpiece of Cynthia Verba’s fellowships services is individual counseling. She assists students with writing polished fellowship proposals as well as a range of issues concerning professional development. In addition, she offers group workshops on such topics as getting published, choosing a dissertation topic, or finishing the degree in a timely fashion. She also produces the following fellowship publications, available to GSAS students at the GSAS website: Graduate Guide to Grants, Harvard Guide to Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Scholarly Pursuits: A Practical Guide to Academe, which includes samples of winning applications. It is also available in paper version free of charge to GSAS students at Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 350. Detailed information on Fulbrights and major Harvard fellowships is also available on the GSAS fellowships website.


Dudley House, Room B-2
617-496-5169 (fax)
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The goal of GSAS Housing Services is to assist all graduate students with issues and concerns related to housing. Housing Services staff oversees the day-to-day management of the four GSAS residence halls, including the assignment of rooms for the academic year and summer months. Housing Services staff is also responsible for addressing any problems with facilities in the residence halls.


Dudley House, Room B-2,
617-496-5169 (fax)
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The Office of Student Services oversees functions of the RA role and is responsible for the Resident Advisor Training Program. The office is also responsible for various aspects of orientation for incoming students and orientation for international students.

Ellen Fox serves as the primary resource for all GSAS students about any academic or personal concerns including policies regarding sexual harassment. She serves in an advisory role and provides support and information about counseling and other services for GSAS students. She will refer students to additional sources of assistance, if necessary. She also supervises the resident advisors; there is one advisor per floor in the GSAS residence halls.


Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 350
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The Office of Publications and Alumni Relations manages communications and outreach efforts to the GSAS community through various channels, including the GSAS website, social media, and print publications such as the GSAS Bulletin, a monthly newsletter for students, and Colloquy, the Graduate School’s alumni magazine. This office also produces admissions and recruitment materials and other catalogs, handbooks, newsletters, and brochures for current and prospective students and alumni of GSAS.

The Graduate School Alumni Association (GSAA) is the alumni organization for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. All GSAS students are automatically members of the GSAA, the purpose of which is to represent and advance the interests of GSAS alumni, to promote scholarship and research at the graduate level, and to encourage interaction and communication between GSAS alumni and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. All former GSAS students, Visiting Fellows, Nieman Fellows, Junior Fellows, and Special Students are Graduate School Alumni Association members. Under the auspices of the GSAA, yearly events are organized in major cities and in Cambridge. The GSAA is governed by an Alumni Association Council, which convenes twice annually.


Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 350, 617-495-5392; 617-496-5333 (fax)
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The Special Students and Visiting Fellows Officer oversees the day-to-day operations of the Special Students and Visiting Fellows Office including the application and admissions processes, registration, student affairs, and orientation. Additional services include academic advising and visa certification and processing for international students and fellows.

For more information about the Special Student and Visiting Fellow status, please see the GSAS website.


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Doreen M. Hogle, co-master
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Dudley House, the Graduate Student Center, is located in Lehman Hall in the southwest corner of Harvard Yard. All GSAS students are automatically members of the House and are encouraged to use its facilities. Dudley House resources include a dining hall serving meals on a cash or contract basis, a student-run café (Café Gato Rojo), a game room, a big-screen TV, VCR and DVD player, a library, word processing and printing facilities, lockers, pianos, meeting space for student organizations, and the Graduate Student Council office.

The House provides an opportunity for GSAS students to interact with fellow graduate students and faculty from all departments in an informal atmosphere. Events include student-faculty lunches and dinners, discussion groups and language tables at lunch and dinner, dinner speakers, dances, movies, parties, art exhibits, ski trips, and other outings. Students may participate in intramural athletics, a chamber orchestra and chorus, a jazz/swing orchestra, a world music ensemble, a literary magazine, and public service activities sponsored by the House.

Dudley House is a congenial place for GSAS students to create a sense of community. The House Masters, a professional administrative staff, and a student staff (the Dudley Fellows) coordinate and facilitate the activities and services of the house. Student initiative in planning and implementing programs and activities is an integral part of the operation of the Graduate Student Center.

The Dudley Fellows are GSAS students who program the activities for the House. Students apply in January and are appointed in March for the following academic year’s activities. Students often propose new areas of activity for the House; for instance, the Dudley House literary magazine, The Dudley Review, the Dudley House Jazz/Big Band, and Dudley Drama were all begun by student initiative. Decisions about speakers and outings, movies, parties, concerts, and all other Dudley activities are made by the Dudley Fellows.


Student organizations in GSAS offer the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities. Click here to find a complete list of recognized student organizations for the year 2013–14. For more information about student organizations, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (617-495-2255).


The Harvard Information Center welcomes visitors and community members to Harvard. The center’s staff answers general questions and provides maps/pamphlets on activities at Harvard and greater Cambridge. During business hours, the Center is available for queries on all things Harvard! A light-up locator map is available for use outside the center when it is closed. Additionally, students can find university publications and event listings in the Center, as well as information on guided tours of the campus.

The Crimson Key Society and Harvard College undergraduates lead historical walking tours throughout the year. Tours are free of charge. These tours start from inside the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, Monday through Saturday at 10:00 a.m., 12:00, and 2:00 p.m., and Saturday at 2:00 p.m. during the academic year. During the summer months, tour schedules are expanded; please check the website for available times. There are no tours on University holidays or Sundays. Reservations are only necessary for groups of fifteen or more, by email or phone.

The Harvard University Gazette debuted on March 3, 1906, as Harvard’s official newspaper. Its primary function was to provide a calendar of events. Today, the Gazette covers faculty, administrative staff, students, and current events. On its Web-based platforms, the Gazette remains the paper of record for the University. The Gazette online also offers the Gazette newsletter, which appears Monday through Friday during the academic year, and less frequently during summer and winter breaks. Since its launch in 2010, the Gazette newsletter has grown from 10,000 subscribers to nearly 100,000. To subscribe, visit the website. The Gazette continues to produce a print version of its Commencement issue.


Harvard University offers GSAS students and their families a wide variety of athletic facilities and recreational opportunities. Students with a current and valid GSAS Harvard student I.D. card have free access to the Malkin Athletic Center, Blodgett Pool, Hemenway Gym, and the QRAC. GSAS students may purchase term-long athletic privileges for tax-dependent family members in person at the Athletic Ticket office at the Murr Center. There is a limit of four passes per family. For more information please refer to the Department of Athletics website. Follow the recreation link. Information is also available by calling the ticket office at 617-495-2211.

Guests may be admitted to the facilities if they are accompanied by a membership holder for a fee of $10 per person per visit.

The Recreation Program offers instruction in a variety of activities open to graduate students as well as undergraduates, faculty, and staff. The program is administered on a term calendar and participants must register at the beginning of each term. Many of the courses have limited enrollment. Lists of activities and schedules are available on the department’s website. Schedules are also posted throughout the University at the beginning of each term. The Recreation Program includes such diverse activities as water safety instruction, martial arts, and racquet sports. Any student with a medical condition may call the recreation director (617-495-4838) to discuss an athletic program to fit his or her needs.

The athletic facilities are available to members of the Harvard community subject to the priorities accorded to intercollegiate and intramural schedules, Recreation Program classes, and club sports. An enclosed area of over ninety acres of playing grounds, Soldiers Field includes football and softball fields, baseball diamonds, running track, outdoor hard surface courts, and the following athletic buildings, all of which are wheelchair accessible:

Jordan Field: synthetic turf field with seating for 900. 8) McCurdy Track: 400-meter, eight-lane outdoor track with multiple field event areas. 9) Dillon Field House: team rooms, lounge, medical room, coaches’ offices, and laundry facilities.

Murr Center: Athletics Department Administrative offices; ticket office selling tickets for all intercollegiate events (617-495-2211); six indoor tennis courts; sixteen international squash courts.

Palmer Dixon Field House: three indoor tennis courts.


QRAC—the Quadrangle Recreational Activities Center: Special arrangements have been made for GSAS students to use the QRAC. Located at 66 Garden Street (near the Observatory), the QRAC has facilities for squash, racquetball, basketball, volleyball, ping-pong and billiards, Nautilus equipment, stairmasters, and an ergometer. A GSAS student ID serves as a ticket to the QRAC Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Newell Boat House, Soldiers Field Road: houses shells used by intercollegiate heavyweight and lightweight men’s crews. 3) Weld Boat House, Memorial Drive and John F. Kennedy Street: houses shells used by women’s intercollegiate, House and Intramural crew, and recreational rowing. 4) Malkin Athletic Center, Holyoke Street: one shallow pool for beginners, one all-deep twenty-five-yard pool, basketball courts, fencing, exercise and wrestling rooms, and a weight area complete with Nautilus, free weights, and aerobic equipment.

For more information about these facilities, students should call Athletic Information at 617-495-4848 or stop by the Athletic Ticket Office at 65 North Harvard Street.


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Sheila Petruccelli, director

The University does not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in admission or access to programs and activities. Federal law defines a disability as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits or restricts the condition, manner, or duration under which a person can perform a major life activity, such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, concentrating, reading, learning, working, or taking care of oneself.

The Accessible Education Office (AEO) serves as the central campus resource for Harvard College, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) students with documented medical, mental health, ADHD and learning disabilities. Some students may just want to discuss difficult situations and not request any services at all.

The process of serving students in University-sponsored programs and activities is a collaborative one, with students expected to take the lead in self-disclosing to AEO in a timely manner, providing requested clinical documentation to AEO only, not to academic departments or to GSAS. Students assume responsibility for becoming familiar with AEO and University policies, as well as overseeing the effectiveness and quality of resources and services.

Students are encouraged to make initial contact with AEO upon admission or as soon as health-related concerns arise. Confidential discussions should occur between students and AEO as soon as possible to avoid service delays. Students may want to learn more about accessible transportation, housing, adaptive technology, and other academic adjustments consistent with University policies by reviewing the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and contacting AEO directly.

Documentation for medical leaves of absence should be submitted to the AEO in conjunction with documentation policies.


See Chapter XIII for complete information.


The Harvard International Office serves the international community at Harvard by providing services for international students and scholars. These services include advice on immigration and visa regulations, orientation meetings, the Host Program for new graduate students, a tax software program, and information to help newcomers settle into life in Cambridge and Boston.

The Office also acts as a liaison between Harvard and various public and private agencies in matters affecting the University’s international students and scholars. The office supports the activities of various international clubs whose members include graduate and undergraduate students.

All newly admitted international students are required to check in with the HIO before registering in their schools. They should bring their passports and visa documents or other evidence of their immigration status to the HIO upon arrival at Harvard.


Lydia Cummings, Ombudsman

The University Ombudsman Office is an independent resource for problem resolution serving the academic community. The office is available to all Harvard faculty, students, post-docs, research personnel, and staff. The ombudsman is confidential, neutral and independent. A visitor can discuss issues and concerns with the ombudsman without committing to further disclosure or any formal resolution. The ombudsman may assist individuals in finding solutions for problems that they may have been unable to resolve using existing channels. The ombudsman can help analyze and assess avenues for conflict resolution, including assistance with both written and verbal communications. Next steps are always determined by the visitor, depending on the circumstances and comfort with possible options. Provided all parties agree, the ombudsman may facilitate conversations through shuttle diplomacy, informal mediation, or be present in a discussion as a neutral. Typical issues may include academic and research disputes, advisor-student relationships, harassment, inappropriate behavior, unprofessional conduct, disability or illness, problematic work climate, and resource referral.

The office supplements, but does not replace, any mechanisms for addressing grievances within GSAS and other parts of the University. The office has no power to adjudicate, arbitrate or to make formal investigations. The University Ombudsman Office officially reports to the Provost but is independent of any University administrative structure. Office operations are consistent with the code of ethics and the practices of The International Ombudsman Association.


The Office of Work/Life maintains a website of resources related to child care and schools. The website includes information about the six independent tuition-funded child care centers that operate on Harvard’s campuses. The centers, which are fully licensed with high-quality professional staff, currently provide full-time or part-time care for the 380 children of Harvard staff, faculty, and students, and families in the surrounding community. The centers vary in philosophy, parent participation, schedules, and cost. As separate, private, nonprofit corporations, they establish their own policies and budgets, and do their own hiring and enrollment.



Spouses may purchase at the Murr Center the following cards for access to Harvard athletic facilities normally open to GSAS students. Ticket office phone number: 617-495-2211. Hours: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday–Friday.

Family Participation Cards: GSAS students may purchase term-long and summer family memberships for tax dependents as long as the student has a current and valid Harvard student I.D. card. There is a limit of four membership cards per family. Students should refer to the athletics department website for more information.

All GSAS students are admitted to Harvard athletic events at a reduced price. Students should contact the ticket office for more information.

For further information, see Athletic Facilities, Chapter XII of this Handbook.


GSAS spouses may also purchase borrowing privileges from the Library Privileges Office in Widener Library, Room 130 (Monday–Friday; 9:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.). This borrower card may be used at seventeen different libraries. The loan period for books is twenty-eight days. A list of the available privileges will be given to the spouse when the card is purchased. To purchase this card, a spouse must bring a photocopy of the student identification of his or her spouse, along with a photo identification card of himself or herself and proof of marriage, to Room 130 in Widener Library. For more information on this process, please call 617-495-4166.

  • $5 per calendar year (borrowing privileges expire when spouse’s student ID card expires)
  • twenty-eight-day loan period

For further information, see Libraries, Chapter XI of this Handbook.

If students have any questions about these or other benefits, they should contact the Student Affairs office in the Dean’s Office of Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center at 617-495-1814 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For other resources related to family, see Family Resources, Chapter XIV.


The Student Employment Office (SEO) is a resource for undergraduate and graduate students seeking term-time and summer employment. An online jobs database provides listings of on- and off-campus jobs in labs, offices, dining halls, libraries, social service agencies, hospitals, and many other sites. There are also temporary short-term listings, posted positions for child care, and room-for-service opportunities. The database also allows students to post their resumes as a way to register their qualifications and availability for casual work as computer specialists, baby-sitters, typists, translators, musicians, researchers, etc.

The website also contains information about several employment programs that expand student job opportunities including the Federal Work-Study Program. To access the database, students must use their HUID and PIN.



The Memorial Church is Harvard’s University Church, dedicated on Armistice Day in 1932 as a gift of the alumni to the University in memory of those who lost their lives in the First World War. A Protestant inter-denominational house of worship, the Memorial Church maintains a broad ecumenical program of worship, preaching, and teaching, a representation of Harvard’s recognition of the spiritual dimension of the life of the mind and of a community of inquiry. All members of the University, regardless of denomination, are welcome and internationally known clergy and religious leaders regularly preach from the pulpit. The church also serves as a resource for all religious life on campus, hosting events in the Faith & Life Forum, the annual William Belden Nobel Lecture, and providing pastoral counseling services to all members of the University.


A service of Morning Prayers is held at 8:45 a.m. Monday through Saturday during the academic year, with the principal worship service held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Once a month, a service of Compline is held on Thursday evening at 10:00 p.m. Based on the traditional evening liturgy of scripture, music, prayers, and silence, Compline is sung in the candlelit space of Appleton Chapel by members of the University Choir.

The Harvard University Choir is regarded by many worldwide as the premier program in college chapel music in the United States, a demanding but rewarding musical experience for Harvard students. The choir sings at all Sunday services and presents a spring concert each year.


Harvard Chaplains is the umbrella organization of more than 35 chaplains representing 26 of the world’s religious (and one non-religious) traditions, united in their commitment to serving Harvard’s diverse student communities.

Members of the Harvard community are encouraged to contact the chaplains, who are available to meet and talk about spiritual concerns, and ethical and personal matters. Visit the website for complete up-to-date information, news and events, and a full description of groups and worship services.

Staff Assistant (office staffed August 15 through May 14), Board of Ministry and Harvard Chaplains: 617-495-5529


Baha’i Association
Ms. Eleanor Mitten

Baptist (American)
Rev. Stephen Butler Murray

Baptist (Southern)/Harvard Asian Student Koinonia
Mrs. Rebekah Kim

Buddhist Community
Dokuro Jaeckel
Lama Migmar Tseten

Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru)
Mr. Patrick (Pat) McLeod
Ms. Tammy McLeod

Catholic Student Center
Fr. Michael Drea 617-491-8400
Fr. George Salzmann (graduate students), 617-491-8400
Fr. Matthew Westcott (undergraduates), 617-491-8400

Chabad House (Jewish)
Rabbi Hirschy Zarchi

Christian Science Chaplaincy
Ms. Margit Hammerstrom

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Dr. Thomas Chapman

Episcopal Chaplaincy
Rev. Luther Zeigler

Gracestreet Church/Foursquare (Pentecostal)
Christopher Gleason

Harvard Hindu Fellowship
(Vedanta Society)
Swami Tyagananda

Hillel Foundation (Jewish)
Rabbi Jonah Steinberg

Humanist Chaplaincy (non-religious)
Mr. Greg Epstein
Mr. Christopher Stedman

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Mr. Jeff Barneson
Mr. Mako Nagasawa
Mr. Mickey Sanchez

Islamic Society (Muslim)
Mr. Taha Abdul-Basser
Mr. Nuri Friedlander

Lutheran Campus Ministry
(To be announced.)

The Memorial Church
Rev. Jonathan L. Walton

Mennonite Chaplaincy
Mr. Alexander Siegel-Hernandez

Orthodox Christian Fellowship
(To be announced.)

Presbyterian Church in America (Reformed University Fellowship)
Rev. Jeremy Mullen

Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
Mr. John Bach

Seventh-day Adventist Chaplaincy
Mr. Angelo Grasso

Swedenborgian Chaplaincy
Rev. Kevin Baxter

United Methodist Chaplaincy
Rev. Scott Campbell

United Methodist (Korean Mission)
Rev. Raymond Kahng

Unitarian Universalist Chaplaincy
(To be announced.)

Zoroastrian Association
Daryush Mehta


Chief/Director, Francis D. “Bud” Riley
1033 Massachusetts Avenue, Sixth Floor
Police Assistance: (617) 495-1212
Business Line: (617) 495-1215
Criminal Investigation Division: (617) 495-1796 or (617) 495-1212

The mission of the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) is to maintain the safety and security of all students, faculty, staff, and visitors of the University. The HUPD is a full-service police department (comprising a Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division, and Dignitary Protection Unit) that includes police officers, detectives, civilian communication dispatchers, and support and administrative personnel. The police officers are sworn special State Police officers with deputy sheriff powers and attend the same police academy as Cambridge Police officers. With the exception of a few crimes, such as homicide, the HUPD has primary jurisdiction over all crimes occurring on University property. The Department maintains a good working relationship with Cambridge Police, Boston Police, Massachusetts State Police, and numerous other local and federal law enforcement agencies and, when appropriate, coordinates responses to particular incidents and events.

Some core functions of the Department are: responding to criminal incidents; checking on the well-being of students, faculty, and staff; responding to disturbances; providing escorts; taking reports of lost and stolen property; responding to lockouts; investigating suspicious activity; responding to alarms; and investigating trespassers or unwanted guests. In addition to these activities, officers present safety and security information at community meetings, make presentations at student and new employee orientations, teach self-defense classes, register laptops and bicycles, and initiate informal contact with students, faculty, and staff while patrolling on foot, bicycles, and motorcycles, and while eating in the dining halls. HUPD officers are approachable and committed to keeping the Harvard community safe and secure.

To fulfill its mission, the HUPD has adopted a community-oriented problem-solving (COPS) philosophy. The core components of the philosophy are prevention, partnerships, and problem solving. HUPD officers are problem solvers, as well as law enforcers, who work in partnership with the community to address and solve problems. Through these partnerships and collaborative problem solving, officers deal with problems, prevent crime, and help maintain a community free of disorder. To help build, maintain, and strengthen these partnerships within the University community, the Department is divided into five geographically-based teams (Yard/North Yard, Radcliffe, Allston, River, and Longwood). Because they have small areas of responsibility, officers have the ability to build relationships with the community and become familiar with problems specific to their area through increased communication and interactions.

Annually, the HUPD produces a report that outlines the University’s campus safety and security policies, procedures, and practices. The publication, “Playing it Safe,” describes programs and services designed to promote safety and security and to help members of the Harvard community prevent and report crime. This report also includes crime statistics for the campus area. A copy of “Playing it Safe” can be found on the HUPD’s website. Students and their parents or guardians are strongly encouraged to read and discuss with each other the information provided in “Playing it Safe.”

The HUPD disseminates community advisories and crime alerts after a serious or violent crime that may pose a continuing public safety threat is reported to the HUPD or local police departments. Also, in the unfortunate event of a life-threatening, campus-wide emergency, the University has a text-messaging notification system in place, along with other communication capabilities as well. Students are encouraged to sign up for the service during registration.

It is important for students to remember that the University is located in an urban setting; therefore, it shares many of the crime and safety issues that exist in any city. Violent crimes do occur but are relatively rare. The vast majority of crime on campus is property crime (94%). Most of the property stolen is left unattended in public areas or in unlocked rooms or offices. Thieves are constantly looking for unattended, easily transportable, and valuable property. For example, laptops, cell phones, and iPods are both easily transportable and valuable. The best way to prevent these and other expensive items from being stolen is to never leave them unattended in a public setting and to lock residential suite doors.

Annual Security Report

The Department is committed to assisting all members of the Harvard community in providing for their own safety and security. Harvard’s annual security report, prepared in compliance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”), is entitled “Playing it Safe”, and can be found here. “Playing it Safe” includes information about the HUPD, how to report a crime, HUPD’s crime prevention programs, substance abuse, sensitive crimes, and other important information about security and HUPD services on campus. It also contains three years of statistics on reported campus or campus-related crimes.

Professional Conduct

The HUPD’s relationship with the community is vital to achieving its mission. All community members should expect to be treated in a courteous and professional manner by members of the department. Occasionally questions arise regarding professional conduct. The Harvard University Police Department does not tolerate employees who act unprofessionally, rudely, or who do not seek to provide an appropriate level of service. It also wishes to recognize instances where its employees have been especially helpful or have exceeded your expectations in the service that they have provided. The quality of our service is dependent in part on feedback from the community, and the department has an extensive process in place to respond to citizen complaints.

The community is encouraged to bring to the department’s attention both compliments and questions of professionalism by contacting one of the following individuals in a timely manner:

  • The on-duty shift supervisor can be reached by calling 617-495-1786; this individual is available 24-hours a day.
  • Calling the Office of the Chief, 617-495-1780

Additionally, community members can commend or make a complaint against an officer at the HUPD website. Community members can include their name and email address or do it anonymously. Anonymous complaints will be investigated but the investigation may be limited if the complainant is not available for follow-up questioning.

Citizen Stops

As part of the Department’s efforts to facilitate safety on campus, it occasionally becomes necessary for HUPD officers to stop members of the University community and ask for information. If an officer stops someone, it does not necessarily indicate that the person is a suspect. Cooperation in these interviews, usually by simply providing your name and proof of Harvard affiliation, assists the HUPD in promoting a safe and secure environment. Officers make every effort to be as sensitive and courteous as possible.

If you are stopped, you can expect the following:

  • That the interview be conducted courteously
  • That the questioning be as brief as possible
  • That an apology for the inconvenience be made if appropriate
  • That the officer identifies himself/herself by name and badge number when requested

Safety and Security To-Do-List

In order for the Harvard University Police Department to maintain a safe and secure campus it needs the help of the community. If you follow the advice below you will be doing your part to ensure your safety as well as the safety of the entire Harvard University community.

  • Store the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) urgent number (617-495-1212) in your cell phone. If you feel uncomfortable, afraid, or observe suspicious activity please call the HUPD immediately for assistance.
  • Never allow anyone you do not know to enter a building when you are entering or exiting. Do not let people “piggyback” with you! If someone does enter that you don’t recognize, please call the HUPD.
  • If you are out after dark, use only well-lit routes or Designated Pathways (found on the back of University phonebooks), make use of shuttle buses, escort van and HUCEP, and travel in groups when possible. Persons should avoid talking on cell phones, listening to music, or walking too close to persons unnecessarily. Know the location of blue light phones.
  • Register for MessageMe, the University’s emergency text messaging system by going to https://messageme.harvard.edu/.
  • Register your bicycle and laptop. You may register your laptop or bicycle by bringing them to HUPD headquarters or by watching for notices of periodic laptop registrations conducted at various points throughout the University.
  • For additional information on safety and security and services offered, please visit the HUPD website. In addition please read “Playing it Safe”, the Department’s annual report which can be found on the website.

Crime Prevention Tips

To maintain the safety and security of the University, the HUPD and the community need to work together. Crime prevention includes calling the HUPD when a student observes suspicious activity, calling if a student is the victim of or becomes aware of a criminal incident, and informing the Department of potential public safety issues. Together, the HUPD and the community can maintain a safe and secure environment for the pursuit of education and scholarship that brings people to Harvard University.

The HUPD strongly encourages community members to incorporate the following actions into their daily routine to keep themselves and their residences safe:

  • When you leave your room, office, or vehicle, even for a moment, always keep your doors and windows locked. Do not prop open or disengage the locking system on the door.
  • Never leave your purse, wallet, book bag, laptop, or other property unattended even for a moment in a public setting.
  • When locking your bicycle, use a steel “U” lock rather than a cable lock. Lock the frame and tire together to a stationary object. If the bike has easily removable seat, it is recommended that you remove the seat and take it with you.
  • Trust your instincts. Be careful when people stop you for directions, request money, or ask you for the time. Always reply from a distance; never get too close to the car or the person. If you feel uncomfortable about someone near you, head for a populated area and call the HUPD.
  • Know the locations of blue light emergency phones on campus.
  • If you are out after dark, use only well-lit routes or Designated Pathways (found on the back of University phonebooks), make use of shuttle buses, escort van and HUCEP (walking escort program), and travel in groups when possible.
  • Look confident when you walk. Make eye contact with passersby, and keep a firm grip on your property.
  • Carry your keys in your hand so you can quickly get into your car or home.
  • Keep possessions in your vehicle out of sight (in the trunk).
  • Although it seems courteous to open doors for others, especially persons carrying groceries or packages, do not open residential doors for strangers.

Personal Protection

No one can consistently predict when and where crime will occur or who its victims will be. Because crimes against individuals can and do take place even in broad daylight, students are urged to remain aware of their surroundings at all times. By being alert, one is more likely to avoid impending danger.

In addition, the HUPD offers rape prevention workshops entitled Rape Aggression Defense (RAD). RAD, taught by HUPD officers, empowers female students, faculty, and staff to combat various types of assaults by providing them with realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. This empowerment is taught through four basic principles: education, dependency on self, making one’s own decisions, and realization of one’s own power. The objective of RAD is to develop and enhance self-defense options for women. The course, which consists of four, 4-hour classes, begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and risk avoidance, while progressing to the basics of hands-on defense training. The classes provide women with the knowledge to make educated decisions about resistance. In order to successfully complete the course, students are required to attend all four classes. The objective of RAD is to develop and enhance the self-defense options for women. Additional information can be found at the HUPD website.

Residential Security

Students are reminded to always lock their doors even if leaving their rooms for a moment, never prop open doors, never allow visitors to “piggyback” with them when entering their residence hall, request that visitors identify themselves prior to opening the door, and never leave notes indicating one’s absence. Additional crime prevention tips can be found at the HUPD website. Students are encouraged to call the HUPD at 617-495-1212 if they observe someone acting in a suspicious manner.

Blue Light Emergency Phones

Police assistance phones are located at outdoor locations throughout the campus; they have blue lights above them for easy identification. The dispatcher will identify the location of the phone being used and will dispatch police and other security personnel as necessary. These phones should be used to report suspicious activity, crimes in progress, or any emergency.

In addition, university Centrex phones (gray) placed at outdoor locations can be used to contact HUPD at 617-495-1212. If students have any questions about accessibility to these phones, they should contact the University Disability Coordinator at 617-495-1859.

Traveling at Night

The HUPD strongly encourages all students to be vigilant at all times and take appropriate precautions, such as walking with others, utilizing the designated well-lit pathways as noted in the student telephone directory, and utilizing the shuttle buses, evening van service, and walking escorts (the Harvard University Campus Escort Program/HUCEP) whenever possible. Information on shuttle buses, vans, and the overnight shuttle/van extended service can be found on the University’s Transportation Services website or by calling 617-495-0400. A HUCEP walking escort can be requested at 617-384-8237. The hours of operation for HUCEP are 10:30 p.m.–2:00 a.m., Sunday through Wednesday, and 10:30 p.m.–3:00 a.m., Thursday through Saturday.

Whistles and Shrill Alarms

Safety whistles are available for FREE at HUPD headquarters at 1033 Massachusetts Avenue, 6th Floor. Shrill alarms can be purchased at 1033 Massachusetts Avenue for $10.

Community Advisory/Crime Alerts

The HUPD disseminates community advisories and crime alerts after a serious or violent crime is reported to the HUPD or local police departments. Community advisories are distributed to the entire University community, whereas crime alerts are disseminated to the relevant population of students, faculty, and staff or to the students, faculty, and staff in a specific area or location. The purpose of the advisory and alert is to notify the community about potential public safety threats. The community advisories and crime alerts are disseminated directly to GSAS students.

Rape and Indecent Assault and Battery



According to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 265, Section 22, rape is defined as follows:

“Whoever has sexual intercourse or unnatural sexual intercourse with a person and compels such person to submit by force and against his will, or compels such person to submit by threat of bodily injury, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than twenty years.”

Rape may occur between people who know each other and between people who have previously had consensual sexual relations. Under Massachusetts law, both men and women may be the victims or the perpetrators of rape.

Indecent Assault and Battery

If a perpetrator intentionally has physical contact of a sexual nature with the victim without the victim’s consent, the perpetrator can be charged with the crime of indecent assault and battery. Such contact may include touching a woman’s breasts or buttocks, or the pubic area of a man or woman. Indecent assault and battery is a felony that may be punishable by up to five years imprisonment.

If you are uncertain whether a situation constitutes a rape or indecent assault and battery, please consult with either the HUPD, Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR), University Health Services (UHS), your resident Dean, a designated Sexual Assault/Sexual Harassment (SASH) Advisor, or other helping resources to get support and information, and to determine if a crime has been committed.

If a Rape or Indecent Assault and Battery Occurs

Students will find their resident Deans, the College Dean’s Office, the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR), or the offices of student affairs in other schools helpful and supportive. You are strongly encouraged to report instances of rape or indecent assault and battery to these or other University officials. Massachusetts General Laws and University policy seek to protect victims of rape, indecent assault and battery, and other sex offenses, and they encourage the reporting of such crimes to responsible University officials. If you have been the victim of a rape or an indecent assault and battery, the HUPD strongly recommends one of the following options:

  • Call the HUPD at 617-495-1212 or 617-432-1212 (Longwood Campus) to report the incident. HUPD can arrange for an officer to transport you to UHS, whether or not you decide to file a police report. You may call and request transportation to UHS without divulging that you have been raped or sexually assaulted. Simply request a medical transport to UHS and an officer will respond.
  • Call the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR) at 617-495-9100. OSAPR provides 24-hour-a-day, confidential support and information to student survivors of sexual violence over the phone or in person. The OSAPR staff is trained to provide options, listen supportively, and provide referrals to services on campus and off-campus.
  • Seek medical assistance at University Health Services (UHS.)
  • Seek counseling assistance at University Health Services (UHS.)
  • Report the rape or indecent assault and battery to your local human resource official.
  • Report the rape or indecent assault and battery to a local police department, such as Cambridge or Boston, even if the incident occurred on campus.

HUPD Response

You can expect the following to occur when you notify the HUPD:

  • Your identity will be maintained in confidence. Although community advisories about the incident may be circulated in cases that present a serious public safety risk, every effort will be made to maintain confidentiality and to respect the legitimate privacy concerns of all involved individuals.
  • A uniformed or non-uniformed officer, by request, will respond to your location to assist you in obtaining medical treatment, assure your safety, and obtain a description of the suspect.
  • He or she will ask you for the location and time of the rape, a description of the rapist, and a description of any injuries
  • The HUPD’s Sensitive Crime Unit, which includes detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division and selected patrol officers, will be assigned to the case. All members of the Unit have been trained extensively in the investigation of sexual offenses and the impact of the crime on the victim. They will approach each case in a sensitive manner.
  • The police will request a medical examination at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Rape Crisis Intervention Program to ensure that you have suffered no physical injury and to complete a medical report that can be used in a court proceeding if charges are pressed.
  • You will be interviewed (you may specifically request a female officer). A friend or counselor may be with you during the interview. All statements you make may be used during any subsequent legal proceedings.

It is important to preserve any physical evidence that may be necessary to prove that a rape occurred. Both the HUPD and UHS can advise and assist you in the preservation of such evidence. At a minimum, don’t bathe, douche, or change your clothes. After a rape or indecent assault and battery, try to write down everything you can remember about the perpetrator, including a physical description, the use of force or threats, and any information you remember concerning the assailant’s identity.

When you report a rape or indecent assault and battery to the police, you will be provided with immediate physical protection and transportation to a medical facility. You are not making a commitment to file charges or to testify in court.

If you wish to report a rape or indecent assault and battery anonymously, you may contact the HUPD’s Sensitive Crime Unit at 617-495-1796, relay information to the HUPD via a UHS counselor, or report the incident in writing to the Chief of Police at 1033 Massachusetts Avenue, Sixth Floor.

Options for Further Action

Students will find their Resident Deans, the College Dean’s Office, the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR), or the offices of student affairs in other schools helpful and supportive. These offices will provide assistance in changing academic and living arrangements in response to the incident if appropriate.

As a victim of rape or indecent assault and battery you may want your assailant identified, apprehended, and prosecuted in court. If you choose to proceed in this manner, notify the HUPD immediately for assistance and guidance.

You may also choose not to prosecute your assailant. There is no law in Massachusetts requiring a rape victim to prosecute. If the offender is a Harvard affiliate, victims may choose to pursue disciplinary action against the offender.

Disciplinary Procedures

If the alleged offender is a Harvard affiliate, you may report the incident to a University officer to file a complaint against the perpetrator under the applicable Harvard disciplinary procedure. The Dean’s Office, office for student affairs, or human resources office in your school or department can provide advice. You may initiate a disciplinary process whether or not you seek to prosecute.

Reported rape and other sexual misconduct by students, faculty, or staff are grounds for initiating disciplinary procedures. Since these procedures vary among schools and administrative departments, you should consult the Dean’s Office in your school or the appropriate administrative office in your school or department for information on applicable processes.

The accuser and accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding. University-imposed sanctions for rape or indecent assault and battery will vary depending on the nature and severity of the offense, and may include penalties up to and including termination of student status or Harvard employment. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sex offense.

If a school’s judiciary board finds that a student has committed a disciplinary violation involving a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, the school also may, if legally permitted and in the school’s judgment appropriate, disclose certain information about the disciplinary case. The disclosure may include the student’s name, the violation committed, and the sanction imposed.

Privacy Concerns

Under Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 112, Section 12A1/2, the University Health Services is required to forward a confidential report of rape or indecent assault and battery to the Police Chief or Commissioner in the jurisdiction in which the alleged assault occurred. This report will not include the victim’s name, address, or other identifying information. When applicable, these reported incidents will be included in the Clery Act report.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 41, Section 97D establishes that reports of rape and indecent assault and battery (or attempts to commit those offenses) are not public documents. Police departments must maintain such reports in a manner that will ensure their confidentiality.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 265, Section 24C similarly protects the confidentiality of court and police records relating to an arrest, investigation, or complaint for rape or assault with intent to rape. The law also provides that such records are not public records, and prohibits disclosing the victim’s name.

Resources for Advice and Counseling

The University and various social service providers in Cambridge and Boston offer a range of counseling and support services for victims of rape and indecent assault and battery. If you choose not to take advantage of these resources immediately, at the very least you should find a friend, counselor, or other support person to comfort you and to help you deal with the experience. That person should be with you throughout the crisis situation and follow up, and should help you regain a sense of control over events.

Harvard Resources

The staffs at the HUPD, OSAPR, and UHS are well trained to aid students, faculty, and staff who are victims of rape or indecent assault and battery. In addition, each school has administrative officers and counselors available to help. These individuals can be identified through the office for student affairs in each school, through the Office for Coeducation in Harvard College, or through the Harvard College Dean’s Office.

Harvard faculty and staff can find assistance and support at the Deans offices, the offices of human resources at each school or department, or the central Office of Human Resources in Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center.

Additional resources include:

Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR):

UHS-Bureau of Study Counsel:

RESPONSE (peer counseling):

United Ministry:

The Wellness Corporation (Harvard employee assistance program):

External Resources

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery:

Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC):
24-Hour Hotline: 617-492-7273
Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cambridge Health Alliance Victims of Violence Program (VOV):

Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office:
Adult Sexual Assault Unit

Educational Programs

The Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response and schools within the University offer a variety of written materials, workshops, and other activities to promote awareness of the seriousness of sexual offenses, including rape, acquaintance rape, and indecent assault and battery. For more information on OSAPR and the resources offered please call 617-495-9100.

All incoming undergraduate students are required to attend a mandatory sexual assault workshop covering the College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and reporting options (HUPD, Ad Board, OSAPR for informal options, etc.). HUPD officers attend these workshops to personalize the resource and help make it as approachable as possible. Students are split by gender and have the option to attend an alternate LGBTQ-focused workshop. Workshops are led by peer educators trained and supervised by the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response. Students participate in a discussion on the Sex Signals performance, Harvard policies, bystander intervention, risk reduction, experiences of survivors, and resources for survivors, including reporting options.

Laptop Registration

Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to register their laptops. The HUPD offers you two ways to register your laptop. You can register it online on the HUPD website or through the STOP program.

The online registration is a free service provided by the HUPD. The HUPD maintains a database that stores the make, model and serial number of your laptop. In the event of the loss or theft of the laptop the HUPD will be able to provide you with that information, which could help facilitate the recovery of the laptop. To register your laptop online, please visit the HUPD website.

In addition to the online registration, the second method to register your laptop is through the STOP program. The HUPD, in partnership with Security Tracking of Office Property (STOP) Inc., provides a theft prevention and recovery system. For a $10 registration fee your laptop will be registered in a database that is good for the life of the computer. Your laptop will be fitted with a unique, tamper-proof patented plate, with a barcode and indelible tattoo. You may register your laptop by bringing it to HUPD headquarters at 1033 Massachusetts Avenue or by watching for notices of periodic laptop registrations conducted at various points throughout the University.

Bicycle Registration

Students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to register their bicycles. Registration is free for all students, faculty, and staff (faculty and staff may register their families’ bicycles also). Registration serves as a deterrent to theft and can help in the recovery of stolen bicycles. The serial number is recorded and an identifying sticker is placed on your bicycle. You will need to provide the HUPD with the bicycle’s serial number, manufacturer, model, and color.

The HUPD offers you two ways to register your bicycle. You may register it in person by bringing it to HUPD headquarters at 1033 Massachusetts Avenue, to 180 Longwood Avenue, or to other substations, or by watching for notices of periodic bike registrations conducted at various locations throughout the University. You may also register your bicycle online at the Mass Bike website.

Lost and Found

The HUPD serves as the central collection point for lost and found items, such as keys, backpacks, eyeglasses, and bikes. If you have lost property, please contact the HUPD Property Custodian via the HUPD website to determine if your property has been recovered. In your message please describe your property, a time frame of when you lost it, and where you believe you lost it.

Medical Emergencies

Students should dial 9-911 for medical assistance in any life-threatening situation. Urgent medical assistance is available 24 hours a day at Harvard University Health Services (HUHS). The HUPD provides medical transports to HUHS 24 hours a day. By law, the HUPD cannot transport non-ambulatory students in police vehicles. They do, however, respond to all medical emergencies. If they are unable to transport the victim, they will provide emergency medical treatment until trained medical professionals arrive.


Medical escorts to HUHS are provided by the police 24 hours a day. The Harvard Police, by law, cannot transport non-ambulatory community members in Harvard Police vehicles. They do respond, however, to all medical emergencies, and if they are unable to transport, they provide emergency medical treatment until medical professionals arrive. Students can call 617-495-1212 for police assistance.


Mobile: shuttle.harvard.edu/m

Shuttle Tracker is an online and mobile service that continuously displays the location of Harvard University shuttles and animates their motion against a detailed map of recognizable University buildings and landmarks.

The University Shuttle Service operates fixed route bus service during the academic year (except university recognized holidays and term breaks) providing safe, convenient, and reliable transportation throughout the Cambridge and Allston campuses. Major stops include: Memorial Hall, WCC Law, Currier House, Mather House, Widener Gate, Lamont Library, Harvard Kennedy School, and the Business School. Harvard Shuttles are open to all members of the Harvard Community, including faculty, staff, and students. From its low-floor and lift-equipped buses to its door-to-door van service, Harvard’s entire system is fully accessible for riders of all abilities.

The Daytime Van Service is designed for persons who, because of mobility impairment or medical condition, find it extremely difficult or impossible to use the regular shuttle bus. This service operates year round throughout the Cambridge and Allston campuses and is available to all faculty, staff and students. Riders for the van service must be approved by local disability coordinators. After approval, rides are by appointment only. The service normally operates from 8:00 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. start on weekends, with reduced hours during the summer months and recess periods. Please call 617-495-0400 for more information or to schedule a ride. For Customer Service, call 617-495-0400, (TTY#) 617-496-6642 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

After 7 p.m., fully accessible shuttle vans are available through the Evening Van Service. (Reservations are not required for the Evening Van Service.)

As a supplement to the shuttle bus system, the Evening Van Service is designed to transport faculty, staff, and students throughout the Cambridge and Allston campuses safely. The service operates between 7 p.m. and 3:00 a.m. seven days a week throughout the academic year, with reduced service during the summer and break periods. No advance arrangements are needed. However, the last call for a ride must be received by 2:30 a.m. For more information, or to request a ride, please call 617-495-0400.


Fleet Management Services provides free on-campus emergency road service for faculty, staff, students, and visitors who need help charging a dead battery, changing a tire, or retrieving keys that have been locked inside a car. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 617-496-HELP (4357).


Zipcar offers 24/7 self-service cars by the hour or by the day. Harvard has a special discounted membership rate for students, faculty, and staff. Zipcar has hundreds of cars in the Boston area, including many on the Harvard campus. Reserve online, let yourself in with your Zipcard, and drive away. Dedicated parking spot, gas, insurance, and 180 miles per 24-hour period are included in the usage fees. Vehicles include over 30 different makes and models including discounted hybrid vehicles, passenger sedans, pick-up trucks, SUVs, luxury sedans, and more.


Parking in Cambridge is extremely limited. On-street parking is reserved for vehicles registered with the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and principally garaged in Cambridge. Cambridge parking stickers are available at the City of Cambridge Transportation Department located at 238 Broadway. Private rental parking is scarce and expensive. The University suffers from a finite number of parking spaces, and Cambridge regulations effectively limit the growth of parking in the city. GSAS students who require parking must fill out an application and submit it to the Parking Office during registration. Successful candidates will be assigned parking in Allston.

Residents and commuters will be placed in the One Western Avenue garage. Parking fees are paid at the beginning of the academic year and can be term-billed. Credits are pro-rated on a monthly basis.

Resident/Tenant Parking—Non-assigned parking in the One Western Avenue garage is valid 24 hours a day for students living within the campus area. Resident parking is for the academic year July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.*

Commuter Parking—Non-assigned parking in the One Western Avenue garage between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. for students living outside the campus area. Commuter parking permits are issued for the academic year July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. *

Evening Commuter Parking—Parking in designated parking lots between 5:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m., Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends and University holidays. Evening Commuter parking is available on the Allston side of the University to all students and valid for the year July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014. *

In order to register for parking, all students must provide the following information:

  • A valid driver’s license and/or Harvard ID as required.
  • Proof of residency (e.g., lease, current utility, cable, or telephone bill with the student’s name and address on it).
  • Vehicle registration, which clearly states the student’s or parent’s name.

Accessibility and Parking—The University Disability Coordinator and Parking Services jointly manage all parking policy and parking requests based on disability. Students with specific needs should contact the Local Disability Coordinator. The Local Disability Coordinator will request any medical documentation or other verification of disability or injury that may be necessary prior to the authorization of parking or shuttle services. Students who require accessible parking as a reasonable accommodation will not be required to pay more than the yearly student rate for comparable parking types (taking into account hours of access and the nature of the parking facility), regardless of whether such students are assigned to a lot or garage generally reserved for faculty or staff.

Parking for Guests—Temporary visitor parking permits for all campus lots are made on a space-available basis through Parking Services.

*Note: 2013–2014 rates have not been confirmed.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

University advisory on compliance with copyright law and digital materials. Read more on the Harvard DMCA page.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended ("FERPA") is a federal law that gives students certain rights with respect to their education records. Read more at the FAS Registrar's Office.

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