The Faculty of Arts and Sciences adopted the Resolution on Rights and Responsibilities on April 14, 1970, which states: “The central functions of an academic community are learning, teaching, research, and scholarship. By accepting membership in the University, an individual joins a community ideally characterized by free expression, free inquiry, intellectual honesty, respect for the dignity of others, and openness to constructive change.”
Graduate students engage with peers, administrative staff, and faculty to advance their education and research and GSAS expects students, faculty, and administrative staff to conduct themselves in a professional manner. GSAS students are expected to follow the regulations and standards of conduct noted in GSAS Policies.
GSAS students are subject to Massachusetts laws, including those related to hazing (found in Massachusetts General Laws sections 17, 18, and 19) and to annoying telephone calls or electronic communication.
Seeking Information and Support
When students have concerns, they can find information and support from GSAS staff. Speaking with Danielle Farrell, director of student services, is a good place to start when you have a concern but don’t know where to go. Danielle serves in an advisory role, provides ongoing support, and makes referrals to other sources of assistance as necessary. Danielle has experience coaching students on how to prepare for important meetings and how to approach difficult conversations.
Danielle Farrell, Director of Student Services
B2, GSAS Student Center
University-wide assistance is also available by visiting the Harvard University Ombudsman Office. The Ombudsman Office is an independent, neutral, and confidential place for visitors to discuss their academic and workplace issues and concerns.
Lydia Cummings, Ombudsman
University Ombudsman Office
44R Brattle Street, 117-118
Cambridge, MA 02138