As GSAS’s Title IX Resource Coordinator, Seth Avakian is available to provide support at whatever level feels most comfortable for you.
What you can expect when you contact a Title IX Resource Coordinator for an appointment
We try to return all emails within 24 hours but may need extra time to respond to emails received overnight, on weekends, or on University holidays. If you are in urgent need of assistance, please contact the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) at 617-495-1212, the SHARE Confidential Crisis Hotline at 617-495-9100, CAMHS Cares line at 617-495-2042, or Harvard University Health Services.
We will provide information about policies over email, but many students find an in-person, Zoom, or phone conversation is more beneficial to understand the options and resources available. We typically meet with students in our quiet, private offices on the Cambridge campus, but we can meet anywhere that is most comfortable for you, including the Longwood campus. We also use Zoom and other video chat apps to meet with students who are more comfortable talking remotely or are far from campus.
When you reach out to a Title IX Resource Coordinator, you may disclose as much or as little information as you choose. Reaching out to a Title IX Resource Coordinator is not the same as filing a complaint and does not automatically launch an investigation.
During our conversation, we may discuss one or more of the following topics, depending on what information you would like to receive:
- sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct policy and procedures
- how to file a formal complaint
- supportive measures, such as restrictions on contact, course schedule changes, or increased monitoring of certain areas of campus
- options for support at Harvard and/or outside of the University.
We treat information that individuals share with us with the utmost discretion and sensitivity. Please feel free to contact one of us to discuss the distinction between confidential and non-confidential resources and to find the appropriate resource for you.
Supportive measures are individualized supports to help those who may have experienced incidents of sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct, including sexual assault, participate in campus life at Harvard and continue with their studies or work.
Supportive measures may be implemented at any time. A few examples of supportive measures are:
- course-related extensions and adjustments
- University-issued and enforced no contact orders
- work and/or course schedule adjustments
- changes in housing and seating
- leaves of absence
- increased monitoring of certain areas of the campus.
As Title IX Resource Coordinators, we work with students, to ensure that supportive measures are individually tailored to meet the individual’s unique needs. If you have questions about supportive measures, do not hesitate to reach out to one of us.
It is important to know that you do not have to file a formal complaint with the University Title IX Coordinator or a report with HUPD to receive supportive measures.