Sexual Assault

Central Administration

Harvard Files to Throw Out Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

On Monday, Harvard responded to Leader’s suit, arguing that Leader’s claims do not amount to any kind of legal violation or injury.

Massachusetts Hall

Harvard Will Move to Dismiss Suit Over Sexual Harassment Case

Harvard filed its initial response, which indicates the University will seek to throw out the complainant’s claims instead of settle, four months after after Alyssa R. Leader ’15 initially opened the lawsuit in federal court.


More Rapes Reported at Harvard in 2014 than Any Other Mass. School

Harvard topped the list for Massachusetts universities with 33 reported rapes that occurred on its campus in Cambridge.

Awareness of Services Provided by Resources Related to Sexual Assault or Sexual Misconduct by Gender

Harvard Undergraduates Reporting Nonconsensual Sexual Contact

Perceptions of University Repsonse to Sexual Assault

Reported Sexual Assault

Alicia Oeser

Alicia Oeser

Alicia Oeser, the director of the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, sits in a May 20, 2016 portrait.

Petition Signing

Standing Up: Student Groups Take on Sexual Assault

Despite efforts to improve trainings, some have suggested the brief sessions on their own may be insufficient.

Sexual Harassment Policy Meeting

Student Sexual Assault Investigations Last Months Past 60-Day Federal Guideline

For cases involving students, sexual assault and harassment investigations often last more than 4 months—well beyond the 60-day window that the federal agency recommends for the entire process.

Dean Khurana Holds Town Hall

Sorority, Club Women Denounce New Policy on Facebook

Dozens of undergraduate women involved in sororities and female final clubs are taking to social media to defend their organizations and criticize a new Harvard policy that will penalize involvement in all unrecognized single-gender social groups.


Sablière Leaders Charge Admins with Ignoring Female Clubs

Three graduate leaders of the all-female Sablière Society have questioned the administration’s actions toward Harvard’s final clubs, accusing administrators of ignoring the input of female clubs.

Harvard Wears Denim Campaign
Student Groups

Harvard Wears Denim Campaign

Students speak with Harvard Wears Denim campaign organizers at a station in the Science Center Plaza on Wednesday. The campaign, meant to raise awareness about sexual assault, asked supporters to wear denim that day in memorial of a 1998 Italian Supreme Court decision in which a rape conviction was overturned because the victim had been wearing jeans allegedly too tight to remove without her consent.

Sexual Misconduct at Harvard and Other Schools

In Letter to Khurana, Porcellian-Commissioned Report Scrutinizes Final Club Statistics

A professional statistical analyst, commissioned by the 225-year old Porcellian Club, sharply criticized the Harvard sexual assault prevention task force’s interpretation of survey data and recommendations for action on final clubs.


Occidental Students Protest Harvard Law Professor as Commencement Speaker

​Students and faculty at Occidental College are protesting the school’s choice of Harvard Law School professor Randall L. Kennedy as their commencement speaker for his controversial statements on race-related activism and the film “The Hunting Ground.”