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University-Wide Policies and Guidelines at Harvard University

Please note that while a number of University-wide policies are included below, this is by no means a comprehensive listing of all University-wide policies. If a policy on a given topic is not listed here and you have any questions, please either check with the individual Schools or contact the Office of the Provost. For all Harvard use-of-name requests, contact the Trademark Program within the Office of the Provost.

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Academic Affairs
Provost's Statement about the Establishment of Centers
Principles and Guidelines for the Establishment of Centers
Outside Activities of holders of academic Appointments
Residency Guidelines
University Statement on Rights and Responsibilities (1970)
Statement of the President and Deans on Rights and Responsibilities (2002)
Commercial Activities
Principles Governing Commercial Activities: Summary
Principles Governing Commercial Activities:
Statement of Principles
Confidential Data
Enterprise Information Security Policy
Conflict of Interest
University Faculty Financial Conflict of Interest Policy
Interim HMS Policy on Conflicts of Interest and Commitment
Electronic Communications
Policy on Access to Electronic Information
Export Controls
Export Control Compliance Policy Statement
Compliance Manual
Employee Gifts and Celebratory Events Policy
Fraud Awareness and Reporting Policy
Financial Policy Office (FPO) Website
Procurement (Purchasing at Harvard)
Travel Policy
Harvard Name Usage
Domain Name Request Form (for
Email Alias Request Form (for
Endorsement Guidelines
Frequently Asked Questions
Individual School Contacts
Policy on the Use of Harvard Names and Insignias
Use of Name in Electronic Contexts
Use of the Harvard Name and Alcoholic Beverages
Human Research
Use of Human Subjects in Research
Human Resources
Affirmative Action
General Employment Practices
Harvard University Sexual Harassment and Drug-Free Workplace
Personnel Manual
Social Media Guidelines
Whistleblowing Policy
Harvard Payroll Policy
International Affairs
Policies on International Projects and Sites
Remote Location Establishment
Inventions, Patents & Copyright Policy
Relevant Policies, Forms, and Agreements
Intellectual Property Policy
Conflict of Interest in Licensing Policy
Copyright and Licensing Restrictions
Participation Agreement
Royalty Sharing Policy
Sample Consulting Agreement
Start-up Ventures Policies
Provost's Review Criteria
Criteria for Provost's Review of New Projects or Grants
Research-Related Policies
For more information about research policy and compliance at Harvard, please visit the website of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at  
Sponsored Research
Sponsored Research Policies
Other Policies
Environmental & Safety Management Policy
Photography and Videotaping of Harvard Buildings and Facilities
Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs)
For other policies related to individual Schools, please visit their homepages, available on the Harvard homepage under the “Schools” tab:
For the most up-to-date government policies and regulations that pertain to higher education, see the Harvard University Office of Federal Relations website here:

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