In order to foster respect for the standards and rules that support its mission, Harvard created the office of the University Ombudsman and published a “Harvard University Statement of Values,” which set out these basic values:
- Respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others
- Honesty and integrity in all dealings
- Conscientious pursuit of excellence in one’s work
- Accountability for actions and conduct in the workplace
Every member of the University community has a duty to act when they learn about situations where University policies or legal obligations are being violated, and the University has a complementary duty to protect the rights of those who come forward. Depending on the nature of the concern you have about possible non-compliance, there are many options available to assist you in deciding what action to take. If you have questions about possible misconduct in research, see the Research Integrity section of this website where there are links to many University offices and related resources.
If you choose not to share your concerns with a supervisor or other person of authority in the unit where you work, the University Ombudsman provides guidance about a broad range of issues, including many that fall in the category of non-compliance. There is also an anonymous Compliance Hotline that can be reached by telephone or by completing an online form. Finally, the University's Chief Research Compliance Officer, Ara Tahmassian, can be consulted on all areas of research misconduct.