Policies and Guidelines

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Harvard's size and decentralized structure allow for diverse sets of rules among the University's different entities.  Click this link, University Policies, to find the full array of policies that apply across the University to ensure a safe, fair work experience.

Below find the most commonly asked about policies:

Affirmative Action

CommuteWorks program

Maternity Leave Benefits Summary for the Post Docs and Faculty of Harvard Longwood Campus and Affiliate Institutions

Faculty Maternity and Parental Leaves

Faculty Policies

General Workplace Policies

Inclement Weather Policy

Independent Contractor - Policy, Form, and Contract (Before moving forward with an independent contractor, please consult your Human Resources Consultant.)

Independent Contractor Questionnaire

Independent Contractor Consulting Agreement

Minors on Campus

Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy

Social Media Guidelines

Staff Personnel Manual

Tobacco-Free Campus

Union Contracts (HUCTW, SEIU, etc.)

Unprofessional Relationships and Abuse of Authority


Referral Bonus Program

Click here to find out how to earn a $2,000 referral bonus for key positions.

Transit Gallery

Members of the HMS community are invited to view a new exhibit, Beyond the Diagnosis, which features portraits of people with rare diseases by artists from around the world.


These works will be on display from Nov. 4 through Dec. 15.

This event is sponsored by the HMS Office of Human Resources.  Contact Tania Rodriquez with any questions (tania_rodriguez@hms.harvard.edu).