University Policies

Harvard's size and the variety of missions, functions, and operating models among its different departments sometimes result in different rules and policies, but there are many policies that apply across the University to help ensure a safe, fair work experience for everyone.

The Office of the Provost and the Financial Policy Office within the Office of the Controller host summaries of University-wide policies. These work alongside the Personnel Manual, union contracts and local policies. If you are unsure which rules apply in a specific situation, feel free to ask your local HR office.

A Sample of University-wide Policies

Temp and less than half-time policies

It is important to remember that University temps can only work 90 days and Less than Half-time employees need to report less than 17.5 hours to be in compliance with University policies. Review the policies and guidelines for hiring a temp or LHT for more information.



Managing Grants (Office for Sponsored Programs Handbook)

Purchasing Card (PCard)

Petty Cash

Procurement Manual

Travel and Reimbursement

Other Financial Policies


Affirmative Action Plan for Minorities and Females

Affirmative Action Plan for Disabilities and Protected Veterans

Statement of Equal Opportunity Laws and Policies

Title IX and Gender Equity

Environmental Health and Safety

Drug and Alcohol in the Workplace, Whistle Blowing and other General Employment Policies

Procedures for Handling Complaints Against Harvard Staff Members Pursuant to the Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment Policy

Information Security

Information Security Policy

Records Management Office

Guidelines for Using Social Media


Policy for the Safety & Protection of Minors

Use of Harvard name and licensing

Harvard Trademark Program, Licensing Program

Harvard Libraries Copyright and Licensing

Use of Harvard Names and Insignia

Requests for Third-Party Harvard Endorsements