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Community Principles, Policies, & Resources

The Berkman Klein Center community, and how we interact with one another, is governed by norms and policies developed and maintained by Harvard University and Harvard Law School. This page is intended to direct you to those policies, as well as to other applicable policies and resources for accessing additional University support.

The Harvard Law School Community Principles, found in the Handbook of Academic Policies, read as follows:

“The Law School's commitments to fairness, respect for the rule of law, and free inquiry require an environment of trust and mutual respect, free expression and inquiry, and a commitment to truth, excellence, and lifelong learning. Students, program participants, faculty, staff, and alumni accept these principles when they join the Harvard Law School community and thereby agree to respect the rights, dignity, and differences of others, pursue honesty and integrity in dealing with all members of the community in person and online, and accept personal responsibility in these efforts.”

Note that the Handbook has other sections applicable to BKC activities, notably the policies on Academic Honesty and Protest and Dissent.

Harvard University policies also apply. These include:

Here we have focused on the University policies that most directly impact our engagement as a community. Note that Harvard University’s full list of policies is accessible here.

Across the University, there are a number of resources and groups for BKC community members to connect, answer questions, and resolve disputes. Not all resources are available to all community members (for example, some are designed to serve University staff). 

The Berkman Klein Center welcomes feedback on this page. Please direct any questions or comments to