Harvard Law Launches Student Life App
In a response to a call to improve alleged sexual abuse and Title IX procedures, Harvard Law School has unveiled a new app called THRIVE@HLS. It is based on a similar app already in place at Harvard Business School and will provide students with resources relating to mental health, sexual assault, and student life.
The app features a “who to call if” section with different potential scenarios and then suggests which offices to contact with phone numbers. The app links directly to the Harvard University Police Department, Harvard University Health Resources, and the Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response hotline. The app will also link to dining hall options and events on campus.
“Over the summer, we shared a beta app with a group of HLS students and received their input. The feedback was positive,” Law School spokesperson, Rob Landon, wrote in an email to the Harvard Crimson. The app became available to download for free on September 16.
Of course, the app is part of the overall revamp of Harvard Law School’s handling of sexual assault cases relating to Title IX. At the end of 2014, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights announced Harvard Law School had agreed to change alleged sexual assault procedures to comply with Title IX measures.
“I am very pleased to bring to close one of our longest-running sexual violence investigations, and I congratulate Harvard Law School for now committing to comply with Title IX and immediately implement steps to provide a safe learning environment for its students,” Catherine E. Lhamon, assistant secretary for civil rights, said in the December 2014 release from the Office of Civil Rights. “This agreement is a credit to the strong leadership of Harvard President Drew Faust and Law School Dean Martha Minow, for which I am deeply grateful and from which I know their students will benefit significantly.”
The release also listed eight changes the law school was required to make including notifying students of Title IX campus contacts and other contacts such as the University Police Department and sexual harassment and assault resources. In August, the school rolled out its updated procedures and the app followed suit in September.
Source: The Harvard Crimson
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