COVID-19 FAQs

Is OSAPR still open?

For the health and safety of our community, we are conducting all appointments and meetings remotely, via Zoom or phone. Please reach out if you do not have a private space to take a remote appointment. Your safety and access are important to us, and OSAPR will work on an alternative plan that works best for you. You can make an appointment by emailing us at osapr@harvard.edu, or calling our 24-hour hotline at 617.495.9100

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What reasons should I reach out to OSAPR?

If you are in doubt, reach out. We are a confidential resource and specialize in the broad spectrum of what constitutes interpersonal dynamics and harm. This includes relationship advice, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. We are also here if you wish to talk about stresses that are happening in your relationships at home or at a distance with friends and partners. Feel free to talk to us for other topics as well. If we are not the right...

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How can OSAPR help me if I’m no longer on campus?

We understand that your needs may be impacted by changes to your academic, housing, and social environment. OSAPR can still address safety or emotional health concerns and overall wellbeing with you. We can help you with emotional support, safety planning, finding financial and housing resources, or making a report. We are also able to provide virtual accompaniment to remote meetings with campus partners.

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Can I get a forensic exam during this time?

Yes. Medical care following sexual violence is considered a medical emergency, including standardized prevention of pregnancy and prophylactic treatment for STDs and HIV. Protocols for how hospitals are offering these services vary across geographies. For example, many hospitals are limiting the number of people who can accompany patients. OSAPR can provide support via phone. Feel free to call us if you wish to talk through your options. ...

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Can I get a restraining order?

Courts are continuing to issue restraining orders (also called protection orders or injunctions). Check with your courthouse to see if the filing location or hours have changed with the new COVID-19 precautions in place or if online filing is permitted. Your local courthouse may have forms available to request a restraining order. If you would like help navigating this process, please contact us. We can still engage in systems advocacy remotely. ...

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Is the Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) still conducting investigations?

Yes. ODR operations continue, during regular University business hours, using telephonic and other remote communications technology. ODR has extensive experience using such technology, as individuals involved in ODR cases can be located anywhere in the world. A flowchart describing ODR’s investigative process can be found here: ... Read more about Is the Office for Dispute Resolution (ODR) still conducting investigations?