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Privacy Policy


The following information details the privacy practices for the Harvard University Graduate School of Design website ( By accessing and using this site, you accept and agree to this policy.

As used in this policy, “we,” “us,” “our,” and “OFU” refer to the Office for Urbanization at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

What information do we gather about you?

We use Google Analytics to collect information about the way our visitors engage with our website. This helps us understand what users want from the site so we can continually improve it. The data we collect includes the IP address of the device used and browser details. All of your session information is anonymous and most of it comes to us in the form of statistics.

Certain optional actions on the site require you to provide us with more information about yourself, including signing up to our email newsletter or submitting a contact form. The measures in place to protect the personal details that you submit to us are listed further in this document.

What do we use your information for?

Our staff uses the information we gather from you to track user trends, and for the other purposes described in this policy.

If you contact us via email, the email address you provide may be used to send you information, respond to inquiries, and/or other requests or questions. We will not share or sell your email address to any other third party, unless in circumstances where we believe that doing so is necessary or appropriate to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process, or governmental request; detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues; or protect our rights and safety and the rights and safety of our users or others.

Links to external sites

This website may contain links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of third-party websites.


Information security

This site complies with Harvard’s Information Security Policy and has reasonable security measures in place to help protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control. However, no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure.

Users located in the European Economic Area

If you are located in the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Norway (the “European Economic Area”), please review Harvard’s EEA Privacy Disclosure for additional information about ways that certain Harvard University Schools, Centers, units, and controlled entities, including this website, may collect, use, and share information about you.


Changes to this policy

This Privacy Policy may be amended from time to time. Any such changes will be posted on this page.


Effective date

The effective date of this policy is May 9, 2023.

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