Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION: Multiple Harvard community members have tested positive for COVID-19. Learn more.

Harvard University is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus. We are planning for several contingency scenarios and taking decisive, informed action to limit the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring the continuity of our teaching and research mission. The University remains open and operational with appropriate measures to protect the health of the community. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed of additional measures.

Health and Wellbeing

The health of our community is our top priority. We realize the extraordinary social distancing measures and the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19 are incredibly challenging. See Health and Wellbeing to learn about:

  • Preventative measures and advice, including handwashing and wearing face coverings
  • Self-isolation/quarantine guidance and community testing notifications
  • Resources for managing stress, anxiety, and fear
  • Activities for staying connected and motivated at a distance
Teach Remotely

The decision to transition to remote instruction aligns with our goal to reduce the number of interactions on campus, slow the rate of transmission, and protect our community. We understand there are pedagogical, logistical, and technological challenges to these extraordinary measures. University leadership and your Schools are here to support you. See Teach Remotely for helpful resources and information.

Effective March 10 and until further notice:

  • We began transitioning to online instruction for all graduate and undergraduate classes on March 10 and completed this transition by March 23.
  • Schools will communicate more specific guidance, and we encourage you to review your School and Program-specific coronavirus page for more information.
Learn Remotely

The decision to transition to remote learning aligns with our goal to reduce the number of interactions on campus, slow the rate of transmission, and protect our community. We understand there are personal, logistical, and financial challenges to these extraordinary measures. University leadership and your Schools are here to support you. See Learn Remotely for helpful resources and information.

Effective March 10 and until further notice:

  • We will begin transitioning to online instruction for all graduate and undergraduate classes. The goal is to complete this transition by March 23.
    • Government guidance assures us that international students can participate in online classes without concern for their immigration status, provided they continue to make normal progress in a full course of study as required by federal regulations.
  • Students are asked not to return to campus after Spring Recess and to meet academic requirements remotely.
    • We know there will be difficult and extenuating circumstances for students who cannot leave campus or do not have another place to go. We will provide you the help you need to stay safe, secure, and continue with your academic work.
  • Students who need to remain on campus for extenuating circumstances will also receive instruction remotely and must prepare for severely limited on-campus activities and interactions.
  • All graduate students will transition to remote work wherever possible.
  • Schools will communicate more specific guidance, and we encourage you to review your School and Program-specific coronavirus page for more information.
Work Remotely

The decision to transition to a remote workforce aligns with our goal to lower the number of interactions on campus, slow the rate of transmission, and protect our community. We also know certain critical staff must be on campus to sustain research and labs, support the residential population still on campus, and keep the University healthy and secure. The situation is changing rapidly, and HR is reviewing and adjusting workplace policies accordingly. See Work Remotely for more information, advice, and resources.

Beginning the week of March 16:

  • All those who can work remotely will start to do so until further notice.
  • Policies, approaches, and timelines may vary across Harvard's Schools and Units.
  • Speak with your manager and refer to your local HR's guidance.
Research Remotely

The decision to transition to remote research aligns with our goal to reduce the number of interactions on campus, slow the rate of transmission, and protect our community. Some lab access will be permitted only for the most critical needs, including for those working on research directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We fully acknowledge the potentially serious impact of putting research in the labs on hold and are proud that our community is doing everything in our power to reduce the spread of COVID-19. See Research Remotely for helpful resources and guidelines for conducting research from home as is permissible.

Travel

Travel can increase the risks of exposure to you and the community. Government restrictions and public health measures are changing fast. If you travel, those changes may make it hard for you to resume your academic and professional activities. See Travel Guidance for details and more information.

Effective through at least May 31 or until further notice:

  • All University-related international travel is prohibited.
  • All personal international travel is strongly discouraged.
  • All University-related non-essential domestic air travel is prohibited.
  • We strongly urge extreme caution and judgment for your personal domestic travel.
  • Anyone who returns or arrives to campus from a location with a CDC level 3 travel warning for COVID-19, must complete this confidential health form at least 48 hours before your return/arrival to campus and self-isolate until you receive formal guidance from Harvard University Health Services. Most self-isolations will last 14 days.

Additionally, Harvard-organized and Harvard-funded international travel for all students that is scheduled to start and end between April 6 and August 31 is prohibited.

Visitors to Campus

Harvard’s goal is to reduce the number of people on campus—including visitors—in order to slow the potential transmission of the virus and protect vulnerable populations from exposure. All members of the Harvard community, on and off campus, are asked to help in this effort. See Meeting & Event Guidance and Visit Harvard for details and more information.

Effective through at least May 4 or until further notice:

  • Events with speakers invited from off campus—whether the speakers are international or domestic—should be cancelled, postponed, or conducted remotely.
  • Job interviews for open positions should be conducted remotely via video- or teleconferencing tools or by telephone.
  • All public and private tours of Harvard University are discontinued.
  • The University's museums are closed to the public.
  • Individuals, programs, and groups are responsible for informing their invited guests about Harvard’s coronavirus policies.
  • Any visitor arriving to campus from a location with a CDC level 3 travel warning for COVID-19, must follow the same guidance as Harvard affiliates: self-quarantine for 14 days elsewhere upon arrival. If you develop symptoms, notify your healthcare provider. The CDC designation can change quickly, and anyone welcoming an international visitor should confirm the location’s CDC travel designation.


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