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Plan for a Safe Campus Reopening

Campus Access

As the local public health situation improves and restrictions are lifted, the University is looking forward to beginning a phased approach to welcoming members of the community back to campus to resume in-person academic and work activities. 

The University is targeting August 2 as the date when our faculty, staff, and researchers will be authorized to return to campus. It is important to underscore that this date serves as a starting point for individual Schools and Units to begin transitioning to in-person activities, and does not mean everyone will be back on campus on day one. Schools and Units will make their own determinations and will each adopt a variety of approaches and varying return-to-campus dates based on respective needs and priorities.

For localized guidance, see each school’s plans for resuming in-person activities.

Harvard’s Guiding Principles

Our plan for a phased reopening of on-campus activities is guided by two core principles:

  1. Health and safety: We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and surrounding community in every decision we make
  2. Education and research: We are committed to ensuring that the teaching, learning, and research of our students, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows will continue at the highest levels of excellence. Every decision we make must be in service to this mission.