We appreciate our students' understanding and willingness to learn remotely for the fall semester—with some limited exceptions by School and for clinicals. Our goal is to limit 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.
The Learn Remotely website, created by the Office of the Vice Provost for Advances in Learning (VPAL) and Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT), contains best practices, tools, and support for learning online.
The resources and information on this page can also help you adjust to remote learning and inform you of the latest University guidance and policies for student workers, dining and housing, financial matters, health and wellbeing, and more.
Remote Class and Coursework Support
We understand the challenges of adjusting to online classes, imperfect remote learning environments, and maintaining meaningful engagement. Learn about best practices, available tools, and how to get help.
The Learn Remotely website can help you:
- Review tips to get started, including setting a schedule and advocating for yourself.
- Understand what's different about online classes and what's the same to maximize your learning.
Also see the Academic Resource Center’s detailed advice and help for learning remotely.
In addition to the specific resources listed below, there are many ways in which Harvard Library can help you learn remotely.
- Find your required and recommended course materials.
- Schedule a research consultation or appointment with a library liaison to get personalized guidance.
- Ask a librarian: get immediate help during live chat hours or submit a question during off-hours and they'll get back to you.
- Search Harvard Library's digital collections.
- Access Harvard Library subscriptions from anywhere on the web.
- Find options for accessing the internet remotely, including free and reduced-rate plans, and review network troubleshooting tips.
- Learn how to use Zoom, a web conferencing tool that integrates with Canvas, including how to sign up for your Harvard Zoom account, increasing Zoom privacy, and reviewing Zoom troubleshooting tips.
- Check HUIT's service status dashboard to see if there are any outages reported and sign up for alerts.
- For support with these technologies or to learn what other tools are available, contact the HUIT Service Desk, your School's local academic support staff, or your School's local IT services.
For continuing students with a valid F-1 visa, the Harvard International Office (HIO) received U.S. government guidance that they intend to be flexible with temporary adaptation to online classes. Provided you continue to make normal progress in a full course of study as required by federal regulations, your legal immigration status should not be affected. Contact your HIO advisor with any questions or concerns.
We recognize that students currently outside of the U.S. may be subject to various travel restrictions that make returning to or arriving in the U.S. difficult at this time. We are doing everything we can to help them. We're also working to schedule courses so that all students, wherever they are around the world, will be able to engage in real-time with their instructors and classmates.
Dining and Housing
A limited number of students have been authorized to live on campus in the fall semester.
All students moving into and living in on-campus housing in the fall must fulfill the Dorm & House Residence Requirements.
Students and personnel who are moving into or already living in the area around campus, including in Harvard University Housing properties, but are not authorized to be on campus for work or for in-person academics, will have limited access to the Harvard campus. Review the Off-Campus Residence page for guidelines and requirements.
If you have been authorized to come onto campus for work or in-person academia, you should review the Office and Lab Return Requirements.
Select Harvard University Dining Services' (HUDS) and School-specific dining halls and cafes will be open for students authorized to live on campus. Note that hours will be reduced and access will be limited to individuals with an approved dining plan or School-specific Harvard ID.
- HUDS undergraduate dining hall hours and openings/closings
- HUDS retail cafe hours and openings/closing
- Check School-specific cafe websites for more information.
We understand the importance of maintaining a sense of community and social connections during these difficult times, even if conducted remotely. In-person activities and social interactions will be severely limited in order to protect the entire community of students and personnel on campus. Students who remain on campus must continue practicing physical distancing measures.
- We strongly discourage any in-person non-essential meetings or events of 25 people or more.
- Many in-person events and activities will be held online, if possible.
- Check with your School for details on remote programming and activities.
We know there are financial hardships due to the transition to remote learning. Just as we seek to protect the most vulnerable populations from coronavirus, we seek to protect those most financially vulnerable from these extraordinary shifts to online learning.
If you find that you need additional emergency financial assistance, contact your School's financial aid office.
We are always open to discussing changes in student circumstances and needs they may have. Consistent with prior years, you should contact your local financial aid office to discuss any material changes to your individual or family financial status given the emerging economic changes.
See the Student Employment Office website for details regarding undergraduate fall term employment in light of the ongoing pandemic. The University has also issued interim payrolling guidance during the public health emergency.
See the Student Employment Office website for details regarding graduate student fall term employment in light of the ongoing pandemic. The University has also issued interim payrolling guidance during the public health emergency.
Health and Wellbeing
The health and wellbeing of our students is of utmost priority. We recognize the transition to remote learning has been difficult and that physical distancing measures have drastically altered our social lives. Visit the Health and Wellbeing page for information on preventative measures, resources on managing stress, anxiety, and fear; and more.
Although we are all practicing physical distancing, we can still laugh, play, learn, and grow closer outside of class and work. Explore the many free virtual events and resources on our Socialize Remotely page—including arts and culture, exercise and games, movies and music, and mindfulness and spirituality.
School- and Department-Specific Resources
In addition to the University-wide advice and resources above, see the following School and Department student-specific FAQs for more information: