Harvard's Guiding Principles
Our plan for a phased reopening of on-campus activities is guided by two core principles:
- 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
- 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.
Massachusetts’s and Harvard’s Reopening
On May 18, Governor Baker issued a “Safer at Home” Advisory and announced a four-phase approach to gradually reopen Massachusetts. There are sector-specific protocols, including for reopening higher education.
Aligning with Governor Baker’s plan for the phased re-opening of the state, the University and individual Schools and Units are developing plans to gradually bring students, faculty, other academic personnel, and staff back to campus as conditions allow. Our University reopening plan is contingent upon public health data, high-frequency viral testing, enhanced cleaning and ventilation, symptom attestation, correct and consistent use of face coverings, handwashing, and full cooperation with contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine procedures.
Under current guidelines in Phase 3 of Massachusetts' reopening plan, higher education institutions may allow individuals to return to campus in line with strict protocols for certain activities.
Academics: Harvard's undergraduate, graduate, and professional Schools have made plans for fall 2020 based on their own unique considerations. With few exceptions, learning will be remote, and only a limited population of students will be authorized to live on campus. For those returning to campus, see Dorm and House Residence Requirements.
Research: Limited research activities have resumed operation in scientific labs on campus. See the Facilities, Office, and Lab Requirements, Return-to-Campus Work Guidelines for Researchers, and updated University workplace policies.
Workforce: Most Harvard faculty, other academic personnel, and staff will continue to work remotely through at least the end of the calendar year, unless directed otherwise by your local leadership and managers. Individuals authorized to work on campus by their manager should review Facilities, Office & Lab Requirements and the updated University workplace policies.