Facilities, Office & Lab Requirements

The vast majority of Harvard faculty, other academic personnel, and staff (collectively, Harvard personnel) will be working remotely through at least the end of the calendar year. However, a small number of Harvard personnel have been authorized to return to campus to support the student population and the associated teaching, research, administrative, and operational activities.

Below are the steps that all Harvard personnel who have been approved to return to campus must take before they return and while they work on campus.

Please note: If you are working in an office or lab and living in on-campus housing, you must also abide by all dorm and House residence requirements.

Before you arrive:

Step 1: Prepare for your trip

If you are coming from out of state, in the 2 weeks before your trip to Harvard, you must do everything possible to prevent COVID-19 from impeding your ability to travel.

  • Check yourself for symptoms every day, and seek testing and medical advice if you develop fever or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you are not already doing it, begin wearing a face covering (over your mouth and nose) whenever you are with people beyond your household or spending time in public spaces. Get used to wearing face coverings; they will be part of your daily life at Harvard.
  • Get a supply of masks: Purchase washable cloth face coverings and/or disposable multi-layer masks. Wash your reusable cloth face coverings after each day of use.
Step 2: Comply with the Massachusetts Travel Order requirements

All visitors and returning residents entering Massachusetts are required to:

  • Complete the Massachusetts Travel Form prior to arrival, unless you are arriving from a lower-risk state as designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts. If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, both visitors and residents must quarantine until you receive a negative test result.

Failure to comply may result in a $500 fine per day. Review the exceptions to the order.

Step 3: Complete the required COVID-19 training

Complete the state-mandated COVID-19 safety awareness training, available on the Harvard Training Portal. it takes about 30 minutes to complete. You must complete the training before you can complete step 4.

Step 4: Complete an attestation through Crimson Clear

No more than 23 hours before coming to campus, you must complete an attestation through Crimson Clear.

  • If you successfully complete Crimson Clear, you will receive a “clear” pass, valid for 23 hours.
  • If you are not cleared, an HUHS clinician will call you to determine next steps before you can come to campus.

In the event of technical difficulties, if you do not have access to a device, or if you do not have a HarvardKey credential (i.e., an outside vendor who requires access to facilities for business purposes), you may complete a printable attestation form.

Step 5: Get to campus safely

Get here safely! Wear a cloth face covering or disposable mask at all times while in transit to Harvard. This includes time spent in transit/rail, airports, planes, and taxi/rideshare. Keep hand sanitizer with you and clean your hands after touching anything that is touched by other people (doorknobs, handrails, elevator buttons, etc.).

Step 6: Prepare for your test

Harvard has partnered with Color, a health testing company, to administer the University’s testing procedures, including providing testing kits, managing alerts for regular testing, and delivering test results to individuals.

  • A critical first step in this process is for you to create your Color account You will need to use your Harvard email account to create your Color account. If you have questions about creating your Color account, please contact: support@color.com.

Upon arrival:

Step 1: Get tested immediately

All affiliates who are authorized to work on campus, or who have a regular on-campus presence (4 hours or more per week), are required to get tested immediately upon arrival.

Currently, there are two testing sites set up on Harvard's campus: Harvard Stadium in Allston and at the New Research Building in the Longwood Medical Area. Please note the location and date when you sign up (you will receive an email confirmation). Both sites are ADA accessible and can be reached by foot, bike, car, or public transit. Schedule a test.

You can learn more about viral testing, including where to go and what to expect on testing day, on the HUHS website.

While working on campus:

Step 1: Get regular viral tests

All affiliates who are authorized to to work on campus, or who have a regular on-campus presence (4 hours or more per week), are required to get regular viral tests. See the Testing & Tracing page for testing protocols and frequency.

Step 2: Use Crimson Clear every day you are on campus

Every day before entering any Harvard building, you must complete an attestation through Crimson Clear.

  • If you successfully complete Crimson Clear, you will receive a “clear” pass, valid for 23 hours.
  • If you are not cleared, an HUHS clinician will call you to determine next steps before you can enter a Harvard facility.

In the event of technical difficulties, if you do not have access to a device, or if you do not have a HarvardKey credential (i.e., an outside vendor who requires access to facilities for business purposes), you may complete a printable attestation form.

Step 3: Keep yourself and Harvard healthy

Everyone returning to campus has the responsibility and the power to keep themselves and the Harvard community healthy, especially those most vulnerable. Use the safety protocols described in the COVID-19 training, including:

  • Wearing a cloth face covering
  • Physical distancing and limiting gatherings based on Massachusetts state guidance
  • Hand washing and using sanitizer
  • Following posted guidance around campus

Learn more about health and wellbeing.