COVID-19 Guidance for the Harvard Graduate School of Design Community

Harvard University is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus, is our top priority. As of Friday, March 13, the Harvard Graduate School of Design has shifted to online coursework for the remainder of the semester. All university-related international travel and non-essential domestic travel are prohibited. All school-wide events and public programs have been cancelled. We thank our students, faculty, staff, and our circle of alumni and friends for their spirit of cooperation, patience, ingenuity, and kinship in response to this unprecedented situation.

For more information, visit Covid-19 Information for Current and Admitted GSD Students, Covid-19 Information for GSD Faculty, and Covid-19 Information for GSD Staff.


Covid-19 Information for Current and Admitted GSD Students
Covid-19 Information for GSD Faculty
Covid-19 Information for GSD Staff
Harvard Coronavirus Website
Harvard Coronavirus Workplace Policies
Travel Cancellation and Reimbursement FAQs
Employee Assistance Program
Prepare to Learn Remotely
Prepare to Teach Remotely
Prepare to Work Remotely
Virtual Help Desk
Do I Need to Self-Isolate for COVID-19?

Latest Updates

The feed below shows time-stamped updates made to the resources linked above, as they happen.

  • Academic Accommodations

    An FAQ regarding academic accommodations, including classroom accommodations, exam accommodations, and registering for accommodations, has been added to the COVID-19 Information for Students page.

  • Massachusetts Governor Issues Stay at Home Advisory For Two Weeks

    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has issued a stay-at-home advisory and is ordering non-essential businesses in the state to close beginning Tuesday, March 24 at noon through April 7 at noon. Grocery stores and pharmacies will remain open and you are permitted to go outdoors, as long as you practice strict social distancing measures.

    Staff: if you are not sure if you are an essential employee, please contact your manager.

  • Publishers and Vendors Offering Free Content

    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of publishers and vendors are making an assortment of content—ebooks, streaming services, image resources, and more—freely available. A Harvard Library colleague has put together a site compiling the offerings. This is an evolving list.

  • Do I need to self-isolate for COVID-19?

    HUHS has put together a one-pager of potential scenarios based on the best scientific advice currently available.

  • Library Updates Regarding Checked Out and Getting Materials

    If you have materials checked out:

    Returns: Hold on to everything you have. This includes books, Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan materials, DVDs, periodicals, etc. There’s no way to return anything right now.
    Fines: All recall fines that accrue while the Library is closed will be waived. Reach out to us if you see fines on your account.
    Due dates: All due dates can be extended. Nothing should be due in the immediate future. Reach out to us if you need help extending a due date.
    Graduating seniors: We are working on solutions specifically for you, but hold on to loans for now.

    If you need materials:

    Electronic materials: You may submit Scan & Deliver requests for book chapters and journal articles, and we will try to fill as many requests electronically as possible.

    • Scan & Deliver requests may be placed through HOLLIS. If the item you're interested in is eligible, the Scan & Deliver link will appear in the item record.
    • You may also submit a Scan & Deliver request manually via your Scan & Deliver account.

    Physical materials
    : The borrowing of print materials has been suspended until further notice. Physical items are no longer requestable in HOLLIS.

  • Students: Vital Spring Break Travel Information Notice

    Students: As we respond to the current, ever-shifting situation, it is very important that we are able to maintain contact with you. Please take a moment to update your contact information in my.harvard. Refer to your email for detailed instructions from Sean Conlon on how to use the site.

    If you are traveling domestically or internationally, be sure to register with Global Support Services. If you are traveling specifically for the spring break period and returning to Cambridge, select “Spring Break 2020,” as the purpose for your travel. Additional information on travel registration and support.

    If you are living in Harvard Housing or residential halls, you will need to complete the HUHS health form 48 hours before returning. Despite the fact that this form notes it is intended for those who travel to Level 3 areas, you will still need to fill this form out regardless of where you travel. Additional information is available at: Spring Break Travel Registration Instructions for Students and Residential Staff.

  • Closing Access to the GSD Campus

    As of March 16, the GSD will close access entirely to our academic facilities, including the Fabrication Lab and Loeb Library, for a full 2.5 weeks (until April 2), at which point we will reassess the situation.

    Students: As of 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 15, students are expected to have moved out of GSD buildings what belongings they need to continue coursework remotely. All courses will continue online, and while students will not be able to enter any GSD buildings until further notice, the school’s administrative leadership has worked extremely hard to maintain remote accessibility of resources fundamental to the academic experience. Among the resources you will have ongoing access to are the digital collections offered by the Loeb Library. Another is a Virtual Help Desk, which starting Monday, March 16, will be open 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Mondays through Fridays to consult on and help resolve any IT-related issues.

    Faculty, Researchers, and Loeb Fellows: In the strongest terms, faculty are now required to work remotely, away from GSD campus buildings. Because this is a change to earlier communications, however, faculty who do need to enter our buildings to access and remove materials may do so until Wednesday, March 18, at 5:00 pm. Between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Wednesday, faculty IDs will gain access to all spaces they already have had privileges to enter. To access Gund Hall, please use the Quincy Street entrance. Please do not let anyone else in any building using your ID card. If you encounter any difficulties, or if you are traveling through the deadline on Wednesday and will need to retrieve belongings from your office after you return, or if you need access to other GSD buildings, please contact Trevor O’Brien or Kevin Cahill. The Wednesday 5:00 pm deadline applies to researchers and Loeb Fellows as well.

    Some faculty have asked whether their courses may be taught online from their offices. For at least the next two and a half weeks, please teach your courses from home. Over this time (the first week of which involves no teaching, since it is spring break), we will be monitoring this situation as it unfolds, and faculty will be notified if the school’s or the university’s position changes.

    Because access to Gund Hall will not be allowed, faculty will continue to have access only to the Loeb Library’s digital collections online. As of Monday, March 16, the Virtual Help Desk also will be available 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Mondays through Fridays to consult on IT-related issues.

    GSD Staff: As of March 16, all Harvard staff who are able are being asked to work remotely. Managers will be in contact regarding specific responsibilities and means of accessing information, and please remember to check the page for staff on the GSD’s COVID-19 webpages for the most current updates.

  • Faculty Affairs and Library to Offer Weekly Zoom Online Pedagogy Discussion Session for Faculty

    Faculty Affairs and the Library are planning to offer a weekly Zoom online pedagogy discussion session, optional and open to all faculty, to facilitate shared learning and provide a space for instructors to talk. The first discussion will be scheduled for next week, in spite of the break, in case faculty want to discuss planning for their first online class meetings, which will take place beginning Monday, March 23. Details to follow via email.

  • Signing up for Direct Deposit

    Information on how students can sign up for direct deposit was added to the GSD Student Payroll section of the COVID-19 Information for Students page.

  • Tools for Learning, Teaching, and Working Remotely

    Links to Harvard tools for learning, teaching, and working remotely were added to the Resources section of this website.