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Covid-19: Guidance for the Harvard Graduate School of Design Community

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 in-person 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 Incoming GSD Students, Covid-19 Information for GSD Faculty, and Covid-19 Information for GSD Staff.

Resources

Covid-19 Information for Current and Incoming 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.

  • Leave of Absence Deadline Now June 15, 2020

    As of May 22, 2020, the deadline to apply for a Leave of Absence for the fall has been extended to June 15, 2020. Find more information and FAQs around leaves of absence on the COVID-19 Information for Students resource page.

  • New FAQs

    New FAQs on the re-opening Gund Hall, returning international students studying remotely, and leaves of absence have been added to the COVID-19 Information for Students resource page.

  • Returning Library Books

    To return the books you have borrowed from the Frances Loeb Library and all Harvard libraries:

    • If you are local, you may return books to the book drop at the back of Widener Library (Mass. Ave. entrance).
    • If you are not local, please ship your books to the following address: Widener Library, c/o Access Services, 1 Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA 02138

    Please review these packing guidelines to help protect library materials in transit.

    If you have questions or need additional information about how to return your books, please contact: hl_access_services@harvard.edu. Please note that we are not able to check books back in at this time, so items will remain as checked out on your account after they have been returned.

    This information can also be found on the COVID-19 Information for Faculty and COVID-19 Information for Students resource pages.

  • Harvard Guidance in response to Massachusetts Phased Re-Opening

    On May 18, 2020, Provost Alan M. Garber (AB '77, PhD '82, MD) and Executive Vice President Katie Lapp sent a message to the Harvard community regarding Harvard guidance in response to Massachusetts phased re-opening. Read the full message.

  • 2020 Summer Work and Grant Opportunities for Graduating and Returning Students

    Information regarding 2020 summer work and grant opportunities for returning and graduating students can now be found on its own resource page, which includes frequently asked questions.

  • Update on International and Domestic Travel Guidance

    On May 11, 2020, Provost Alan M. Garber (AB '77, PhD '82, MD), Executive Vice President Katie Lapp and Executive Director, Harvard University Health Services Giang T. Nguyen MD, MPH, MSCE, FAAFP sent a message to the Harvard community regarding updated international and domestic travel guidance. “University-related travel, both international and domestic, is prohibited until further notice and should not be planned or scheduled at this time,” states the message. “This applies to all community members—students, faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and other academics. We encourage you to explore creative options for alternative study, research, work, and collaboration. We also strongly discourage personal travel, both international and domestic.” Read the full message.

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts Order Requiring Use of Face Coverings

    May 4, 2020, message from Katie Lapp, Executive Vice President, to the Harvard community:

    On Friday, May 1, 2020, Governor Baker issued an Order requiring people in Massachusetts to wear face masks or cloth face coverings in public places where social distancing is not possible. The Order takes effect Wednesday, May 6, 2020. This applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces. Exceptions include children under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition. Full details can be found here: https://www.mass.gov/doc/may-1-2020-masks-and-face-coverings/download

    A violation of this order may result in a civil fine of up to $300 (per violation).

    As a reminder, a face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing and regular hand washing, which remain among the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Summer Support for Returning Students and New Graduates

    New and emerging opportunities for grants and jobs that the GSD will be providing this summer for returning students and new graduates are posted to the FAQ section of the COVID-19 Information for Students resource page.

  • City of Cambridge Issues Emergency Order Requiring Use of Face Coverings

    April 28, 2020, message from Katie Lapp, Executive Vice President, to the Harvard community:

    The City of Cambridge issued an emergency order requiring that face coverings be worn in all public places. The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, April 29, and applies to everyone over the age of five years old.

    The order applies to everyone in public places, to anyone working in or visiting an essential business (including shoppers and consumers), and in common areas of residential buildings of two or more units.

    Full details of the order can be found here: https://www.cambridgema.gov/covid19/News/2020/04/emergencyorderonfacecoverings

    The Cambridge Police Department will be focused on educating violators and may issue warnings to those residents who do not cooperate. For those who willingly refuse to comply, they may be subject to a $300 fine. There will be a one-week grace period to allow time to comply.

    As a reminder, a face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing and regular hand washing, which remain among the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings enhance the effectiveness of physical distancing. The single most effective way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.

  • Planning for Fall 2020

    On April 27, 2020, Provost Alan M. Garber (AB '77, PhD '82, MD) sent a message to the Harvard community stating that “Harvard will be open for fall 2020.” He continued, “Our goal is to bring our students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and staff to campus as quickly as possible, but because most projections suggest that COVID-19 will remain a serious threat during the coming months, we cannot be certain that it will be safe to resume all usual activities on campus by then. Consequently, we will need to prepare for a scenario in which much or all learning will be conducted remotely. Even if conditions do not allow for a traditional fall experience on campus, we are committed to ensuring that the learning and research of our students will continue at the highest levels of excellence and that we will do our part to enable them to achieve their aspirations.” Read the full message.