The health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus, is our top priority. 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 information on the Fall 2021 semester and beyond, please see the 2021-2022 Academic Year Planning webpage.
With a few exceptions, we are preparing to resume in-person courses at the school this fall, but please note that GSD campus buildings will be accessible to the Harvard community only. Those on campus will be required to follow university guidelines for in-person gatherings. Among the most important of these guidelines are:
- Vaccination will be required of anyone planning to enter campus buildings, unless you have submitted an exemption to Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) on medical or religious grounds. Please submit your vaccination record to HUHS at their Verify your Vaccine website, if you have not done so already. Course registration will also be contingent on student compliance with the vaccination requirement. Students who do not have access to a WHO-approved vaccine in their home countries will be able to get vaccinated when they arrive on campus and will be able to register and participate in courses, so long as they are making progress toward full vaccination. More details will be shared with students directly.
- Regular testing for COVID-19 infection will be required. Frequency of individuals’ required testing will depend on personal and other factors. Within the coming weeks, each member of the Harvard community will be able to find their required testing frequency by logging into Crimson Clear.
- Social distancing is no longer required at Harvard except for unvaccinated individuals (who will follow the now-familiar 6-feet rule). It is possible that with the continued spread of the Delta variant and rising cases of infection across the U.S. the university will need to implement social distancing measures at some point in the future, but if that happens the GSD is well prepared to transition immediately to social-distanced instruction, and if need be virtual instruction.
- Face masks will be required for anyone inside a GSD campus building, and consumption of food in meetings or in spaces shared by multiple people will not be allowed.
- Room occupancy fire safety limits in all campus buildings must be followed at all times.