The health, safety and well-being of our community is our top priority. As of Friday, March 13, 2020, the Harvard Graduate School of Design has shifted to online coursework. The GSD will continue with remote teaching through the entire Fall 2020 semester. All university-related international travel and non-essential domestic travel are prohibited. All school-wide events and public programs have been cancelled. This page is regularly updated to provide the latest information about building access, other policies and procedures related to the COVID-19 disruption, and new and evolving resources and tools for teaching online.

GSD Resources for Online Teaching

The Loeb Library has launched a guide to help with remote teaching and learning: 2020: Essential Tools for Remote Design Research.

Please check the shared resources here frequently (available to GSD faculty through HarvardKey login) for updated information, guidelines, helpful links, and collaborative sharing on best practices. Watch your inbox for notices about upcoming discussion sessions about teaching remotely and the transition to virtual classrooms with GSD’s unique course offerings.

  • Additional Technology Resources:
    • Sign up for an online training for Teaching Remotely with Zoom with Harvard IT.
    • Search “Zoom” in Harvard IT’s Service Portal for knowledgebase articles.
    • Zoom’s corporate web site offers a robust online Help Center, including how-to videos, live webinars, and FAQ's.
    • The Computer Resources Group and the Digital Resources staff from the Library will be available to provide guidance and support for transitioning to Harvard's online system
    • The Virtual Help Desk, hosted through Zoom by GSD Computer Resources and User Services, is now available 8am-10pm Monday through Friday
  • Additional Pedagogy Resources:
    • Learn best practices, available tools, and how to get support for teaching your classes online at You can direct students to the companion site
    • The Provost’s Office has established a forum in Slack for anyone at Harvard in an active instructor or teaching support role for the spring 2020 semester. Follow this link to join “Harvard Online” on Slack via HarvardKey. This forum is described as a supplement to existing efforts within Schools, as a way to connect all active instructors and their teaching teams across the University during this unprecedented moment in time. For those not familiar with Slack, it is a convenient way to have conversations and share resources. Here is a Getting Started guide for Slack.
    • Additional Harvard centers with established online pedagogy resources are:

Updated Information Regarding Sponsored Research

From the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, March 26, 2020

Unprecedented flexibilities are being provided for awardees and applicants. Realizing that information is cumbersome and overwhelming, we have compiled the following relevant resources:

We suggest that you visit appropriate funding institution websites regularly and reach out to contacts within your School who can provide support and help triage questions. The University’s Office of Sponsored Programs, the HMS Office of Research Administration, and the SPH Office of Research Administration are also posting relevant information on our websites.

For specific questions regarding GSD research projects, contact Anne Mathew

Access to buildings

As of March 16, the GSD has closed access to our academic facilities, including the Fabrication Lab and Loeb Library, until further notice. Faculty are now required to work remotely, away from GSD campus buildings. Over this time, the school will be monitoring this situation as it unfolds, and faculty will be notified if the school’s or the university’s position changes. If you need access to your office, to retrieve a critical item or documents, email Trevor O'Brien at for logistics assistance. While on-site, face coverings are required in all common areas per CDC, State, and University guidelines.

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.

Virtual Help Desk

As of March 16, CRG staff are offering a Virtual Help Desk through Zoom. Connect live 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Mondays through Fridays for help resolving IT-related issues.

Where to seek support and assistance through the transition

All academic affairs staff will be available by email, and faculty should contact their respective department staff as they normally would for questions or assistance. Academic affairs staff will utilize online resources to ensure that business operations continue as needed. For financial matters, such as course budgets, student payroll, invoices, and corporate card assistance, please contact the Academic Affairs Business Office. All faculty with general or urgent issues or requests related to academic business and administration should contact Ashley Lang or Estefi Ibanez. For questions regarding individual faculty matters such as visas, appointments, leaves, contracts, reviews, benefits, or other information and resources, the Faculty Affairs Office will continue to respond as usual and can connect with faculty via email, phone, or Zoom.

Events and public programs

All in-person school-wide events and public programs are cancelled. Virtual events will be shared on this website and via email. We strongly discourage any in-person events organized by individual departments, administrative offices, student groups, or other individuals or outside groups. All events in GSD buildings are prohibited until further notice.

Frances Loeb Library hours and resources

As of March 16, the Frances Loeb Library is closed to in-person visits until further notice. However, the library will continue to provide online research support and library services. Learn more on the Frances Loeb Library webpage.

Physical Collections
  • Borrowing print materials has been suspended until further notice. Items will no longer be requestable in HOLLIS. BorrowDirect and interlibrary loan have also been halted for the time being.
  • Access to Special Collections will not be available until further notice. Learn about the collections and impacted services.
For Items Currently on Loan
  • Due dates for borrowed items are being extended. Please keep any library materials you have for the time being.
  • All fines that accrue while the Library is closed will be waived. Reach out to us if you see fines on your account.

Travel policies and campus restrictions

All university-related international travel is prohibited. All personal international travel is strongly discouraged. All university-related non-essential domestic air travel is prohibited. We strongly urge extreme caution and judgment for your personal domestic travel. Anyone who returns or arrives to campus from a location with a CDC level 3 travel warning for COVID-19, must complete this confidential health form at least 48 hours before your return/arrival to campus and self-isolate using guidance from Harvard University Health Services. Most self-isolations will last 14 days.

University-related emergencies

Contact the 24/7 Operations Center at 617-495-5560. Building Services will be monitoring the email address A full list of Emergency Contacts for the GSD Community can be found in the Resource Center under Emergencies.

Back-up Care

As you manage work and whatever caregiving responsibilities you may have — whether for young children, elders, other adults, and even yourself — you are probably making complex calculations about safety. If you feel it is right for you and your family, and you choose to hire an in-home caregiver beyond your own personal network, you may want to look at Harvard’s WATCH portal, which is a Harvard-only site listing Harvard parents and Harvard caregivers. Subsidized in-home back-up care through Care@Work is also available, although their pool of caregivers is under high demand. As you decide, please read about what Care@Work offers and how they are approaching safety in the context of coronavirus. And remember: pre-registration is required to use any of their programs.

The SOURCE program is a separate, small subsidy available to employees earning under $75K FTE to help reimburse back-up care expenses (for a child or adult dependents) and for self care. The process is straightforward: you pay someone from your personal network or any of the resources described above. Then you and they complete the pdf claim form and send it to the Office of Work/Life. No printer at home? No problem; just use a digital signature on the pdf.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the GSD continue with remote teaching through the Fall 2020 semester?

Yes. The GSD will continue with remote teaching through the entire fall semester.

I am an international faculty member or non-faculty academic employee (post doc, research associate, etc.). Will the GSD still help me arrange my visa?

Yes. Faculty Affairs will continue working individually with international faculty and with Harvard International Office on visas.

Can I still submit a sponsored research grant proposal?

Research Administration services will continue. Please contact Anne Mathew if you plan to submit a sponsored research grant proposal prior to May 1, 2020. Completed proposals must be submitted at least one month in advance of the sponsor's due date to provide adequate time for GSD internal and university-level review and approvals. For more information, contact Research Administration staff.

What will happen for summer research jobs and other GSD summer programs? Can faculty members still hire students or graduates for summer work?

Faculty Affairs will continue to review and provide support for hiring academic researchers for faculty sponsored projects and research initiatives. Please keep in mind that 60-90 days lead time is needed to complete an academic hire if a visa is required, and at least 30 days for all other hires.

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 (updated March 16, 2020).

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Last updated June 9, 2020 12:12 pm EDT.