GSD campus buildings will reopen to faculty and staff beginning August 2, 2021. The health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus, is our top priority. We are committed to maintaining an excellent quality of education through this unprecedented situation.
The goal is to return to “normal” instruction for the fall 2021 semester. We are planning for a primarily in-person semester, while factoring in public health and space restrictions, as well as federal and state government and University guidance. The school is developing contingency plans should fully in-person instruction become inadvisable. Faculty should plan for a potentially remote start of the semester to account for issues related to virus variants, vaccines, or visas. Please see the 2021-2022 Academic Year Planning Page for the latest school and University-wide updates in preparation for the start of the year.
All GSD faculty, staff, and students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) continues to be available to administer the vaccine to members of the Harvard community. Please visit the University’s vaccine webpage for more information.
COVID testing will remain a part of the University’s ongoing efforts to track and limit the coronavirus within our community. All University affiliates who are authorized to be on campus are required to be tested at their assigned cadence. Please refer to the University’s testing & tracing page for information on the latest cadences for the Harvard community members who will be on campus.
In order to monitor progress toward full vaccination within our community, please send a clear copy of your completed vaccination card to HUHS at email@example.com. HUHS keeps this information secure and confidential. People vaccinated by HUHS do not need to submit this information, since it is already recorded.
Resources for Faculty
Frequently Asked Questions
What will the structure of the Fall 2021 semester look like?
The proposal is to return to standard time blocks (3 hours per week in 1.5 segments). However, faculty can opt to retain successful strategies developed while teaching remotely, such as asynchronous instructional elements where appropriate to the pedagogy.
Courses will be scheduled between 8:30 AM and – 7 PM. Option studios will be in the afternoon two set days a week. Core studio and required course schedules will be finalized in consultation with Chairs, Program Directors, and associated faculty. Course scheduling details will be coordinated with Academic Administration.
Finally, and importantly, the school is developing contingency plans should fully in-person instruction become inadvisable. These plans may affect the structure of classes and building access. Faculty should plan for a potentially remote start of the semester to account for issues related to virus variants, vaccines, or visas.
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?
Faculty Affairs will continue working individually with international faculty and researchers, and with Harvard International Office on visas.
I need to access a GSD building for my research or course preparation. What should I do?
Until August 2, GSD facilities remain closed for most activities and access is restricted to faculty and staff who are providing direct support for access-dependent research and course preparation. In order to better define the GSD’s criteria and process, Building Services has developed the GSD Access Request Form. New requests should be made by submitting this form to firstname.lastname@example.org.