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September 2021, No. 1
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Stay Informed!

Students accessing campus need to test every seven days if vaccinated and every three days if unvaccinated. If you plan to be away from campus for all or part of the fall term, please complete this brief survey so that this requirement can be reviewed. If you have questions related to the testing requirement, please email GSASTestingCompliance@fas.harvard.edu.

GSAS hosted a virtual town hall for students on August 31, 2021, focused on the return to campus and the start of the academic year. A recording of the event and FAQ have been posted on the GSAS website.

Living with roommates? Be sure to agree on a plan in the event one of you tests positive for COVID-19. These best practices can help you prepare.

Need a clear mask for classroom learning? Teaching fellows should reach out to University Disability Resources and students taking classes should connect with the Accessible Education Office.

If you haven’t already, be sure to review the fall 2021 checklist and GSAS community expectations.

HUHS Executive Director Giang Nguyen sent a message about the steps the Harvard community can take to lower the risk of contracting or transmitting COVID-19. He reports that contact tracing has not indicated any evidence of transmission within our classrooms.

Make healthy habits your routine by reviewing Harvard’s health and safety guidance. Remember, the Keep Harvard Healthy website contains useful information on Harvard’s plan for a safe campus reopening.
International Students

International students should review Harvard's international return to campus information.

Classes: Taking and Teaching

Students are required to mask in all Harvard buildings, including classrooms and lecture halls, in line with the University’s indoor mask requirement. Students who come to class unmasked will be required to adhere to the mask mandate and put on a mask.

Need a clear mask for classroom learning? Teaching fellows should reach out to University Disability Resources and students taking classes should connect with the Accessible Education Office.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences has prepared Fall 2021 Teaching Guidance for Faculty and TFs that outlines how to maintain academic continuity when instructors or students are sick. You can find this document and other COVID updates at Resources for Faculty and Researchers.

The Bok Center also maintains a remote teaching web page that includes Guidance on Teaching While Masked.

Research

Lab-based students should follow local health and safety guidance in addition to Harvard and GSAS expectations.

Harvard Library locations reopened for the fall term. For information on museum access, visit the relevant websites (a list is available on Harvard’s Museums page).

Guidance on Harvard-related travel continues to be updated.
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Vaccination

Harvard requires COVID-19 vaccination for all community members accessing campus. Students who have not yet verified their vaccine status have a registration hold on their accounts until their vaccination status is confirmed with HUHS.

Vaccine appointments can be scheduled through the HUHS patient portal with your HarvardKey. Additional information, including instructions on how to schedule an appointment, dates and times for future vaccine clinics, and FAQs, can be found on the HUHS vaccine webpage.

Testing

All community members who have an on-campus presence are required to test at their assigned cadence. Students need to test every seven days if vaccinated and every three days if unvaccinated.

If you plan to be away from campus for all or part of the fall term, please complete this brief survey so that the testing requirement can be reviewed.

Review the fall 2021 checklist on the GSAS coronavirus page for important information about testing, including where to pick up and drop off tests.

Anyone participating in unmasked practices and games or performing artists who are unmasked for rehearsals and performances should increase their testing cadence to twice per week for vaccinated individuals and three times per week for the unvaccinated. See page 8 of Harvard's Guidance for On-Campus Activity for more information.

You can learn more about understanding your test results and protocols around quarantine and isolation on the Keep Harvard Healthy website.

Color will send notifications to students who test positive and HUHS will be in touch with next steps. Contact tracers will also reach out. Close contacts who are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine unless symptomatic but will need to test daily. Close contacts who are unvaccinated will receive instructions from HUHS.

Students living in the GSAS residence halls will be moved to designated isolation housing. Students living elsewhere, including in Harvard University Housing, should isolate at home and not put others at risk by traveling to another location. In general, individuals who test positive will isolate for 10 days prior to being released by HUHS, but exact timing will be evaluated by HUHS on an individual basis.

It is important to come up with a plan for how you and your roommates will manage if one of you tests positive and cannot leave the apartment. The Massachusetts Department of Health offers information and guidance for persons in isolation due to COVID-19.

Repeated testing noncompliance may lead to notification to the GSAS dean of students and graduate program administration, restriction of access to classrooms and buildings, and/or referral to the GSAS Administrative Board for disciplinary action.

If you have questions related to the testing requirement, please email GSASTestingCompliance@fas.harvard.edu.

Masking

Indoors, everyone is required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. Outdoors, fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a mask. Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear a mask outdoors if they cannot maintain distance from others.

Individuals may also choose to wear a mask in settings where masks are not required. For detailed mask guidance, including specifics for eating and drinking, classroom instruction, and when in residences, see pages 14 to 15 in the Harvard University Guidance for On-Campus Activity.

Repeated non-compliance with University and FAS masking guidance may lead to notification to the dean of students and graduate program administration, restriction of access to classrooms and buildings, and/or referral to the GSAS Administrative Board for disciplinary action.
 
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