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To maintain good public health outcomes during Spring Term 2022, it is important that every member of the HLS community review, understand, and closely follow the University’s updated COVID-19 protocols and expectations, as well as the following updated HLS public health policies for our on-campus operations. Note: these policies will be updated further as state, local, and University public health requirements change.

You can find additional resources on our 2021-2022 COVID-19 Information page.

Last updated May 3, 2022

Health and Safety

Health and Safety

Face Coverings

As of March 14, 2022, general use face coverings are optional in most indoor spaces at Harvard Law School. Limited exceptions include:

  • In Harvard University Health Services facilities
  • Individuals who are completing isolation or quarantine should continue to wear masks when indoors for the full 10 days following their positive test or close contact, according to existing University protocols.


All Harvard community members, except those with an approved exemption, are required to be fully vaccinated, including boosters. Instructions on how to submit vaccine documentation can be found on the following page of Harvard’s COVID-19 website.


Although regular testing will no longer be mandatory as of April 28 (non-residential) and May 10 (residential), members of the Harvard community may continue to test on an optional basis. Anyone with symptoms or a known exposure should also continue to test.

Symptoms & Exposure

• Anyone who has been exposed to the coronavirus, has tested positive, or is experiencing symptoms, must complete a Self Assessment on Crimson Clear, which will initiate a consultation with Harvard University Health Services. Please wait for guidance from HUHS before returning to campus activity.

  • If you have symptoms:
    • Stay home unless you must go out, wear a mask in the presence of other people, get a COVID-19 test, and give your body a chance to rest.
  • If you test positive:
    • It is critical that you follow public health guidance to avoid transmission to other people.
    • Wear a well-fitting, high-quality mask for any interactions with other people for the full 10 days.
    • Do not travel or dine in close proximity to others if you’ve tested positive in the past 10 days.

Building Access

Building Access

Subject to exceptions for special arrangements discussed below, access to HLS buildings will remain limited to HLS and Harvard community members. All faculty, staff, students, and HLS visiting scholars/researchers will have access to HLS buildings via Harvard University ID card readers during normal business hours. After hours, weekend and holiday access to campus buildings differs; for details on building hours and access points, please consult the Campus Access Page.

Special arrangements will need to be made for our guest speakers, clinical clients, and other visitors, per University and Law School protocols. Please see the visitor policy below for more information.

Visitor Policy

Visitor Policy

Visitors and guests hosted by individuals, departments, and student organizations are welcome on campus, provided that all of the campus safety requirements outlined below are strictly followed.


Event organizers, departments, and individual hosts are responsible for sending visitors this notification, which outlines Harvard University and HLS’s safety protocols and expectations for their visit.

By virtue of their decision to attend any of our on-campus events or activities, visitors attest and agree to the following:

  • I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19 using a vaccine authorized by the FDA or WHO and have received my booster (if eligible); or
  • I qualify for exemption based upon age, a medical contraindication, or firmly held religious belief.

HLS guidelines also encourage visitors to:

  • Take a COVID test within 24 hours before coming to campus; and
  • Refrain from coming to campus if they receive a positive COVID test result or if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., fever, chills, muscle/body aches, sore throat, new cough, congested or runny nose, fatigue, headache, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, loss of taste or smell, or any gastrointestinal symptoms).
  • All visitors are also expected to report a positive COVID-19 test result or clinician diagnosis to HUHS via email immediately if they have been on campus within 48 hours of symptom onset or receive a positive COVID-19 test result.

Events and Gatherings

Events and Gatherings

General Requirements

Most of Harvard University’s previous protocols related to indoor events and gatherings have been lifted. Please keep the following restrictions in mind, however:

  • On-campus events may include non-Harvard guests as long as they have an HLS host and all Harvard and HLS public health protocols are followed. Please see the HLS visitor policy for more information.
  • At this time, HLS buildings are not open to the general public.

Faculty, staff, and student organizations may book space through HLS’s Event Management System. Both Milstein East and West can once again be booked for events.


  • There is a 10-person limit on the size of any gathering.
  • Hosts of all gatherings within residence halls and dormitories must monitor attendance and must cooperate fully in the event of a positive COVID-19 case.
  • Under no circumstances may fire safety or occupancy limits be exceeded.
  • Alcohol is not permitted in common areas or outdoors.

Use of HLS Funds for Off-Campus Activities

Faculty, staff, and student organizations may once again use HLS funds to sponsor events and activities at indoor restaurants and other off-campus indoor venues.

Eating and Drinking

Eating and Drinking

  • No consumption of food of any sort is permitted in classrooms when class is in session. Quick sips are allowed, however.
  • Eating and Drinking is otherwise allowed on campus and is no longer restricted solely to designated eating areas.
  • Faculty, staff, and students may now serve food during on-campus events in spaces other than the areas previously designated for eating and drinking. Meals may also now be served in concert with event programming, rather than being held separately.