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Alert COVID-19 Update

Harvard University and Harvard Law School will shift to remote teaching and learning beginning Monday, March 23. For more information and the latest updates, please visit the HLS coronavirus information page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Harvard Law School is working in partnership with Harvard University officials to monitor and prepare for COVID-19. Although the University’s coronavirus website will continue to be the primary source of information about the institution’s overall preparations for and response to the coronavirus, the following questions and answers are designed to provide additional context for members of the Harvard Law School community. We will continue to update these FAQs as new information becomes available.

Harvard University's Plans to Move to Virtual Instruction

Harvard University's Plans to Move to Virtual Instruction

  • What are the University’s latest plans to prepare for COVID-19?

    On March 10, Harvard President Larry Bacow announced that Harvard University would begin transitioning to virtual instruction by Monday, March 23, the first day of scheduled classes following Spring Break. To better protect the health of all members of the Harvard community, the University asked students not to return to campus after Spring Break and to meet academic requirements remotely beginning March 23. The University is also now transitioning over the course of the next few days to remote work for staff.

  • What is the University’s goal in taking these actions?

    The University’s goal is to minimize the need to gather in large groups and spend prolonged time in close proximity with each other in spaces such as classrooms, dining halls, and residential buildings.

  • When will HLS begin to implement the University’s decision to move to remote teaching and learning?

    In accordance with the University’s decision, Harvard Law School will shift from in-person instruction to remote teaching and learning beginning Monday, March 23, the day classes are scheduled to resume after Spring Break. 

  • What is the plan for commencement?

    Harvard University President Larry Bacow announced on March 20th that the Commencement Exercises, which would have taken place in May 2020 must be postponed for public health reasons.

    “Given the advice we are receiving from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other public health officials, and our own faculty, who are among the world’s leaders in infectious disease, epidemiology, and virology,” President Bacow wrote in message to the Harvard community, “it is difficult to imagine how we could safely hold such a large gathering this spring.”

    President Bacow also announced that the University will host a virtual gathering on Thursday, May 28, to award degrees, and that each School at Harvard will also host its own special online event, and afterwards deliver diplomas through the mail. An in-person celebration will be held later, “once we know it is safe to bring people together again.”

    Harvard Law School is working to outline plans for its online commencement event that will be held on May 28 in tandem with the University celebration, as well as an in-person gathering at a later date, and will share additional information when it becomes available.

    For more information about Harvard’s commencement plans, please see this FAQ on the Harvard commencement office website.

Preparing to Teach and Learn Remotely

Preparing to Teach and Learn Remotely

  • I am a student. How do I prepare to begin learning remotely?

    Remote learning will occur through the online tool, Zoom. To learn how to use Zoom and to set up a Zoom account, students should visit the “Preparing to learn remotely at HLS” page on the HLS website. There will also be drop-in Zoom support services for students in the Computer Lab from Tuesday, March 10 through Friday, March 13, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Please continue to review carefully communications sent by the Dean of Students Office regarding remote learning.

  • I am a faculty member. How do I prepare to begin teaching remotely?

    Please see the communication sent by Lisa Burns and Catherine Claypoole on Monday, March 9th. The Law School will utilize Zoom through Canvas for remote teaching. Teachers and faculty assistants should review Zoom training materials and attend a training session before Friday, March 13 on using Zoom for remote teaching. These materials and other resources for learning how to use Zoom, including a schedule of training workshops, are available at the “Preparing to teach and learn remotely at HLS” website.

  • Will accommodations and access to HLS Accessibility Services be available remotely?

    HLS Accessibility Services and the HLS Dean of Students Office is working with students with academic accommodations to ensure that students are able to access their course content and instruction. Zoom is compatible with JAWS and other screen readers. Students who use CART will continue to receive CART access remotely. Further instructions will be provided by HLS Student Support Services.

  • How can I access the library or other academic tools from afar?

    The digital resources of the Harvard Law School Library are available to HLS affiliates through VPN access. The library is working to make required course materials available electronically through Canvas course pages. The Library has also written a guide that will help you find and use library resources while you are learning away from the Harvard Law School campus.

    The Harvard Law School Library itself will be closed and materials under Hollis+ and Borrow Direct will not be available. Please visit the HLS Library website or call 617-495-4516 for more information.  For information about other libraries across the University, please see the Harvard Library visitor access page.

  • How will the move to remote teaching and learning affect my access to Harvard University Health Services and my Student Health Insurance Plan?

    Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) has created a detailed FAQ about their operations and services, as well as benefits available through the Student Health Insurance Plan.  Please visit this page on the HUHS website for more information.

  • What impact will the transition to remote teaching, learning and work have on Harvard Law School’s operations?

    The Law School’s operations will be largely virtual with reductions in some services and substantial restrictions on building access until further notice. All HLS buildings now require Harvard University ID card access for entry.

    In addition, in order to foster the social distancing that public health experts have said is key to preventing the virus’ spread, the Wasserstein Building will be closed to all those who do not work there, subject to the following exceptions:

    • The Hark: The Hark eatery upstairs will open three times daily.
    • Clinical Wing: The entrance to the Clinical Wing at 6 Everett Street will remain open for those who have been approved to work there.
    • Parking: The Everett Street parking garage will remain open.
  • What do I do if I forget my Harvard ID or get locked out?

    Anyone who forgets their Harvard University ID and is therefore locked out of a building they are authorized to access during normal business hours should call the Facilities Office at 617-495-5521. After normal business hours, those who forget their HUID and are locked out of a building they are authorized to access should call the HUPD Operations Center at 617-495-1212 and ask for HLS security to be dispatched to the location. Another form of valid identification will still be required.

  • Will campus food service be available during this period?

    The Hark eatery upstairs will open three times daily for grab-and-go / packaged meals, and can be accessed by HLS affiliates with HUID through the doors along Crossroads Plaza nearest the Harvard Law Library. Hours of operation for take-away meals are:

    • Breakfast: 7:30 am – 9.00 am
    • Lunch: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
    • Dinner:5:00 pm – 7:15 pm

    The Hark Box and the Pub Eatery will remain closed until further notice. Protocols have been put in place to protect the community, including those who remain on campus to fill critical functions.

  • Will HLS administrative offices continue to function?

    Yes. While nearly all on-campus operations (with the exception of limited food service) will be suspended for now, all HLS offices will continue many of their services remotely, providing virtual support during normal business hours. Anyone needing help with any administrative service should call or email, rather than visit.

    The following listing provides the latest information on how to access a range of administrative services in the coming weeks. Please reach out directly to each department for more specific information on their hours and services.

    • Campus Dining:After today, the Harkness upper dining room and servery will transition to grab-and-go / bagged meals only from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm seven days a week. The Hark Box and The Pub Eatery will be closed. Protocols will be in place to protect the community, including those who remain on campus to fill critical functions.
    • Harvard Law Library: The Harvard Law School Library will be closed. The library’s digital resources are available to HLS affiliates with VPN access; however, materials under Hollis+ and Borrow Direct will not be available. Please visit the HLS Library website or call 617-495-4516 for more information.  For information about other libraries across the University, please see the Harvard Library visitor access page.
    • ITS: The ITS Service Desk will be available for phone support from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday by calling 617-495-0722. Please note that ITS will not deploy technicians to locations around campus.
    • Human Resources: Support will be available 9:00 am to 5:00 pm by emailing hlshr@law.harvard.edu.
    • Finance: Phone support will be available from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm by calling 617-495-4607.
    • Copy Center: The Copy Center will be closed beginning tomorrow. Please email copycenter@law.harvard.edu with questions.
    • Faculty Support Services: Please reach out to your faculty assistant, during normal business hours, at their office phone or email, unless otherwise specified.
  • What is the status of mail delivery?

    For Students Who Have Left Campus

    Students who are leaving or have left the HLS dorms should complete the mail forwarding survey sent on March 11. HLS Mail Services will forward all United States Postal Service (USPS) mail parcels to the forwarding address provided.

    For Students Remaining on Campus

    Students who are remaining in the HLS residence halls will be able to retrieve their mail outside the mail room in the WCC on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Additional directions for students remaining on campus include:

    • Students remaining on campus should NOT complete the mail forwarding form and should NOT change their mailing address. Even if a student is moving to a new room in a different residence hall, mail should continue to be sent to the HLS address they have been using up until now.
    • Mail will be placed in the mailbox students have been using all year. Packages will be placed outside the mail room. Both can be retrieved on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
    • Students will no longer be able to ship from the mailroom. Please take any outbound packages to the Post Office or a USPS or FedEx location.

    For Faculty

    HLS Mail Services will receive mail addressed to faculty and forward it to the address the faculty member provides. To accomplish this, faculty are asked to:

    1. Faculty should not attempt to forward mail through the USPS website.
    2. Faculty who have already attempted to set up mail forwarding should cancel it by clicking on the link in the email they received from USPS.
    3. Faculty should complete by March 25th this very short Mail Survey, in which they will be asked to provide the address to which their mail should be forwarded.

    For faculty members who do not complete the survey by end of the day, March 30th, any mail received for by the HLS mail room will be forwarded to the home address listed for them in Peoplesoft.

    For all packages that require forwarding, faculty should contact the HLS mail room by email at hlsmail@law.harvard.edu with a forwarding address and a paid shipping label. Mail staff can provide a weight and assist with postage amounts, if required. There will necessarily be a delay between the time HLS receives any mail and the time it is received by faculty members at their forwarding address.

     

     

  • Will student services continued to be offered?

    Many HLS student services will continue to be offered remotely. Please reach out to the Dean of Students Office, the Graduate Program, Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, the Office of Career Services, the Office of Public Interest Advising, J.D. Admissions, Student Financial Services, or any of our other student services offices for assistance. If you still have questions, you can also email studentsupport@law.harvard.edu.

Students in HLS Housing

Students in HLS Housing

  • What is the plan for students living in the HLS dorms?

    As a way of lowering the risk of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on campus, the University is working across Harvard’s Schools and campuses to reduce the number of students living in the residence halls. To support that effort, we are asking that any HLS student residing in an HLS Residence Hall who has another place to stay, either in the Boston area or beyond, to move out by Sunday, March 22 at 4:00 pm. For those who move out, we will refund you a pro-rated amount for your housing fee, as of March 15.

    In order to facilitate the move-out process or the process of helping you find alternative housing, all HLS residents must submit this brief Housing Status Survey as soon as possible and no later than 9:00 pm on Thursday, March 12. In addition to normal business hours, the Facilities Office and HLS Mail Center will be open special hours (8:00 am to 4:00 pm) this and next  Saturday and Sunday (March 14-15, and March 21-22) for key drop off, box pick-up, and shipping assistance.

  • Why is HLS telling students to vacate the dorms?

    Many students have understandably questioned why the University and HLS are asking them to leave campus. Public health experts – including faculty and physicians across the University, at the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Massachusetts Department of Health – have advised that reducing the number of people congregated together in close quarters is among the best ways of reducing the risk of spreading the virus. The recent state of emergency declared by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has only served to reinforce the importance of this advice.

    At Harvard, and at an increasing number of universities and colleges, that means attempting to decrease the number of people living in campus dorms, particularly those in which students share rooms and bathrooms, by moving to remote instruction and by asking as many students as possible to leave if they can. In addition, as a preparatory step, we are identifying residential rooms and locations across campus where students who remain on campus could maintain the recommended level of social distancing and, if necessary, could safely and effectively self-isolate or be quarantined.

  • Will I receive a refund for my room for the remainder of the semester?

    For those who move out, we will refund you a prorated amount of your housing fee, as of March 15.

  • If I was previously approved to stay in HLS housing, but have found an alternative living situation, am I still eligible for a refund?

    Yes, your rent will be prorated as of the date you complete your check-out process. As soon as you have an anticipated move-out date, please contact housing@law.harvard.edu.

  • I am a student living in an HLS dorm and do not have options to relocate elsewhere. What do I do?

    Please know that if you face the very difficult circumstance of not having another place to go, we will provide you the help you need. We care about every student at HLS, and we guarantee that everyone will have a place to stay, whether off or on campus. We would never leave any student without a home (however temporary it might be) or without the financial support they need to stay safe and secure. For students who do not have an alternative off-campus housing solution, HLS will work to help you find a place to stay. If you have information you need to provide beyond the space in the housing survey, please contact Mel Saunders at housing@law.harvard.edu.

  • I am an international student from a CDC-rated level 3 country and I live in a dorm. What do I do?

    International students from CDC-rated level 3 countries are not expected to return home, and are among those eligible to remain in residence at HLS.

  • I am an international student. Will my Visa be affected if I go home?

    Since the academic term will continue via online means, the Harvard International Office (HIO) considers you to be enrolled. See the HIO’s guidance on this issue in this message on the HIO website. Please direct any additional questions to their office.

  • I am a student in HLS housing who would like to relocate but I am concerned about the cost of traveling home. What do I do?

    For those who need help, HLS will be offering financial support to students to cover or defray the cost of travel at a level commensurate with their need as defined under our financial aid policies. For example, a student on grant aid will receive full funding for reasonable travel costs. Students in HLS housing should complete this survey to determine their eligibility.

  • Can I leave my items in my dorm room when I leave campus?

    Those who leave campus must take their belongings with them and initiate the check-out process from the residences prior to departure. Once you move out of your residence, you will not be expected, nor able, to return to your existing residence this semester.

  • How should I return my keys?

    In addition to normal business hours, the Facilities Office and HLS Mail Center will be open special hours (8:00 am to 4:00 pm) this and next  Saturday and Sunday (March 14-15, and March 21-22) for key drop off, box pick-up, and shipping assistance.

  • Will campus food service be available for those students remaining in the dorms?

    The Hark eatery upstairs will open three times daily for grab-and-go / packaged meals, and can be accessed by HLS affiliates with HUID through the doors along Crossroads Plaza nearest the Harvard Law Library. Hours of operation for take-away meals are:

    • Breakfast: 7:30 am – 9.00 am
    • Lunch: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
    • Dinner:5:00 pm – 7:15 pm

    The Hark Box and the Pub Eatery will remain closed until further notice. Protocols have been put in place to protect the community, including those who remain on campus to fill critical functions.

  • What do I do about my mail?

    Students who are leaving or have left the dorms should complete the mail forwarding survey sent on March 11. HLS Mail Services will forward all USPS mail parcels to the forwarding address provided. All packages received after March 20 will be returned to the sender, unless the student contacts HLS Mail Services at hlsmail@law.harvard.edu with a forwarding address and a paid postage label.

    Students remaining in the HLS dorms will receive further notification about mail pick up.

  • Will HLS reimburse students vacating dorms for shipping costs?

    HLS will reimburse dorm residents up to $200 for shipping their personal belongings from campus. Student should keep their receipts for submission.  Please use the form on this website to request financial assistance with shipping expenses associated with returning home as a result of COVID-19. 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR STUDENTS

  • Will I receive a refund for my room for the remainder of the semester?

    For those who move out, we will refund you a pro-rated amount for your housing fee, as of March 15.

  • Will financial assistance be available to support travel for students leaving HLS housing?

    HLS understands that some students in HLS housing may need financial assistance in support of travel. Support is available based on financial need, and students should complete this survey to determine their eligibility.

  • What travel expenses will be covered for students leaving HLS housing?

    Direct expenses for travel to off-campus destinations for students leaving HLS housing will be considered. This includes airfare, bus fare, train fare, etc. for HLS students. It does not include in-route meals, miscellaneous expenses, or travel for family members.

    HLS will use the University’s standard definition of “reasonable” reimbursement for travel expenses and reimbursement will not exceed this amount. In general, Harvard defines lowest economy class airfare (sometimes called coach, standard economy, or base airfare) to include a reserved seat, one personal item, one carry-on bag, and one to two checked bags.

  • How will you decide how much financial support will be available?

    In general, we are trying to tie financial support to current financial aid benefits.

  • How do I I apply for travel reimbursement?

    Students should fill out the following request form: https://harvardlaw.formstack.com/forms/finance_covid19. This will ask for identifying information and documentation for the travel.

  • I need to know how much I can expect as reimbursement before I make my travel plans. What should I do?

    The quickest way to receive reimbursement is to book your travel and attach documentation. However, if this is not possible, the link above will allow you to provide an estimated cost of travel. We will then alert students to the amount they can expect to be reimbursed, and they can proceed with booking travel. Proper documentation will still be required for actual reimbursement.

  • How will reimbursement be provided?

    We are intending to disburse reimbursements as grants to students.

  • What if students do not have access to direct deposit?

    We strongly encourage all HLS Housing Residents to enroll in direct deposit to expedite reimbursement. Please contact the Student Financial Services (JD) or Grad Program office (LLM/SJD) for assistance.

  • Will HLS cover the costs for students who need to ship items?

    HLS will reimburse dorm residents up to $200 for shipping their personal belongings from campus. Student should keep their receipts for submission. Please use this form to request financial assistance with shipping expenses associated with returning home as a result of COVID-19. 

  • I am an HLS student concerned about my food security. Where can I go for assistance?

    We understand that some students may need assistance with securing food during this challenging time. If you are eligible, the Dean of Students Office will provide you with a food voucher that you can use for grab-and-go / bagged meals at The Hark every day between the hours of 7:30 am and 7:00 pm. You will not need to provide any additional information at the The Hark, beyond showing your voucher to the cashier. To submit a request for a voucher or if you require additional assistance beyond a voucher, please email studentsupport@law.harvard.edu.

  • What if I am facing other financial hardships?

    We know these sudden changes are difficult and students may face additional hardships. If you have emergency funding needs, even if you do not live in HLS housing, please contact the Dean of Students Office (DOS) at studentsupport@law.harvard.edu.

    Students can also reach out to Student Financial Services with any questions about increasing their ability to borrow funds. SFS representatives can be reached at sfs@law.harvard.edu or 617-495-4606, between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm Monday to Friday.

EVENT AND MEETING GUIDELINES

EVENT AND MEETING GUIDELINES

  • What is the University’s policy regarding non-essential events?

    The University is now transitioning over the course of the next few days to non-essential gatherings of no more than 25 people. The University has also advised that meetings and events of any size should be reconsidered, and encourages the use of teleconferencing tools instead.

INFORMATION FOR STAFF AND FACULTY

INFORMATION FOR STAFF AND FACULTY

  • I know HLS is shifting to remote work. When should I begin working remotely?

    Everyone who can begin working remotely should do so as soon as possible, and no later than Wednesday, March 18 (with the exception of only those performing essential functions that can only be accomplished in-person).

    Please use today and tomorrow to work with your manager to determine your ability to work remotely, to collect any items on-campus essential to your remote work, to share contact information and establish norms around connecting with your colleagues, and to ensure access to a conference line or other remote method for group meetings.

    Beginning March 18, nearly all members of the HLS community are urged not come to campus, until further notice.

  • What should I do to get ready to work remotely?

    All employees should familiarize themselves with the many telecommuting tools and resources we offer. More specifically, we ask that you:

    • Identify the computer that you will use to work remotely, which can be a personal computer with internet accessibility
    • Review useful IT tools when working remotely
    • Create accounts, download, and test any new technologies
    • Refer to this helpful checklist aimed at preparing you to work remotely

    ITS will hold several training sessions via Zoom Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18 at 10-11am, 12-1pm, and 3-4:00 pm. This training is for anyone who would like to review tools to help them work remotely (VPN, Office365, phone forwarding, etc.). Sign up for a session.

  • As a faculty or staff member, are there specific coronavirus-related policies or resources I should be aware of?

    Yes, Harvard Human Resources is continually connecting with both HLS HR and other local HR departments to understand the changing needs of our workforce and how that impacts our workforce policies.  We’ve created this page as a resource for you that includes links to the most up to date COVID-19 workplace policies.

     

  • Does HLS have suggestions and support for remote work?

    As we each begin to settle into our new routines, HLS HR is keenly aware that the lines between our home and work lives are becoming ever more blurred.  With that in mind, we have created a few resource pages that we hope help in some small way to support you—as an employee, parent, caregiver, and individual, in these uncertain times.  Below we’ve outlined a preview for you:

    1. Working remotely and managing a remote workforce: This includes tips about how to most effectively handle working remotely and/or manage a remote workforce.  This page includes helpful links and ideas for navigating and making the most of our current situation. We encourage you to utilize this information, share it with others, and be in touch with us should you have additional content suggestions. In the meantime, we encourage everyone to keep the following principles in mind:
      1. Approach this new reality, your employees, and each other, with compassion and patience.
      2. Set expectations, communicate deadlines or progress, and check in as you normally would.
      3. Connect with your team daily or weekly – both 1:1 and in groups; a remote workforce should not require extra effort to remain connected.
      4. Understand your team and coworkers availability and be flexible in its fluidity – the work needs to be done, but we should expand our thinking of what a ‘work day’ looks like in light of the challenges we are each facing at home, which could include illness, caregiving responsibilities and multiple workers, as well as our own concern and uncertainty about what’s happening around us.
      5. Take a moment to reflect on the opportunity – for employees whose workloads are reduced at present, consider projects, training or professional development opportunities.  Visit the resource page for suggestions and be sure to check in with your manager to share your ideas and to better understand departmental needs and expectations.
    2.  Taking care of you: This resource page includes links to virtual mindfulness workshops, physical fitness suggestions and mental health resources.  Please make sure you’re taking time to care for yourself.
    3.  Resources for caregivers: HLS is aware of the need to support our families through this period of uncertainty.  With that in mind, we’ve started a collection of fun and interesting activities, such as virtual field trips, which we hope you’ll take a moment to review.

    You can find links to all these pages on the HR Homepage, and if you have any questions feel free to reach out to your HROs or email hlshr@law.harvard.edu.

  • As a faculty or staff member, what do I do about my mail?

    The HLS mail room is currently closed and there will be no outgoing mail. Staff and faculty (and faculty assistants) should change their mail and package delivery addresses for individual mail in the following ways:

    • Regular Mail: Faculty and faculty assistants can go to this page on the United States Postal Service (USPS) website to have their regular mail forwarded to another address, such as their home address. Please note: Because you will be forwarding mail from a business address, you will need to select “business” as the category for your forwarding address.
    • Packages: Anyone with packages already in the mail room or in transit via USPS, FedEx, and UPS should contact HLS Mail Services at hlsmail@law.harvard.edu.
      • If the package is already in the mail room, it will be forwarded to the address provided.
      • If the package is in transit, the recipient must provide a new shipping address and paid postage label to HLS Mail Services. For UPS or FedEx deliveries, postage can also be purchased online and emailed to the mailroom staff.
    • Clinics: Mail for clinics will be deposited in the OCP offices and OCP will review and contact individual clinics.
    • Departmental Office Mail: Office mail will be available for pick up at the mail room once per week (on Wednesdays), in accordance with the critical business staffing plans that have been identified. Please email hlsmail@law.harvard.edu each Monday @3pm so mail is sorted and available for pick up outside the mail room to ensure social distancing.
  • I commute to work on the MBTA but would prefer to drive instead due to COVID-19. Can I park in Harvard’s garages for free?

    Employees who typically commute via transit but are now hesitant to do so because of coronavirus, are now eligible for no charge daily parking at select Harvard facilities on the Cambridge and Allston campus. All Harvard I.D. holders will have access to the 52 Oxford Street Garage, the Broadway Garage, the Soldiers Field Park Garage and the Webster Lot in the Athletics area. No permit pre-ordering is required, simply show your Harvard I.D. for facility access. Annual permit holders will be given priority access to facilities, and availability may be limited at select locations. For more information about this and other parking and commuting options, please visit the Harvard Transportation & Parking website.

  • Why is the University asking employees to sign up for direct deposit if they haven’t already?

    The University is encouraging all employees to enroll in direct deposit because it is a more streamlined way to receive payment than paper checks, which depend on various external services such as printing, private shipping, and the USPS. You can enroll in direct deposit through PeopleSoft Self Service; please see the direct deposit instructions or visit the Central Payroll website. You can reach Central Payroll by phone at (617) 495-8500 option 4 or via email at ufs_crt@harvard.edu if you need assistance or have any questions.

  • Are there tips from the University to stay connected and motivated while remote?

    The following Harvard resources may help you adjust to an abrupt remote learning environment and stay connected amidst ongoing social distancing measures.

  • Who can I call about my concerns or worries?

    We know this has been a challenging period for everyone as we grapple with and work collectively to support our teaching and research mission and to mitigate the potential impact of the coronavirus on our community. We also know that all of us are simultaneously concerned for our family, our friends, and for one another. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Human ResourcesHarvard Counseling and Mental Health Services, the Harvard Employee Assistance Program or any of the other support resources available to you.

Travel Guidance

Travel Guidance

  • What is the University’s policy regarding travel?

    All University-related international travel is prohibited. All University-related non-essential domestic air travel is prohibited.

  • What are the guidelines for people coming to campus from countries with a major COVID-19 outbreak?

    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. This also applies to individuals who have transited through the affected locations. Review HUHS’ campus guidance for additional advice and consult with HUHS as needed.

  • Because of these new travel restrictions, I had to cancel University-related travel that I had already booked. Will the University reimburse me?

    For those travelling on University business, the Harvard Travel Policy allows for reimbursement of cancellation or change fees with a valid reason. The current coronavirus outbreak meets this requirement. Harvard Financial Administration has provided a guide to frequently asked questions and other information here.

HEALTH INFORMATION

HEALTH INFORMATION

HARVARD UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES (HUHS) & INSURANCE

HARVARD UNIVERSITY HEALTH SERVICES (HUHS) & INSURANCE

  • How will the move to remote teaching and learning affect my access to Harvard University Health Services and my Student Health Insurance Plan?

    Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) has created a detailed FAQ about their operations and services, as well as benefits available through the Student Health Insurance Plan.  Please visit this page on the HUHS website for more information.

  • Is the University closing any HUHS services?

    All HUHS services are fully operational, and Urgent Care remains open from 8:00 am – 10:00 pm EDT every day. A nurse advice line remains available from 10 pm – 8 am at 617-495-5711. More details are available at www.huhs.harvard.edu.

  • Can I access Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) if I am not on campus?

    If you have a mental health emergency while at home, you should identify and access local mental health providers and/or the local emergency facilities. Students can contact their current Counseling and Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provider via secure message to discuss planning for the transition from campus to home as well as the possible extension or refills of CAMHS prescriptions. Be sure to leave campus with an adequate supply of medication for your prescriptions.

    With a signed release of information, CAMHS can communicate with any local providers regarding your care. Contact CAMHS at 617-495-2042 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.