What to Expect When Coming to Campus
LAST UPDATED: 5/17/22
As we welcome participants to the Harvard Law School campus, we want to assure you that the health, safety, and well-being of our participants and community remains our top priority. We are closely monitoring health and safety protocols as provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Massachusetts, and Harvard University, and we will continue to make adjustments as the public health situation changes.
Please bookmark this page, which provides the latest details you need in preparing to come to campus and staying on campus. It is important to note that all HLS Executive Education participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to coming to campus.
If you are enrolled in an in-person program, please watch your inbox for important emails from the HLS Executive Education program team.
Preparing to come to campus
Will I need to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus?
All HLS Executive Education participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to coming to campus, meaning that at least two weeks have passed since receiving the final dose of a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO), which currently includes Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, AstraZeneca, SII/Covishield, BIBP/Sinopharm, Sinovac/CoronaVac, and Bharat Biotech/Covaxin.
As with existing requirements for other vaccines, exceptions may be provided only for medical or religious reasons. Please note that if an exemption is granted, participants may be subject to additional requirements, such as more frequent testing.
Do I need a COVID booster shot before coming to campus?
In addition to the requirement of being fully vaccinated with one of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized by the FDA or WHO, effective March 13, 2022, participants are required to have a booster shot from one of the FDA- and/or WHO-authorized vaccines if they are eligible by their on-campus program or module start date.
Based on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of eligibility, you are eligible for a booster dose if at least five months have passed since you completed the primary series of a two-dose FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine or at least two months have passed since you completed the primary series of a single-dose FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine.
What proof of vaccination is required?
All Executive Education participants will be required to complete an attestation form prior to the program, confirming that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and boosted, if they are eligible, by their on-campus program or module start date. Further details regarding our Terms of Agreement will be shared via email closer to the program start date. Additionally, there are some businesses and organizations in the Boston area that currently require proof of vaccination to enter.
Are other Harvard community members required to be vaccinated?
In order to reach the high levels of vaccination needed to protect our community, Harvard University is requiring all community members who will have any on-campus presence to be vaccinated. This includes faculty, staff, and students.
I received a COVID-19 vaccine in another country that was not approved by the FDA or WHO. Should I be re-vaccinated when I get to the U.S.?
To participate in an HLS Executive Education program on the Harvard campus, the vaccine must be approved by the FDA or WHO. Please note that we cannot make a medical recommendation as to whether you should get a second, different vaccine to satisfy our vaccine requirement. This would need to be determined by a medical professional.
What are the current requirements for international travel to the U.S.?
The United States announced its new travel policy, effective November 8, 2021, allowing non-citizens who are fully vaccinated to travel by air to the U.S. In addition to proof of vaccination, all air travelers must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test three days before their flight to the U.S.
Please review travel guidelines prior to planning your trip.
We recommend that you take a COVID-19 test prior to departing for the program to avoid the need to quarantine when you arrive, should you test positive.
Will I need to quarantine if I am traveling from outside the U.S. to Boston, Massachusetts?
No quarantine is required for entering Massachusetts from outside of the U.S. for fully vaccinated individuals. Please review the requirements for travelers arriving to the U.S. from abroad. In addition, you are advised to confirm requirements for your place of origin and your specific airline. Note also that travel restrictions into the U.S. remain in place from specific countries.
If I am unable to attend due to COVID-19 travel restrictions issued by my country or the U.S., can I cancel and receive a refund?
If you are unable to attend due to travel restrictions issued after you’ve been accepted to a program, we can discuss options to either transfer your enrollment or cancel your participation for a full refund.
Coming to campus
Will I be required to take a COVID-19 test during my stay on campus?
Harvard Law School asks that you take a self-administered rapid test on the first day of the program and will provide tests at no charge. Rapid tests will be available should you wish you test again during the program.
We also recommend that you take a COVID-19 test prior to departing for the program to avoid the need to quarantine when you arrive, should you test positive.
What should I do if I am experiencing potential COVID-19 symptoms within 10 days of the start of the program?
If you are experiencing any potential COVID-19 symptoms, including fever, chills or muscle/body aches; sore throat; new cough, congested or runny nose (not related to seasonal allergies), fatigue, or headache; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; loss of taste or smell; nausea or vomiting; and diarrhea, or if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within 10 days of your scheduled arrival at Harvard Law School, please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your situation.
What protocols are in place if I test positive? Will I be required to isolate?
If you test positive, you will be required to isolate in your hotel room for a minimum duration of five days, provided that you have no symptoms or that your symptoms are resolving after five days. If on day five or later you are still experiencing symptoms, you may need to isolate for an additional five days. If you are released after completing the five-day isolation period, you will be required to wear a mask around others for an additional five days.
If you are required to quarantine past the last day of the program, your accomodations will be at your own expense.
Will I be required to quarantine if a fellow participant tests positive?
Close contacts who are asymptomatic are not required to quarantine following an exposure if they have been boosted or have completed the primary series of a two-dose FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine within the last five months or the primary series of a single-dose FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine within the last two months.
Close contacts who are unvaccinated or who are eligible for, but have not received a booster shot and/or have symptoms, are required to quarantine in their hotel room for five days following the date of last exposure. If you are required to quarantine past the last day of the program, your accomodations will be at your expense.
In both cases, participants are required to wear a mask, self-monitor for symptoms, and test on days one and five following the exposure. Participants who develop symptoms and test positive must follow the isolation protocols mentioned above.
Will I be required to wear a mask?
Masks and face coverings are optional in all indoor spaces on Harvard Law School’s campus. Masks are required in certain settings, such as healthcare facilities, public transit, and University buses and shuttles. Because anyone may unexpectedly need to enter a space where masks are still required, we ask that you carry a mask with you at all times.
Anyone who prefers to continue wearing a mask indoors may freely exercise the personal choice to do so. Harvard University supports such personal health decisions by our community members, and asks that everyone support and respect any member of our community who wishes to continue taking advantage of the extra level of personal health protection offered by face coverings.
Anyone completing isolation or quarantine should continue to wear masks for the full 10 days, according to existing protocols.
How will meals be prepared and served on campus?
Our dining services and catering provider closely monitors and adheres to the CDC and WHO safety recommendations. All dining associates and managers are trained in the latest protocols for cleaning, protection, and food safety.
What are the living arrangements and what precautions are being taken for those spaces?
HLS Executive Education participants stay at the Sheraton Commander Hotel. Learn more about the new protocols and elevated practices implemented at the Sheraton Commander in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
What precautions are taking place to ensure air quality and ventilation?
Harvard Law School has upgraded heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems across campus to ensure that all systems meet the recently enhanced CDC recommendations for air filtration and exchange.
What cleaning and personal hygiene protocols are in place?
Harvard Law School has ample signage to help guide traffic flow in and out of classrooms, common areas, restrooms, and other locations to avoid congestion and to meet any social distancing guidelines that may be in place. Hand cleanser, sanitizing stations, and masks are available throughout all of our buildings.
It is important that everyone in our community follow guidelines for handwashing (regularly, for 20 seconds with soap and water), using hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.