What to Expect When Coming to Campus
LAST UPDATED: 7/24/23
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 closely monitor 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.
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?
It is strongly recommended that participants be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to coming to campus, per CDC guidance.
Do I need a COVID booster shot before coming to campus?
In addition to being fully vaccinated it is strongly recommended that participants be up to date on boosters, per CDC guidance.
What proof of vaccination is required?
No proof or attestation of vaccination status will be required. However, all participants must accept our community Health & Safety commitment prior to their on-campus program start date.
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 full-time 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.?
It is strongly recommended that 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.?
Please review the current travel guidelines prior to planning your trip.
No quarantine is required for entering Massachusetts from outside of the U.S. for fully vaccinated individuals. You are advised to confirm travel requirements for your place of origin and your specific airline.
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.
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 Executive Education recommends that you take a self-administered rapid test after arriving in Cambridge, within 24 hours of the start of the program, and prior to coming to campus.
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?
Will I be required to quarantine if a fellow participant tests positive?
Participants should follow CDC guidance for COVID-19 exposure.
If you are required to quarantine past the last day of the program, your accommodations will be at your expense.
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 may be required in certain settings, such as healthcare facilities. 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 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 hand cleanser, sanitizing stations, and masks 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.