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I am reaching out today to share some additional information about our upcoming January Term. While we expect that the vast majority of our community will not be on campus again until the beginning of the spring semester, given the remote nature of January Term, we understand that some members of our community may wish to access COVID-19 testing or other on-campus resources during this period. With that in mind, we want to make you aware of the following protocols that will be in place and the services that will be available, within the parameters described below, in the weeks ahead.

COVID-19 Testing & Return-to-Campus Protocols

 The University’s COVID-19 testing system will continue to be available to members of the HLS community throughout January Term. Anyone accessing campus (including dorm residents who have been approved for dorm access) during the remote period must comply with regular testing requirements for any week in which they plan to spend any time on campus – including short visits to pick-up grab-and-go meals or library books (see below). This includes following the University’s return-to-campus protocol, which recommends testing three times your first week back (ideally on day 1, day 4 or 5, and day 7 or 8).

Test kits and collection bins will continue to be available 24/7 near the Hark South entrance, and an additional collection bin will be positioned at the back Langdell entrance (between Langdell and Areeda). Completed tests will be collected at 3 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. on weekends and holidays (including Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 17). Please ensure your completed test kit is activated and in one of the collection bins at least 15 minutes prior to the designated pick-up times.

During this remote period, individuals should not linger or congregate indoors while on campus for testing.  

Testing Resources for HLS Community Members Only

It is important to remember that Harvard’s testing services extend only to members of the Harvard community, and tests must not be used by anyone other than HLS and Harvard faculty, staff, students, and other appointed affiliates. Compliance with these and other University and HLS public health guidelines will be enforced. Violations may lead to involuntary leaves of absence and Administrative Board referrals for students, and review for disciplinary action for employees and other appointed affiliates.

Library Services

The HLS Library will offer remote reference services throughout the January Term. Beginning January 5, the Library will also be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The circulation desk will be available to everyone with a Harvard ID. Library study space and stacks will be open to HLS community members only. The Root Room is closed. For assistance with Special Collections, please contact Historical & Special Collections. FRIDA support services will be available for faculty during this period.

All visitors to the library will be required to wear a mask at all times, maintain distance, and adhere to all other University and HLS public health guidelines.Compliance with masking requirements will be enforced.

For more information, please contact the HLS Library. For a list of other Harvard libraries that will be open during January Term and their hours of operation, please visit this page on the Harvard Library website.

Food Services

The Pub Grill, located on the first floor of the WCC, will be open for pre-packaged and other take-out meal options beginning January 4. Hours of operation for take-away meals will be as follows:

  • Breakfast:  7:30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.
  • Lunch:  11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Dinner:  5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Mail Services

Mail services will deliver once a week to faculty offices, but will not deliver to other on-campus locations during this remote period. Departments, staff, and faculty with essential mail or packages can contact hlsmail@law.harvard.edu to discuss options for mail pick up. Dorm residents may pick up mail Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Health & Mental Health-Related Services

  • Harvard University Health Services will resume its normal operating schedule as of Monday, January 3. Please see HUHS current hours of operation and list of services for more information. For after-hours needs, please contact the HUHS nurse advice line at 617-495-5711.
  • For information on Counseling and Mental Health Services, please visit the CAMHS website. The CAMHS Cares Line (617-495-2042) is also available 24/7 to support all Harvard students, whether they are in immediate distress or not, either living on-campus or residing elsewhere, including outside of Massachusetts.
  • The Hemenway Gymnasium and other University gyms will be open to Harvard gym members who continue to observe Harvard COVID-19 testing protocols during this remote period. All visitors to Harvard gyms will be required to wear a mask, maintain distance, and adhere to all other University and HLS public health guidelines. For more information, including hours of operation, please visit Harvard Recreation. All Harvard Recreation group exercise classes will be virtual throughout the month of January. More information on the January Term schedule and virtual class membership can be found on Harvard Recreation’s Group Exercise page.

All other HLS services will be available virtually. Please see the department directory for a complete departmental listing and contact information. HLS classrooms, conference rooms, lounges, and the Hark cafeteria will be closed during January Term. Please be aware that these spaces, even if they appear open, are not available as study or meeting areas. And as a reminder, anyone choosing to access campus, however briefly, during this remote period must follow their normal testing cadence during the weeks they choose to visit and strictly adhere to all other University and HLS public health guidelines.

Thank you, as always, for all you are doing to help keep yourself and the Harvard Law School community healthy and safe. We look forward to seeing you in the weeks ahead, and we wish you all a healthy, happy 2022!

Tracee Whitley
Dean for Administration