Dear GSAS Students,
 
As we prepare to begin the fall term, we wanted to provide a link to Harvard’s enhanced COVID-19 web presence, which incorporates information about keeping Harvard healthy. Through this portal, you will find the University’s plan for a safe campus reopening for academic year 2020–2021 and information on health and well-being, testing and tracing, and travel guidance. You will also find links to remote resources for teaching, learning, researching, and socializing.
 
If you are traveling back to the area from outside Massachusetts, please be sure to follow Massachusetts travel orders and local guidance on your return, especially with regard to self-quarantine protocols. Please note that those living off-campus must be authorized by their graduate program to access campus for research or teaching purposes: You cannot be on campus without that authorization. If you do receive authorization, your program will provide information about COVID-19 testing requirements for either observed or self-administered testing. It is imperative that you familiarize yourself with Harvard’s testing and tracing policies and that you adhere to testing protocols.
 
In this time of physical distancing, it is even more important to find ways to connect with your peers, graduate program, and faculty. The GSAS Student Center, the Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs, and the Fellowships & Writing Center host virtual events for students, and faculty and administrators are developing ways to build cohorts within their academic programs. Be sure to visit Engage, the GSAS student event platform, to find opportunities of interest. We hope you will take advantage of all the opportunities to build community and connection.
 
As members of the Harvard community, we have a shared responsibility to ensure the collective well-being of our community. We ask you to undertake these measures not just for your own health and well-being, but also to protect and safeguard the health of those around us, including students, staff, faculty, and family members. As such, you are expected to follow public health and community protocols no matter where you are, practice physical distancing, avoid large gatherings, and wear face coverings. You should also regularly check your email for important GSAS and University announcements and ensure all your contact information is updated in my.harvard, especially your emergency contacts and physical location address.
 
If you have questions about Harvard’s return to campus, visit Coronavirus (COVID-19): Keep Harvard Healthy.

Fall Public Health Message