Community Expectations Related to COVID-19

To keep Harvard community members safe and healthy and to ensure that the physical campus remains open, we all have a shared responsibility to act prudently, safely, and in accordance with public health directives. The Community Expectations Related to COVID-19, outlined below, represent the heart of this collective project by promoting and mandating safe practices among all members of the GSAS community.

Note that these expectations may be updated and revised to reflect additional guidance from city, state, and federal governments, as well as public health officials, if necessary.

As a GSAS student, you agree to:

  • Follow University guidance regarding vaccinations, access to campus, physical distancing, masking, testing and tracing, quarantine and isolation, hygiene, and travel.
  • Participate in a University-determined testing cadence and agree to utilize your assigned testing account and not allow others to access that account. (Students who submit tests for other people under their account or under any other account may be referred to the GSAS Administrative Board.)
  • Share truthful information with Harvard University Health Services. Any information shared with contact tracers is confidential. Violation of COVID-19 protocols will be considered a serious violation and may be addressed by GSAS, which may include referral to the administrative board and restriction of access to campus spaces and resources.
  • Follow these expectations not only for one’s own health, but also to protect and safeguard the health of others, including staff, faculty, researchers, and others who learn, research, work, and live in our community.
  • Abide by new protocols that arise as life on campus and public health guidance across the country evolve, and as new testing and tracing methods emerge.

Community Accountability

The GSAS dean of students and/or GSAS Administrative Board will review serious infractions related to these expectations, such as a refusal to undergo testing or failure to abide by isolation or quarantine terms.

The GSAS Title IX Resource Coordinators work together with the aim of removing barriers to disclosure of sexual harassment and misconduct. To encourage students to share information and seek support, GSAS will ordinarily not hold them accountable for violations of the Community Expectations related to COVID-19 if those violations also include allegations of sexual misconduct or harassment.