As campus reopens, we have a collective responsibility to keep one another safe and healthy. On this page, you will find a checklist that outlines your responsibilities for fall 2021.

Planning is essential: if you live with roommates, consider these best practices for approaching a conversation about developing contingency plans.

Fall 2021 Checklist

Review Harvard’s return to campus information

On the Keep Harvard Healthy website, you can find information for students returning to campus and health and well-being guidance. Please be sure to review these pages carefully to understand your responsibilities related to campus access. Students in programs based at other Harvard Schools should also ensure that they understand additional local guidance.

Review Masking Requirement

Harvard continues to require masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Students in programs based in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences are required to wear FAS-approved masks, which are available in your department or lab. Students are required to wear masks in all Harvard buildings, and other parts of campus when appropriate.

Students in programs based at other Harvard Schools should also ensure that they understand additional local guidance. Noncompliance may lead to removal from a classroom or other indoor location; repeated noncompliance may lead to restriction of access buildings, notification to graduate program administration, or referral to the GSAS Administrative Board for disciplinary action.

Meet the vaccination requirement

If you have not met the vaccination requirement, Harvard University Health Services can help you schedule an appointment. Please note that until you complete your vaccination requirement, a registration hold will be placed on your student account.

Please remember if you are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated, you should also follow campus rules for masking and distancing. Please visit the Harvard Coronavirus website for additional details.

Follow required COVID-19 testing cadence

Students accessing campus need to test every seven days if vaccinated and every three days if unvaccinated. Anyone accessing a Harvard building in Allston, Cambridge, or the Longwood Medical Area must follow their assigned testing cadence, even if they are participating in testing at another institution. Failure to comply with the required testing may result in disciplinary probation and administrative dismissal.

A critical first step in this process is to create a Color account: you must use the Harvard email address noted in Crimson Clear. If you have questions about creating your Color account, please email

If you are returning to the Cambridge/Boston area, you will not be required to quarantine, but you should minimize social activity until you receive your first negative result. Additionally, you must test three times during the first week you return to campus: your first day on campus, on day 4 or 5, and 1 week after arrival. Instructions for collecting your sample are included in each test kit.

After your first three tests, you can find information on your regular testing cadence, testing population, last test received, and vaccination verification in your Crimson Clear account. You will receive messages from Color with testing reminders and when your test results are ready.

Please note: Students who have been on a summer 2021 testing cadence will not need to undergo this three-pronged testing sequence, but will need to follow their assigned testing cadence.

If you feel your testing is incorrect or have questions related to the testing requirement, please email If you plan to be away from campus for all or part of the fall term, or if you are coming to campus only infrequently, please complete a brief survey so that the requirement can be reviewed.

Pick up and drop off tests

You will pick up your test kits at locations associated with your graduate program. Please drop off your completed tests in a test collection bin on the same day you test, as soon after taking the test as possible. Prior to depositing your completed test kit, please be sure to type the bar code numbers from your test kit tube into the “activate kit” screen in Color.

  • Science Center, located at 1 Oxford Street, near the security desk
  • Northwest Labs, located at 52 Oxford Street, at the main entrance facing the museums
  • Knafel Building, CGIS North, 1737 Cambridge Street
  • Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street 
  • Lamont Library, 11 Quincy Street
SEAS Allston: in the lobby of the SEC at 150 Western Avenue
Cambridge: in the lobby of the Maxwell Dworkin Building at 33 Oxford Street 
HSPH At the FXB or Kresge security stations (entrances) 
GSD In the vestibule of Gund Hall at the Quincy Street entrance between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. 
HGSE Gutman Library 
HKS Wexner Building 

Present your HUID to pick up test kits in the ground floor lobby of the New Research Building at 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur (please note that hours may be altered during holidays):

  • Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Present your HUID to pick-up tests from:

  • Aldrich Hall, ground floor, HBS Security, 24/7
  • Chao Center, first floor, guest services desk, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
  • Shad Fitness Center counter from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday to Friday
  • Spangler Center, second floor, MBA desk, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday

Contact HUHS if you develop symptoms of COVID-19

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you must self-quarantine and notify Harvard University Health Services via Crimson Clear.

Review GSAS’s COVID-19 policy

Be sure to review the COVID-19 policy noted in the GSAS Policies section of the website.