As Harvard community members, 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 January and spring 2022.

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

January 2022 Checklist

January activities will take place remotely, including January@GSAS mini-courses.

Meet the booster requirement

Members of the Harvard community must meet a COVID-19 vaccination and booster requirement. Find more details on the University's COVID-19 Vaccine & Booster Information page.

Restart your testing cadence

If you are returning to the Cambridge/Boston area after being outside Massachusetts for any period of time, you must test three times during the first week you return to campus: your first day on campus, on day four or five, and on day eight after arrival. Be sure to review the pick-up schedule: If day one is on a day when tests are not picked up, please wait until the next pick-up day.

  • Students who have been in Massachusetts the entire break—including those who have traveled exclusively within the state—will not need to undergo this three-pronged testing sequence but will need to test on their first day back on campus and/or the residence halls.
  • Students shouldn't come to campus just to test, but if you are coming to campus multiple times when you return from travel, you should test every time you are on campus, up to three times over eight days.

​When you return to the Cambridge/Boston area, you will not be required to quarantine, but you should minimize social activity, including casual group meals until you receive your first negative result. If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, please restrict your social interactions and notify Harvard University Health Services via Crimson Clear.

Wear a mask as much as possible

Though not required, wear a mask as much as possible. Knowing that cases have increased, remain masked when you are with other people indoors in common areas, in break rooms or dining halls (when not eating), in your suite or apartment, and even in spaces where masks aren’t mandatory. 


Spring 2022 Checklist

Review Harvard’s campus access information for students

On the Keep Harvard Healthy website, you can find information on campus access for students. Please be sure to review this information carefully to understand your responsibilities. 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.

Follow required COVID-19 testing cadence

Students accessing campus need to test each week at the frequency outlined on their Crimson Clear account, which is determined by vaccination status. 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 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 feel your testing cadence 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.