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 spring 2022.
Planning is essential: if you live with roommates, consider these best practices for approaching a conversation about developing contingency plans.
Spring/Summer 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
The University has updated its indoor masking guidance to allow for optional face coverings in many situations. Visit Keep Harvard Healthy for more information.
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 to buildings, notification to graduate program administration, or referral to the GSAS Administrative Board for disciplinary action.
Participate in optional COVID-19 testing, if desired
Harvard has transitioned to optional COVID-19 testing. Read a Gazette Q&A with two of the University’s COVID advisors to learn more about the thinking behind this decision.
Students may continue to test if desired. Those who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have a known exposure should continue to test: Symptomatic testing remains important while COVID continues to circulate in the community. If you are returning to campus and would like to test, email GSAStestingcompliance@fas.harvard.edu with your name and HUID so that you can be added to the testing eligibility file.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions related to testing, please email GSASTestingCompliance@fas.harvard.edu.
Report external positive tests
If you test positive using a test external to Harvard, you must report your positive result through Crimson Clear by following the steps below. HUHS also provides information on testing, exposure, isolation, and quarantine.
- Go to Crimson Clear.
- Click on “View Self-Assessment,” then “Begin Self-Assessment.”
- Select symptoms you are experiencing and click on “Continue.”
- On the next screen, you will be asked: “In the last 14 days, have you been closer than 6 feet indoors (for at least 15 minutes) to anyone who tested positive for COVID-19?” Answer “Yes” to this question.
- On the next screen, you will be asked: “In the past 14 days, have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?” Answer “Yes” to this question.
- Complete the attestation.
- Email GSASTestingCompliance@fas.harvard.edu so that GSAS can pause your testing cadence (you will still receive messages from Color). You are not required to confirm a positive antigen test result with a PCR test confirmation.
Pick up and drop off tests
Harvard has adjusted the number of collection bins on campus. Tests can only be dropped off at: Smith Campus Center, Harvard University Health Services, and the Science Center in Cambridge; Science and Engineering Complex in Allston; and the New Research Building in the Longwood Medical Area. Harvard maintains a test collection bin location map.
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. You should continue to test: Symptomatic testing remains important while COVID continues to circulate in the community.
Review GSAS’s COVID-19 policy
Be sure to review the COVID-19 policy noted in the GSAS Policies section of the website.