Please see the 2021-2022 Academic Year Planning Page for the latest school and University-wide updates.
All GSD faculty, researchers, staff, and students are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, and Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) continues to be available to administer the vaccine to members of the Harvard community. Please visit the University’s vaccine webpage for more information.
COVID testing will remain a part of the University’s ongoing efforts to track and limit the coronavirus within our community. All University affiliates who are authorized to be on campus are required to be tested at their assigned cadence. Please refer to the University’s testing & tracing page for information on the latest cadences for the Harvard community members who will be on campus.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The GSD Faculty Affairs office is available to assist with questions regarding your individual circumstances, and relevant university and GSD policies, keeping in mind that some information continues to evolve and it is important to keep checking the websites linked below for updated information.
How does the University-mandated Covid testing work? When/how do I get started?
Regular COVID-19 testing will be required for anyone planning to be on campus regularly, using easy, self-administered tests provided by the University. The frequency of testing will depend on factors including whether you live on or off campus, and your vaccination status.
Regardless of vaccination status, everyone will be expected to be tested 1x/week for 2 weeks upon arrival. After the initial two-week period you will be expected to test as follows:
- If vaccinated, you will need to test once per week.
- If unvaccinated, you will need to test twice per week.
Test kits are available in the vestibule of Gund Hall, and tests can be dropped at a drop-bin at the Science Center. You should plan to pick up your first kit on your first day back on campus, and follow the instructions for activating the kit and self-administering the test that day, after you have it in hand. Faculty and affiliates returning to campus will be able to find their ongoing testing frequency requirements by logging into the internal COVID tracking platform, Crimson Clear. You will access and manage your test results through your personal COLOR account, a secure external medical testing platform Harvard has contracted. Set up your COLOR account before you return and pick up your test kit. Once you have started using the testing program, all employees on campus will receive regular text and email notifications reminding you of your next testing day.
- Who should I contact if I have more questions or if I need help accessing my results?
- Please contact Color Support at 844-352-6567 or [email protected]
- Please contact Harvard support at [email protected]
What measures are in place to ensure a safe & healthy campus environment?
All staff, students and faculty will be required to follow Harvard guidelines for on-campus gatherings, in order to help ensure we are keeping our community safe. The GSD visitor policies for in-person gatherings and visits in GSD spaces are available here.
What about arriving from outside the US, and the vaccine requirement?
International students and scholars are encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible, if it is available in your country. All vaccines authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) will meet the University’s vaccine requirement. Harvard advises seeking whatever vaccine is available to you locally, so that you can be protected as soon as possible. The list of vaccines authorized by WHO is updated regularly.
If you are already vaccinated, you do not need to get any additional vaccines right now. If the vaccine you received is not authorized by WHO by the time you arrive, HUHS will offer you an FDA-authorized vaccine. If you are unable to access an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine before the fall, the University will offer vaccination with an mRNA vaccine on arrival to all Harvard affiliates with a Harvard ID. Visit the University’s Vaccine Information webpage to learn more about planning your vaccine. We recommend pre-booking your appointment before your arrival so you have a clear plan in place. Guidelines and recommendations are continually updated based on research and this recommendation may change as we get closer to the start of the fall semester. It is important to stay updated by reading all communication coming from Harvard about the vaccine requirement, available at the HUHS page.
International faculty and scholars should also check the university’s comprehensive campus access for international students and scholars page for information and guidance regarding Covid testing for entry into the US and related information about returning to campus.
**If you have any questions about travel or visa documentation, please do not hesitate to contact the Faculty Affairs team. We are here to help!**
What do I need to do before I arrive on campus?
- Submit your vaccination record to Harvard University Health Services at their Verify your Vaccine website.
- Visit the University Healthy Campus website for the most up-to-date info to plan for your return.
- Activate your testing account in COLOR at https://home.color.com/create-account
- Additional detailed information is available through one of the COVID-19 safety trainings from Harvard’s Environmental Health and Safety Department.
This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Last updated [gsd_04.1922_2:01pm_modified].