The health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus, is our top priority. We are committed to maintaining an excellent quality of education through this unprecedented situation. Until further notice, the Harvard Graduate School of Design has shifted to online coursework. The GSD will continue with remote teaching through the entire Spring 2021 semester.

Courses and meetings are being conducted through Zoom, which can be accessed through the main menu of the Canvas system. Harvard University Information Technology has compiled a Zoom Training and Help resource page for basics on set-up and troubleshooting and the GSD's CRG Help Desk staff is available to answer questions. Harvard's Teach Remotely website also offers additional resources.

All academic affairs staff will be available by email, and faculty should contact their respective department staff as they normally would for questions or assistance. Academic affairs staff will utilize online resources to ensure that business operations continue as needed. For financial matters, such as course budgets, student payroll, invoices, and corporate card assistance, please contact the Academic Affairs Business Office. All faculty with general or urgent issues or requests related to academic business and administration should contact Ashley Lang or Estefi Ibanez. For questions regarding individual faculty matters such as visas, appointments, leaves, contracts, reviews, benefits, or other information and resources, the Faculty Affairs Office will continue to respond as usual and can connect with faculty via email, phone, or Zoom.

As planning for a Fall 2021 return to campus proceeds, we expect all members of the GSD community to make plans to get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible, whether you are local to Cambridge or currently residing abroad. Further guidance regarding vaccination expectations for faculty, staff, and researchers are under consideration and will be provided in the near future. Please visit the University’s vaccine webpage for more information.

While Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) continues to be prepared to administer vaccine to increasing numbers of our community as the State of Massachusetts makes more vaccine available to us, we advise each member of our community to make plans for vaccinations beyond the HUHS purview.

In order to monitor progress toward full vaccination within our community, please send a clear copy of your completed vaccination card to HUHS at HUHS keeps this information secure and confidential. People vaccinated by HUHS do not need to submit this information, since it is already recorded.


Resources for Faculty

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Back-up Care

Emergencies that are University-Related

Fabrication Lab

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Harvard University COVID-19 Website

Online Teaching Resources

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Vaccine Information

Virtual Events and Public Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the GSD continue with remote teaching through the Spring 2021 semester?

Yes. The GSD will continue with remote teaching through the entire spring semester.

I am an international faculty member or non-faculty academic employee (post doc, research associate, etc.). Will the GSD still help me arrange my visa?

Faculty Affairs will continue working individually with international faculty and researchers, and with Harvard International Office on visas.

Can I still submit a sponsored research grant proposal?

Research Administration services will continue. Please contact Anne Mathew if you plan to submit a sponsored research grant proposal. Completed proposals must be submitted at least one month in advance of the sponsor's due date to provide adequate time for GSD internal and university-level review and approvals. For more information, contact Research Administration staff.

What will happen for summer research jobs and other GSD summer programs? Can faculty members still hire students or graduates for summer work?

Faculty Affairs will continue to review and provide support for hiring academic researchers for faculty-sponsored projects and research initiatives. Please keep in mind that 60-90 days lead time prior to the job start date is needed to complete an academic hire if a visa is required, and at least 30 days for all other hires.

I need to access a GSD building for my research or course preparation. What should I do?

GSD facilities remain closed for most activities, but we are considering requests for limited access. Access is restricted to faculty and staff who are providing direct support for access-dependent research and course preparation. In order to better define the GSD’s criteria and process, Building Services has developed the GSD Access Request Form. New requests should be made by submitting this form to

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. Last updated May 5, 2021 1:24 pm EDT.