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Summer 2023: Coronavirus Information

Summer 2023 COVID-19 Information

Last updated January 19, 2023. Information is subject to change.

The following outlines Harvard Summer School’s plans to limit the spread of COVID-19 among the community. The plans are in accordance with the University’s response and we encourage you to also visit the general Harvard University COVID-19 information page.

Important Deadlines for Students

Adult and College Students (3 and 7 weeks) and Secondary School Program

Immunization and Health Information Deadlines
COVID-19 Vaccination requirement
You will be dropped from courses, even after classes begin, if you do not upload your documentation
Submit proof of vaccination within 7 days of registering
All other required immunization deadlineFriday, May 19
Medical history and consent deadlineFriday May 19
Course Registration Dates
On-campus course registration deadline
Last day to register for on-campus courses AND submit your COVID-19 vaccination information to HUHS.
Thursday, June 1
Course registration deadline
Last day to register for summer courses. Late registration is not permitted after this date. Students may only register for on-campus courses between June 1 and June 15 if they have submitted vaccination records before the deadline of June 1.
Thursday, June 15

Pre-College Program

Immunization and Health Information Deadlines
COVID-19 Vaccination requirement
You will be dropped from courses, even after classes begin, if you do not upload your documentation
Submit proof of vaccination within 7 days of registering
All other required immunization deadlineFriday, May 19
Medical history and consent deadlineFriday, May 19
Course Registration Dates
Course registration deadline
Last day to register and pay your balance in full. Registration may close earlier to students who have not met the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Late registration is not permitted after this date.
Thursday, June 1

Requirements

On Campus Housing

Pre-College Program students, Secondary School Program Residential Students, and any adult or college students who plan to live in on-campus housing, review the requirements for your program.

Current COVID-19 Policies

The public health crisis occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented social and economic disruption worldwide, in the United States, and in the Boston/Cambridge area. For the 2023 summer term, Harvard Summer School will offer in-person instruction to the fullest extent possible, with appropriate measures and conditions in place to protect the health and safety of University students, staff, and faculty and surrounding communities. These measures and conditions include, among other things, the University’s requirement that students (1) provide evidence of vaccination to Harvard University Health Services (evidenced by the completion of a primary series of vaccination and obtaining at least one dose of the bivalent booster after September 1, 2022) and (2) participate in any COVID-19 testing and tracing programs as required.

Unless they can demonstrate that they are eligible for a medical or religious exemption from these requirements, students who do not provide the HUHS-required documentation of COVID-19 vaccination and/or decline, refuse, or fail to be tested for COVID-19 at a cadence specified for them by HUHS may be placed on an involuntary leave or, at the School’s discretion, may face other consequences including, but not limited to, exclusion from participation in certain School or University activities, an instruction not to enter upon University property, the loss of access to University housing, or denial of registration.

In addition, Harvard Summer School continues to retain the discretion to apply its considered judgment to the question of how best to pursue its educational programs during the COVID-19 crisis. We remain alert to the fact that local conditions and/or public health guidance may shift suddenly and require us to adapt how the school operates. Accordingly, changes in conditions may require us to revert to online instruction (in whole or in part), introduce or modify mask and physical distancing mandates, limit certain activities and services, and/or de-densify classrooms and campus spaces — among other protective measures aimed at protecting the health and safety of our community, preserving our ability to adapt to evolving circumstances, and ensuring the continuity of our teaching and research mission.

Summer 2023

In responding to the pandemic, Harvard Summer School is guided by evidence-based public health practices. Because COVID-19 infects individuals by spreading across and within close community networks, it is essential that every one of us in the campus community uphold a shared obligation and commitment to act prudently, safely, and in accordance with public health directives. The community expectations related to COVID-19, outlined below, represent our individual and shared responsibility for safe practices among all members of the Harvard Summer School community.

Harvard Summer School aims to enable student learning and provide a safe place for students to learn and thrive. We recognize the seriousness of the current public health crisis and will work to promote a secure and supportive learning environment for all students.

Note that these expectations may be updated and revised to reflect additional guidance from the city, state, and federal governments if necessary. The University has adopted these expectations to promote the collective well-being of our community, and specifically the students, staff, and faculty during this time period.

  • I will follow University guidance regarding vaccinations, access to campus, physical distancing, masking, testing and tracing, quarantine and isolation, hygiene, and travel. I understand that I will be required to participate in a University-determined testing cadence if I have any on-campus presence, including attending classes, using campus facilities, or living on campus. I understand that my testing account is for my use only, and that I should only test via that account. Any instances of submitting tests for people not myself under my account or under any other account will be referred to the Dean of Students Office.
  • I will share truthful information with Harvard University Health Services. I understand that any information that I share with contact tracers is confidential and will only be shared on a need-to-know basis with the appropriate University members.
  • I understand that violation of any COVID-19 protocol will be considered a serious violation and will be addressed by the Office of Student Affairs. I acknowledge that failing to adhere to these expectations may result in the revocation of student privileges, including my ability to access the Harvard campus and to participate in the Harvard Summer School experience.
  • These expectations exist not just for my own health, but also to protect and safeguard the health of those around me, including Harvard University Dining
    Services and Facilities personnel and other staff who live or work in our buildings.
  • I acknowledge and accept that these rules and guidelines may change as life on campus and public health guidance across the country evolve, and as new testing and tracing methods emerge. I agree to abide by any new rules and guidelines promulgated by Harvard for application in the campus setting.
  • I understand that I may be withdrawn from Harvard Summer School if the University determines that I am unable to meet the expectations of my course(s) and program.

As a Harvard Summer School student, I agree to uphold community expectations related to COVID-19.

Visitors

If you, a friend, or family member plan to visit the Harvard campus, please follow our COVID-19 protocols.  It’s important to note that visitors are not permitted in the Harvard dorms and Houses.