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Summer 2023 COVID-19 Information

Last updated March 13, 2023. Information is subject to change.

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

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COVID-19 Policies and Community Agreement


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. Anticipating that continued in-person, on-campus instruction would increase the risk of infections in our community, the University acted promptly in March 2020 to “de-densify” its campus and transition to online instruction. Harvard reached this decision after careful (but time-pressed) deliberation, drawing on insights and expertise from public health experts worldwide — including the Harvard faculty.    

As we look ahead, we are planning for several contingency scenarios that would protect the health and safety of our community, preserve our ability to adapt to evolving circumstances, and ensure the continuity of our teaching and research mission. 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, which may include, among other things, making recourse to online instruction and instituting compulsory testing, tracing, and vaccination programs as required conditions for accessing the Harvard campus or Harvard facilities.

COVID-19 Policy for On-Campus Presence | Submit Documentation within 7 Days

COVID-19 documentation must be uploaded to the secure Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) Patient Portal.

  • You are required to submit documentation within 7 days of registering for any course with an on-campus presence.
  • You will be dropped from on-campus courses, even after classes begin, if you do not upload your documentation.
  • You are responsible for any expenses that you incur if you fail to comply with the University’s COVID-19 immunization policy and are dropped from courses.

This requirement does NOT apply if you are registered in online-only courses and never plan to come to campus; it ONLY applies if you will be coming to campus.

On-Campus Presence Definition

The COVID-19 immunization requirement applies if you will have any “on-campus presence,” which is defined as any student registered in an:

  • on-campus course
  • on-campus or online course, if you plan to attend class on campus
  • online course with a required on-campus weekend
  • on-campus active learning weekend

This requirement also applies if you are taking online-only courses this academic year, and:

  • living in on-campus housing
  • wish to obtain or use a class participant library card to gain on-campus access to Harvard libraries.
  • are a Harvard Extension School degree candidate or premedical program participant and wish to obtain or use your Harvard ID card to access on-campus resources.

Submitting COVID-19 Immunization Documentation

To upload your immunization documentation, you must have your Harvard University Identification number (HUID) and you will need to claim your HarvardKey. You will claim your HarvardKey at If you do not know your HUID, you will find it at the top right corner of your MyDCE account homepage.

Course takers and certificate seekers must be registered for courses before attempting to access the Patient Portal. Admitted degree candidates and premedical program participants can upload COVID-19 immunization documentation at any time and should do so ASAP.

If you have your HUID and you have claimed your HarvardKey and you encounter problems accessing the Patient Portal there may be a delay in your information transferring to the Portal. It may take up to two business days after you’ve claimed your HarvardKey for the Patient Portal to be accessible to you.  For further problems with HarvardKey, contact HUIT (Harvard University Information Technology) (617) 495-7777.

Due to possible delays as described above, it is recommended that you register as early as possible.

Instructions for uploading immunization documentation:

  1. Go to:
  2. Click Log in with your HarvardKey
  3. On the left-hand side of the window, click on Medical Clearances. Items Required for Clearance will appear on the right.
  4. Click on the green Update button for each required immunization
  5. Enter the date of the vaccination. Enter dates using MMDDYYYY format
  6. Upload the supporting immunization documentation
  7. Click Done
  8. If the upload does not work, your file may be too large. It is suggested that you try to upload in multiple, separate batches.

HUHS medical records staff will review your documentation and code it as “compliant” or “not compliant”. HUHS will not notify you when your documentation is reviewed. You should check the portal frequently for updates, but please don’t call HUHS as they are working diligently to review documentation for the entire Harvard community and cannot respond to calls.

IMPORTANT. If you register in the final days of registration, it is your responsibility to upload COVID-19 immunization documentation in an expedient manner according to the directions above. You run the risk of being dropped after courses begin for non-compliance. The last day to register for an on-campus course without having met the requirement is June 1.

Summer 2023 Community Agreement

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 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.

Email Reminders, Confirmation of Compliance, FAQs, and Contact Information

Email reminders. The Harvard Summer School will send frequent email reminders regarding this policy to those students registered in on-campus courses. Please be on the lookout for our emails and check your SPAM folders for our communications. However, it is your responsibility to comply with this critical policy.

You will know that you’ve complied with the policy when you see the COVID immunization requirement in your Patient Portal updated with a green mark indicating “compliant.” The review by HUHS is not instantaneous and may take several business days from the day you upload your document. If you see a red mark indicating “not compliant,” your immediate attention is required to resolve your status and to ensure your compliance prior to the start of Summer Term.

FAQs. More information, including FAQs, can be found under Massachusetts and Harvard University Immunization Regulations.

Who to contact. Have additional questions? Please contact

Guidance for On-Campus Activity

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.

Masking Guidance

Masking is optional in all indoor and outdoor spaces on Harvard’s campuses, except in health care facilities such as HUHS and for students who have completed a five-day isolation period. Students who have completed a five-day isolation period must wear a well-fitting mask in all public spaces, including classrooms, for an additional five days.

While optional, wearing a high-quality mask that fits securely over the face without air gaps is an effective way to reduce personal risk.

Symptoms and Exposure

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to campus. You should report your symptoms to your on-campus course instructors as soon as possible. Any medical questions should be directed to your primary care provider.

More information on Testing, Exposure, and Isolation can be found on the HUHS website.


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.