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Summer 2022: Coronavirus Information

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Last updated May 10, 2022.

Harvard Summer School plans to resume on-campus operations for summer 2022. We will add more information as it becomes available.

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.

Below is information for students. Faculty and teaching assistants should consult with HSS Academic Administration and the Teaching and Learning site for support moving their courses online.

Visiting Campus?

If you plan to visit the Harvard Summer School campus, please follow our COVID-19 protocols.

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 2022 summer term, Harvard Summer School plans to resume 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 and (2) participate in compulsory HUHS COVID-19 testing and tracing programs.

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 the 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.

COVID-19 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 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 Dean of Students Office. 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.

Letter to On-Campus Students

Please review the Letter to On-Campus Students from Senior Associate Dean of Students Shirley Greene.

Resources and Information

On-Campus Housing and Dining

On-campus housing and dining will be available for summer 2022. Please see the Housing Request page for more information.

Study Abroad Programs

Harvard Summer School will offer 2022 study abroad programs. Learn more about 2022 updates. For further travel resources, please visit the Harvard Global Support Services website.

High School Students

Harvard Summer School will offer the Pre-College Program on-campus and the Secondary School Program (SSP) in residential, commuting, and online formats for summer 2022.

Harvard College Students

Summer School courses will be offered in-person and online. Please check the Harvard College Student Guidelines for more information. 

Harvard Extension School Prospective and Admitted Degree Candidates

See Harvard Extension Students for more information.