COVID Guidance

Last update: April 28, 2022

Building Access

  • Buildings are currently open during regular business hours for access by departmental affiliates and invited guests.
  • After hours, buildings are locked and accessible only by those holding Harvard ID cards that have been activated with swipe access.

Contact Tracing


Events, Meetings, and Gatherings

  • Meetings, events, and other gatherings, both indoors and outdoors, will be permitted as determined by the University’s On-Campus Activity Guidance. Please consult this evolving guidance throughout the planning process and immediately before your event.



Human Subjects

  • For research resumption involving in-person human subjects, please refer to this guidance from the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects (CUHS).
  • Escort participants to and from labs to provide masks and ensure participants access only those spaces essential to their visit.

ID Cards

  • New members of our community or those who were onboarded remotely during the pandemic are advised to pick up physical ID cards, as these will be needed to access buildings by tapping your HUID on the black card reader near entryways.
  • To obtain your ID card, send a self-portrait with a white background (for your ID card image) to The following day, you can visit the ID Office on the first floor of the Smith Campus Center at 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138 from 9:00-4:00, Monday through Friday to pick up your card.


  • If you do not have keys, contact your lab manager or PI, who can request keys for you via PRESTO.


  • Regular mail service has resumed.
  • Contact Harvard University Mail Services ( with any questions.


  • The University announced that, with limited exceptions, face coverings on campus became optional in all indoor spaces on Harvard’s campus as of March 14. The FAS also communicated the following FAS-specific guidance:
    • All instructors will have the option of teaching without a mask, regardless of room size.
    • In keeping with University policy, the FAS will grant instructors discretion to require masking in their classrooms.
    • For all students, masks will be optional in the classroom unless they are required by the instructor. Students are expected to comply if asked by their instructors to mask in the classroom.
    • Masks will be optional in all other indoor spaces, except at large indoor gatherings and events (including classes) that exceed 250 persons, where they will still be required. Please note that Harvard College may set different masking expectations for the undergraduate residential community and may establish additional restrictions as appropriate to the prevalence of virus in that community.
    • If you feel the need to continue wearing a mask for your own protection, or the protection of someone close to you, you should do so. Wearing a high-quality mask that fits securely over the face without air gaps is an effective way to reduce your own risk.
    • Masks will continue to be required in certain settings, including in healthcare facilities, public transit, and University buses and shuttles. Masks continue to be required for individuals completing isolation or quarantine. It is recommended that everyone continue to carry a mask because you might unexpectedly find yourself in settings where masks are still required.
    • Masks will continue to be available in all FAS buildings for those who may forget to bring a mask where one is required.
  • Masks are available on the second floor of William James Hall in Room 232.

Neuroimaging Facility

  • Sign up for the MRI Safety Class. Researchers must attend the MRI New Researcher Safety Class before gaining access to the Neuroimaging Facility. Email Larry White to sign up for a class. Sign-up for the CBSN mailing list to receive safety class and other CBS Neuroimaging announcements.
  • Request Northwest Labs/Neuroimaging Facility Building Access. Email Caroline West with your HUID number and verify that you have completed all other return to campus checklist steps. (Note: You need to have picked up your HUID from the Campus Service Center in the Smith Center before requesting building access.)


  • Testing will become optional on the following dates, as noted in this message from the University:
    • April 28 – Non-Residential: Students, faculty, staff, and researchers who do not live on campus will no longer be required to participate in regular COVID-19 testing.
    • May 10 – Residential: Students, faculty, staff, and researchers who live in campus-based residential housing will no longer be required to test for COVID-19 regularly.
  • As we approach the end of the spring term and prepare for celebratory events and gatherings, consider testing in advance of getting together, and if you are experiencing any symptoms, please test immediately and plan to stay home.
  • If you are enrolled in the Harvard University Group Health Plan (HUGHP) or a Harvard-sponsored Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) medical plan, you and your enrolled dependents can be reimbursed for, and purchase or order – at no charge to you – up to eight at-home COVID test kits each per 30-day period through Express Scripts (ESI). Visit the Harvie for more details.


  • When submitting a reimbursement request, Harvard requires faculty, staff, students, and researchers to submit a completed Vaccination and Booster Attestation form or letter from the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs (VPIA) approving a petition to travel if the traveler is not fully vaccinated or is eligible, but has not received a booster prior to travel.
  • Travel guidance can be found on the Harvard Travel Website and University COVID-19 Travel page.
  • Harvard faculty, staff, students, and researchers traveling internationally must continue to register with International SOS and submit the auto-generated email confirmation with their airfare reimbursement request.
  • All international travelers are now required to register their travel information with International SOS MyTrips so that the University may contact them and provide assistance in case of emergency.
  • Harvard’s normal travel policies for students continue to apply.


  • Vaccination is required for all faculty, staff, students, and researchers. Community members are advised to complete their vaccination as soon as possible and submit their vaccine verification.
  • Booster is also required for all students, faculty, staff, and researchers. Harvard is requiring COVID-19 booster by January 31, or 30 days after an individual becomes eligible for the booster.
    • Schedule Your Booster: Please take time to schedule your booster as soon as possible by visiting or If you have not received your booster by the time you arrive to campus, you can schedule an appointment at one of HUHS’s upcoming booster clinics.
    • Verify Your Booster Status: Once you have received your booster, please report it to HUHS. You can find detailed instructions for submitting your verification on the Verify Your Booster webpage.
  • Information on where you can receive the vaccine can be found on the University’s vaccine webpage.
  • All vaccines authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization will meet the University’s vaccine requirement.
  • You can read more about the requirement and how to submit documentation on the Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) website.
  • Students seeking a medical or religious exemptions from the vaccine requirement should complete the Student Vaccine Exemption Form.
  • Faculty, staff, and researchers wishing to claim an exemption from the vaccine requirement should check this site for updates.
  • Unvaccinated individuals will be subject to additional public health measures (e.g., masking, testing) above and beyond what is required of vaccinated individuals.



Workplace Accommodations

  • Staff who have been asked by a supervisor to return to work are generally expected to return to work.
  • If you have concerns about returning to campus due to a pre-existing health condition or other confidential matter, you may request Workplace Accommodations or contact Krista Lester to discuss your options.