Return Planning

In accordance with the University's COVID-19 Updates email message, the Department of Psychology is relaxing building occupancy restrictions and Crimson Clear requirements, as well as eliminating much of the paperwork previously required for lab re-occupancy and human subject research resumption plans.
However, it is still the case that unauthorized personnel should not come to campus without seeking approval. Please see below for instructions on how to request campus access.
PLEASE NOTE: Vaccination is now required for all faculty, staff, students, and researchers with any on-campus presence. Community members are advised to complete their vaccinations as soon as possible and submit their vaccine verification by July 15.
Building Access
Buildings remain locked and accessible only for individuals with appropriate approvals in place prior to entry.
The following policies are still in effect:
  • COVID-19 Safety Training (once, prior to entry).
  • Regular COVID-19 testing (as indicated in your Color account). Visit Testing & Tracing for more information about required viral testing protocols and frequency.
  • Wearing a mask indoors.
  • Maintaining physical distancing of at least 6 feet (unless in a lab where this requirement has been explicitly dropped).
  • Not coming to campus if sick.
  • All other policies as outlined at
  • The conditions above apply regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.
Building-specific Town Hall sessions are expected in July. Town Halls will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions and learn about measures taken to improve building safety.
Events, Meetings, and Gatherings
  • Meetings, events, and other gatherings, both indoors and outdoors, will be permitted as determined by the University’s On-campus Event Guidance website. Please consult this evolving event guidance throughout the planning process and immediately before your event.
  • The FAS is not approving campus access for short-term visitors (e.g. guest speakers, workshop participants, non-Harvard colleagues, etc.) for Fall 2021.
  • Any meetings or courses may incorporate remote guest speakers (or audience members) only.
  • Guidance has not yet been set for Spring 2022.
Human Subject Research Resumption
  • The human subject research resumption request process is no longer necessary. Please watch for updated guidance from CUHS, as certain requirements may be added to individual IRB protocols.
ID Cards
  • Members of our community who were onboarded remotely during the pandemic are advised now 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.
  • Requests for keys should be made by lab managers or PIs to their local Building Operations office.
  • Building Operations in William James Hall is located in the basement (room B12). Regular 9:00-5:00 office hours will resume in August. Until then, keys can be requested by appointment only. Please contact Cindy Fiore (
  • First Class mail is being delivered to faculty offices and/or regular mailboxes.
  • Packages should not be directed to William James Hall because the building is locked during business hours. If you need to ship an essential work or research-related item to WJH, please direct the package to CGIS Operations, 1737 Cambridge St., K051, Cambridge, MA 02138, then email Harvard University Mail Services ( with a CC to Linda Kuczynski ( to ensure successful delivery of your item.
  • The FedEx drop box in the WJH lobby is out of service until further notice.
Re-Occupancy Plans
  • Re-occupancy plans are no longer required.
  • Simplified plans may be requested for rooms with more than one occupant so that ventilation in the space can be reviewed (and HEPA units installed if necessary).
  • Vaccination is now required for all faculty, staff, students, and researchers with any on-campus presence. Exceptions will be provided for medical or religious reasons. Community members are advised to complete their vaccinations as soon as possible and submit their vaccine verification by July 15.
  • 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.
  • If you are unable to access an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine before the fall, the University plans to offer vaccination on arrival. Please note, however, that you may be subject to additional requirements, such as more frequent testing, until you are considered fully protected by a vaccine.
Workplace Accommodations
  • Staff are generally not expected to return to work at least through July 31.
  • However, 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.