Return Planning

The Department of Psychology is currently engaged in planning for a multi-stage, low-density return to campus.
At this time, those who can continue to work remotely should continue to do so indefinitely.
Buildings are locked and accessible only for individuals who are:
  1. Listed on an approved Lab Re-Occupancy Form, or
  2. Holding email authorization from Matt Nock (Chair) or Krista Lester (DAO).
When considering a return to campus, please be sure to review the information below as it pertains to your specific building.
One-time requests not to exceed 4 hours in any given week may be submitted via the Building Access Request Form.
Those with approved plans or access requests must first:
Please note: Masks should be worn in all Harvard spaces, both indoors and outdoors.

Cambridge mask ordinance requires face coverings to be worn all the time outside as of 10/2/2020

Northwest Labs

Northwest Labs (NW) is overseen by the Division of Science and follows the Research Laboratory Re-Entry Plan from the Office of the Provost. At this time, NW is operating at low density based on approved PI plans only. You must be on an approved roster before returning to the lab. If you are not on an approved roster and you need one-time access, please submit a request via the Building Access Request Form.

William James Hall, Shannon Hall, and Vanserg

Access to these buildings is managed in accordance with the Division of Social Science Laboratory Research (for labs) or Guidance for Exception Requests to Remote Work Policy (for offices). You must be on an approved roster before returning to the lab. Until PI plans are approved, these buildings are restricted to one-time access for no more than 4 hours per week when requested and approved via the Building Access Request Form.

Preparing Your Plan

We are now in Phase 1.2 of Human Subject Research. This stage of return planning includes updated forms and new focus areas. Please review the latest requirements below.

  • If you are fully operational while working remotely, please continue to work remotely.
  • If you have already submitted re-entry plans, we are working with the materials you provided and will be in touch with PIs to discuss any follow-up items.
  • If you have not yet completed a re-entry plan but plan to return soon, please refer to the guidance below.

Given the important health implications of return planning, PIs are expected to be intimately familiar with the details of their own plans. Departmental review will consider room-by-room square footage and airflow (CFM) measures compared with the number of occupants in each room. Questions generated by departmental review will be directed to PIs for clarification.

Currently, testing rooms in WJH are limited to one person at a time. If your plan exceeds one person per room or any close contact exceeding 15 minutes, please contact Krista Lester for recommendations and possible alternatives.

Requirements for Lab Re-entry

Additional Requirements for Resumption of Human Subject Research

Requirements for Office Re-entry

Local Resources

Guidelines for All Plans

  • Generally, try to allow at least 10 sq. ft. and 100 CFM per person per room (see HVAC info for detail)
  • If square footage and/or CFM are insufficient, request a HEPA filtration unit (Harvard-provided) or suggest alternative safety measures
  • Specific schedules are required so the Department can ensure <25% occupancy on each floor and the entire building at any given time
  • Soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and wipes are provided in common areas throughout buildings for shared use
  • Other PPE and cleaning supplies needed for regular use within labs are the lab’s responsibility and should be outlined in plans
  • Participant PPE is a lab expense and can be charged to grants in some cases (please check with the Business Office about specific grants)
  • Harvard-provided surgical masks can be requested via email to Krista (calculate 1 mask per person per day times 1.5 times 30 for one month’s supply)
  • Masks will be delivered from Bill Santoro to Lab Safety Personnel for further distribution within labs
Health & Safety
Individuals 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.
Those coming from outside of Massachusetts may be required to quarantine for 14 days, per state quarantine guidelines.
Please review the latest updates from the Parking Office for guidance on parking rates and permits.
PPE will be delivered to one point of contact for each lab on monthly basis. Masks will be provided by calculating one mask per person per day times 1.5. Please submit mask requests to Krista Lester.
Viral Testing
Only those authorized to be on campus are eligible for testing at this time. Please see the University's Testing and Tracing page for more information.