In response to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in our community and updates to federal, state and local requirements, significant updates have been made to our policies and guidance for on-campus activities. These updates to the Harvard University On-Campus Activity Guidance supersede less stringent policies and recommendations until further notice. The situation will continue to be closely monitored over the next few weeks and guidance adjusted or reinstated as appropriate. Schools and units continue to have discretion for guidance that remains a recommendation, however, unless there is a strong and compelling reason, policies should be temporarily revised to reflect all of these updates, and changes communicated to their local communities.
Effective Wednesday, January 12, 2022, in response to the surge in COVID-19 cases globally and nationally, schools and units should strongly consider limiting or excluding non-essential visitors to residential spaces and non-public buildings and spaces on campus. Visitors should be limited to individuals coming to campus for an academic-related purpose at this time. Visitors must be notified that Harvard requires both COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters and that they must be up-to-date before coming to campus. Visitors who will be staying overnight while visiting campus must be notified that they are required to follow the University’s isolation protocols should they test positive during their stay. Entering isolation may result in changes to travel plans, and units should also communicate what, if any, support will be available to underwrite costs associated with those changes (including extended hotel stays, food, and changes to airline tickets).
As noted in the University’s guidance for all official visitors:
“In determining whether to bring guests to campus, schools and units should evaluate their ability to successfully adhere to the following guidance and that provided in the Guidance for on Campus Activities Visitors section:
- All Official Visitors must be informed and abide by current University policies. COVID-19 Safety Awareness Training: Protection/Prevention Practices provides current guidance and safety practices.
- Schools/units and program coordinators inviting guests on campus for overnight visits (on campus or off campus) of any duration must plan and communicate the procedure in place and expectations for a visitor that becomes symptomatic or tests positive during their stay.
- Official visitors must be notified that Harvard has a vaccination requirement and that they should plan to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus.All programs involving minors that are exempt from the University’s viral testing program must ensure that all participants are fully vaccinated by the start of the program.
- Schools/units may require official visitors to attest or show proof of their compliance with vaccine requirements prior to or upon arrival to campus. See Public Health: Vaccination for additional details.
- Visitors must not come to campus if they are exhibiting symptoms, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or have otherwise been instructed to quarantine or isolate.
- Schools and Units may consider keeping logs for when Official Visitors were on-site to aid in contact tracing efforts.
- Visitors are allowed in Harvard residence halls and dormitories per the discretion of each school. No room or suite can have more than 10 persons at any time, including residents.
- All visitors are expected to report a positive COVID-19 test result or clinician diagnosis to HUHS via email immediately if they have been on campus within 48 hours of symptom onset or receive a positive COVID-19 test result.