Coronavirus Workplace Policies

    Harvard continues to place the highest priority on the health, safety and wellbeing of its faculty, staff and students, as well as the wider community. Because of this, many Harvard students will not be in residence this fall and nearly all courses will be taught remotely.

    Unless called back for on-campus work, faculty and staff should plan now to continue working remotely, at least through the end of calendar year 2020. 

    Others members of the Harvard community are working on campus to sustain the essential services that protect the Harvard campus and community, to staff the research enterprise or to support teaching and learning. Harvard has issued these updated requirements for on-campus work, which pertain to all faculty and staff.

    As previously announced, Harvard is extending pay and benefits continuation for eligible employees (its own, and those of certain dining, custodial and security contractors) whose work has been involuntarily idled due to the pandemic. We will continue to revisit Harvard’s capacity to sustain this commitment and will communicate any changes.

    To provide support to those facing illness or extraordinary dependent care responsibilities, Harvard has temporarily amended its paid time-off policies.

    On the home front, many are grappling with the personal effects of the pandemic, including sustained social distancing and isolation, unemployment, fully or partly home-based schooling for children, travel restrictions and the interruption of many businesses and public services.

    These workplace policies were created to provide guidance and advice about how to sustain productive work given these highly disruptive changes. Not every question has been answered, nor every situation anticipated. Please apply them with equal measures of common sense and compassion, consulting with managers, leaders and local HR as needed.

    Summary of Key Actions Take Now

    1. Follow public health and government advice about staying safer at home, and continue basic preventive measures. Plan to work remotely if your job duties permit, at least through the end of 2020.
    2. Understand and meet these requirements for returning to work on campus this fall, which entail mandatory training, new procedures for baseline and repeat COVID-19 testing at Harvard (effective 8/16/20), daily self-attestation using Crimson Clear, and wearing a face covering or mask (the type will depend on the setting). Some of these requirements must be met before or immediately after returning to on-campus work, so be sure to allow some lead time.
    3. Know the signs of COVID-19, as compared to other illnesses. Please report a presumptive or confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis to HUHS by email at or by using Crimson Clear, even if you do not get your care from HUGHP.  If you are ill, do not come to work on campus. 

    Updated 9/14/20