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 academic year and most courses will be taught remotely.

    Many 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. Please review them carefully if you are called back for on-campus work.

    Those who are not essential or required for on-campus work should plan now to continue working remotely through the end of July 2021. Please review this March 22, 2021 communication from the President, Provost and Executive Vice President for information on the transition back to campus for faculty, researchers and staff.

    At present, Harvard is providing pay and benefits continuation for eligible employees whose work has been involuntarily idled due to the pandemic. Effective January 24, 2021, Harvard will provide partial (70%) pay, and benefits continuation for eligible idled employees. 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.

    Harvard strongly discourages international or domestic travel at this time. If you travel during the winter recess or subsequently, there may be requirements you must meet before you return to on-campus work, as described here. Time spent in quarantine as a result of this travel may require use of paid time off or time at own expense if you cannot work remotely.

    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 are intended 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 July 2021.
    2. Understand and meet these requirements for returning to work on campus, which entail mandatory training, daily self-attestation using Crimson Clear, and wearing a face covering or mask (the type will depend on the setting). If you are working on campus 4 hours per week or more, you must follow Harvard's COVID-19 testing procedures, which have changed substanially since the pandemic begain. 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 HUHS/HUGHP.  If you are ill, do not come to work on campus. 

    Updated 3/20/21