HDS Coronavirus Update

Latest Update: May 29, 2020

The well-being of our community is our top priority, so the HDS campus is currently closed. All classes are conducted online for the remainder of the semester.

Harvard University Updates

  • On May 28, all HDS community members and their families, loved ones, and guests were invited to the HDS Virtual Diploma Awarding Ceremony to celebrate the HDS Class of 2020. This online event features remarks from Dean David Hempton, the HDS Class of 2020 Student Speaker Ashley Lipscomb, a reading of the graduates names, and the sharing of well wishes, treasured memories, and more. More information can be found on the HDS Commencement page.
  • Classes moved fully online on Monday, March 23, 2020. 
  • Read a message from Harvard University Executive Vice President Katie Lapp about the continued pay and benefits for Harvard employees and contract workers who are unable to perform their normal duties during the COVID-19 crisis. (Extended to 6/28.)
  • Harvard University's coronavirus information site is updated regularly with information and resources.

HDS Updates: Teaching and Learning

Health and Safety

Campus Updates

  • Career Services: information on accessing services and resources
  • Admissions: on-campus admissions events are canceled. Online resources will be emailed to accepted students
  • Summer international placements have been canceled, specifically The Greeley International Internship, summer international field education placements, and Buddhist Ministry summer international study grants. 
  • Updates from the HDS Registrar on office hours, exam schedulesordering transcripts, and important deadline info. for changing grade options/withdrawing from a course.
  • Departmental mail delivery is suspended. All mail is sent to a designated member of each department at their home address.
  • Rock Café is closed until further notice, per the directive from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker. We are working with Jules Catering to reopen when circumstances warrant.
  • The CSWR will not be offering summer housing for summer 2020. The CSWR is planning on offering housing for the 2020-2021 academic year and has extended the application deadline to May 29, 2020. Learn more on the CSWR site.

Summer 2020

From HDS Dean David N. Hempton



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Most HDS staff have moved to remote work. Resources:

  • Teach, learn, and work remotely guidance (requires HarvardKey login)
  • Living and Working During Social Distancing (PDF), from Harvard Divinity School Human Resources, has many resources for you and your family: online feeds from museums and cultural institutions, music and educational sites, zoos and more.
  • Coronavirus Workplace Policies from Harvard Human Resources includes valuable information such as remote work preparedness, back-up dependent care, sick time, the Employee Assistance program, and more.
  • Socialize Remotely, a University-wide platform for publicizing and exploring a variety of online gatherings available to the Harvard community.