HDS Coronavirus Updates

Latest Update: August 27, 2020

The well-being of our community is our top priority, so the HDS campus is currently closed

Re-entry Procedures

Anyone who will access campus buildings or who will be working on campus must follow the current re-entry procedures (PDF).

Read more information about Harvard's plan for a safe campus reopening. 

Testing and Tracing

In Fall 2020, Harvard University will begin to safely welcome back a limited number of students, faculty, academic personnel, and staff to campus as conditions allow. The University will deploy several strategies—including high-frequency viral testing for all community members who are authorized to have a regular presence on campus—to help keep Harvard healthy.

Each Harvard affiliate’s testing requirements will vary based on whether you live on campus, work in residential housing, work elsewhere on campus, or have a regular presence (4 hours or more per week) on campus. Our testing plan is subject to modification if the public health situation indicates changes in community risk.

Please note that testing at an HUHS site is only available for employees or students who are authorized to be on campus and meet the testing requirements.

Review the current testing policies and frequency and the fall term testing policies and frequencies (effective August 16) below. And visit the Harvard University Coronavirus page for more information and updates on:

Travel Guidance

Teaching and Learning

  • A new Online Learning site launched July 13. Here's what you need to know:
    • Faculty: please make sure you have recorded your course information videos in your individual Canvas course sites by August 3, 2020. And  sign up for faculty small-group training sessions for online teaching from 1 - 2:30 pm on Aug. 4, 5, 12, or 13. 
    • Students and Staff: please review the site carefully before the start of the semester in order to be familiar with the online tools and techniques HDS will use to conduct the Fall semester online.
  • Students: familiarize yourselves with HU's Learn Remotely resources
  • Faculty: review HU's Teach Remotely resources
  • HDS Teach, Learn, & Work Remotely guidance, on the HDS intranet (HarvardKey login required.)
  • Andover-Harvard Theological Library is closed until further notice. Most library staff are working from home and offering many services remotely. Connect with a librarian for advice on developing your research strategy and locating sources from a distance.

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.



For other questions, contact Kama Lord of IT and Media Services.


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.

From HDS Dean David N. Hempton