Coronavirus Updates: Keep HDS Healthy

Harvard Divinity School continues to closely monitor the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and the progress of the vaccination effort. As always, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are of paramount importance.

Students, staff, faculty, and affiliates must follow the return to campus procedures on the Harvard Divinity School Testing checklist (PDF)

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The Biden Administration issued an executive order on September 9, requiring, among other directives, that employees of federal contractors be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Additional related guidance was published by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force on September 24. As a federal contractor, Harvard University will comply with these requirements. Read more about Harvard and HDS's compliance with the federal vaccination requirement.

To ensure each community member’s health and safety, and also to protect all those with whom we study, learn, and work, HDS buildings are only open to Harvard University staff, faculty, and students who are currently in the testing protocol. This policy will help to keep Harvard healthy. Please remember to test regularly and to wear a mask while indoors.

Classes post-Thanksgiving:

After consulting with the Faculty Council and the HDS Student Association, we have decided that it will be in the best interest of our community’s safety to move all class meetings to remote instruction and online following the Thanksgiving holiday. That will be for the four days from Monday, November 29, to Thursday, December 2, 2021. That also means that all final exams will be conducted remotely/online.

Students taking classes in other Schools at Harvard should consult with the instructors of those classes on how to proceed.

The Harvard Divinity School Library and campus will remain open.

New resources added:

Return to Campus Testing Checklist:

Verifying Your Vaccination: Harvard is requiring COVID vaccination for all community members who will have any on-campus presences this fall, including students, faculty, staff, and researchers. For faculty, staff, and researchers, we advise vaccination as soon as possible, and verification of vaccination must be submitted to Harvard University Health Services. Once you are vaccinated, you must submit verification of your completed vaccination card received from your vaccination provider. 

Fall 2021 Plans: HDS faculty, students, and staff have returned to campus for the fall term to the extent allowed by the evolving public health situation. Our aim is to hold as much in-person learning as possible.

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Resources for Students, Staff, and Faculty

Members of the HDS community are encouraged to learn about and take advantage of the numerous resources HDS and Harvard University have developed around virtual learning, teaching, and working remotely.

Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Harvard is requiring COVID vaccination for all community members who will have any on-campus presences this fall, including students, faculty, staff, and researchers.

Harvard Coronavirus Resources

Harvard COVID-19 Updates and Info.

Harvard has gathered a number of resources and help guides for use by students, staff, faculty, and the University community. Keep Harvard Healthy includes useful and current information on campus access, tracing and testing, travel guidance, and health and wellbeing.

Together as a Community

Compliance with Harvard University, state, and federal guidelines is critical to resuming activity on campus, and HDS will continue to adhere to public health information and guidance. School leadership is doing all it can to preserve the integrity of our institution and its educational mission, and to communicate forthrightly and in a timely fashion with our community on the specific challenges at hand. Please continue practicing the preventive behaviors that have helped to keep our communities safe to this point.

May we continue to draw strength from each other and support one another during these challenging times.