Campus Health and Safety

As we continue to support the FAS mission of excellence in teaching and research, the safety and well-being of FAS staff members is our highest priority. From University-level policies to department coordination to individual actions, we all have a role to play in fostering a safe, healthy environment at FAS.

Harvard’s Vaccination Process and Requirements

The University is requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all Harvard community members and requiring COVID-19 boosters for all eligible community members. Exceptions will be provided for medical or religious reasons. Note that unvaccinated individuals may be subject to additional public health measures (e.g., masking, testing) above and beyond what is required of vaccinated individuals. Updates and information regarding the University’s vaccine requirement can be found at the University’s vaccine webpage.

Harvard is asking staff working remotely and on-campus, who have been vaccinated outside of Harvard, to submit a copy of their immunization card. If you have not submitted your information already, you may do so through the HUHS Patient Portal. This process is available to all Harvard students, staff, faculty, and researchers, even if you are not an HUHS patient. Instructions for submitting are available on the Verify Your Vaccination webpage. If you received your vaccination through HUHS, you do not need to submit any information, as HUHS already has your information on file. HUHS keeps individual medical information secure and confidential. Once submitted, you will be able to view your vaccination status via Crimson Clear. Verification of your COVID-19 booster is required by January 31.

HUHS will hold weekly COVID vaccine clinics at the Smith Campus Center. Vaccine appointments are open to all students, staff, faculty, researchers, and HUHS patients and can be scheduled through the HUHS patient portal with your Harvard Key. Additional information including instructions on how to schedule an appointment, dates and times for future vaccine clinics, and FAQs can be found on the HUHS vaccine webpage.

If you have any questions, please contact our FAS Vaccination Coordinator, Michelle Provost.

Testing and Tracing

In the coming weeks, the University will cease to require regular surveillance testing. Testing will continue to be available on an optional basis, and anyone with symptoms or known exposure should continue to test. The transition to optional testing is informed by the guidance of public health officials and the experts who have been advising the University throughout the pandemic.

Transition to Optional Testing

The transition to optional testing will be phased in as follows: 

  • April 28 Non-Residential: Students, faculty, staff, and researchers who do not live on campus will no longer be required to participate in regular COVID testing.
  • May 10 Residential: Students, faculty, staff, and researchers who live in campus-based residential housing will no longer be required to test for COVID regularly.

Crimson Clear

Crimson Clear is now used to display your vaccination status. If you have not already reported your vaccination status, you can use Crimson Clear to report your vaccination status or report an exemption.

You can also report symptoms and/or positive COVID-19 test results  in Crimson Clear if you are not feeling well. Anyone with symptoms or known exposure should test, and those who test positive should notify HUHS through Crimson Clear.


Harvard has partnered with Color, a health testing company, to administer the University’s testing procedures, including providing testing kits and delivering test results to individuals. If you have symptoms or an exposure, test yourself using a Color or rapid antigen test. More information about testing and tracing at Harvard can be found at Harvard’s COVID-19 testing and tracing webpage.

Staff members can create a Color account, which will be used for COVID testing, tracing, and obtaining test results. Please use your Harvard email address when setting up your Color account. Detailed instructions on creating your Color account, activating a test kit, and viewing results are available.

Health and Safety Protocols While on Campus

Follow required health and safety protocols, as well as individual protocols your local unit may have instituted. For example, you may need to check with your manager or department administrator about designated indoor eating and drinking spaces.

While social distancing is no longer required, please be mindful of those around you and their preferences for personal space.

Mask Policies

In conjunction with the updated masking guidance from the cities of Cambridge and Boston, and the CDC, the University has updated its indoor masking guidanceEffective March 14, with limited exceptions, face coverings on campus will be optional in all indoor spaces on Harvard’s campuses. Schools and Central Administration Units may continue to require masking in certain settings as they deem appropriate. Schools may grant discretion to individual faculty to require masking in their classrooms. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, specific Harvard Schools or Central Administration units experiencing greater rates of infection may impose additional measures such as limitations on gatherings and increased frequency of testing.

If you feel the need to continue to wear a mask for your own protection, or to protect someone close to you, you should do so. The decision to wear a mask in settings where it is not required is a personal one, and it should be informed by the prevalence of cases in the community, your vaccination status, and your age/medical history. We strongly encourage indoor masking for persons with greater health risks or concerns. Masks continue to be highly effective in reducing risk of transmission regardless of vaccination status.

Nobody should be made to feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, or marginalized because they choose to wear a mask. They should never feel obliged to explain the reasons for their decision. Many members of our community, or their family members and other loved ones, are vulnerable to complications from COVID and should continue to wear a mask.

Travel and Quarantines

Harvard continues to monitor the global pandemic landscape, particularly as it connects to Harvard-related travel. Specific information about Harvard travel guidance and requirements, both for vaccinated and unvaccinated parties is available on Harvard’s COVID-19 Travel Guidance webpage.

If you choose to travel for personal reasons, review the post-travel COVID testing and quarantine policy.

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