Harvard Law School Executive Education Health and Safety Protocols

What to Expect When Coming to Campus

LAST UPDATED: 7/29/21

As we welcome participants back to the Harvard Law School campus, we want to assure you that the health, safety, and well-being of our participants and community remains our top priority. The number of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts is low and continues to decline due to the state’s high vaccination rate. We are closely monitoring health and safety protocols as provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Massachusetts, and Harvard University, and we will continue to make adjustments as the public health situation changes.

Please bookmark this page, which provides the latest details you need in preparing to come to campus and staying on campus. It is important to note that all HLS Executive Education participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to coming to campus.

If you are enrolled in an in-person program, please watch your inbox for important emails from the HLS Executive Education program team.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

PREPARING TO COME TO CAMPUS

Will I need to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus?

Are other Harvard community members required to be vaccinated?

I received a COVID-19 vaccine in another country that was not approved by the FDA or WHO. Should I be re-vaccinated when I get to the U.S.?

Will international participants be permitted to attend in person programs?

Will I need to quarantine if I am traveling from outside the U.S. to Boston, Massachusetts?

 

COMING TO CAMPUS

Will I be required to take a COVID-19 test during my stay on campus?

Will I be required to wear a mask?

How will meals be prepared and served on campus?

What are the living arrangements and what precautions are being taken for those spaces?

What precautions are taking place to ensure air quality and ventilation?

What cleaning and personal hygiene protocols are in place?

 


 

PREPARING TO COME TO CAMPUS

Will I need to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus?

All HLS Executive Education participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to coming to campus, meaning that at least two weeks have passed since receiving the final dose of a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO), which currently includes Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen, AstraZeneca, SII/Covishield, BIBP/Sinopharm, and Sinovac/CoronaVac.

As with existing requirements for other vaccines, exceptions may be provided only for medical or religious reasons. Please note that if an exemption is granted, participants may be subject to additional requirements, such as more frequent testing.

Are other Harvard community members required to be vaccinated?

In order to reach the high levels of vaccination needed to protect our community, Harvard University is requiring all community members who will have any on-campus presence to be vaccinated. This includes faculty, staff, and students.

I received a COVID-19 vaccine in another country that was not approved by the FDA or WHO. Should I be re-vaccinated when I get to the U.S.?

To participate in an HLS Executive Education program on the Harvard campus, the vaccine must be approved by the FDA or WHO. Please note that we cannot make a medical recommendation as to whether you should get a second, different vaccine to satisfy our vaccine requirement. This would need to be determined by a medical professional.

Will international participants be permitted to attend in person programs?

There continue to be restrictions on the entry of travelers from certain countries to the United States. All international applicants should review the current U.S. travel restrictions before applying.

Will I need to quarantine if I am traveling from outside the U.S. to Boston, Massachusetts?

No quarantine is required for entering Massachusetts from outside of the U.S. for fully vaccinated individuals. Please review the requirements for travelers arriving to the U.S. from abroad. In addition, you are advised to confirm requirements for your place of origin and your specific airline. Note also that travel restrictions into the U.S. remain in place from specific countries.

 

COMING TO CAMPUS

Will I be required to take a COVID-19 test during my stay on campus?

Testing may be required. If so, HLS will provide tests at no charge.

Will I be required to wear a mask?

Facial coverings/masks will be required indoors, with the exception of eating and drinking in designated dining spaces and break rooms, or alone in private spaces.

How will meals be prepared and served on campus?

Our dining services and catering provider closely monitors and adheres to the CDC and WHO safety recommendations. All dining associates and managers are trained in the latest protocols for cleaning, protection, and food safety.

What are the living arrangements and what precautions are being taken for those spaces?

HLS Executive Education participants stay at the Sheraton Commander Hotel. Learn more about the new protocols and elevated practices implemented at the Sheraton Commander in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What precautions are taking place to ensure air quality and ventilation?

Harvard Law School has upgraded heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems across campus to ensure that all systems meet the recently enhanced CDC recommendations for air filtration and exchange.

What cleaning and personal hygiene protocols are in place?

Harvard Law School has ample signage to help guide traffic flow in and out of classrooms, common areas, restrooms, and other locations to avoid congestion and to meet any social distancing guidelines that may be in place. Hand cleanser, sanitizing stations, and masks are available throughout all of our buildings.

It is important that everyone in our community follow guidelines for handwashing (regularly, for 20 seconds with soap and water), using hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.