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COVID-19 Guidance for the Harvard Graduate School of Design Community

Harvard University is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. The health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus, is our top priority. As of Friday, March 13, the Harvard Graduate School of Design has shifted to online coursework for the remainder of the semester. All university-related international travel and non-essential domestic travel are prohibited. All school-wide events and public programs have been cancelled. We thank our students, faculty, staff, and our circle of alumni and friends for their spirit of cooperation, patience, ingenuity, and kinship in response to this unprecedented situation.

For more information, visit Covid-19 Information for Current and Admitted GSD Students, Covid-19 Information for GSD Faculty, and Covid-19 Information for GSD Staff.

Resources

Covid-19 Information for Current and Admitted GSD Students
Covid-19 Information for GSD Faculty
Covid-19 Information for GSD Staff
Harvard Coronavirus Website
Harvard Coronavirus Workplace Policies
Travel Cancellation and Reimbursement FAQs
Employee Assistance Program
Prepare to Learn Remotely
Prepare to Teach Remotely
Prepare to Work Remotely
Virtual Help Desk

Latest Updates

The feed below shows time-stamped updates made to the resources linked above, as they happen.

  • Students: Vital Spring Break Travel Information Notice

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    If you are traveling domestically or internationally, be sure to register with Global Support Services. If you are traveling specifically for the spring break period and returning to Cambridge, select “Spring Break 2020,” as the purpose for your travel. Additional information on travel registration and support.

    If you are living in Harvard Housing or residential halls, you will need to complete the HUHS health form 48 hours before returning. Despite the fact that this form notes it is intended for those who travel to Level 3 areas, you will still need to fill this form out regardless of where you travel. Additional information is available at: Spring Break Travel Registration Instructions for Students and Residential Staff.

  • Closing Access to the GSD Campus

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    Students: As of 6:00 pm on Sunday, March 15, students are expected to have moved out of GSD buildings what belongings they need to continue coursework remotely. All courses will continue online, and while students will not be able to enter any GSD buildings until further notice, the school’s administrative leadership has worked extremely hard to maintain remote accessibility of resources fundamental to the academic experience. Among the resources you will have ongoing access to are the digital collections offered by the Loeb Library. Another is a Virtual Help Desk, which starting Monday, March 16, will be open 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Mondays through Fridays to consult on and help resolve any IT-related issues.

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    Some faculty have asked whether their courses may be taught online from their offices. For at least the next two and a half weeks, please teach your courses from home. Over this time (the first week of which involves no teaching, since it is spring break), we will be monitoring this situation as it unfolds, and faculty will be notified if the school’s or the university’s position changes.

    Because access to Gund Hall will not be allowed, faculty will continue to have access only to the Loeb Library’s digital collections online. Scan & Deliver services will continue to be available from Harvard only through this Tuesday, and you are recommended to submit requests no later than 5:00 pm on Tuesday in order to ensure delivery. As of Monday, March 16, the Virtual Help Desk also will be available 8:00 am to 10:00 pm Mondays through Fridays to consult on IT-related issues.

    GSD Staff: As of March 16, all Harvard staff who are able are being asked to work remotely. Managers will be in contact regarding specific responsibilities and means of accessing information, and please remember to check the page for staff on the GSD’s COVID-19 webpages for the most current updates.

  • Library Services and Faculty Access

    Print materials from the library can be requested through the GET IT function in HOLLIS, found in individual HOLLIS records at the bottom of the screen. You may choose the pick up location of your choice that is not the GSD. The Frances Loeb Library will be digitizing print materials for use by faculty in remote teaching. If faculty would like to take advantage of this, please place a request with the Course Materials Digitization Form.

    Faculty will be allowed access to the lower level of the Frances Loeb Library via card tap on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Faculty may borrow books from the stacks using the self-check-out machine on the lower level.

  • Faculty Affairs and Library to Offer Weekly Zoom Online Pedagogy Discussion Session for Faculty

    Faculty Affairs and the Library are planning to offer a weekly Zoom online pedagogy discussion session, optional and open to all faculty, to facilitate shared learning and provide a space for instructors to talk. The first discussion will be scheduled for next week, in spite of the break, in case faculty want to discuss planning for their first online class meetings, which will take place beginning Monday, March 23. Details to follow via email.

  • Signing up for Direct Deposit

    Information on how students can sign up for direct deposit was added to the GSD Student Payroll section of the COVID-19 Information for Students page.

  • Tools for Learning, Teaching, and Working Remotely

    Links to Harvard tools for learning, teaching, and working remotely were added to the Resources section of this website.

  • GSD Student Payroll

    Information regarding payroll for GSD students holding a current job at the GSD who will continue to work remotely has been added to the Covid-19 Information for Students page. It includes links to download timesheets and instructions on how to submit timesheets. It also includes further instructions for students planning to start a new job that includes remote work. Should students have any questions regarding the process, please contact payroll coordinators directly.

  • Moving Assistance

    Moving supplies and carts will be available in Piper Auditorium for GSD students Friday March 13 through Sunday March 15 at 6:00 pm. Moving Vans and Passenger Vans will be on-site 9:00 am – 6:00 pm Friday March 13 through Sunday March 15. Visit the Covid-19 Information for Students page for additional information about moving assistance and logistics. Please direct any questions around moving to buildingservices@gsd.harvard.edu.

  • Student Employment for the Spring Semester, Housing, and Emergency Assistance

    Additional information regarding Student Employment for the Spring Semester, Housing, and Emergency Assistance has been added to the Covid-19 Information for Students page following the email from Laura Snowdon, Dean of Students & Asst. Dean for Enrollment Services, to students at 5:50 pm EDT on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

  • Financial Assistance for GSD Students

    The GSD is organizing an emergency fund to assist students who depend on financial aid and others who find themselves with unforeseen and insurmountable financial hurdles. Details will follow by email. Meanwhile, students who have specific and immediate financial issues should email Keith Gnoza, Director of Financial Assistance at financial_aid@gsd.harvard.edu.