A message from Dean Douglas Elmendorf
To the HKS Community:
I want to echo President Bacow’s call for all eligible people to register and vote in the upcoming elections across the United States. If you are unsure of how to register or receive an absentee ballot, or if you need other voting resources, please consult the Harvard Votes Challenge. For people who cannot vote in this country but are eligible to vote elsewhere, please participate in the elections in those places.
We believe that we can best advance our shared mission of improving public policy and leadership by pursuing our regular teaching, research, and other work on U.S. Election Day, November 8. Therefore, classes and work at HKS will proceed as usual that day. However:
If you are a student, then working at the polls or on a campaign that day will qualify as an excused absence.
If you are an employee, then working at the polls or on a campaign that day will qualify as an excused absence (that is, you do not need to use personal or vacation time), and voting during work hours will qualify as an excused absence if voting before or after work is not practical; for union members, such excused absences are recorded in PeopleSoft as release time. Please discuss your plans with your manager in advance, and check with your Human Resources contact if you have questions.