Harvard Kennedy School’s COVID-19 protocols are based on Harvard University’s policies. Please visit the Keep Harvard Healthy website for more details, including vaccine information, testing, and travel guidance. Protocols specific to the HKS community—including degree program students, executive education students, faculty, staff, and fellows—are shown on this page.
Harvard Kennedy School COVID-19 Protocols
Updated August 22, 2022
- Consistent with Harvard University’s COVID-19 vaccination policy, all faculty, staff, students, fellows, and contractors must be fully vaccinated and up to date on boosters for COVID 19; proof of vaccination must be provided to HUHS. All Executive Education participants must attest prior to their program that they are fully vaccinated and up to date on boosters.
- Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 or identified as a close contact must follow University guidance for isolation and quarantine. If you test positive for COVID via a test conducted outside of Harvard’s testing program, please report your result to HUHS via Crimson Clear.
- Anyone exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 must be tested (via either PCR or rapid antigen) and not come to campus while awaiting test results.
- While masks are not required, they are encouraged and always welcome. Faculty members can require students to wear masks in classes so that the faculty can teach without masks while still being protected. Please note that University mask guidance is subject to change in response to local health conditions and CDC recommendations.
- If you are attending a large gathering (>100 people) on campus, you are encouraged to test in advance of the event.
- If you are traveling, please refer to Harvard’s COVID travel policies.
- During regular weekdays, the HKS campus is accessible through all entrances by HUID card swipe. On weekends and holidays, the HKS campus is accessible through limited entrances by HUID card swipe. Please see details listed in the HKS Campus and Building Access section below.
- Visitors with a school-related purpose are welcome on campus if they are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been identified as a close contact. Visitors do not need to attest to their vaccination status, but anyone inviting a visitor should inform them of Harvard’s COVID protocols including the recommendation that they be fully vaccinated. Invited visitors should be met by their host at a building entrance. Visitors who do not have a specific host (which include alumni, prospective students or employees, and those coming for library access or events) may enter via the Wexner security desk.
During regular weekdays, the HKS campus is accessible through all entrances by HUID card swipe. On weekends and holidays, the HKS campus is accessible through limited entrances by HUID card swipe. Non-HUID holders must follow the visitor policy. Additional details are shown below.
Central Quad Buildings (Wexner, Littauer, Rubenstein, Belfer, Ofer, Taubman)
- The Wexner main entry will be accessible to all HUID holders every day 7am-11pm.
- Central quad perimeter and courtyard doors will be accessible via HUID card swipe weekdays 7am-7pm. (Except for the Belfer Lobby entry, which will be accessible until 8pm, Monday-Thursday.)
- One Brattle entries will be accessible to HKS community members via HUID card swipe weekdays 7am-7pm.
- One Brattle entries will only be accessible to building occupants weekdays after 7pm and on weekends.
124 Mount Auburn
- All 124 Mount Auburn entries are openly accessible weekdays 7am-7pm.
- 124 Mount Auburn entries will only be accessible to building occupants weekdays after 7pm and on weekends.
- Keep Harvard Healthy – Harvard University’s COVID-19 Information site
- Testing and Tracing – Information on testing and what to do if you test positive
- Harvard affiliates covered by Harvard University Group Health Plan can order 8 free antigen tests per month through ExpressScripts.
- Individuals covered by the University's Student Health Insurance Program can order antigen tests through ExpressScripts and get reimbursed for tests purchased at retail pharmacies.
- Vaccine & Boosters – Information on Harvard’s vaccine and booster requirement
- Travel Guidance – Requirements for Harvard-related travel
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – Information from Harvard on other frequently asked questions, including those about dining and housing, parking and transportation, and employees and workforce