Dear Harvard College Students,
As we begin the fall term, I am writing to share a friendly reminder about important travel, wellbeing, and safety matters. The Dean of Students Office, along with our partners in the University and the College, is committed to making Harvard College a safe and healthy community for everyone. We want all students to feel safe whether you are joining us this term remotely or on campus.
Harvard University Health Services and Counseling and Mental Health Services have resources available to you 24/7 whether you are looking guidance with your mental or physical health.
- Visit the Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) website for information security and additional support technical information.
The Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (OSAPR) curated a list of tech safety information, which includes information about Internet etiquette, ways tech can be used for harm, and autonomy and consent in online spaces.
The College’s Title IX Resource Coordinators continue to be a resource to you. Learn more about how they can help you if you are impacted by sexual misconduct and harassment on campus or remote.
- Ensure that the information in MessageMe, the University’s emergency text messaging system, is correct.
TRAVEL GUIDANCE FOR STUDENTS
Travel increases your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. As a result, Harvard has suspended all University-sponsored travel programs for undergraduate students. Harvard also recommends that students suspend all personal travel except for emergencies. If you must travel, follow safety protocols to protect yourself and those around you. After returning from your destination, follow local public health guidelines to be tested and/or quarantine.
Further Guidance for On-Campus Students:
Community Compact Travel Policy
All students signed the Residential Community Compact, which included this guideline for travel:
I will remain in the immediate area for the fall semester. If I must travel during the fall semester, I will notify my Resident Dean and comply with any return policies or directives, which may include testing and quarantine.
For purposes of clarity for students, immediate area is defined as a 10-mile radius to Harvard Square;
Overnight or other travel is prohibited;
Exceptions to the policy are rare, and exceptions for extraordinary circumstances must be approved by the student’s resident dean at least two business days prior to travel. Upon return, all students who travel are required to undertake arrival quarantine, which is the same process the College used when students arrived on campus in the fall.
- Violations of this policy will be referred to the Community Council and may be grounds for immediate revocation of housing privileges
When you leave your room, lock your doors and windows. Do not prop open doors or disengage door locks.
Keep your building and room secure – lock windows, don’t let strangers in the building, etc.
Follow the guidelines in the residential community compact – keep Harvard healthy
Do not allow anyone you do not know to enter a building when you are entering or exiting. If someone you do not recognize does enter, call your House or dorm staff, Securitas or HUPD.
If you encounter a facilities-related emergency, always call the Operations Center – 617-495-5560.
- Review the fire safety evacuation procedures located on the Environmental Health and Safety website.
Travel safely. If you are out after dark, use only well-lit routes, make use of shuttle buses, and learn where blue light emergency phones are located on campus.
Register your bicycle and participate in the laptop registration and recovery program.
Do not talk on your cell phone or use ear phones while walking or riding your bike.
Do not leave your purse, wallet, book bag, laptop, phone, or other property unattended in a public setting.
Review HUPD’s online Safety and Self-Defense trainings, which are open to all Harvard affiliates.
- Store the HUPD urgent number (617-495-1212) in your phone.
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND SUPPORT
- Dean of Students Office
- Counseling and Mental Health Services
- Harvard University Health Services
- Harvard University Police Department
- Office of Sexual Assault and Prevention Response
- Harvard College Title IX Office
Associate Dean of Students