COVID-19 Updates for Faculty and Students

The following outlines Harvard Extension School’s plans to limit the spread of COVID-19 among the community. The plans are in accordance with the University’s response and we encourage you to also visit the general Harvard University COVID-19 information page

The University asks that you contact Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) if you have been tested for COVID-19. Even if you do not usually get medical care at HUHS, please let them know if you are being tested or if you tested positive for COVID-19. This will help HUHS assess the impact on our community. Email them at

Below is information for students. Faculty and teaching assistants should visit the Faculty Handbook site for the latest updates and the Teaching and Learning site for support moving their courses online.

On-Campus Classes and Resources Move Online


  • All Harvard Summer School (HSS) courses are being moved to a virtual format. No classes, labs, section meetings, or exams will be held on campus this summer. Visit our Summer 2020 Updates and Resources page to stay up to date on summer announcements.

Harvard Extension School Buildings and Business Operations

  • Harvard Extension School (HES) administrative offices and classrooms are closed to visitors and students until further notice. HES continues to offer email, phone, web conference, and online student service and all departments are functional. Visit Contact Us. We want to answer your questions and concerns.
  • Academic Services (transcripts and verifications). While working remotely, the Academic Services continues to monitor email ( during regular business hours. Please allow 4-5 business days for processing transcripts, letters of enrollment, loan deferment forms, and education verifications. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate expedited mailing requests or in-person transcript pickups at this time.


  • Harvard Libraries are closed, but you can still access online resources.
  • The Test Center in Sever Hall, Harvard Yard is closed.
  • 53 Church Street Computer Lab is closed.
  • Office of Career Services (for admitted degree candidates) have moved to online appointments only.
  • The Career and Academic Resource Center will continue their free, mid-day live webinars open to all registered HES student on career and academic topics.
  • Dean of Students Office is ready to support students, please visit their new website which hosts many COVID-19 related support services.
  • Advisors are standing by. Admissions, degree program, certificate, and premedical program advising continues via email and Zoom. We encourage you to connect with our advising team for individual support.
  • We are accepting applications to our undergraduate, graduate, and premedical programs as planned.

Socialize Remotely

We want to direct your attention to Socialize Remotely, which is University-wide platform designed to bring us together. You can publicize your own creative online event to connect with other students or explore a variety of online gatherings designed by other students, faculty, and staff.

Thesis Writers

We expect that most of you will be able to finish your projects as originally planned.  However, some of you will certainly experience delays. Particular, if you were working in a lab or if your research methods required in-person interaction.  If you are experiencing timing issues due to the COVID 19 pandemic, please email with the subject line “COVID-19 virus - thesis proposal due date concerns.” We will work with you, along with your thesis director, to help ensure you have the time you need to successfully finish your thesis.


Harvard University will hold a virtual Commencement event in the morning on Thursday, May 28, to award degrees. The Harvard Extension School will host its own special online event in the afternoon. Details about both events will be sent to our extraordinary 2019-20 graduates as soon as they become available.

Harvard Extension School Prospective and Admitted Degree Candidates On-Campus Requirement, Harvard Summer School 2020 Courses

Harvard Summer School has made the difficult decision to move entirely online this summer. While HSS will no longer host students on campus, HSS is committed to providing you with a rigorous and enriching academic experience this summer. We believe this is the best course of action to support the health and safety of our students, our instructors, our staff, and our global community, and we look forward to navigating these changes together with you this summer.  

On-Campus Requirement. Any 2020 Harvard Summer School course that was originally scheduled to fulfill the on-campus requirement for a Harvard Extension School (HES) degree will continue to fulfill that requirement for all students who complete the course with the necessary credit status and grade as outlined on the HES website. Prospective and admitted degree candidates must use the degree course search found on the HES website to determine which courses meet the on-campus requirement. The only accurate course selection method to use in making the determination that a course was originally scheduled to meet on campus is to choose the “Fulfills On-Campus Requirement” filter when conducting your specific degree program’s course search. Students should not consider this current waiver as a precedent-setting decision on which to base future plans for fulfilling this requirement. The on-campus requirement is critical to HES’s mission to offer quality degree programs at Harvard and there are no plans to alter this requirement after this summer term.

Your Education is Paramount to Us

The faculty and staff are working around the clock to continue to offer you the highest quality academic experience. We thank you in advance for your cooperation as we navigate, to the best of our ability, this challenging and unprecedented global public health event.

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