Preparing to Come to Campus

Do I need to be vaccinated to attend SVMP?

All SVMP participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to coming to campus, meaning at least two weeks have passed since receiving the final dose of a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This currently includes the following vaccinations: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson / Janssen.

What Proof of Vaccination is required?

All SVMP participants will be required to complete an attestation form prior to attending the program, confirming they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. While HBS will not collect proof of vaccination, Harvard University Health Services may ask for it. Furthermore, starting January 15th the city of Boston will require proof of vaccination to enter certain spaces throughout the city.

Do I need to have a booster shot against COVID-19 to attend SVMP?
Participants are encouraged to have a booster shot.

Staying on Campus

Will I Be Required to take a COVID-19 test during my stay on campus?

Guided by public health officials and experts, Harvard is no longer requiring routine testing for COVID-19. However, all community members have the option of testing if they wish, by taking a self-administered test

What if I test positive for COVID-19 during my stay on campus?

If you test positive, you will be required to isolate in your bedroom on campus. Harvard University Health Services will be automatically notified and will manage protocols, including the duration of your isolation. In addition, your meals will be delivered to directly to your bedroom as well as any needed supplies. If your isolation period continues past the end date of your program or module, you will be allowed to stay on campus until your isolation period ends at no additional cost.

Will I be required to quarantine if a fellow participant tests positive?
Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) will manage contact tracing procedures for any positive testing scenario, and you will be notified if you have been exposed. All members of the Harvard community are required to respond to and participate in calls from the HUHS Contact Tracing Team. HUHS will advise of any necessary steps, which may include quarantining in your on-campus bedroom, usually for a period of 10-14 days. If you need to quarantine and your quarantine period continues past the end date of your program or module, you will be allowed to stay on campus until your quarantine period ends at no additional cost.
Will I be required to wear a mask?
Masks are optional throughout the HBS campus. Any individual in our community can always choose to wear a mask and should never feel obliged to explain the reasons for their decision. Those who choose not to wear a mask may wish to have one on their person in case the need arises. Masks will remain available at locations throughout campus.
How will meals be prepared and served on campus?

HBS dining services and catering provider closely monitors and adheres to the CDC and WHO safety recommendations. All dining associates and managers have been trained in the latest protocols for cleaning, protection, and food safety. There will be opportunity for a variety of food options, including some that are individually packaged.

What are the living arrangements and what precautions against COVID-19 have been taken?

SVMP residence halls feature individual bedrooms, each with a private bathroom. Bedrooms are disinfected per CDC-recommended standards between occupancy. Housekeeping service is available for daily cleaning and restocking as needed.

What precautions are in place to ensure air quality and ventilation?

Air filters have been upgraded in all areas possible to meet or exceed CDC, State of Massachusetts, and American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standards. HEPA filters have been deployed at various locations on campus as well. In all cases, ventilation and air flow have been increased as much as feasible without affecting the thermal comfort of occupants, in line with the standards noted above.

What cleaning and personal hygiene protocols are in place?

High-touch surfaces are disinfected each night per CDC-recommended standards. Some high-traffic spaces are disinfected several times per day, including: service counters, door handles, restroom facilities, handrails, and elevators. Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers are available to enable self-sanitizing as needed.