Harvard College Dean of Students Office

Returning to Campus

Travel safely and prepare for COVID-19 testing.


Dear  <<First Name>>,

We are looking forward to welcoming you to campus next week to move in for the Spring 2021 semester. As you make your way to Cambridge, please consider the University Travel Guidance in order to minimize your exposure to COVID-19. Please continue to be vigilant in wearing your mask, practice social distancing, and limit contact with anyone outside of your immediate household. As Dean Khurana mentioned in his Tuesday letter, while we anticipate moving forward with the residential plans for Spring 2021, Massachusetts is seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases and we all need to remain flexible. 

As stated in the Harvard College Levels of Reopening, greater freedom to experience a rich residential life on campus will be directly connected to our ability to follow to public health practices and to our community's ability to minimize transmission – traveling safely to campus and following procedures once you arrive is an important part of this.

I'd like to call your attention to 4 actions items to complete before you move in:

Create and activate your Color Account
Contact testingquestions@fas.harvard.edu if you have any questions.
Complete the Self-Swab Online Training
Log into the Harvard Training Portal to complete this short training on self-administered COVID-19 testing.
Complete Crimson Clear prior to arriving on campus
Once you have moved into your dorm you will need to scan your Crimson Clear each day to access meals.
Submit your Early Departure Plan by January 19
In order for you to be prepared in the event that changing public health conditions or guidance make it necessary for students to leave campus earlier than expected, we are requiring all students in residence to file an early departure plan. This is not binding and can be amended at any time during the semester. 

Kind Regards,

Katie O’Dair
Dean of Students 

Harvard College Dean of Students Office
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