Harvard University and Harvard School of Dental Medicine are closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As the situation continues to change rapidly, the top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus. The University, the School, and the Harvard Dental Center remain open and operational and are taking appropriate measures to protect the health of the community.
We are planning for several contingency scenarios and taking decisive, informed action to limit the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring the continuity of our teaching and research mission. These efforts involve moving to virtual learning, ramping down our research labs, and encouraging our workforce to work remotely, among other efforts. We will continue to update the community regularly to keep you informed of additional measures.
Harvard University guidance and policies
Please refer to the University's policies and guidelines found on Harvard University coronavirus webpage. This web page includes important guidance for remote courses, travel policies, campus restrictions and visiting or returning to campus.
Harvard Dental Center
Starting Monday, March 23, the Harvard Dental Center will be triaging all emergency consultations through tele-dentistry. Emergency calls will be directed to an on-call doctor that will help patients via teleconference communication. All elective appointments will be rescheduled until further notice. Patients will be notified by an HDC staff member of appointment changes. Patients with questions regarding upcoming appointments may also call (617) 432-1434, contact the HDC by email, or use the online appointment form to request or cancel appointments as needed.
Harvard School of Dental Medicine community guidance
Coronavirus Workplace Policies
As of March 16, HSDM implimented a remote work policy for staff and faculty. See the Harvard HR website for policies related to sick time, and guidance for managers.
Working Remotely: IT Tools and Resources
All members of the HSDM community are encouraged to use the technology and resources the University has to support working remotely. Check our HSDM IT Work Remotely site to ensure you have the necessary tools at your disposal.
Business and Personal Travel
Travel increases your risk of exposure to the coronavirus. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a global level 3 warning – "Avoid Nonessential Travel," and continues to discourage domestic travel. Additionally, the United States has placed entry restrictions on individuals arriving from China, Brazil, Iran, the European Union, and the United Kingdom. Governments worldwide have issued similar warnings and entry restrictions, which can change without advance notice.
Review the current international and domestic travel restrictions and resources below. We will continue to monitor the public health situation and government travel advisories, and adjust our guidance accordingly.
All University-related travel, both international and domestic, is prohibited until further notice and should not be planned or scheduled at this time. This applies to all community members—students, faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and other academics. We encourage you to explore creative options for alternative study, research, work, and collaboration. We also strongly discourage personal travel, both international and domestic.
Precautions If You Must Travel
If you must travel, make sure you are aware of and adhere to restrictions for your destination and place of return. Within the United States, check the state and territorial health department websites for the latest information. Per Massachusetts law, anyone arriving or returning to the Commonwealth from elsewhere must quarantine for 14 days.
During travel, take the appropriate precautions to protect yourself and others:
Wash your hands often with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If you can’t wash your hands, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Remain at least six feet from others.
Wear a cloth face covering.
If you develop symptoms during or after travel, notify your Primary Care Provider.
Harvard-organized and Harvard-funded international travel for all students that is scheduled to start and end between now and August 31 is prohibited. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. State Department have issued global level 3 and level 4 advisories: “” and “Do Not Travel,” respectively. It is unclear when those restrictions will be lifted. We know that many of our students rely on summer travel to further their education, fulfill academic requirements, and explore new work environments. This decision is difficult and disappointing, but we urge students to contact their individual Schools, centers, and programs to explore creative options for alternative summer study, research, and work. This guidance is intended for summer programs only NOT degree programs that begin in the summer, such as AGE and DMD programs. For more information, see the memo from the Vice Provost for International Affairs.
HMS-HSDM-HSPH Ombuds Office
The HMS-HSDM-HSPH Ombuds Office provides highly confidential, impartial, and independent services to faculty, staff, students, trainees and affiliate institution appointees to help identify issues, goals, and potential options available to help manage or resolve concerns. ANY issue may be brought to the Ombuds Office, including those related to COVID-19. Find more information on HMS-HSDM-HSPH Ombuds Office resources here.