Harvard President Larry Bacow announced this morning that Harvard is moving to online classes for the rest of spring semester to reduce the risks of a Covid-19 outbreak.
Students are asked not to return to campus after Spring Recess and to meet academic requirements remotely until further notice. Students who need to remain on campus will also receive instruction remotely and must prepare for severely limited on-campus activities and interactions. All graduate students will transition to remote work wherever possible.
Also, the school will soon ban all "non-essential" meetings of 25 or more people.
The decision to move to virtual instruction was not made lightly. The goal of these changes is to minimize the need to gather in large groups and spend prolonged time in close proximity with each other in spaces such as classrooms, dining halls, and residential buildings. Our actions are consistent with the recommendations of leading health officials on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 and are also consistent with similar decisions made by a number of our peer institutions. The campus will remain open and operations will continue with appropriate measures to protect the health of the community.
Harvard joins Amherst College in switching to online classes because of Covid-19.