On Campus Meetings

The following questions and answers are provided for the Harvard School of Engineering and FAS Division of Science communities.


Can we assume there will be no in-person seminars, meetings, events, or trainings of any size this fall?

Yes, that’s right. All meetings, trainings, and seminars should be conducted remotely this Summer and Fall. 


We have a faculty search under way.  Should we cancel or defer visits by candidates, even if we have had prior visits by other candidates? 

Yes. Job talks should be conducted over  Zoom  or the equivalent. 

Should postdoc interviews be done remotely or in person?  

They should be conducted remotely. To learn more about Zoom, visit:  https://huit.harvard.edu/zoom-training 

Should we cancel or re-schedule visits by seminar speakers? 

Yes, they should be conducted remotely. To learn more about Zoom, visit:  https://huit.harvard.edu/zoom-training 

I have staff with currently no sick or vacation time available – is there a different policy in place during this time or will the regular apply?    

 Staff who have health circumstances that require them to remain away from work can “go in the red” on sick time. Evolving policies are posted at: https://hr.harvard.edu/corona-virus-workplace-policies 

I am close to my maximum vacation balance limit yet I am not in a position to take a real vacation or significant time off from work due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Will Harvard alter its vacation policies to allow staff additional time to use their vacation balances? No one should be forced to lose vacation days during this unprecedented period when the ability to use vacation time is severely limited by external factors.

You should still be able to take vacation days during this time, subject to approval by your supervisor. Please also check the University website for updates: https://hr.harvard.edu/news/coronavirus-covid-19-updates-workplace-polic...