A New Normal on Campus

This fall, HBS officially welcomed MBA students and Executive Education program participants back to campus after an 18-month pandemic hiatus. To ensure that faculty, students and staff feel confident about their long-awaited return to campus, HBS has introduced a number of safety precautions.

At the heart of these efforts is a policy requiring masks indoors. We also have provided guidelines for social distancing, created procedures for holding on-campus meetings or events, and implemented regulations for work-related travel.

But our work didn’t stop there. The Harvard University Health Service has implemented comprehensive procedures for case investigation and contact tracing. We have also stepped up cleaning protocols and upgraded ventilation systems to improve airflow. In addition, we’ve tapped into the expertise of our IT staff for help with the creation of websites where members of the community could perform COVID-19 self-assessments, provide information about their vaccination status, and manage periodic required COVID-19 testing.

Just as important, we have worked to make sure that everyone on campus is on the same page when it comes to safety. All members of the HBS community completed a Community Commitment process and related training, to ensure that they had the information needed to keep themselves, colleagues, and students healthy.

You can learn more about out initiatives on the HBS website: Keep HBS Healthy.

Coming to Campus? We've Got You Covered

If you are planning a trip to campus for one of our Executive Education programs—or for any other reason—you can be sure that HBS is working hard to keep you safe. To prevent surprises and minimize risk for yourself and others, check out Health and Safety Protocols: What to Expect When Coming to Campus, which explains all of our policies around COVID-19, safety on campus, and what happens if a program needs to be cancelled.

Whether you are working in the office, on the road, or at home, we hope that you, your loved ones, and your colleagues are staying healthy and productive during this global emergency. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus sometime soon!

Anita Mushlin

About the Author

Anita Mushlin is the Assistant Director for Content at Harvard Business School, Executive Education