Alumni Affairs and Development Event Guest Policy

As we resume in-person events, Harvard University is committed to providing a safe environment for all. Supporting our community’s well-being while advancing Harvard’s academic enterprise requires our collective participation in the University’s health and safety measures. We’ve created this page to highlight the most important COVID-19 safety requirements. Guests are required to follow all applicable health and safety requirements imposed by federal, state, and local authorities, as well as Harvard University policies, to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. Requirements may change as the public health situation evolves. Things may look different as we get closer to the event. We will adapt these policies as needed based on public health guidance; please check this page as the event date gets closer. 

Expectations for Attending Harvard-Sponsored Events and Gatherings

Guests are required to follow all applicable health and safety requirements imposed by federal, state, and local authorities, as well as Harvard University policies, to reduce the risk and spread of COVID-19. 

  • We encourage you to test before coming to campus or before attending a Harvard-sponsored event, even if you are not experiencing symptoms. Rapid antigen tests are widely available at area pharmacies. 
  • If you have symptoms, no matter how mild, we ask that you do not attend the event—even if you test negative.  
  • If you test positive, please do not travel to campus or attend any events. For more information, visit the Keep Harvard Healthy website
  • For indoor and crowded outdoor events, we encourage wearing a high-quality mask that fits securely without air gaps around your nose and mouth. Please be prepared that some indoor events may require masking. 

We are delighted you are joining us. Thank you for adhering to Harvard University COVID-19 safety protocols. We can all play a role in preventing the spread of infection. We’re healthier together. 

Although Harvard University has taken steps to comply with federal and state safety standards designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection, the University cannot guarantee that you will not contract COVID-19 while attending the event. Nor is Harvard in a position to know if you are or will be physically near to a person infected with COVID-19 at the event. Accordingly, in attending the event, you recognize that you may be subjected to potential risks of infection, illness, injury, and even death from COVID-19. You have made your own investigation of these risks, understand these risks, and assume these risks knowingly and willingly.

To the maximum extent permitted by law, you release Harvard, its current and former members of its governing boards, officers, faculty, staff, representatives, volunteers, employees, fellows, students, other trainees and agents, and their respective heirs and assigns, from any and all claims, losses, expenses, damages, or liabilities which you may incur or suffer, arising out of or related to your contracting COVID-19 while attending the event and resulting from any cause. This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (excluding its conflict of laws principles), which shall be the forum for any lawsuits filed under or incident to this document.