Academic Policy for Remote Instruction


    Academic Year 2020-21 Updates

Our commitment to teaching is unwavering, and the excellence of a Harvard College education is assured. But the transition to remote teaching and learning does require us to adjust some of our policies. Please rely on this page as the authoritative source of information concerning academic policy during remote instruction throughout the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

Summer 2021

This section will be updated with information and links to resources as summer 2021 information becomes available. 

General College and programs information for Summer 2021

Summer 2021 Funding Policy

Harvard College prioritizes the wide distribution of Summer funding to ensure that as many undergraduate students as possible can have a meaningful summer experience. For funded Summer 2021 experiences, students may only apply Harvard University funding to one Summer experience, regardless of duration of time (ex. only four weeks or a part-time effort). Co-funding between multiple sources of funding is permitted only if the funding jointly supports the same Summer experience. This includes students who accept the Harvard Summer School tuition waiver. Those students who accept the HSS waiver may not accept funding for a second Harvard Summer experience.

Exceptions to the Summer Funding Policy are uncommon and will be reviewed on an individual basis; students should make exception requests to their Resident Dean, who will forward on to the Office of Undergraduate Education. All exceptions will be approved by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Failure to adhere to the Harvard College Summer funding policy may result in a student being referred to the Administrative Board or Honor Council.

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Student Handbook, Covid-19 Emergency Policies: Summer 2021

Fall and Spring

Academic Year 2020-2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee on Undergraduate Educational Policy (EPC) has announced updates to Harvard College Student Handbook policies related to International Student Study Away, Privacy, Simultaneous Enrollment, the Language Requirement, and Extensions of Time.

Details about these updates can be found in the addendum to the 2020-2021 Harvard College Student Handbook 

Academic Year 2019-2020

COVID-19 Emergency Policies for Spring 2020 in the addendum to the 2019-2020 Harvard College Student Handbook