COVID-19 Emergency Policies Fall 2020


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee on Undergraduate Educational Policy (EPC) announced updates to certain Student Handbook policies. Below are those updates.

July 15, 2020: International Student Study Away Fall 2020

During academic year 2020-21 Harvard College international students may earn credit for work done at a local university in their country of residence. Institutions must be accredited and able to provide an official transcript or grade report upon completion of the term. All courses must adhere to a liberal arts and sciences curriculum and may not be pre-professional in nature. Earning credit for such study away will follow the same credit transfer policies as those applicable to study abroad.

For detailed information about study away, please visit the Office of International Education website.

August 12, 2020: Privacy Policy

The circumstances of remote teaching and learning require clear guidelines about the recording of class sessions by students and instructors. Course content and materials may be covered by copyrights held by the University or the instructor, and their unauthorized use may violate such copyrights as well as the privacy of other students in the course.

An overview of the University's privacy and recording guidance is here (and in more detail here).

Instructor Recordings

Instructors are encouraged to record course sessions to provide robust options for students in distant time zones without requiring them to attend live class meetings before 7:15 am or after 10:30 pm in their local time zone, and may also record course sessions to make them available for use later in the semester.

Students and instructors have reasonable expectations of privacy in regard to interactions in class as captured in such recordings. Further, recordings in which students are personally identifiable are subject to FERPA rules governing their distribution. For these reasons, course recordings should be made available on the Canvas site behind HarvardKey login so that they are available only to registered students and other members of the course community.

Student Publishing or Distribution of Course Materials

By attending course sessions remotely and accessing course recordings, students acknowledge that they may not post, publish, sell, or otherwise publicly distribute course materials without the written permission of the course instructor. Such materials include, but are not limited to, the following: video or audio recordings, assignments, problem sets, examinations, other students’ work, and answer keys.

Students who sell, post, publish, or distribute course materials without written permission, whether for the purposes of soliciting answers or otherwise, may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including requirement to withdraw from the College. Further, students may not make video or audio recordings of class sessions for their own use without written permission of the instructor.

Students needing course recordings as an accommodation should contact the Accessible Education Office (AEO).

August 13, 2020: Simultaneous Enrollment

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Harvard courses will be offered remotely, and many will offer options for students to view recorded lectures and engage synchronously with other elements of the course. As a result of this pedagogical shift, the faculty legislated policy on simultaneous enrollment will be suspended for the duration of remote teaching and learning. Students will be responsible for developing a reasonable schedule that will allow for attendance during all required synchronous components of each course.