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Marathon Monday
Breaking Sports

‘Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience’: Students Run the 2022 Boston Marathon

More than a dozen Harvard affiliates ran the 126th Boston Marathon on Monday, joining the 30,000 other athletes who raced the city’s iconic 26.2-mile course.


As On-Campus Cases Decline, Harvard College Further Relaxes Covid-19 Protocols

Following a drop in Covid-19 cases among undergraduates, Harvard College joined the rest of the University in relaxing its public health protocols, announcing loosened restrictions on social gatherings and decreased testing requirements in a Monday email.

College Administration

Mask Usage Mixed Among Harvard Undergraduates After Requirement Lifted

With indoor mask-wearing now recommended — but not required — at Harvard College, undergraduates have been left to decide for themselves whether to mask up in most indoor spaces.


Harvard is Lifting its Indoor Mask Mandate. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Just shy of two years after Covid-19 shuttered Harvard’s campus in 2020, the University announced that it would lift one of its primary pandemic prevention measures — its strict indoor mask mandate.


Wait Times for Therapy Appointments at Harvard Reach Six Weeks Amid Increased Demand

With demand for mental health care soaring nationwide, Harvard University Health Services is in the process of hiring additional clinicians. But the wait time for new patients to get a therapy appointment with Counseling and Mental Health Services is currently around six weeks long.


Harvard Will Allow Faculty to Teach Unmasked as Covid Regulations Inch Back

Harvard will allow faculty members to teach without a face mask beginning later this week, a first step toward rolling back its Covid-19 guidelines as cases plummet in the Greater Boston area.

Students walking in Harvard Yard
Student Groups

College Sophomores Create New Peer Therapy Group

Two students at the College launched a peer therapy group last semester that employs empirically validated psychotherapy techniques focusing on interpersonal relationships to combat anxiety and depression.

HUHS Director Giang Nguyen
House Life

Harvard Health Services Director Says University is Moving in the Right Direction Post-Omicron Surge

Harvard University Health Services Director Giang T. Nguyen said in a Friday interview that school officials are discussing newly-relaxed state mask guidelines, but did not specify when — or if — the University will roll back its on-campus public health regulations.

Updates to Covid Protocols
House Life

Harvard Dining Halls Return to Full Capacity as Omicron Wanes

After making it through two weeks of the semester without a major spike in Covid-19 cases, Harvard loosened some of its public health restrictions last Friday. Undergraduates will now be able to eat in full-capacity dining halls and their testing cadence was reduced to twice per week.

On Campus

Harvard Will Distribute High-Quality Masks Upon Request

As part of its new Covid-19 public health measures for the spring semester, Harvard will provide KN95 masks to students upon request.

Harvard Square Hotel

Students Share Mixed Reactions to New Campus Covid-19 Policies

Harvard’s new set of Covid-19 protocols have garnered mixed reviews among students, who raised concerns about the College’s new isolate-in-place and contact tracing policies.


Harvard Students Return to Changed Campus Covid Restrictions

Harvard students returned to Cambridge en masse over the last week to significantly-changed campus Covid-19 restrictions.


Harvard Will End Isolation Housing, Stop Conducting Contact Tracing During Spring Semester

Harvard students who test positive for Covid-19 during the spring semester will be required to self-isolate — not move into University-provided isolation housing — and conduct contact tracing themselves, a stark departure from the school’s previous public health policies.

Back On Campus

‘A Slow Rebuild’: Undergraduates Reflect on In-Person Semester

After his freshman year was truncated by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Roderick P. “Roddy” Emley ’23-’24 said he is slowly adjusting to life back on campus.

Quincy Kosher Lunch
House Life

‘Functionally Food Insecurity’: Harvard Students’ Decades-Long Push For Hot Kosher Lunch

Roughly 40 undergrads keep kosher, following strict dietary restrictions according to Jewish law, but just one dining hall covered by Harvard’s undergraduate meal plan, Harvard Hillel, is kosher, and it is only open for dinner.