[email sent to GSAS students on 5/5/2020]
"Dear GSAS Students,
I wanted to share a message from Provost Alan Garber about steps toward reopening Harvard’s research facilities, which went out to Harvard faculty earlier today. As you will read, the Provost has asked that a committee be formed to develop a phased approach for the resumption of laboratory-based research. He also notes that preparations are underway for the phased resumption of research access to Harvard’s libraries and museums.
I trust this is welcome news to those of you relying on access to labs, libraries, and other scholarly resources to continue your research. While there is still much to be done, progress is being made. I am particularly heartened by the Provost’s acknowledgement that lost research productivity is not only a problem for faculty, but one that affects the academic progress of graduate students as well.
The Provost’s Office plans to communicate progress regularly, and GSAS will ensure that students are kept informed.
With all best wishes,
Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and of the Classics"