Key Policies for Secondary School Program Students

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Secondary School Program (SSP) will be entirely online in 2021. Like college students and other adult learners, SSP students enrolled in Harvard Summer School courses are held to a high standard of behavior. They are expected to be familiar with and abide by all relevant rules and policies as set forth in the 2021 Harvard Summer School Student Handbook and the Summer School website. Courses will meet through the Zoom web conference system, as will activities and events hosted by the Summer School and the SSP. Students are expected to abide by the rules and norms of a physical classroom: wear classroom-ready clothing, and when appropriate, participate by asking and answering questions, and take notes.

Only registered students may attend and participate in classes and activities. Close browser tabs not required for participating in the class or activity. Join the course or the activity in a quiet place, free of distractions. Turn on your video, and mute your microphone unless you are speaking.

SSP staff is available to students 9-5 weekdays except July 5, a holiday. The summer staff includes five assistant deans and the associate dean; the six deans are students’ main point of contact with the program administration during the summer. Each SSP student is assigned to one of the deans. Students will be given contact information by their dean during Student Orientation on Sunday, June 20, with further information to follow on Monday, June 21, the first day of classes.

Also available are members of the year-round administrative staff: Deborah Chase, Megan Gianniny, Kim Calnan, Gina Neugebauer-Castaño, and Bill Holinger. Students may communicate directly with the SSP office by email, at Summer School information is available online and by telephone: 617.495-4024.


Please see Harvard Summer School courses that are open to SSP students


Please see Video Course Guidelines for information on preparing to take online Harvard Summer School courses.


Attendance and participation

Students registered in a course for undergraduate or graduate credit must attend all classes or participate online as a distance student, take all exams, and complete and submit all coursework by the stated deadlines from instructional staff or as noted in the course syllabus….

Participation in courses and sections using web conferencing

Students are expected to treat web-conference class meetings as if attending class on campus, which includes behaving professionally, treating others with courtesy and respect, refraining from using profanity or socially offensive language as well as wearing appropriate clothing and avoiding inappropriate surroundings.

Students are required to have and use a camera and microphone when attending web-conference class meetings unless otherwise specified by the instructor.

Students may not join a class while driving or riding in a car. Students are expected to join from a suitable, quiet location, with a device that permits full participation in the class activities.

Many courses include activities that cannot adequately be performed on a mobile device.

Please see Student Responsibilities for more information.


Expectations for Online Behavior

In all of your online interactions, we expect you to behave with appropriate decorum and maturity, to treat others with dignity and respect, and to avoid language and behavior that could be construed as denigrating, bullying, shaming, and the like.

Any such language or behavior you observe may be reported to your dean or to the Summer School Dean of Students Office.