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This page describes information related to COVID-19 and the Harvard Computer Science undergraduate program. For Harvard University information about COVID-19 see https://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus; For Harvard College, see https://dso.college.harvard.edu/coronavirus.

This page last updated: Thursday April 2.

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Zoom office hours

Office hours for CS faculty will be held online through Zoom. See this page for the list of office hours and Zoom links.

Undergraduate Grading in Spring 2020

The College has opted for universal Emergency Sat/Emergency Unsat grading: all undergraduates in Spring 2020 courses will receive a grade of either Emergency Sat (SEM) or Emergency Unsat (UEM). The College has additional information on their FAQ.

SEM courses will fulfill CS concentration and CS secondary requirements. (Normally courses taken for CS concentration or CS secondary credit must be letter-graded, except that CS50 may be taken SAT/UNSAT).

Concentration GPA and English Honors

Background: There are two types of honors for undergraduates: Latin honors (summa, magna, cum laude) are determined by the College and English honors (highest honors, high honors, honors) are determined by concentrations. See this page for more. The College Coronavirus FAQ has information about how Latin honors are affected by SEM grades. It is up to each concentration to determine how SEM grades will affect English honors.

Harvard CS will strive to ensure that SEM/UEM grading in Spring 2020 does not adversely affect students’ eligibility for English honors. Recall that English honors involve an objective GPA cutoff and a vote based on a holistic view of the student’s academic and scientific achievements. SEM/UEM grading will change our treatment of GPA.


  1. If a student’s concentration GPA (calculated without Spring 2020 courses) is above the threshold, then the student will be eligible for honors.
  2. If the student’s concentration GPA is close to the threshold (i.e., would be above the threshold if the student had received A’s in Spring 2020 concentration courses), then we will consider other criteria, including qualitative feedback from Spring 2020 courses.
AB/SM Grading in Spring 2020

Update April 2:

The registrar is aware of the bracketing issue, and courses are still bracketed that were bracketed before.

Update April 1:

Current and future AB/SM students: The College has mandated that all undergraduates will receive “SEM/UEM” grades in all of their classes (i.e., this policy applies to the student, not the type of class in which the student is enrolled nor the degree(s) to which the course is applied).

However, SEM/UEM graded courses from Spring 2020 can be used to satisfy requirements of a Computer Science SM.

Note that Harvard College’s process for changing grading of courses seems to have removed bracketing from bracketed courses; Beth is looking into this with the Registrar.

Note also that MIT courses graded P/F in Spring 2020 will count towards SM requirements.


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