Frequently Asked Questions

The Program on Negotiation (PON) offers a number of programs and courses taught by leading Harvard faculty and experts in the fields of negotiation, mediation, and conflict management. The programs range from one-day seminars to semester-length courses and are attended by participants from around the world.

What to Expect When Attending In-Person PON Courses

LAST UPDATED: 2 NOVEMBER 2021

As the Program on Negotiation prepares to welcome participants back in person, we want to assure you that the health, safety, and well-being of our community remains our top priority. Harvard University is closely monitoring health and safety protocols as outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and we will continue to make adjustments if and when the public health situation evolves.

Please bookmark this page, which provides the latest details you need in preparing to attend PON in-person courses. It is important to note that all Program on Negotiation (PON) Executive Education participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to arrival, and must provide proof of a negative test for COVID-19 taken within 5 days of the start of the Program.
If you are enrolled in any of PON’s in-person courses, please watch your inbox for important emails from the Program Administrative Team and PON.

For information about specific programs, please refer to the individual program webpages: https://www.pon.harvard.edu/executive-education/.

Negotiation and Leadership – Our flagship, three-day executive education program equips professionals to become more successful negotiators and leaders. The program is designed to help you broaden your understanding of negotiation concepts, leverage your strengths to obtain better results at the bargaining table, and put your learning into practice by engaging in dynamic, interactive exercises. Augmenting this program are in-depth, one-day sessions that address tough negotiation problems.

Mediation at PON Frequently Asked Questions – Mediation can be effective at allowing parties to vent their feelings and fully explore their grievances. Working with parties together and sometimes separately, mediators try to help them hammer out a resolution that is sustainable, voluntary, and nonbinding. We offer both basic and advanced programs that can run as intensive five day programs, or 11 week semester programs.

Advanced Negotiation Master Class – The Program on Negotiation is offering a unique, master-level course for negotiators. The program is highly personalized and taught by 4 negotiation experts from Harvard.

PON Semester Programs – Semester-length courses on negotiation and mediation for participants from all disciplines and professions.

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions:

PREPARING TO COME TO CAMBRIDGE

What proof of testing is required?
Executive Education participants will be required to provide proof of a negative viral test for COVID-19, as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (examples of viral tests: NAAT, including PCR, or antigen), taken within 5 days of the start of the Program, during on-site registration for all in-person PON courses.

Will I need to be fully vaccinated before coming to Cambridge?
Executive Education participants are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to arriving at all in-person PON courses, and at least two weeks must have passed since receiving the final dose of a vaccine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or World Health Organization (WHO).

Exceptions to this requirement will be accorded only for medical or religious reasons. Please note that if an exemption is granted, participants may be subject to additional requirements. 

What proof of vaccination is required?
Executive Education participants will be required to attest in their initial enrollment and complete a waiver confirming that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the program. Participants must also be prepared to present proof of vaccination on-site.

Executive Education participants will also be required to provide proof of a negative viral test for COVID-19, as defined by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (examples of viral tests: NAAT, including PCR, or antigen), taken within 5 days of the start of the Program, during on-site registration for all in-person PON courses.

Are other Harvard community members required to be vaccinated?
To reach the high levels of vaccination needed to protect our community, Harvard University is requiring community members who will have any on-campus presence be vaccinated, with very few exceptions. Our staff will likewise be subject to all Harvard University testing and health requirements.

I received a COVID-19 vaccine in another country that was not approved by the FDA or WHO. Should I be re-vaccinated when I get to the U.S.?
To participate in an in-person PON Executive Education course, the vaccine must be approved by the FDA or WHO.

Will I need to quarantine if I am traveling from outside the U.S. to Cambridge, Massachusetts?
No quarantine is required for fully vaccinated individuals entering Massachusetts from outside of the U.S. Please review the requirements for travelers arriving to the U.S. from abroad. In addition, you are advised to confirm requirements for your place of origin and your specific mode of transportation. Note also that travel restrictions into the U.S. remain in place from specific countries.

If you are unable to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions, please be in touch with the Program on Negotiation as soon as possible. Please email negotiation@law.harvard.edu.

Will I be required to wear a mask?
Masks/facial coverings are required indoors during PON courses for all individuals, except when actively eating/drinking in a designated dining area. This is subject to change based on local guidance and university regulations.

Failure to comply with proper mask-wearing protocols as defined by Harvard University will result in removal from the course, without refund.

DURING YOUR COURSE AT THE CHARLES HOTEL

For hotel Covid Protocols, please visit The Charles Hotel’s website: https://www.charleshotel.com/staysmart

RESCHEDULED PROGRAMS, CANCELLATIONS, TRANSFERS, AND REFUNDS

What if my course is cancelled or rescheduled?
If your course is cancelled or moved to a virtual format due to COVID-19, you will be notified as soon as possible. If your course is modified (for example, to a virtual format), you will have the option to transfer your enrollment to another course, or receive a full refund for your paid program tuition, less any exchange rate difference and/or bank fees.

Do you offer any remote/virtual/online offerings?
Programs running in Fall 2021 are all virtual. Select programs will continue to be held virtually in 2022.

What will happen if I transfer to another program and the tuition fee is different than my cancelled program?
If the new program fee is higher, you will be invoiced for the difference. If the new program fee is lower, a refund for the difference will be issued.

Will PON refund any travel fees or other incurred costs related to attendance of a cancelled program?
In the event that PON cancels a course, PON is not responsible for any airfare, hotel or other cost or losses incurred by registrants.

Reset Password for the PON Website:

1. Please visit https://www.pon.harvard.edu/account/change-password/.
2. Once on that page, enter your email address and click the red button:

3. You will receive an email from the Program on Negotiation confirming your request to reset your password. Click on the BOTTOM link in the email, and you will be taken to the website to choose a new password. Enter your new password twice and then click the “Update Profile” button.

4. You will then see a message on the screen confirming that your profile has been updated.

General Information:

Where is the Program on Negotiation (PON) located?

Our offices are located at 501 Pound Hall, Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138.

In addition, PON faculty members maintain offices at Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, MIT, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Is the PON office open to the public?

Not during COVID-19. Ordinarily, visitors are welcome to visit PON’s offices, where various materials about PON’s courses, events, publications, teaching materials, and other resources are available. Visitors are also welcome to browse PON’s non-circulating library, which contains many books on negotiation topics; please contact the office to make an appointment.

How do I contact the PON office?

You may contact the PON office by telephone at +1-617-495-1684 and by e-mail at pon@law.harvard.edu. PON’s mailing address is:

The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Pound Hall, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02138.

How do I replace a lost certificate if I took a PON course in the past?

To request a copy of your lost certificate, please email pon@law.harvard.edu. The email should list your full name (including your name at the time you took the course), the title and duration of the course you took, and the dates it occurred.

How can I purchase negotiation exercises, videotapes, case studies, teaching notes, course syllabi, texts, and other publications produced by PON?

Negotiation materials are available through the PON Teaching Negotiation Resource center, PON’s educational resource center. PON Teaching Negotiation Resource center products have been developed or endorsed by PON faculty or affiliates. For information and access to the online catalog, visit the PON Teaching Negotiation Resource center.

How can I get involved with PON?

We invite you to join our LinkedIn group, and to find us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also find out about local events and upcoming courses by signing up to receive emails at our website. Once you have registered on our website, go to the “My Account” section, to manage your email subscriptions.

How do I find out additional information about courses?

Should you have questions about our courses, Customer Service is available to assist at 1-800-391-8629 (If calling from outside the US: 301-528-2676). For HNI, please email hni@law.harvard.edu. For Negotiation and Leadership, the Master Class, and PON Semester Programs, please email negotiation@law.harvard.edu.