Latest Updates

May 28, 民彩网官网
Provost Scott Strobel wrote to the Yale community about the fall academic calendar.

May 26, 民彩网官网
Jack Callahan Jr., senior vice president for operations, offered guidance for staff as the university begins the phased reactivation of research and expansion of library services in June.

May 26, 民彩网官网
Governor Ned Lamont released a .

Updated May 30, 民彩网官网

Yale is carefully monitoring the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and taking bold and swift actions to flatten the curve of the rate of infection while maintaining central services to support education and critical research. Faculty and staff across Yale are also coordinating with the City of New Haven and the State of Connecticut to care for the sick, to support one another, and to share research findings, best practices, and strategic planning.

The university’s response is based on the guidance of Yale experts and of local, state, and federal officials, and follows key principles:

  • Yale’s actions will be guided by considerations for the health and safety of faculty, staff, students, and neighbors.
  • Decisions about health and safety made by the university in the context of COVID-19 will be evidence-based and data-driven to the extent possible. 
  • Decisions should sustain – and advance whenever possible – the quality of teaching and research at Yale.

This website provides actionable insight for members of the Yale community.

University Guidance

Reactivating on-campus research

(created May 13)

For the duration of this pandemic, Yale will employ a phased approach for reactivation of research on the campus that will adhere to the advice of the Public Health Committee and be in line with the guidance of the State’s Reopen Connecticut initiative. Currently, our campus activity is limited to critical operations, including research bearing directly on COVID-19.

The three phases for expanded research operations will be as follows:

Phase 1:  Research limited to activities that can be performed only on campus, adhering to strict public health precautions.

Phase 2:  Research activities of all types, adhering to strict public health precautions.

Phase 3:  Research activities with continued health monitoring.

Although this phased approach is currently focused on research, we anticipate that it will be a useful framework for the reactivation of other functions on campus. More information about the phased approach can be found here.

In Phase 1, we will allow a limited return to campus by faculty, staff, and trainees to perform research that can be conducted only on campus, subject to explicit permission. Phase 1 will also include a limited reactivation of essential library services (described below). The transition to Phase 1 will begin in June. All aspects of research, data analysis, writing, reading, and communication that can be conducted outside of university facilities must continue to be performed off campus.

Any principal investigator who intends to resume research on campus must submit a proposal containing a description of the contemplated research activities and an explanation of why that work can be performed only on campus. Further guidance on the research reactivation application can be found here. This submission must also include a detailed safety plan for the proposed on-campus work.  It must comply with social distancing guidelines, including the use of personal protective equipment, protocols for personal hygiene and symptom monitoring, and plans for cleaning surfaces and equipment.

These requests to resume on-campus activities will be vetted by department chairs/center directors, cognizant deans, and a representative of the provost’s office, as appropriate. Field work will be reviewed by a specialized committee. In-person research involving human subjects will not be approved as part of Phase 1 except possibly within limited clinical settings. A specialized committee for clinical research will review these applications.

Faculty whose on-campus research is approved during Phase 1 will be notified of a date no earlier than June 1 when they, and the approved staff and trainees included in their application, may return to campus. provide that individuals in high-risk groups and those 65 years and older should continue to stay at 民彩网官网. Individuals in these groups should work with their supervisors to adjust their work so that it can be performed remotely.

Faculty, staff, and trainees will be required to complete additional on-line safety training before returning and will be expected to conform to strict safety measures. More information about safety requirements during Phase 1 are described here.

We ask that faculty take seriously the criterion of seeking permission only for research operations that must be performed on campus. We recognize that this may create ongoing inconvenience and that not all aspects of scholarship will be fully supported. However, continuing to work from 民彩网官网, whenever possible, is essential to protect our community’s health and safety. We enter Phase 1 as the state reopens only a limited number of businesses; schools remain closed; and public health provisions are improved, but still limited. The viral spread in our area has slowed, but the virus has not disappeared. This plan seeks to balance those considerations with the benefits of a limited return to campus. Patience now will help speed the activation of less-restrictive phases as health conditions improve further.

Expansion of Library 民彩网官网

During Phase 1, we will also expand essential library services. The university library is preparing to resume scanning and digitization of collection materials, starting with the general collections located in Sterling Memorial Library, Bass Library, and the offsite Library Shelving Facility (LSF), three locations that collectively house about 10 million volumes. At the same time, a pick-up service for books from the Sterling and Bass collections will be available. Over time, these services, including the scanning of special collection materials to support teaching and research, will be gradually extended to other library locations and collections. Additional services, such as limited in-person use of special collection reading rooms, will be added later as public health regulations and building logistics allow. The library will communicate the timing and details of resuming library services as they are ready to be reactivated.

Future Reactivation of Campus Functions

Yale will enter the second phase of campus reactivation if the risk of COVID-19 transmission continues to decline in the coming months, and there is an expansion of testing capability within our area. Phase 2 would include a more general return to research, teaching, and other operations on campus, but it will still not be business as usual. Phase 2 will continue to require social distancing, use of personal protective equipment, regular handwashing, health monitoring, and other measures in accordance with prevailing public health guidance.

There are special considerations for Yale’s arts schools, because certain types of performance and practice may not be possible under conditions of social distancing. Creative and artistic practice is being thoughtfully considered in preparation for subsequent phases of reactivation by the Creative and Artistic Practice Continuity Committee. Use of studios, rehearsal spaces, fabrication spaces, and other arts-related venues will be reviewed in consultation with professionals in these fields and public health experts.

(Read Provost Scott Strobel’s full announcement.)

Undergraduate research during phase 1

During research reactivation phase 1 (Highly Restricted Access), undergraduates may not participate in in-person, on-campus activities. For example, undergraduates may not work in offices, laboratories, libraries, or museums on campus. Undergraduates may not conduct university-sponsored field research. They may work for faculty members and university departments, but must conduct this work remotely. No undergraduate classes or orientation activities will be held in person during phase 1.

Canceling in-person summer programs

(created April 3, updated May 30)

All in-person, campus-based programming is cancelled for summer 民彩网官网. Students should consult their individual schools and programs to explore options for alternate summer study, research, and work. Some, such as Yale Summer Session, already offer an array of online choices.

Following federal domestic and international travel guidance

(created March 2, updated April 3)

The following is an update and elaboration on previously announced travel policies. Please note that this guidance pertains to faculty, staff, and graduate and professional students.

University-sponsored travel, including summer travel (Travel is considered university-sponsored if it draws on a university-administered funding source.)

  • All university-sponsored international travel is now prohibited.
  • Non-essential domestic travel should be avoided and if travel is essential, follow CDC, state and local orders in effect for your destination. 
  • If possible, find ways to conduct the work online.
  • This guidance pertains to everyone, including faculty, staff, fellows, undergraduates, and graduate and professional students.
  • These restrictions will remain in place until at least August 15.

Personal travel, including summer travel

  • For personal travel, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends you stay 民彩网官网 as much as possible, especially if your trip is not essential, and practice social distancing especially if you are at higher risk of severe illness. Don’t travel if you are sick, and don’t travel with someone who is sick. We urge you to carefully reconsider your travel choices and avoid traveling if possible. .
  • The CDC does not generally issue advisories or restrictions for travel within the U.S. However, cases of COVID-19 have been reported in all states, and some areas are experiencing community spread of the disease. Crowded travel settings, like airports, may increase chances of getting COVID-19, if there are other travelers with coronavirus infection. The you should consider when deciding whether it is safe for you to travel.
  • If you are considering personal travel outside of the U.S., consider the following guidance from the U.S. Department of State and CDC. 

Department of State guidance

Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  U.S. citizens who live abroad should avoid all international travel. Many countries are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and implementing travel restrictions and mandatory quarantines, closing borders, and prohibiting non-citizens from entry with little advance notice. Airlines have cancelled many international flights and several cruise operators have suspended operations or cancelled trips. If you choose to travel internationally, your travel plans may be severely disrupted, and you may be forced to remain outside of the United States for an indefinite timeframe.

CDC guidance

and Yale Health guidance. This table will be updated regularly.

CDC Travel Notice Countries and Regions (as designated by CDC) Yale Health Guidance*
Warning – Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel –  Widespread ongoing transmission with restrictions on entry to the United States
  • China民彩网官网 (this does not include Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan)
  • Iran
  • Most European Countries
  • United Kingdom and Ireland
  • All nonessential travel to any country or region in this category should be cancelled or deferred.
  • Upon return, complete this as well as self-monitor and self-isolate for 14 days using these guidelines.
  • Follow .
  • If you must travel, . 
Warning – Level 3, Avoid Nonessential Travel – Widespread ongoing transmission without restrictions on entry to the United States
  • All global destinations
  • CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to all global destinations.
  • Older adults and those with chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for severe disease and should consider postponing nonessential travel.
  • Upon return, complete this as well as self-monitor and self-isolate for 14 days using these guidelines.
  • Follow .
*If you experience fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and you have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient and/or traveled from a location with a Level 3 travel notice within 14 days of the onset of illness, stay 民彩网官网 and contact a healthcare provider for guidance—do not go to a healthcare facility before you have called your doctor or a hospital emergency room for instructions. If you are a Yale student or Yale Health member, you should contact Internal Medicine (), Student Health (), or Pediatrics () from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For urgent attention 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please call Yale Health Acute Care (). If you are an Aetna member, please contact your primary care provider.

Postponing visits to campus

(created March 12, updated April 8)

All visitors to campus are subject to the same guidelines as the campus community. The uncertainty surrounding when we will be able to resume normal operations dictates that all visits to Yale should be postponed at least until June 28.

Reducing the number of people working on campus; Governor Lamont’s March 20 Executive Order; parking

(created March 14, updated March 23)

On March 20, Governor Lamont signed an requiring all workplaces, with the exception of those delivering specific functions, to become virtual by 8 p.m. today.

Although the order excludes specific activities and services, including online education, providing essential health care, some research, public safety, and taking care of student residential populations, we are strongly urging most faculty and staff to work remotely.

Further reductions in on-campus workforce. In the strongest possible terms, we are urging most faculty and staff to work from 民彩网官网. This will facilitate and support public health officials’ advice to maximize social distancing at this crucial time. Our goal is to protect each of us, our colleagues, and the general population. This is a significant health care challenge, and the best way to avoid getting or spreading the virus is to minimize social interaction and avoid community spaces. With very few exceptions, everyone at Yale should work from 民彩网官网.  

  • Staff. We will ask a smaller number of staff to continue to work on campus. If you are one of these individuals, your supervisor will notify you. Do not report to work tomorrow without first confirming with your supervisor that you need to be on campus.
  • Faculty. We strongly encourage faculty, postdocs, and graduate students to teach and conduct research remotely. Faculty, postdocs, and graduate students who have received an exception from their dean or the vice provost for research to continue critical research on campus should follow the guidance provided by the Office of the Provost, YSM, and FAS.

Parking. The university will not charge parking fees for April and will continue to provide free parking to any employee who is asked to work on campus. There is no need to email the parking office to request a rebate.

Work-Life resources. This is a stressful time for all of us. We understand that some of you are facing additional challenges, such as caring for children or other family members. Wellness information and resources for parents can be found on the COVID-19 WorkLife Resources webpage.

Donating personal protective equipment to the Yale New Haven Health System and other healthcare organizations

(created March 22)

Please coordinate your donations by following the instructions below and informing EHS (ehs@yale.edu) of the availability of your supplies.

To donate laboratory supplies, we ask that you secure the clearly identified/labeled items in your locked laboratory using the process outlined below. EHS will make arrangements to access the laboratories to pick-up the supplies in order of needs-based priority. 

  • IMPORTANT – Items donated will not be replaced nor will unused items (if any) be returned to donating laboratories.  (This will not be possible logistically.  Thank you for your understanding.)
  • Notify EHS with the list of your available items including the number of packages of each item, using the webform available at http://ehs./covid-19-ppe-donations.
    • Please clearly mark and set the materials aside in your laboratory and complete the notification to EHS.
    • If necessary, designate one laboratory member to be responsible for this activity in a single return visit to your laboratory. There is no need to wait for confirmation from EHS to set the material aside.
  • Provide the name of the PI, the laboratory location (building/room #), email contact, and a phone contact for any pick-up questions.
  • Indicate where your items will be located in your laboratory and how they are identified.  (They should be segregated from other supplies and clearly identified for donation.)

Self-monitoring daily, and staying 民彩网官网 if you are unwell

Taking precautions is key to everyone’s health. Every member of the Yale community should self-monitor daily.

Take these steps to monitor your health:

  • Take your temperature with a thermometer twice a day—once in the morning and once in the evening—to monitor for low-grade temperature elevation (>99.9°F, >37.7°C).
    • Note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to list a temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) as a criterion for suspected COVID-19 infection, but low-grade fevers are frequent in the early stages of illness.  
  • Watch for the following symptoms to increase detection of possible COVID-19 infection:
    • Cough OR
    • Trouble breathing OR
    • Fatigue or malaise OR
    • Muscle aches (myalgia)

If you have any of these symptoms, you should stay 民彩网官网 and avoid interactions with others. Consult Yale Health’s website for recommendations about managing your symptoms and deciding whether to contact your healthcare provider.

The following symptoms DECREASE the likelihood you have a COVID-19 infection and are therefore reassuring:

  • Ear pain
  • Sinus pain
  • Nasal congestion

If you have questions or concerns about any symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider.

Limiting size of Yale-hosted meetings and events

(created March 7, updated March 17)

To further reduce opportunities for people to be in close proximity with one another and in accordance with the latest CDC recommendations, the university is asking faculty, staff, and students to cancel, postpone, or adjust any Yale-hosted meeting or gathering that will have 10 participants or more. This new guidance replaces the information the university sent on technology is available to all Yale community members and can be used to move an event, or portions of it, online.

Unless the benefits clearly outweigh the rising risk of disease transmission, we recommend adjusting all meetings, even if it will involve less than 10 people. If a meeting is essential, we recommend the smallest possible group. The CDC reports that the virus can spread between people who are within six feet of one another. Consider if the venue allows people adequate space to spread out. Adjust meeting rooms and formats as needed. Please remind meeting participants to take personal precautions and practice good hygiene, and clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces in all frequently used public areas.

As you postpone, cancel, or adjust an event, please communicate quickly and clearly with participants.

Teaching classes online through the end of spring semester

(created March 10, updated March 14)

When spring recess ends and through the end of the spring semester, classes (including final examinations) will be held using Zoom, Canvas, or other online tools. We know classes take many forms across the university, so this shift to online teaching and learning raises many questions. Deans have been communicating with their faculty and students to provide further details.

All faculty members and graduate student teaching assistants received information from the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning describing how to convert their courses to online instruction and to obtain assistance with the transition. Please reach out to the Poorvu center as soon as possible if you need support (askpoorvucenter@yale.edu).

Asking students to remain off campus when possible through the end of spring semester

(created March 10, updated March 14)

We are instructing Yale College students to remain at 民彩网官网 after spring recess and through the full spring semester. For undergraduates who are on campus now, please make every effort to return 民彩网官网 as soon as possible. We understand this poses potential challenges and hardships. Still, this is the most prudent course for community and individual safety. There are only limited exceptions, such as for students whose 民彩网官网 country is under a Level-3 CDC travel advisory and for emancipated students. The Yale College Dean’s Office has provided separate instructions for these students, who also will take their classes online. All students will have the support of the university in meeting their academic requirements remotely.  For more information, see the Yale College COVID-19 FAQs.

Graduate and professional students are encouraged to remain off-campus and participate in online instruction, unless being on campus is necessitated by the nature of their research or academic programs. More information is available from the deans of each school.

A special request to Yale College students: please refrain from coming back to campus right now to retrieve your belongings. Dean Marvin Chun and his staff will be in touch with you soon about making necessary arrangements.

The university will remain open and continue to provide custodial and limited dining services.

Maintaining an inclusive environment

(created March 2)

Yale University is committed to maintaining an environment of respect and freedom from discrimination and to supporting all members of our community affected by this global health threat. Bias, discrimination, and harassment are inimical to our values and violate Yale policies. For more information, please go to http://yalehealth./nondiscrimination-notice.

Yale Research and Clinical Responses

民彩网官网Craig Wilen (center), assistant professor of laboratory medicine and immunobiology, and Brett Lindenbach, associate professor of microbial pathogenesis and of comparative medicine, and postdoc Mia Madel Alfajro work with the SARS CoV-2 virus as part of their vaccine development efforts.

Scientists, scholars, and physicians across Yale are actively engaged in research, innovation, and clinical efforts to combat coronavirus. To learn more about these efforts and ways to get involved, visit the university’s Research, Clinical, and Data Driven Responses to COVID-19.