Yale Community Compact

Yale University Graduate, Professional and Undergraduate Student Community Compact

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

Graduate, Professional and Undergraduate Students

Recognizing the interdependence of all members of our community and my responsibilities as a Yale student, I commit to contributing to university and campus life in a way that will promote the health and safety of all community members. We can only be at our best when we trust, value, and respect one another. I will do my part to limit the spread of COVID-19 by making my own health and safety and that of others a priority. I will abide by any federal, state, local and Yale public health guidance and protocols whether I am on or off campus.

I recognize that, based on public health circumstances, guidance and protocols will likely change, sometimes abruptly, and I agree to keep myself informed and to follow the current guidance and protocols posted at https://covid19.yale.edu/. I also recognize that this Compact applies to me whether or not I have been vaccinated for COVID-19.

Specifically, I commit to the following:

Vaccination Requirements

  • I will be fully vaccinated with an approved COVID-19 vaccine or obtain a medical or religious exemption by the date of my scheduled return to campus. If I fail to do so, I recognize the university will impose a public health withdrawal or leave of absence and I will not be allowed to participate in the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semesters until I am in compliance.
  • I will obtain any recommended Covid-19 booster vaccinations as directed.
  • I will obtain the current flu vaccine as soon as it is available.

Testing and Contact Tracing

  • I will participate in any required COVID-19 testing through the Yale COVID-19 Screening Program. (https://covid19.yale.edu/screening).
  • I will participate in the contact tracing program as requested and I will share complete information with contact tracers.

Isolation and Quarantine

  • If I test positive for COVID-19 and am required to isolate or if university policy requires me to quarantine for any reason, I will follow Yale’s instructions, which may include testing and remaining in my residence or relocating to another university space until I am released by Yale Health.

Health and Hygiene

  • I will complete any required health and safety training program as part of my return to campus.
  • If the university health and safety program requires, I will screen myself for symptoms using Yale’s health check available online (https://covid19.yale.edu/health/daily-health-check) or through the LiveSafe app.
  • If I have any symptoms, I will immediately call Yale Health and will comply with the medical instructions I am given. An up-to-date list of COVID-19 symptoms may be found here (https://yalehealth.yale.edu/covid-19-monitor-your-health).
  • I will abide by any protocols Yale establishes for personal hygiene.

Social Distancing, Face Coverings and other Behavioral Requirements

  • I will follow all requirements the university establishes with respect to social distancing and face coverings, recognizing that different requirements may apply to different individuals, spaces and activities, and that these requirements may change over time.
  • I will adhere to all protocols Yale establishes for in-person class attendance.
  • I will follow health and safety protocols for indoor and outdoor group events, gatherings or meetings organized for either academic or social purposes, whether or not university sponsored.
  • I will neither host nor participate in any event, gathering or meeting that does not follow the protocols, including limits on number of participants whether on or off campus.
  • I will neither host nor invite to campus anyone who is not authorized to be on campus without advance permission from my school’s Health and Safety Leader (HSL) or their designee.
  • Out of respect for the health and safety of the New Haven community, I will follow protocols to limit exposure established by the State of Connecticut or the City of New Haven.

Travel Outside Connecticut

I will abide by any health and safety measures the university requires for return to campus after travel outside Connecticut, which may include testing and quarantine.

Inability to Continue to Participate in the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semesters

If at any point I am unable to meet the commitments I am making to my fellow community members in this Compact, I realize I may have forfeited the privilege of continuing to participate in the current semester and, in order to promote the health and safety of our community, the university may take administrative action to protect the community, by placing me on a public health withdrawal or leave of absence.

Compact Enforcement

See the Yale Community Compact Enforcement page for additional information on these commitments and how the Yale Community Compact will be enforced.

Sign the Compact

Summer 2021

Yale Summer 2021 Student Community Compact for all Students Participating in Approved Programs or Activities on the Yale Campus

Recognizing the interdependence of all members of our community and my responsibilities as a student with access to the Yale campus, I commit to contributing to university and campus life in a way that will promote the health and safety of all community members.  We can only be at our best when we trust, value, and respect one another.   I will do my part to limit the spread of COVID-19 by making my own health and safety and that of others a priority.  I will abide by any federal, state, local and Yale public health guidance and protocols whether I am on or off campus.

This guidance and these protocols pertain to students living in on-campus residences and Yale’s residential colleges, all students who attend classes, work on campus, access campus facilities or campus resources, or participate in other on-campus activities.  I recognize that, based on public health circumstances, guidance and protocols will likely change, sometimes abruptly, and I agree to keep myself informed and to follow any new guidance and protocols including those posted at https://covid19.yale.edu/ .  I also recognize that this Compact applies to me whether or not I have previously had, or I contract, COVID -19 during the summer term and whether or not I have been vaccinated for COVID-19.

Specifically, I commit to the following:

Accessing Campus

  • I will only access those spaces on campus that I am authorized to enter during the time period that I am authorized to enter them.
  • I will use only my identification card when accessing any buildings and spaces on the university campus that require swipe access.
  • I will not lend my identification card to others or swipe others into buildings.

Testing and Contact Tracing

  • I will participate in COVID-19 testing, as required through the Yale COVID-19 Screening Program (https://covid19.yale.edu/screening ), including testing that may be required prior to/upon arrival and during my time on campus.
  • I will participate in the contact tracing program as requested and I will share complete information with contact tracers about others who may be exposed.

Isolation and Quarantine

  • If I test positive for COVID-19 and am required to isolate, or I learn that I have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and am required to quarantine, I will follow Yale’s instructions which may include remaining in my residence or relocating to another university space until I am released by Yale Health.
  • If university policy requires me to quarantine for any reason, such as returning from travel outside of Connecticut, I will follow Yale’s instructions which may include testing and quarantine.

Health and Hygiene

  • I will complete Yale’s health and safety training program as part of my return to campus.
  • I will screen myself daily for symptoms using Yale’s daily health check available on line (https://covid19.yale.edu/health/daily-health-check ) or through the LiveSafe app, and if I have any symptoms I will immediately call Yale Health and will comply with the medical instructions I am given.  An up-to-date list of COVID-19 symptoms may be found here (https://yalehealth.yale.edu/covid-19-monitor-your-health ).
  • I will be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to me or obtain a medical or religious exemption.
  • I will practice good personal hygiene consistent with public health protocols, such as frequent hand washing for twenty seconds, use of hand sanitizers before and after leaving campus buildings, and wiping down surfaces myself when arriving at and upon leaving a communal or community space.
  • I will abide by protocols Yale establishes for hygiene in the use of shared bathrooms.

Social Distancing, Face Coverings and other Behavioral Requirements

  • I will maintain a distance of six feet between myself and any other person, with the understanding that I do not have to maintain six feet distance from housemates, suitemates or from a single guest within my own residence.
  • I will wear an appropriate face covering in all shared community spaces, including classrooms, lecture halls, residential and academic common areas, laboratories and libraries, outdoor campus spaces and courtyards; and during meetings or gatherings with other students, staff or faculty.
  • I will adhere to all protocols Yale establishes for in-person class attendance.
  • I will follow directional signs and observe posted capacity signs for all spaces.
  • I will follow health and safety protocols for indoor and outdoor group gatherings organized for either academic or social purposes, whether university sponsored or not (https://covid19.yale.edu/campus-life/events-gatherings ).  I will neither host nor participate in any gathering that does not follow the protocols, including limits on number of participants whether on campus or off.
  • I will not invite or host non-Yale-affiliated individuals, nor Yale affiliates not currently authorized for in-person attendance, to or on campus without advance permission from my school’s Health and Safety Leader (HSL) or their designee.
  • I will observe social distancing within dining halls and all dining service protocols.
  • Out of respect for the health and safety of the New Haven community, I will follow protocols to limit exposure established by the State of Connecticut or the City of New Haven.

Travel Outside Connecticut

I will travel outside Connecticut only for essential reasons during the summer term in which I am enrolled, or during the time that I am otherwise accessing campus, only for essential reasons. If I must travel during this period, and I am a graduate or professional school student, I will give advance notice to or, if Yale policy requires, obtain advance permission from my school’s HSL.  If I am an undergraduate, I will obtain written permission in advance from the Yale College HSL or their designee. I will follow any protocol Yale establishes for my return to campus which may include testing and quarantine.

Loss of Access to Campus

If at any point I am unable to meet the commitments I am making to my fellow community members in this Compact, I realize I may be asked to leave campus and may be unable to complete my on campus course, work or activities.  I understand that I will have forfeited the privilege of remaining on campus and, in order to promote the health and safety of our community, the university may take administrative action to prohibit me from participating in any in-person campus activities, including residency.

See the Yale Community Compact Enforcement page for additional information on these commitments and how the Yale Community Compact will be enforced.