Yale Community Compact

Yale University Graduate, Professional and Undergraduate Student Community Compact

Spring 2021

Graduate, Professional and Undergraduate Students Enrolled and Authorized to be on Campus (“In Residence” Students)

Recognizing the interdependence of all members of our community and my responsibilities as a Yale student, I commit to contributing to 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.

Some of this guidance and these protocols relate specifically to students living in on-campus residences and Yale’s residential colleges, while others relate to all students who attend classes 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 term.

Specifically, I commit to the following:

Accessing Campus

  • I will only access those spaces on campus that I am authorized to enter.
  • I will use my Yale 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 travel from a location with a high rate of Covid-19 transmission, I will follow Yale’s instructions which may include remaining in my residence or relocating to another university space for a designated number of days.

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) and 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 flu vaccine or obtain a religious or medical exception from Yale Health prior to returning to campus.
  • I will be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to me or obtain a religious or medical exception from Yale Health.*
  • 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. 

* Students who do not wish to commit to being vaccinated still must sign the Compact. At this time, students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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 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.
  • 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 the Greater New Haven Area

  • I will travel outside the greater New Haven Area during the spring semester 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.*

If at any point I am unable to meet the commitments I am making to my fellow community members in this Compact, I will  remove myself from campus and complete the semester remotely.  If I do not take this step myself, 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 (https://registrar.yale.edu/rights-privacy/yale-community-compact-enforcement) page for details on these compact commitments and how the Yale Community Compact will be enforced for all “in residence” students.

*Greater New Haven area is defined as New Haven County. Connecticut is continuing to experience an average daily rate for COVID-19 that places nearly the entire state in red alert. At such time as the alert level for the state improves, the university may ease the travel restrictions for students.

Undergraduates Enrolled Remotely

I recognize the interdependence of all members of our communities and acknowledge that we all have a responsibility towards each other whether we are on or off campus. Each of us must participate in our communities in a way that will promote the health and safety of ourselves and our fellow community members. In particular, we all must commit to following public health guidance and protocols designed to minimize the transmission of COVID-19. Failure to do so puts ourselves, our fellow students, friends, and family members at risk. As a member of the Yale community, even though I am studying remotely, I recognize that I have the following obligations and I will do all that I can to meet them.

Specifically, I commit to the following:

All Remotely Enrolled Undergraduates
  • I will wear face coverings in shared or public spaces.
  • I will practice six-feet social distancing.
  • I will refrain from accessing any building or space on the Yale campus that is not open to the public, or visiting any student living on campus in their residence.
  • I will screen myself daily for COVID-19 symptoms, and if I have any symptoms, contact my health care provider and comply with the medical instructions I am given.
  • I will be vaccinated with the flu vaccine and with the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available unless I have a medical or religious exemption.*
  • I will wash my hands frequently for twenty seconds and use hand sanitizers.
  • I will follow instructions to isolate if we test positive for COVID-19, or to quarantine if we know or are notified that we have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. 

* Students who do not wish to commit to being vaccinated still must sign the Compact. At this time, students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

All Remotely Enrolled Undergraduates Living in the Greater New Haven Area (Additional Obligations)
  • I will participate in COVID-19 testing, as recommended or required through the Yale COVID-19 Screening Program (https://covid19.yale.edu/screening), including testing prior to/upon arrival in the New Haven area and during the spring semester.
  • I will participate in the university’s contact tracing program when asked and share complete information with contact tracers about others who may be exposed.
  • 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.
  • I will follow any protocol Yale establishes for travelling or returning to the greater New Haven area, which may include testing and quarantine.
  • I will follow local and, when in the New Haven area, University protocols for group gatherings both indoors and outdoors.  I will neither host nor participate in any gathering that does not follow such protocols, including limits on number of participants.

I acknowledge that meeting these obligations allows me to make a significant contribution to our collective efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of our communities.

Commitment to the Community Compact

I understand that I must adopt the behaviors that advance our collective ability to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.  I commit to doing my part and meeting my obligations to my community.

Sign the Compact

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

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.