Yale Community Compact Enforcement

I. Administrative Process for Addressing Violations of the Community Compact

As a condition of participating in in-person activities at Yale, each student committed to following all elements of the Community Compact.  Students acknowledged that if they were unable to meet the commitments, they would no longer have access to campus.

Students must conduct themselves responsibly and exercise diligence, common sense and patience during this challenging time. Use of alcohol or drugs will not excuse students from meeting their commitments and will increase the possibility of their needing medical treatment and may increase their risk of being exposed and exposing others to the coronavirus.

If students have questions or concerns about their own or others’ adherence to the Community Compact, they should contact their school’s Health and Safety Leader (HSL) or their designee.  These individuals will address any non-compliance with the Community Compact in the first instance.   In the case of repeated, serious, or flagrant violations, the HSL will refer students to the Compact Review Committee (CRC), which will review reports in accordance with Section III.  The university will monitor adherence to some commitments (including training, testing, daily health checks, and flu vaccination) through data capture and may take administrative action, including restricting students’ access to campus spaces or resources, without a referral to or action by the CRC.

II. Monitoring Adherence to Compact Commitments

COVID-19 Training and COVID-19 Testing on Arrival

All students who are eligible to have campus access must certify and complete their term data check-in within the Student Information System (SIS), if they have indicated they will be returning to campus. Term data check-in certification and completion will include a signed Community Compact and completed COVID 19 training.

Required Viral Testing (For all undergraduates and graduate and professional students in residence on campus)

Students will be regularly reminded to complete their COVID-19 testing.  Students who miss a required testing appointment will be sent a reminder notice at the end of their scheduled testing day and given an extension until 12p.m. on the following day, to obtain the missed test.  If a student has not obtained a test within the extension period, the student’s access to all parts of campus other than the student’s on-campus residence will be restricted.  If the student does not obtain the missed test by the end of the day following the extension day (or 12 p.m. Monday for students on a Tuesday/Friday testing schedule), the university will notify the student, the student’s HSL, and the dean of student affairs in the student’s school that the student is out of compliance with the testing commitment.  The student will have an additional twelve hours to complete testing or will forfeit the privilege of campus access.  In such case, the university will rescind the student’s permission to be on campus.  Non-residential students will no longer have access to campus buildings, and residential students will have forty-eight hours to vacate their rooms.  Such students will be able to continue their education remotely.

Daily Health Check

The university will send students who have not completed their daily health check a reminder notice to complete the check.  Students who do not complete their daily health check for three consecutive days will be referred to their HSL for follow-up.  The HSL will counsel them on the importance of routine completion of the daily health check for the health and safety of the student or other community members.  After seven consecutive days of non-compliance with the daily health check, or based on otherwise persistent disregard of the health check commitment, the student’s access to all parts of campus other than the student’s on-campus residence will be restricted, and the HSL will refer the student to the CRC. If the CRC determines that the student cannot fulfill their commitments, it will rescind the student’s permission to be on campus. Non-residential students will no longer have access to campus buildings, and residential students will have forty-eight hours to vacate their rooms. Such students will be able to continue their education remotely. 

Social Distancing, Face Coverings, Unauthorized Visitors and Travel

Faculty, staff or students may inform the relevant HSL if they observe students who are not fulfilling their commitments to practice social distancing, wear face coverings, observe restrictions regarding visitors, and refrain from travelling outside Connecticut without permission.  The HSL will reach out to the student to counsel them on the importance of these health and safety measures and, as appropriate, will issue the student a warning or refer the student to the CRC.  The HSL will refer to the CRC any student who has received three prior warnings.  The HSL may also refer to the CRC any student who has engaged in a serious violation of any commitment, regardless of whether the student has received prior warnings. If the CRC determines that the student’s inability to fulfill their commitments presents a risk to the health and safety of the student or other community members, the university will rescind the student’s permission to be on campus. Non-residential students will no longer have access to campus buildings, and residential students will have forty-eight hours to vacate their rooms.  Such students will be able to continue their education remotely.

Contact Tracing

A university contact tracer will reach out to students who test positive for COVID-19 to ask them questions regarding recent close contacts with other members of the Yale community.  The contact tracer will use this information to determine whether to instruct any of the identified contacts to quarantine.  The identity of the student who has tested positive will not be shared with any contacts they identify.  In order to protect the community, students must cooperate with contact tracing efforts and provide complete and accurate information to the contact tracer.  Any student who refuses to speak to a contact tracer will be referred to their HSL for further discussion and education regarding the importance of contact tracing.  The HSL may refer a student to the CRC for persistent and unreasonable refusal to cooperate in contact tracing.

Isolation and Quarantine

All students must quarantine as instructed by Yale’s Student Arrival Protocol in connection with their arrival on campus or in New Haven.  Students who test positive on arrival and students who subsequently test positive during the semester will be assigned temporarily to isolation housing. The close contacts of such students will be required to quarantine for 14 days or until advised they are no longer required to quarantine.

If a student violates their isolation or quarantine commitments, the student’s HSL will refer the student to the CRC which may determine that the student has forfeited their permission to be on campus.  If the CRC determines that the student’s inability to fulfill their commitments presents a risk to the health and safety of the student or other community members, the university will rescind the student’s permission to be on campus.  Non-residential students will no longer have access to campus buildings, and at the conclusion of the period for isolation or quarantine, residential students will have forty-eight hours to vacate their rooms.  Such students will be able to continue their education remotely. 

Flu Vaccination

A student who for religious or medical reasons is unable to participate in the university’s flu vaccination program must seek approval for an exception from Yale Health.  Students who are not exempted and fail to obtain a flu vaccination will be referred to the CRC and may forfeit their permission to be on campus.

III. Student Community Compact Review Committee and Process

The CRC will be comprised of a designate of the Covid-19 Coordinator, a dean of the student’s school, and a second school administrator.  The CRC will consider repeated, serious or flagrant failures to meet the Community Compact commitments that are brought to its attention by an HSL or any instance of noncompliance that poses a serious risk to the health and safety of the student or other community members.

The HSL will email or text the student and the CRC a written description of the behavior that is inconsistent with the Community Compact commitments. The student will have 24 hours to provide the CRC with any relevant information. The CRC will review the matter and decide whether the student’s conduct poses a risk to the health and safety of the student or other community members.  During the period of review, the CRC may require a student to quarantine.

The CRC may issue the student an administrative warning; require additional counseling on the importance of the commitments to the health and safety of the student or other community members; deny the student participation in on-campus and in-person activities including classroom instruction and extracurricular activities; in cases of flagrant violations refer the student to the relevant school disciplinary committee for possible disciplinary action; and rescind the student’s permission to be on campus. In such case, non-residential students will no longer have access to campus buildings and residential students will have forty-eight hours to vacate their rooms.  There is no appeal from a CRC decision.

A student who has failed to meet their Community Compact commitments and is restricted from in-person participation may continue their classes, academic activities, and extracurriculars remotely.