Yale Community Compact Enforcement

Enforcement of the Yale Community Compact:

Fall 2021 & Spring 2022

Administrative Process for Addressing Violations of the Community Compacts

As a condition of enrollment at Yale for the academic year 2021-2022, each student committed to following all elements of the Community Compact.  Students acknowledged that if they were unable to meet the commitments, they may not be allowed to participate in the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semesters or may have forfeited the privilege to continue to participate in the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semesters.

Students must conduct themselves responsibly and exercise diligence, common sense and patience. Use of alcohol or drugs will not excuse students from meeting their commitments, will increase the possibility of their needing medical treatment and may increase their risk of being exposed and exposing others to COVID-19.

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. The HSL will reach out to the student to counsel them on the importance of these health and safety measures and, as appropriate, may issue the student a warning or refer the student to the school’s Compact Review Committee (CRC), which will hear cases of repeated, serious, or flagrant violations of the commitments in the Community Compact.  The university will monitor adherence to commitments and may take administrative action, including the possibility of imposing a public health withdrawal or leave of absence.

Student Community Compact Review Committee and Process

The CRC will be comprised of a designate of the university’s 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 for 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 in their residence.

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 and prohibit the student from continuing to participate in the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semesters by placing the student on a public health withdrawal or leave of absence.

In the event the CRC imposes a public health withdrawal or leave of absence, students will no longer have access to campus buildings; residential students will have forty-eight hours to vacate their rooms, and retain limited campus access in that time. Within 24 hours after a decision of the CRC to place the student on a public health withdrawal or leave of absence, the student may appeal the decision by submitting a written statement to the CRC. The CRC will forward the appeal to the dean or the dean’s designee of the student’s school. The dean’s decision will be final. 

Except in cases where the CRC decision is to place a student on a public health withdrawal or leave of absence, there is no appeal from a CRC decision.

Summer 2021

Yale Summer 2021 Community Compact Enforcement

Administrative Process for Addressing Violations of the Community Compacts

As a condition of being authorized to be on the Yale campus for the Summer term 2021, each graduate, professional and undergraduate student committed to following all elements of the Community Compact.  Students acknowledged that if they were unable to meet the commitments, they may 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, will increase the possibility of their needing medical treatment and may increase their risk of being exposed and exposing others to COVID-19.

If students have questions or concerns about their own or others’ adherence to the Community Compact, they should contact the Health and Safety Leader (HSL) or their designee for their school or program. The HSL will reach out to the student to counsel them on the importance of these health and safety measures and, as appropriate, may issue the student a warning or refer the student to the school’s Compact Review Committee (CRC), which will hear cases of repeated, serious, or flagrant violations.  The university will monitor adherence to commitments and may take administrative action, including restricting students’ access to campus spaces or resources, with or without a referral to or action by the CRC.

Student Community Compact Review Committee and Process

The CRC will be comprised of a designate of the university’s Covid-19 Coordinator, a dean of the student’s school or director of the program, 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 for 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 in their residence.

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; 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.  They may continue to the extent possible their classes, academic activities, and extracurriculars remotely.

There is no appeal from a CRC decision.