COVID-19/Coronavirus: FAS Information and Updates

This page is an archive of FAS information and updates from Spring 2020. This page is no longer being updated.

Please visit FAS COVID-19 Information and Updates: Fall 2020 for information on the fall 2020 semester.

Academic Continuity, Teaching, and Grading

[Last updated: June 26, 2020]

 FAS Faculty are advised to plan for a residential/remote model of instruction for Fall 2020. A set of FAS committees and task forces on undergraduate teaching has been appointed to advise on planning for Fall, 2020. The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has issued guidance regarding funding extensions for PhD students.

The Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning will offer guided and self-directed support to instructors for Fall 2020.

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[Last updated: April 20, 2020]

FAS Department chairs and lead administrators have received guidance from the Provost and FAS Dean for Spring 2020 regarding AY21 budgets. The budget office has issued recommendations on reductions.

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Building and Facility Access for Faculty and Staff

[Last updated: May 18, 2020]

With rare exceptions, on-campus building access is still not allowed, although phased re-activation of on-campus research and libraries is expected to begin in the coming weeks and months. Faculty may request brief office access to retrieve materials. FAS staff are continuing to work remotely, per guidance from the Vice President for Human Resources and Administration. All members of the Yale community are asked to wear face coverings when in public. The FAS has adopted a standard operating procedure for reporting COVID-19 diagnoses for faculty and staff who are still working on campus.

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Promotion, Tenure, and Hiring

[Last updated: May 1, 2020]

With rare exceptions, faculty and staff hiring has been paused university-wide until at least June 30, 2021. Tenure-track faculty have been granted a 1-year tenure clock extension; details of FAS implementation have been sent to all affected faculty. For any ongoing departmental personnel decisions, remote voting policies are in place for the Spring 2020 semester. The FAS Dean’s Office will issue reappointment letters to instructional faculty.

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Research Continuity

[Last updated: May 13, 2020]

In-person, on-campus research is on pause, with the exception of that deemed critical. In-person, human subject research remains on pause. Phased re-activation of on-campus research and libraries is expected to begin in the coming weeks and months. The presidential committees on contingency planning will develop recommendations for the 2020-2021 academic year. FAS Leaders who are among the committee members hosted a series of listening sessions to gather faculty feedback.

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Travel and Gatherings

[Last updated: May 8, 2020]

University-sponsored travel is prohibited. Events, meetings, and other gatherings originally planned for Spring 2020 are to be postponed, hosted remotely, or canceled. Policies for Summer and Fall are still under development.

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COVID-19 News from FAS Faculty and Leaders

Congratulations to FAS Faculty prize and award winners

Q&A with FAS Dean Tamar Szabó Gendler

Q&A with FAS Dean of Humanities Kathryn Lofton

Q&A with Jeff Brock, Dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science and FAS Dean of Science

Q&A with Alan Gerber, FAS Dean of Social Science

Additional COVID-19 faculty news

Guidance and Updates from Other Yale Offices

University-wide Updates: Guidance and procedures for all Yale units and offices.

Additional resources from other Yale offices

Updated June 26, 2020