Updated quarantine, testing, and travel guidance for students (August 7, 2020; correction issued August 12, 2020)

A correction to this message was issued on August 12, 2020. The original email stated that instructors should not plan any in-person curricular activities before September 7. In fact, due to the timing of student quarantine periods, instructors should not plan any in-person curricular activities before September 14.

[Summary: The university has issued updated guidelines on health, safety, and travel; as students will quarantine for the first two weeks of the term, instructors should not plan any in-person curricular activities before September 14.]

To: FAS Faculty
Cc: FAS Steering; FAS Dean’s Office; FAS Lead Administrators, Operations Managers, and Chair Assistants
Dear FAS Faculty,
I am writing to advise you that university has issued updated guidance on health, safety, and travel protocols for students. Guidelines are available from the following webpages; I invite you to review them so that you are aware of the quarantine, testing, and travel policies in place for our students:

University-wide Health and Safety Guidelines
This page has been updated to include current quarantine and testing information for Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional students. It describes the campus quarantine and testing policies, required training for those returning to campus.
University-wide Travel Guidelines
This page describes the implications for the Yale community of state-wide restrictions on travel from states with high incidences of COVID-19. It explains procedures for testing and quarantine for those arriving from out-of-state.

Of note for all who are teaching this fall: students traveling from the affected states will need to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Connecticut as required by the state. Because the list of affected states is updated regularly and due to the difficulty of sequestering students from affected states from their peers, all students who return to Yale during the week of August 24 will be required to quarantine together for 14 days. For further details on this policy, you may refer to the message sent to Yale College students on July 31. It will therefore not be possible for any in-person curricular activities to take place during the first two weeks of the term; please keep this in mind as you plan your courses.
I remain grateful for and inspired by your dedication to our students; thank you again for your efforts as we prepare for the fall.
Best wishes,

Tamar Szabó Gendler
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Vincent J. Scully Professor of Philosophy
Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science