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Note: The Yale Summer Session Community will be governed by the Health and Safety Guidelines established by the University.  Staff and students who do not comply with the guidelines may be asked to leave campus.

Community Compact and Training

All staff and students are required to sign the Summer Compact and to complete the Return to Campus Training found on the YaleHub. Staff and students will not be permitted to move into their rooms until they have fulfilled this requirement.

Arrival Quarantine

All staff and students will take a COVID-19 test upon arrival.  (Staff and students will sign up for a testing slot when they sign in for a move-in slot.)  Everyone must quarantine, regardless of vaccination status.  Fully vaccinated staff and students will be released from quarantine if their arrival test comes back negative (typically 24 hours).  Non-vaccinated and partially-vaccinated staff and students must remain in quarantine until they receive two additional negative COVID-19 test results (typically 6 days).  All students living in the Summer Colleges must quarantine in their own suites until their arrival tests come back negative; on-campus students who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must then remain in their own residential college until two additional COVID-19 tests come back negative.

Routine COVID-19 Testing (updated July 12, 2021)

Vaccinated staff and students are excused from regular testing. Non-vaccinated and partially-vaccinated staff and students will test once per week (every 7 days). Please note that staff and students are required to comply with testing requirements until their fully vaccinated status has been confirmed.

Daily Health Checks (updated June 10, 2021)

Students and staff who have submitted and confirmed their vaccination documentation are released from the Daily Health Check.  Please note that students and staff are not considered fully vaccinated until their records appear in the system.  Until then, students and staff are required to participate in the testing requirement and must complete the Daily Health Check.

All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated staff and students are required to complete a Daily Health Check

Masks and Social Distancing (updated July 6, 2021)

Staff and students who are fully vaccinated and whose vaccination status has been confirmed are no longer required to wear masks inside or outside, except in the following situations:  1) when using public transportation, including university shuttles; 2) in healthcare facilities; 3) in Yale gyms, lecture halls, and classrooms (without regard to vaccination status).

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated staff and students, including those whose vaccination status has not been confirmed, are required to wear masks indoors and socially distance, except when working alone in a segregated space or with housemates or suitemates, and in the situations listed above.

Vaccination Reporting:

Students who document full vaccination (2 weeks from your last dose of vaccine) will be excused from routine testing. In addition, fully vaccinated students are not required to quarantine if they are a contact of a case.

Please get the COVID vaccine as soon as possible!  Unless Yale has your COVID vaccination on record, we won’t be able to excuse you from routine testing. Once you’ve received both doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or the single dose J & J vaccine, please upload your COVID-19 vaccination record to the Yale Vaccine Program. (If you were vaccinated by Yale Health at the Lanman Center you do not need to upload your information.) 

Vaccination Clinic

Summer students who are unable to access vaccine prior to arrival will be asked to schedule vaccination through the Yale Vaccine Program.

If you have received the first dose of one of the vaccines at home, you will be able to get the second dose when you come to YSS.  For more information on how to get the second dose at Yale, please contact the CCLR Information Line at 203-432-6604.

Events and Gatherings (updated July 12, 2021)

All YSS events must comply with University guidelines, which can be found here. Staff and students should note that no more than 20 people may gather inside, and no more than 50 may gather outside. Larger gatherings must be approved in advance by the Health and Safety Leader (HSL) and Head of Summer Colleges.  See the Activities Coordinator for more information.  In all instances, participants must follow the posted guidelines.  Food and drink will be limited to pre-packaged or individual servings only.

All private (in residence) gatherings of 8-10 people must be registered in advance.  To register gatherings of 8-10 people, use the form found here.  Private gathering may not exceed the limit of 10 people.

Travel Outside of Connecticut

Staff and students are strongly discouraged from travelling outside Connecticut except for essential reasons during the summer term(s) in which they are working or enrolled.  Students and staff who must travel outside the state must request permission to travel from the HSL.


No visitors are permitted in the Summer Residential Colleges.  This prohibition includes non-Yale College visitors as well as Yale College students who are not residing in the Summer Residential Colleges.

Public Health Coordinators (PHCs)

A team of PHCs reside in the Summer Residential Colleges.  This summer, they will continue to support community health and wellness during this phase of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Meet the Summer PHCs.

Community Concerns

You may report a concern or suspected violation of the Community Compact here

Note: For Additional Information on Summer Health Guidelines and Compliance, see the Yale College COVID-19 FAQs.