I’m considering an offer of admission but would like to know more about campus climate. Is there someone I can contact?
Please contact Michelle Nearon, Senior Associate Dean and Director for Graduate Student Development and Diversity at firstname.lastname@example.org or Denzil Streete, Assistant Dean at email@example.com to inquire about campus climate and diversity issues. They can also put you in touch with students and others who can tell you more about campus life.
Will there be a virtual open house for prospective students to replace department-specific visits and the Diversity Recruitment Days?
I live in a graduate student dormitory on campus. Do I have to leave?
Some students in Helen Hadley Hall and Harkness Hall will be asked to move to another location to reduce the density of use of shared bathrooms and kitchens. These students are being contacted directly. For other questions related to housing, please have students contact George.Longyear@yale.edu We will address individual issues on a case-by-case basis.
I live in off campus. What do I do?
Please attend any classes or meetings remotely via Zoom, FaceTime, or other means and take excellent care of yourself observing the latest guidance here. Information about students serving as Teaching Fellows or graders is available in the section on teaching.
Will the graduate school alter its grading system this term?
Yes. Students enrolled in spring 2020 courses graded on the H, HP, P, F scale may convert the grading mode to SAT/UNSAT by submitting a request form (available soon) by the last day of the exam period, May 6, 2020. When grades of SAT are assigned to these courses, they will count towards the degree requirements. As per typical Graduate School requirements, students must still meet the Honors requirement by achieving a grade of “H” in at least one full‐year or two full‐term graduate courses by the end of their fourth term of study.
We are increasing the number of Temporary Incompletes (TIs) permitted per term from one to as many as each student requests. These temporary incompletes may also be graded in the SAT/UNSAT mode.
To assign a grade of TI, instructors must submit a Request for Temporary Incomplete Form, so please inform your faculty member if you intend to take a TI. We encourage students to complete any TIs as soon as possible. The deadline for instructors to convert a TI to a grade remains October 1, 2020.
Withdrawal from courses
We are extending the deadline by which students may withdraw from courses without incurring a “W” on the transcript from
March 6th to the last day of final exams, May 6, 2020. To withdraw from a course, please submit a completed Course Schedule Change Form.
How does this change in grading affect terminal master's students?
These accommodations apply to terminal master’s students unless they have not met the minimum grade requirements of their program or of the Graduate School. Such students should elect their courses with the standard grading scale.
Can I qualify in English this term to become eligible to serve as a teaching fellow in the fall?
Yes. Testing will be offered online at the end of the term. Interested students should contact James Tierney (firstname.lastname@example.org) for eligibility.
If I go back to my home country, I’m worried I won’t be able to return to campus when classes resume (due to changing travel restrictions). If that happens, will I be able to continue my studies? Will I be able to retain my visa status?
Please work with your adviser and DGS to determine if you can continue your research or take classes from a remote location. It remains uncertain if and when classes will resume this term. Before you depart, consult the OISS website for other important information
And my visa?
U.S. universities received guidance from the Department of Homeland Security that allows students to continue this semester’s courses online without jeopardizing their immigration status. This means that you must continue to be enrolled full-time and be making normal progress toward the degree. Regardless of where you are participating in online classes, your immigration status will remain active. Please note that this is a temporary accommodation in place until this health crisis ends and in-person classes resume.
If you have other questions about visas and travel back to your country of origin, please contact staff in OISS. Note that OISS remains open, although for the moment, we ask that you communicate with your OISS adviser by appointment, either through email or virtually through Zoom. To make an appointment with your OISS adviser, click here.
Can I go back to my home country, finish the remaining semester online and return to work after summer? If so, can students take an internship in the U.S. during the summer? (That is, will CPT be granted?)
If a student is in their last semester and needs to apply for OPT, they need to be in the US at the time they submit their application.
CPT for continuing students, on the other hand, can be authorized remotely and even if they are outside the US.
OISS has compiled all of our communication surrounding COVID-19 for students, scholars, faculty, and department administrators on one page of our website. Recently posted is a March 19th update for students and a March 18th update for scholars. Please bookmark this page for updated information from our office. Learn more.
Updated Travel Restrictions & Embassy Closures
Read more about updated travel restrictions and a new memo released yesterday by the Department of State suspending routine visa services in most countries worldwide. Learn more.
Access to OISS
Per University guidance, OISS has temporarily suspended all in-person advising until April 16th and all OISS programs and events have been postponed. Read more about accessing your adviser virtually and how to get a new travel signature. Know that we are still here for you, even if it's not in-person for the time being. Learn more.
Laboratory research across the University should be suspended by Friday, March 20. Critical on-campus research may continue only for maintaining live collections of plants, cells or animals, for certain clinical research, and for approved COVID-19 research.
I have field work /research/ conferences scheduled abroad. What do I do?
Please make other plans and cancel your arrangements for anything scheduled before April 15th. If you made non-refundable travel arrangements to attend a University-sponsored conference or other event, Yale will reimburse your costs. Please contact your adviser for guidance.
I’m on a research trip doing field work in Europe. Can I get back? How can Yale help me?
The travel restrictions imposed by President Trump on all travel from Europe (now inlcuding the UK and Ireland) for 30 days beginning on March 13 do not apply to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and some others. If these restrictions do not apply to you, you can return at any time. However, airlines may change or reduce schedules in response to decreased travel.
If the announced restrictions apply to you, you may have to make arrangements to stay in Europe for 30 days, and possibly continue your coursework or research from abroad.
Students enrolled in direct deposit will receive stipends directly as usual. If you receive a paper check, we strongly encourage you to enroll in direct deposit by calling Employee Services (203-432-5552). If you choose not to enroll in direct deposit, please review your address in Banner through your SIS account (www.yale.edu/sis) to ensure that checks are mailed to the correct location.
Will Yale continue to pay my stipend while online classes, social distancing and other measures are in place?
Yes. You will receive your stipend in the same amount and on schedule. If you are enrolled in direct deposit you will receive your deposit as usual. If you are receiving a paper check, we are strongly encouraging that you enroll in direct deposit. You can do this by calling Employee Services 203-432-5552. It is possible that if we go to critical employees only status, you will not be able to pick up your checks and they will be mailed. If you choose not to enroll in direct deposit please review your address in Banner through your SIS account (www.yale.edu/sis) to ensure your check is mailed to the correct location.
Can students qualify in English this term to become eligible to serve as TFs in the fall?
Yes. Testing will be offered online at the end of the term. Interested students should contact James Tierney at email@example.com for eligibility.
How can faculty visit my section?
Please invite faculty to visit your section via Zoom. It’s not perfect, but it’s a very good way to showcase your teaching abilities and possibly get helpful suggestions.
I’m a teaching fellow for undergraduate classes. How do I convert my lectures, office hours, and advising sessions to online platforms?
Please work with your course director and the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning to find ways to convert your classes, advising sessions and other meeting to online platforms. They are experts and can help you every step of the way. E-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a consultation.
Will I continue to be paid if it’s not possible to convert my classes and other sessions to online formats?
Most classes and sessions can in some way be delivered or supported online. However, in the case of certain workshops and lab classes, we understand that the options are more limited. Please consult with the course director to strategize about ways to offer as much as possible online. You will be paid on time and at the same amount no matter what you and your course director decide.
Can I still attend student-organized meetings and colloquia?
Any meetings should be conducted virtually, online or by phone.
All university-sponsored international travel is prohibited through August 15th. This includes study abroad (whether the program is operation bu Yale or another institution) internships, fellowships, exchanges, business travel, group gtravel, and any other activities that involve university-administered funds.
We urge you to consider carefully any personal travel and avoid all international travel if possible. Keep in mind that any travel may be disrupted in the coming months. We know from experience that travelers may be stranded when governments impose bans with little notice. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and many foreign governments have issued guidance to discourage travel or implemented travel restrictions. It is unclear when any of these will be lifted or, once lifted, whether they may be reinstated. You may have noted news of resurgent outbreaks in parts of Asia, a further sign of the unpredictability of the pandemic and another reason to limit travel.
All visits to Yale should be postponed until at least June 28th.