Updated June 29, 2021
Health and Safety Requirements
The university requires students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral/postgraduate trainees to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine or a university approved exemption and to document their vaccinated status in the university’s records in the COVID-19 Health and Safety Database. Faculty, staff, and postdoctoral/postgraduate trainees must be exempted or fully vaccinated by August 1, 2021. Students must be exempted or fully vaccinated by the start of their fall semester; undergraduates living on campus must be exempted or fully vaccinated before they move into their rooms.
Students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral/postgraduate trainees may check on their vaccination status in the university’s records here. Information about how to make a vaccination appointment, submit or confirm vaccination documentation, and access exemption forms was included in the COVID-19 Coordinator’s message on June 25, 2021. Additional information may be found on the Yale COVID-19 Vaccine Program webpage or by calling the Campus Covid Resource Line for assistance at 203-432-6604.
In recognition of the improving environment and the increasing percentage of vaccinated individuals in our community, and to support the return to campus of our community members, the university is establishing the following health and safety requirements that apply to each member of our community effective July 6:
Requirements for All Students, Faculty, Staff, and Postdoctoral/Postgraduate Trainees
- Obtain a vaccine or a medical or religious exemption for students, or a medical, religious or strongly held personal belief exemption for faculty, staff and trainees.
- Report vaccination status to the university as soon as they complete their vaccination series.
- Observe gathering, event, and meeting parameters.
- Follow all other university health and safety measures.
- Isolate if testing positive for COVID-19 and participate in contact tracing if requested.
Vaccinated Students, Faculty, Staff, and Postdoctoral/Postgraduate Trainees (who are fully vaccinated and have documented their fully vaccinated status with the university) are NOT REQUIRED to:
- Wear masks or practice 6’ distancing when indoors or outdoors while on campus with the following exceptions:
- when on or waiting for university shuttles;
- when in health care facilities;
- in situations, such as large assemblies, where universal masking is explicitly required.
- Test or quarantine upon arrival to campus or return from personal or business travel.
- Engage in regular asymptomatic testing.
- Complete the Daily Health Check.
- Quarantine after close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, unless experiencing symptoms.
- Refrain from university-sponsored travel or, in the case of students, seek permission to travel from campus.
Unvaccinated Students, Faculty, Staff, and Postdoctoral/Postgraduate Trainees (including those who have not documented their fully vaccinated status with the university) ARE REQUIRED to:
- Wear an appropriate mask when on or while waiting for university shuttles, in university health facilities, and indoors in all other campus facilities except when alone in a segregated space, such as when working in a private office or seated in a partitioned cubicle and at least 6’ from other individuals, and outdoors on campus when 6’ distancing cannot be maintained.
- Maintain 6’ distance from others indoors and outdoors.
- Perform a Daily Health Check.
- Schedule weekly asymptomatic testing with release time for obtaining the test.
- Refrain from university-sponsored travel.
- Quarantine and test after personal travel.
- Quarantine after close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
While required only for unvaccinated students, faculty, staff and postdoctoral/postgraduate trainees, the university supports anyone who is fully vaccinated and would be more comfortable wearing a mask. This public health measure may provide additional reassurance to individuals who feel they may be at greater risk and also decreases the spreading of other respiratory illnesses.
Vaccination Exemption Review Process
- Individuals may submit requests for exemptions from vaccination by accessing and completing forms on the Employee or Student Vaccine Portal.
- The Medical Exemption Review Committee (a panel of Yale Health, Yale Medicine, and Yale New Haven Hospital medical experts) will review requests for medical exemptions and the submitted medical documentation supporting the need for a medical exemption. The Committee may have a conversation with the individual seeking the exemption and, with the requestor’s permission, may contact the individual’s medical care provider.
- The Personal Belief and Religious Exemption Committee will review requests for religious and strongly held personal belief exemptions. Public Health Ambassadors may have a conversation with the individual seeking exemption in order to review vaccine information and the obligations of the health and safety program for unvaccinated individuals.
- The Medical Exemption Review Committee and the Personal Belief and Religious Exemption Review Committee may refer exemption requests to the Vaccine Exemption Oversight Committee comprising representatives from Human Resources, the Office of the General Counsel, public health experts and additional experts as needed.
- Individuals seeking exemptions will be informed of the exemption decision following this review process.
Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement of Requirements
Faculty, Staff, and Postdoctoral/Postgraduate Trainees
- The university will monitor compliance with the COVID-19 Vaccine Health and Safety Program requirements and, effective August 1, will begin to engage in progressive discipline with individuals who fail to comply.
- Managers/supervisors will be informed of those individuals required to test weekly in order to allow for release time to meet those requirements.
- Human Resources, in coordination with managers/supervisors, will manage any discipline necessary for non-compliance for all staff.
- Deans will manage any discipline necessary for faculty and postdoctoral/postgraduate trainees.
- Consistent with managerial and professional employee policies, union contracts and faculty standards of conduct, progressive discipline may include verbal and written warnings, restrictions from certain areas of/events on campus, and leaves/suspension without pay, up to and including termination.
- Students who have not documented their fully vaccinated status or obtained an approved medical or religious exemption prior to the date of their return to campus will not be permitted to participate in the fall 2021 semester.
- The university will monitor compliance with the COVID-19 Vaccination Program health and safety requirements and instances of noncompliance may be referred to the Community Compact Review Committee.