The testing policies described here are based on information about the spread of COVID-19, emerging public health and scientific findings, and guidance from government officials. Testing includes both pre-arrival and at-arrival testing, as well as ongoing screening of asymptomatic individuals during the semester.
The frequency of required testing in this program reflects an analysis of testing protocols that would be most likely to limit the rapid spread of the infection. The program uses an observed, self-administered swab in the front of the nostrils to collect a specimen, which is sent for viral (PCR) testing, the current preferred method for detecting viral infection.
Prior to arrival to campus (New Haven)
- The university’s pre-arrival testing requirements, which follow, apply to all graduate and professional students.
- All graduate and professional students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to have a viral (PCR) test before arriving on campus.
- The university will reimburse the cost of the pre-arrival viral (PCR) test up to $120; to obtain reimbursement, students should bring receipts to the business manager for their school.
- If the pre-arrival test is positive, the student should seek medical advice and isolate in their “home” location for at least 10 days and at least 24 hours following resolution of a fever, if present. Students with a positive test should not travel to New Haven but should begin their studies remotely.
Upon arrival to campus (New Haven)
- All students arriving on campus or already on campus must have a viral (PCR) test through the Yale COVID-19 screening program prior to the start of the fall semester. Students will receive an email from their academic programs with a timeline and instructions on how to schedule their tests.
- Students who have remained in the CT area and were tested before July 13, 2020 in accordance with the university research reopening, must have a repeat test within 14 days of the start of the fall semester.
- All students must quarantine in their residences until a negative arrival test result is received.
- Additionally, students arriving from one of the states included in the State of CT Travel Advisory must quarantine for a total of 14-days upon arrival, regardless of test results. Keep in mind that the states on the CT Travel Advisory list are updated regularly. Failure to abide by this quarantine could result in a $1000 fine from the State.
- Students in high-density dormitory housing (Helen Hadley Hall and Harkness Hall) are required to be tested twice per week throughout the semester; these students will receive an email in August with a full description of the testing program and instructions on how to schedule testing.
- Students who do not live in high-density dormitory housing are not required to be retested but may obtain additional testing on a voluntary basis through the university testing program, up to one time per week, especially if they have concerns about exposure.
- Students who have questions about the advisability and frequency of additional asymptomatic testing may call the COVID Campus Resource Line, which is staffed by health care professionals, at 203-432-6604.
Students who test positive through the university testing program will be referred for contact tracing and will be required to isolate in their residences until released by Yale Health. Medical monitoring and advice will be provided by Yale Health during isolation.
This testing program is intended to detect infection in asymptomatic individuals and does not replace Yale’s testing and care protocols for individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19. The university will continue to provide testing and care for symptomatic individuals through Yale Health. Additionally, while the required testing in the screening program is designed to protect the community from an outbreak, voluntary testing will also be available to asymptomatic individuals who have concerns that they may have been exposed to the virus.
Compliance with testing, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine is a component of the Community Compact, which reflects our strong and shared commitment to promote the health and safety of all community members. All members of our university community must also abide by other public health and safety measures designed to reduce the risk of COVID-19 viral transmission on our campus and in the surrounding New Haven community. These include wearing a face covering, social distancing, and regular hand washing. Testing is not a substitute for these behavioral measures in containing the spread of the virus.