An addition to the guidelines outlined in the Yale College FAQs - the following policies are in effect for the 2020-2021 Academic Year:
I will not be enrolled this next semester, can I still participate in my student organization as a member or a leader?
Yes, in consideration of the extraordinary circumstances created by COVID-19, Students who take a leave of absence for either or both semesters of the 20-21 academic year will be allowed to virtually participate in registered undergraduate student organizations as both members and leaders. This exception to the Undergraduate Regulations will be in place for the 20-21 academic year.
I will be enrolled virtually this semester, how do I stay involved with my student organization?
To ensure equity for all students, all registered student organizations will be expected to offer a virtual participation option for the fall semester. This includes creating a fair process for the induction of the new members and officers. Groups should bear in mind any accessibility needs that their members have and make sure their virtual exchanges reflect those needs.
How do I register my student organization this year?
Can my student organization go on hiatus during the 2020-2021 school year?
My student organization meets regularly on campus, will that be possible this year?
How will student organization leaders be trained?
Will there be a Bazaar of Student Organizations?
Can I register a new student organization?
Other Frequently Asked Questions
will we be able to host conferences?
All events and meetings will need to comply with the current public health guidelines issued by the State of Connecticut, as well as Yale. For the fall semester, all large events and conferences hosted by student organizations must be postponed or moved to a virtual format. This applies to events that take place both on and off campus. You can find up to date information on the Connecticut and Yale guidelines HERE.
will there be a cappella rush?
Unfortunately, no. The Singing Group Council has officially canceled A Cappella Rush for the 2020-2021 academic year. Due to the immense restrictions on rehearsals and performances for the fall, along with the announcement that first-years will not be on campus in the spring, a cappella groups have decided to wait until next year to welcome new members.
For member groups, rehearsals and performances in the upcoming semester will be restricted to a virtual setting, and touring will not be permitted. Jam performances, even those occurring in the spring, will likely need to be reimagined to happen virtually. If in-person social gatherings among groups are permitted, they will be limited in attendance and singing will not be allowed.
If you have any further questions about singing groups, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us via Messenger or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
will we be able to do work with minors?
Groups will be able to continue working with minors using virtual options or as part of a program run by an outside entity, like the New Haven Public Schools or the YMCA. However, all in person programs, run solely by Yale students must be paused. Groups must register all virtual programs with the Committee on Programs for Children and Youth.
can we travel with student organizations?
Any travel undertaken by a student organization must meet the requirements of the State of Connecticut, as well as Yale. For the fall semester, student organizations may not travel as a group. Individual travel must meet the guidelines set out by the university. Students should obtain permission from their residential college dean before leaving campus and be prepared to quarantine upon their return.
will we be able to work locally with the new haven community?
All groups who wish to engage in in-person interactions with the New Haven Community must abide by the guidance of the Office of the Secretary and Dwight Hall. This guidance will be published later in the summer.