NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Yale University in New Haven has announced its plans for the fall 2020 semester Wednesday.
Yale officials said that they will be welcoming graduate and professional school students, as well as a portion of undergraduate students, back to campus in New Haven. However, nearly all of Yale’s courses will be taught remotely so that all undergraduate students can enroll.
As for graduate and professional schools, there will be different combinations of in-person and remote teaching offered, and they will continue the reactivation of on-site research and other university operations with health precautions in place.
Additionally, to limit the spread of COVID-19, many activities in the fall will be substantially limited.
For undergraduates with the option to return to campus, for each semester in 2020-2021, three classes of students will be in residence. In the fall semester, first-year students, juniors and seniors will have the option to live in campus housing. For spring 2021, sophomores, juniors and seniors can choose to live on campus.
This will allow the university to decrease the undergraduate population to about 60 percent of normal to lower the risk of coronavirus.
All students will also be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to campus. Additional travel outside of Connecticut is discouraged, and events and gatherings will be limited.
Many business owners said they’re worried students won’t return to campus, adding that their business is crucial.
“For us here, 10-15,000 people in the area that are all gone,” said George Koutroumanis of Yorkside Pizza. “It’s like a small town disappeared, so it’s made it very challenging for us, but we’re still here.”
Tomatillo Taco Joint, a popular restaurant to Yale students, was also hit hard by the pandemic.
“It’s gonna make a huge change here, especially after they left it kinda hit us real bad,” said Mark Boules.
For more details on the protocols can be found online.