October 6, 2020

Dear students,

With tonight’s calendar announcement, the president and provost have provided the outlines for Spring 2021. As the details become available over the coming weeks, I will be writing to share them with you and with your parents and guardians. Updates about the spring, and also about the winter break, will be posted on Yale College's FAQ page.

For those of you enrolled in residence now, some of the initial details will address the steps for departing at the end of November. If you are a first-year, you will be able to store your belongings until you return to campus. A limited number of first-years in certain circumstances will be able to request permission to remain on campus; that application will be available soon.

If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior, you will soon receive a survey asking you to declare your enrollment and housing plans. To be enrolled in residence—that is, to have access to campus—sophomores must live in the residential colleges. Juniors and seniors have the additional option to enroll in residence and live off campus. Once housing demand is known, I will be able to provide more details. Information about viral testing and arrival quarantine will also be available once those protocols have been finalized.

While tonight’s email prompts us to look ahead, we are of course still only halfway through this semester. Sophomores: I am especially thankful to you for your patience and flexibility during this semester as you have studied remotely. I am looking forward to welcoming you to campus in the spring. And to all students, I am grateful to you all for finding ways to make this unusual semester work so well.

With best wishes,

Marvin M. Chun 
Dean of Yale College 
Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology; Neuroscience; Cognitive Science