Information on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

University’s COVID-19 page:

(Updated 03/16/20)
Yale is taking new actions to prevent and slow the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Current scientific and medical evidence suggests that preemptive public health measures are more effective than those that are reactive. By being proactive as a community, we can safeguard our own health and the well-being of those with whom we interact. See new guidance on the university’s COVID-19 page on keeping students off campus and moving teaching online through the full spring semester, staffing considerations, and other important university operations.



I am taking classes outside of Jackson this semester. Have the other professional schools posted/sent out similar guidelines?
Per Yale President Peter Salovey’s email on March 14, all courses across the University will be taught online for the rest of the spring semester. For specific questions about courses at other schools, please check with the individual faculty member or the Canvas page for the course.

Yale Law School has extended their spring break by one week and will resume classes (online) on March 20 at their regularly scheduled times.

The School of Management classes will resume (online) on March 23. Note that this includes Spring-2 courses, so it is important to reach out to faculty teaching any S2 course you wish to take regarding how they will hold class.

The School of Forestry & Environmental Studies will resume classes (online) on March 23.

As an international student, how does Yale’s decision to move to online classes affect me?
Please check with the Office of International Students & Scholars (OISS) before making plans. See more information from OISS here.

Will Commencement proceed as planned?
(updated 3/26/20)
Please see President Salovey’s recent message regarding Commencement 2020.

What should I do if I have an issue with accommodations and continuing courses in an online environment?
If you have any questions regarding disability-related accommodations in online courses, please contact Student Accessibility Services at

Is technical support or training available for Zoom?
Yale’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning is an excellent resource for both. Students may find the center’s Academic Continuity page for students particularly helpful for best practices on using Zoom and Canvas.

Please also see Jackson’s page with guidance and tips for faculty using Zoom.

Are the library’s resources still available?

Please see the library’s COVID-19 info page for full details.

Will the Yale Health center remain open?

Please see this message from Dr. Paul Genecin at Yale Health.

Email from Jim Levinsohn (sent on 03/10/20)

Dear Jackson Students, Faculty, Senior Fellows, and Staff:

You all should have received an email from Yale President Peter Salovey yesterday at around 8pm.  It was sent to your Yale email address.   I write to follow-up with some details about how Jackson will implement Yale’s COVID-19 policy.

Please let me start with the most important thing—our top priority is to do our best to keep everyone healthy.  This is going to entail some disruptions but I’ve no doubt we’re up to the challenge.

Keep in mind that this is an evolving situation – please monitor Yale’s COVID-19 webpage for real-time updates on university policies and guidance, and Jackson’s COVID-19 webpage for Jackson-specific information.

Online Teaching and Learning 

Starting with the end of spring break and until further notice, all Jackson courses will be taught online.  Classes will be held at their regularly scheduled day and time, but they will now be taught online through one of Yale’s online platforms, most likely either Zoom and/or Canvas. We will follow up with additional information on the uses of these platforms.

I’ll be asking faculty to contact their students prior to their next class to let them know how they  can access their course online.

There’s going to be a learning curve to this one.   Let’s all work together and make it work.

(Mostly) For Faculty

Larisa Satara will follow up individually with every faculty member and Senior Fellow to make sure everyone has the resources they need to make this work. Jackson’s ladder faculty may also want to check with their home departments about resources.

(Mostly) For Students

Students should join their classes online, not by coming to Jackson.  While Jackson will remain open, it sort of defeats the purpose if we all hang out at Horchow, as enjoyable as that tends to be.  It goes without saying that if you have any symptoms of COVD-19, please don’t come into the building.  If you have specific questions, feel free to reach out to Lily Sutton. We will also post tips and FAQs on Jackson’s COVID-19 page.


While the email that President Salovey sent last night (March 10) encouraged folks to stay home following spring break, I recognize that for most of you, New Haven is home.   That message was mostly intended for Yale College undergrads.   If you are away from New Haven and would like to stay in your current location, that’s fine, although be aware of any visa issues.   From Jackson’s perspective, there’s no need to come back, but neither are you discouraged from coming back to your apartments here.

The university recommends staying off campus and avoiding large convenings. While Horchow Hall will remain open, you’re strongly discouraged from coming into the building until at least April 5. That includes use of the student lounges, common areas, and the classrooms/event spaces.

We’ll be figuring out how folks might work remotely in many cases.   We have a small and tight community and we’ll come through this all the stronger.   We might even learn a bit about more effectively communicating via VTC in the process.

Regarding travel, please note that Yale will not approve requests for new Yale-funded travel for the time being.  This applies to any travel that would otherwise be reimbursed or directly paid for by Yale.

I’m sure lots of questions will arise that aren’t obvious as I write this.  Lily Sutton is the first point of contact (POC) for students who might have questions.

For Senior Fellows, faculty and staff, Larisa Satara is the first POC.  I expect that we’ll receive additional guidance from HR for staff. Stay tuned.

Please keep an eye on Jackson’s COVID-19 page for updates on event cancellations and postponements. There are going to be many.

I have cancelled all travel and will be around full time so please don’t hesitate to email or call me with questions or concerns.

And, hey, enjoy the remainder of your spring break.   Here in New Haven, it’s absolutely gorgeous outside.