Julia Bialek
Staff Reporter
Julia Bialek currently covers student policy and affairs for the Yale Daily News. Previously, she covered campus politics. Originally from Chappaqua, New York, Julia is a junior in Saybrook College studying political science and history.
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Students disappointed with lack of standardized policy about continuing coursework while in isolation

After testing positive, students must make individual arrangements with instructors to keep up with classes.

The sign of Arnold Hall out front.
Classes of 2024 and 2025 set record numbers for enrollment

The Yale College population hit a record high for the 2021-2022 school year, posing issues for housing and class sizes.

Yale dorms, some buildings lose power, flood

Heavy rain brought on by the remnants of Hurricane Ida caused all Yale residential colleges and some other buildings to lose power and some to flood.

Shopping Period 101

Here's the News' guide to shopping period!

Shopping Period WED DATES Sept. 1: Classes Begin; Add/Drop Period Begins Sept. 3: Open enrollment begins for remaining seats in discussion and lab sections Sept. 15: Add/Drop Period Ends; Registration worksheets in YCS close. IMPORTANT INFORMATION Students must enroll in between four and five-and-a-half credits. They may take a minimum of credits or up to six credits but must receive permission from their residential college dean to do so. Failure to enroll in both a course and its corresponding lecture or lab section by Sept. 15 will result in a $20 fine. Students must complete all the work for the classes they are shopping. Oct. 29, 2021, is the last day to withdraw from a fall full-term course without the course appearing on a student’s transcript. Dropping a class incurs a $20 fine. Unlike previous years, early course registration now takes place at the end of the prior semester, though Yalies can still add or drop courses from their schedule for the first two weeks of the term. Students have six opportunities to use the Credit/D/Fail option — two that expire after their first year, and four that can be used at any point. The deadline to convert a course from a letter grade to Credit/D/Fail is Dec. 10, 2021. ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR SHOPPING PERIOD Some students shop lots of classes, and others do not shop at all — there is no right choice for everyone. Apply for classes early, even if you are unsure about your schedule, but avoid taking a spot in a class you do not actually want to take. Sometimes, last-minute schedule fillers will be your favorite classes. Do not get distracted by the allure of shopping classes. Keep up with the work, because it does affect final grades.
In-person classes begin with COVID-19 still looming

As students return to in-person classes for the first time in almost 18 months, University officials are closely watching the Delta variant and how it may affect instruction and other plans.

Students in McClellan Hall being relocated to Omni to make room for isolation housing

The change, announced five days before the start of the fall semester, is affecting 49 students in mixed-college housing, and no definitive timeline has been established for their return to McClellan.

University announces masking, testing and other public health measures for fall semester

As more than 80 percent of Yale community members have documented full vaccination and the Delta variant leads to mushrooming COVID-19 case counts nationally and in New Haven, the University is updating its public health protocols.

Cassidy Arrington
Preliminary fall move-in schedule announced, students criticize late move-in dates

In an April 29 email to undergraduates, Dean of Yale College Marvin Chun announced the preliminary move-in dates for the fall 2021 semester. In the […]

Amid higher demand for on-campus housing, students say process is stressful, inequitable

As the semester comes to a close, students engage in the often stressful process of determining housing for next school year.

University moves COVID alert level from orange to yellow

Thursday’s shift marks the first alert level change since November.

UP CLOSE | ‘Building the plane while we fly it’: Making student policy in a time of pandemic

After more than a year living in a world disrupted by COVID-19, administrators and student leaders reflect on how they have made student policy amid the uncertainty and challenges of the pandemic.