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Yale University students barred from study abroad programs as Omicron cases rise globally

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The Yale Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE) announced that it has canceled all study abroad programs taking place in the spring semester due to an increase in the Omicron variant COVID-19 .

As Yale’s independent student newspaper, reports the Yale Daily News, CIPE primarily coordinates scholarships and grants for students studying abroad, as Yale does not run its study abroad programs.

“Unfortunately, in accordance with Yale University’s international travel policy for Yale College students, we were unable to send students abroad for the spring semester,” CIPE’s director of studies abroad, Kelly McLaughlin, told the News.

CIPE made the decision because many students were already ready to leave and move abroad once course registration was largely complete. However, due to the spread of Omicron, Study Abroad Advisors informed their students in the December update that they are not permitted to take study abroad programs this spring.

Student Luna Garcia told Yale News she was scheduled to study in Madrid this spring, but during winter break she was notified of CIPE’s decision.

Garcia pointed out that the number of students participating in study abroad programs during the academic year is low, so the study abroad office could help the latter, but according to her, there is has a lack of information among staff regarding student advice on travel restrictions. However, Garcia noted that the study abroad office did everything possible given Yale’s travel restrictions.

The university has announced that students wishing to apply to Yale’s summer session programs abroad can do so until February 15, 2022.

For the spring 2022 semester, Yale University has required that all students, except those with approved medical exemptions, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have received a booster shot if they are eligible upon their return to campus. Meanwhile, those who are not eligible to receive booster shots at this time must do so within seven days of becoming eligible.

“In addition, the university requires that all faculty, executives and professionals, as well as postdoctoral/postgraduate trainees have obtained a booster injection by January 31, 2022 or within 7 days of their eligibility if they are not eligible. before January 31, 2022, “ notes Yale.

Yale requires all of its students, faculty, and staff to document their immunization status or recall if received in the COVID-19 Health and Safety Database. According to the university’s website, any students and employees who violate Yale’s vaccination rules may be “subject to progressive discipline.”

Currently, more than a thousand higher education institutions in the United States require COVID-19 vaccination for students and employees.