By Eric Levenson
(CNN) Yale University will reopen in the fall without sophomores living on campus and then will be open in the spring without freshmen living on campus in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus, Yale’s president and provost announced in a letter to the community Wednesday.
Juniors and seniors can choose to live in on-campus housing both semesters. The decision will allow the university to lower its student population living in the campus colleges to about 60% of normal, President Peter Salovey and Provost Scott Strobel said.
In addition, most undergraduate courses will be taught remotely so all students, whether living on or off campus, can attend. A small number of classes, such as labs or studio work, will take place in person in socially distanced settings, the university said.
Undergraduate students living on or off campus will be required to be tested weekly. As per rules in Connecticut, where Yale is located, all students arriving from abroad or from states with high Covid-19 transmission rates will be required to quarantine for 14 days. And overall, all students will be asked to wear face masks and social distance.
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