Additional Student Guidelines

Emergency Suspension

The dean of the School of Nursing, or a delegate of the dean, may place a student on an emergency suspension from residence or academic status when (1) the student has been arrested for or charged with serious criminal behavior by law enforcement authorities; or (2) the student allegedly violated a disciplinary rule of the School and the student’s presence on campus poses a significant risk to the safety or security of members of the community.

Following an individualized risk and safety analysis, the student will be notified in writing of the emergency suspension. A student who is notified of an emergency suspension will have twenty-four hours to respond to the notice. The emergency suspension will not be imposed prior to an opportunity for the student to respond unless circumstances warrant immediate action for the safety and security of members of the community. In such cases, the student will have an opportunity to respond after the emergency suspension has been imposed.

When a student in the School is placed on an emergency suspension, the matter will be referred for disciplinary action in accordance with school policy. Such a suspension may remain in effect until disciplinary action has been taken with regard to the student; however, it may be lifted earlier by action of the dean or dean’s delegate, or by the disciplinary committee after a preliminary review.


For the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), visit

Freedom of Expression

The Yale School of Nursing is committed to the protection of free inquiry and expression in the classroom and throughout the school community. In this, the School reflects the University’s commitment to and policy on freedom of expression as eloquently stated in the Woodward Report (Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression at Yale, 1974). Visit

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Policies

Nursing students in the Ph.D. program can access the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Programs and Policies bulletin at

Guidelines in Case of Occupational Exposure

Employees or students who are pricked by a needle at work (“needlestick”) should immediately call Yale Health for care (Employee Health Department, 203.432.7978; Student Health, 203.432.0312; or Acute Care 203.432.0123). It is important to begin any recommended treatment within one to two hours after exposure.

If the exposure occurs at the Yale-New Haven Medical Center, and the employee or student wishes to be seen on site, they should report to Occupational Health (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday) at 203.6882462 or to Yale-New Haven Hospital Emergency Room at 203.688.2222 if the episode occurs outside of regular daytime working hours.

Students at clinical rotations outside of Connecticut should be seen in the Emergency Department for care.  

Students in the YSN Online M.S.N. program do not have Yale Health insurance and need to contact their primary care provider for ongoing follow up after their Emergency Department evaluation.  

All students who experience occupational exposures should notify the YSN Office of Student Life ( and the YSN Clinical Support Unit ( 

For more information, visit

Resources for Students to Address Discrimination and Harassment Concerns

Visit or visit the YSN Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at

Service Animal Policy

To read the policy, visit Students must first register their service animal with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) before they are permitted to bring their service animal to the building. Service animals registered with SAS are welcome at YSN. This includes during classes, meetings, and other events. Non-service animals (pets) are not permitted with the exception of planned occasions, and require prior approval from YSN.

Students who have a service animal that has been approved for attendance at clinical by SAS will work with Associate Dean of Student Life and their clinical course faculty to coordinate the service animal’s attendance at clinical.

University Statement on Disclosure of Directory Information