Campus Life

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YSPA students and Teaching Assistants will live in one of the residential college dormitories within walking distance of the observatory. The residential colleges have many amenities, including lounge areas, a library, etc.. Students will share rooms with a roommate in a suite of rooms with a common room. Students will be supervised in the dorms by the TAs and the Program Manager, who will live in adjacent suites in the dorm. 

Each class day in the mornings, all students will walk together along with the TAs to the Leitner Observatory for class at 10am (attendance is mandatory), then we will have lunch at the observatory together as a group, then we will work in the computer lab in the afternoons. 

All YSPA students and staff will dine together each evening in the dining hall. After dinner, most students will return with the TAs and Teaching Fellow to work at the observatory, but some students may stay behind at the dorm to work, relax, or participate in other dorm or campus activities as supervised by the TAs or the Program Coordinator. Curfews will normally be enforced each evening at 2:30 am (but students who aren’t up observing will be encouraged to get to bed earlier).

Students will also have access to the Payne Whitney Gymnasium at Yale (for a fee), to the Yale library system, and to other campus facilities. 

The health and safety of our students is paramount, and YSPA participants agree to follow certain college and program rules, such as getting to meeting points on time, staying within a designated campus boundary, staying at the dorm or observatory after midnight, and being in their rooms during curfew hours (normally from 2:30am to 6:30am). Details of the program rules will be given in the yearly “Participants’ Handbook”. The Yale police station is located close to both the dormitory and the Leitner Observatory, and campus police will always be advised when we are working late at the observatory and will provide additional supervision.