Also see the Yale University Graduate School Programs and Policies 2012-2013.
All students are required by the Graduate School to register, whether they are in residence, in absentia, or submitting a dissertation. An unregistered student is not permitted to use University facilities, including the libraries and the Health Service. For advanced students, certain requirements must be fulfilled prior to registration. These include annual thesis committee meetings and the submission of the Thesis Prospectus and the annual Dissertation Progress Report. For information about registration for new and returning students, please see the Graduate School Academic Calendar.
Late registration incurs a Graduate School fine and must have permission from the DGS and Associate Dean.
All registration and course enrollment is done on-line and must be approved by the DGS.
Any changes, i.e. course added or dropped, changed from credit to audit or vice versa, must be reported to the Graduate School by submitting a course-change form signed by the DGS to the Genetics Registrar.
Forms are available in the Genetics Graduate Program Office, the Graduate School, or on-line.
NB: Please see the Graduate School Academic Calendar for deadlines for submitting course schedules and changes. Course schedules and changes submitted after the Graduate School deadlines incur late fees, payable by the student.
Summer registration is also required of all students supported on Yale-administered funds and students in residence who wish to use University facilities during the period June 1 through August 31 (i.e., essentially all students in the Genetics Graduate Program). There is no fee for summer registration if you have been registered during the preceding academic year. Information about summer registration is sent to students during the preceding spring term.
Foreign Student Registration
Foreign students must register at the International Students/Scholars Office, 246 Church Street, 2nd floor, before registering at the Department. This office also helps with visa procedures and concerns.
In Absentia Registration
A student whose program of study requires full-time study at another institution, or dissertation research on a full-time basis outside of the New Haven area, may (on recommendation of the DGS and with permission of the Dean) register in absentia. Students contemplating in absentia registration should consult with the DGS as soon as possible in order for the requisite approvals to be obtained.
Leave of Absence
A student in good standing who is current with his/her degree requirements and wishes to interrupt study temporarily for personal reasons (for example, maternity leave; financial necessity; health problems) may be granted a leave of absence with approval of the Department and the Dean. A PhD student is not eligible for leave of absence after the 4th year of study except for reasons of pregnancy, maternity or paternity care, or military service. Students contemplating taking a leave of absence should consult with the DGS as soon as possible to determine eligibility and be informed of the rules regulating leaves, and in order for the requisite approvals to be obtained. See the Yale University Graduate School Programs and Policies booklet.
Residence Requirement, Six-Year Limit
Each student must be registered in New Haven for at least three (3) academic years. Any exception to the residence requirement must be approved by the Department and the Graduate School Associate Dean. At the other extreme, the Graduate School sets a six-year limit for completion of the PhD. A student who has not completed all degree requirements at the end of six years must petition the Graduate School for an extension of his/her terminal date. This is done through the DGS; forms are available in the Genetics Graduate Program office, the Graduate School, or on-line.