COVID-19 Undergraduate Resources


Academic Continuity Resources: Guiding Principles for Students


For the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, you can ask a quick question or schedule a zoom appointment with the R tutors via email  at


For the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, you can ask a quick question or schedule a zoom appointment with Kaan via email at


As a result of the CORVID-19 virus outbreak and closure of the University, Stata Corporation has agreed to provide licenses to members of the Yale community which will be valid through May 31, 2020.

These are available free of charge on this page (CAS sign-in required):

Can I count Credit/D/Fail courses for credit towards the major?

No, courses taken Credit/D/Fail may not be counted toward the requirements of the major.

The one exception is that courses taken Credit/D/Fail in spring 2020 will be counted towards the major as will courses taken Pass/Fail during the same semester.


Dear Students of Economics,

As we head back into classes after this most difficult of spring breaks, we wanted to reach out to all students in economics and assure you that your professors have all been working hard in the last two weeks to move their courses online as effectively as they can. Marvin Chun, Dean of Yale College, has urged professors to be flexible and adjust syllabi to our new environment and circumstances and we have echoed that call as well.  There will surely be some snags at first as we all adjust to this new format, but with patience, collaboration, and cooperation we will work them out.  We invite you to be in communication with your professors about ways in which online course work can proceed more smoothly. There may even arise new opportunities for productive interaction as we all learn more about how to use online technology in the classroom.

As you know, Yale College has changed many of its usual academic rules for this semester.  To summarize, students will be allowed to take an unlimited number of courses, including the senior essay, on a Credit/D/Fail basis this semester, and all such courses will still count towards distributional and major requirements.  In addition, students can elect to take courses on a Credit/D/Fail basis until the last day of finals (May 6).  Grades in courses taken this semester will not be used in the determination of prizes, honors, and awards, though they will be used in the calculation of official Yale GPAs.  The DUS, Ebonya Washington, will get back to you soon about the exact rules for determining distinction in the major this year.

As a reminder, senior essays will be due on April 13 (rather than April 1) this year.  Stata licenses are available free of charge through May 31 (go to: The Yale libraries, including StatLab, are all offering online services (  The Department of Economics is also maintaining a website with COVID-19 resources here:

We wish you the best in completing your courses in this most unusual of semesters.  It’s a historic event and with your perseverance and patience we can make it a truly successful one too.  Please feel free to reach out to us (at or at any time about any concerns, large or small, that you may have.  We will work hard to make sure that there are as few impediments as possible to your learning.


Ebonya Washington, DUS

Tony Smith, Chair

Department of Economics

Yale University