Safety, Academics, and Flexibility

Academic Year 2020-2021 will stand apart.  Against the backdrop of COVID-19, even as we maintain our commitment to academic excellence, we must embrace a multilayered safety and health plan that will help keep each other safe.  And 2020-2021 will call for flexibility: flexibility in response to changing developments and guidance, and flexibility in our teaching and learning to accommodate the challenges our students and faculty will face.

This site was launched on July 11, 2020.  It will be frequently updated with important new information, further details, and community communications as developments in NYU's planning, public directives, and the course of the COVID-19 illness occur.  Please return to the site frequently for the latest information.

NYC Status

Updated: 7/30/20

  • Remote instruction will continue through the summer, as will telework for most University employees.
  • NYU will reconvene on campus for fall 2020: Undergraduate Move-In Days are Aug. 31-Sept. 1; Early Quarantine Move-In Days are August 18-19
  • Fall classes for undergraduates begin Sept. 2. Classes will be in one of three modes: in-person, blended, and remote.
  • Wearing a face covering and physical distancing are required.

Important New Information About Testing and Quarantining

In the interest of maintaining a safe campus environment, NYU has put in place testing and quarantining policies

Information for

Campus Visitors   |   Alumni   |  Parents

Message from President Hamilton

Safety, Academics, and Flexibility in Reconvening at NYU’s New York Campus for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Even when we are apart, we are one community, joined by a passion for scholarship, teaching and learning, creativity and performance, ideas with impact, professional education that can make a difference, diversity and inclusion...

NYU Returns Webinar Series

Learn More About Our Plans for the Fall 2020

Join us for a number of live and recorded sessions with the goal to answer your questions.

Keep each other Safe

Academic Year 2020-2021’s Health Protocols: Everyday Basics

We all do our part, every day, to keep each other safe.

Latest Messages

8/14: Your Action Required: Community Standards in the Context of COVID-19

Students must complete these required tasks before August 24.

8/13: Important: Looming Deadline for COVID Testing

A reminder for essential employees about deadlines for COVID-19 testing.

8/13: NYU Returns: The Coming Academic Year  

A message from NYU Senior Leadership to NYU faculty and researchers, administrators and staff about the coming year.

8/13: Time Sensitive: Schedule your COVID-19 Test

A reminder for NYU Students moving into housing 8/18-8/19 to schedule their COVID-19 test.

Support Is Available

NYU Emergency Relief Funds

We recognize that the impacts of COVID-19 may have imposed unexpected expenses or financial hardships on members of the NYU community.  To assist students, NYU created the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant program, which uses funds generously donated by the NYU community, University funds, and federal CARES Act funds, which the University is committed to using for direct student assistance.

We are also in the process of creating the NYU Faculty and Employee Emergency Relief Fund as a way for NYU friends, alumni, and fellow employees to help support employees in the face of new challenges presented by COVID-19.  Initiated by and developed in partnership with the Administrative Management Council, 100% of all donations will directly support our employees’ most urgent needs as they adapt to changing circumstances.  More information on the NYU Faculty and Employee Emergency Relief Fund will be coming soon.

Parent Helpline

We attempt to respond to all email messages, even during University closures.


Available 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. ET Monday–Friday when the University is open. Emergent inquiries should be directed to (212) 998-2222.

(212) 998-4219

Support Resources

COVID-19's impacts are not confined to its medical effects; its disruptive reach has touched many parts of people's lives.  The overall well-being of the NYU community matters.  The University has an array of services to help and support students, faculty, administrators, and staff who have been affected by the coronavirus.

Supporting Each Other Through COVID-19

NYU recognizes that COVID-19's effects have been disparate, and its impacts on poor communities and communities of color have been especially painful. In its response to the coronavius, NYU is committed to mitigating those impacts as well as ensuring no one in our community is ostracized, bullied, or mistreated due to ignorance around this disease. If any member of our community believes they have experienced harassment or discrimination, we encourage them to report concerns to the Bias Response Line by email at or phone (212) 998-2277. For more information about NYU’s commitment to an inclusive community, please visit our Office of Global Inclusion and Diversity.