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 communicatios 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.

Information for

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...

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

7/9: A Letter to Parents from NYU President Andrew Hamilton

An update on recent developments for NYU parents and guardians.

7/8: NYU Returns: Looking Ahead to Academics and Student Life in 2020-2021

Latest updates about Administration and Student Life in 2020-2021.

7/7: NYU Returns: Looking Ahead to Academic Year 2020-2021’s Health Protocols

Latest update about NYU's health and safety protocols.

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.