The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that NYU has had to ask our faculty to operate in ways they’ve never done before. We’re keenly aware that your efforts take place against a backdrop of hardships and concerns for yourself and your families. Your work is at the heart of our mission of educating students and generating new scholarship, and we are grateful for your dedication. Below is information that we hope will inform you and help you make the best of a challenging situation.
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NYU Returns: Quick Answer
An email series to answer COVID-19-related questions.
Mandatory NYU Returns Video
All NYUers must wear face coverings when on NYU property or in NYU facilities, and are encouraged to wear them at all times when outside of home. While you should use your own face coverings, NYU also has PPE supplies you can access if needed.
Washing your hands – or using an appropriate alcohol hand sanitizer – is a simple, safe, and effective tool against the spread of the coronavirus. For fall 2020, NYU will be adding hand sanitizing stations around campus. Faculty should wash or sanitize their hands regularly.
It is important to maintain a distance of 6 ft (2 m) from others. NYU is reconfiguring classrooms, labs, hallways, and building entrances and exits to help support physical distancing. Classrooms are being configured so that there is a distance of 10 ft (3 m) between students and the faculty member.
Daily COVID-19 Screener
Members of the NYU community will be required to regularly complete a brief questionnaire, called the Daily COVID-19 Screener for Campus Access, via NYU’s smartphone app or an accessible computer to be authorized to enter NYU facilities.
NYU's testing plan, which is being finalized, will include elements for testing before returning to campus, once on campus, for those exhibiting symptoms or who have been in contact with a confirmed case, and ongoing testing for general coronavirus surveillance purposes.
The NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team will identify and isolate members of the NYU community with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and find and quarantine their NYU close contacts.
Enhanced Building Cleaning
With the return to campus, the University will be implementing enhanced cleaning with special attention to "high touch" surfaces – door hardware, elevator panels, banisters, etc.
Classroom Technology and A/V Equipment Cleaning Guidelines
Cleaning and sanitizing standards and best practices were researched and developed into these guidelines for NYU to use for the cleaning of different types of equipment.
Students and faculty are encouraged to meet in-person in one-on-one meetings, as long as 6 ft physical distancing is maintained and masks are worn. If these public health measures cannot be followed, the University encourages virtual meetings.
Some people hate 'em; it's said some people like 'em. Either way, collaboration is an important part of life in higher learning. In the age of COVID-19, the practice of crowding into conference rooms needs to change.
What do you do when you observe somebody disregarding COVID-19 health and safety protocols? NYU has developed a multi-stage system for faculty to encourage compliance and report violations.
Remote Instruction Support
Remote Instruction Design
Coronavirus-Related Benefits Updates
Work Life Support for Faculty
Time and Leave Considerations
We recognize that COVID-19's effects have been disparate, and its impacts on poor communities and communities of color have been especially painful. In our 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.