Important Update Regarding NYU Sites in Europe
To: NYU Students in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, and Prague
Date: March 10, 2020
Dear NYU Students in Berlin, London, Madrid, Paris, and Prague:
As you all know, as the COVID-19 situation has evolved, we have been guided by our responsibility for your health and safety, and by our commitment to ensure that you can continue to make academic progress.
Until now, we have left it to you and your families to determine whether or not you should remain at your current site, or return home. However, several developments over the past day -- including the closing of universities in Madrid and Prague -- have caused us to reconsider our position. Consequently, we are writing now to inform you that we will be closing all of our academic centers in Europe until further notice.
To be clear, we believe you can take the time to find appropriate flights, and pack your belongings in a considered manner, but we do strongly encourage you to return home. Should you require financial assistance in order to return home, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and they can help book your ticket for you. It is essential that you share your travel plans with your local student life teams, and they will be following up with you with instructions for how to do so.
While we are advising against it, should you decide that you wish to remain where you are, we will allow you to do so, for as long as we are permitted to continue to have students remain in our residence halls and homestays. However, please understand that our Academic Centers will be closed, and student activities – including local trips – will be suspended. In addition, we will be suspending all internships in Europe until further notice.
If conditions on the ground improve between now and the end of the semester, and we are able to resume operations, you will be welcome to return to your site. But, please be assured that even if we are able to resume operations, you will be able to complete your studies remotely if that is your preference.
We also know that many of you will have questions regarding how certain courses (including those hosted by partner universities, science labs, as well as those in music, TV/film, and drama) will be conducted remotely, and want you to know that we’re hard at work in determining how best to do so (we’re having similar conversations for students in New York, given yesterday’s announcement that we will be moving online there – at least temporarily -- beginning tomorrow). We will provide updates on that as soon as possible.
We expect that many of you will have other questions in the days ahead, and please don’t hesitate to contact your local Student Life teams should you require any assistance. We will also be sharing this email with your parents or guardians, so that they are prepared to assist you throughout as well.
We know that this semester has been a complicated one, and clearly it has not transpired in the way that any of us had hoped, but please know that we are here to support you in any way we can.
Carlo Ciotoli, MD, MPA
Associate Vice President for Student Health
Executive Director, NYU Student Health Center
Vice President, Global Resiliency and Security
New York University
Associate Vice Chancellor, Global Programs & Mobility Services
New York University