Out of an abundance of caution, the University has made the choice to prohibit all non-essential, in-person gatherings at this time. With this in mind, we would like you to be equally cautious and recommend that you do your best to restrict yourself to personal interactions with a few people.

That said, no one is trying to stop you from taking a walk in the park with a friend or a roommate. In fact, we hope you’ll take advantage of the beautiful NYC fall weather, and explore all the city has to offer.

What we do have concerns about—and what could cause you to run afoul of the Student Conduct Office—are gatherings that clearly take no heed of the safety rules. 

Some students are worried that these rules will prevent them from participating in some social activities or even public demonstrations. This may be true as it is expected that you will continue to act in a safe manner no matter the gathering—be that dinner with friends, or a social justice protest. Regardless of the setting or the reason, the University’s policies on mask-wearing and physical distancing remain in effect for all gatherings, and you will be held accountable for observing NYU’s safety and health rules and any public health guidelines even if you are off-campus.

However, if you are cautious, responsible and faithfully follow the safety and health rules no matter the situation, we believe that you can navigate these complexities. Wear face coverings at all times, even when taking photos. Physically distance whenever and wherever possible. And, if you ever find yourself in a situation where your ability to effectively do one or the other is compromised, then it is in all of our best interests that you leave that situation as soon as possible.