Summary Update of COVID-19-related Developments at NYU
Date: July 29, 2021
To: THE NYU COMMUNITY
From: Katherine Fleming, Provost
Martin Dorph, Exec. Vice President
Dr. Carlo Ciotoli, Exec. Lead, NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team
IMPORTANT: August 1 Deadline for NYU Employees to Upload Proof of Vaccination
All NYU employees — faculty (including adjunct faculty teaching in the fall), researchers, administrators, and staff — are required to upload proof of vaccination by August 1, or receive an exemption (granted only for valid, qualifying medical reasons or strongly held religious beliefs).
Dr. Ciotoli and Prof. Aisha Langford from the NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health will be hosting a webinar tomorrow at 9:30 AM to address questions and concerns that NYU employees may have about COVID-19 and vaccines.
IMPORTANT: For Students Who Missed the July 19 Deadline
Students who missed the July 19 deadline for uploading their proof of vaccination are strongly urged to carefully read and act promptly on the guidance they find in this Quick Answer in order to avoid consequences such as being prohibited from NYU buildings or de-enrollment from classes.
On August 16, Building Access Will Be Restricted Only to Those Who Have Uploaded Proof of Vaccination or Received an Exemption
Beginning Monday, August 16, only NYU community members who have uploaded proof of vaccination or received an exemption will be able to access non-residential buildings. The Daily Screener will not furnish a “green pass” to those who have not met the University requirements, and access to classroom buildings, academic offices, and research facilities—as well as to libraries, recreational facilities, and other campus-wide buildings—will be prohibited.
Coming Changes to the Daily Screener
We will be making the Daily Screener easier in the coming days. The screener will recognize the status of those who have been fully vaccinated and uploaded their proof or who have received exemptions and automatically furnish a green screen without having to fill out screening questions.
Look for additional information to come soon.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued revised recommendations on mask-wearing, even for fully vaccinated people. Currently, NYU continues to require masking in indoor spaces; given the emergence of the Delta variant, we expect to continue that practice at least through the remainder of the summer, and possibly into the fall.
The Exemption Process
Exemptions to the vaccination and upload requirements for students can be sought by following the process outlined here; they can be sought for employees by following the process here.
In addition to the BioReference testing center at 18 Cooper Square, we will continue to have pick-up and drop-off locations for Binx tests (saliva tests) in both Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Returning to In-Person Duties, and Seeking Accommodations
As we look toward the fall, we want to remind all employees (including faculty and non-faculty employees) with medical conditions that they may contact the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) to request accommodations as part of the process of returning to in-person duties. To contact the OEO, call 212-998-2370 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes to the Daily Screener
On June 7, we made changes to the Daily Screener. If you are fully vaccinated, have uploaded proof of your vaccination, and had it validated, the Daily Screener now takes account of your status, and you are no longer required to test regularly in order to get a “green screen” to access NYU buildings.
Additional changes to the Daily Screener process may be coming, depending on guidance from New York State. Please keep an eye out for communications about any additional changes.