Summary Update on COVID-19-related Developments
Date: July 13, 2020
To: THE NYU COMMUNITY
From: Katherine Fleming, Provost;
Martin Dorph, Executive Vice President;
Carlo Ciotoli, Executive Lead, COVID-19 Prevention and Response Team
We hope that you, your families, loved ones, and friends are healthy and coping well.
Communications and Community Engagement
In the last 10 days, the University has provided updates on a number of key issues relating to academic year 2020-2021:
• On academics and student life for undergraduates
• On our safety and health plans and
• On undergraduate housing
NYU Returns – The COVID-19 Web Hub
The University has re-launched its coronavirus website to be a source of information, public health and safety protocols, and updates for 2020-2021. NYU Returns will be updated frequently with new information, additional details, and recent communications, so please check it frequently.
IdeaScale – Community Engagement
Along with the launch of NYU Returns, we are launching an IdeaScale campaign to seek ideas from the wider community about the coming academic year and COVID-19. The IdeaScale campaign will run from July 13 to July 27; we invite NYU students, faculty, administrators, and staff to help us to make our return to our New York campus as safe and effective as possible by participating and sharing their ideas and responses to any or all of seven sets of questions about campus life. We are grateful to the Administrative Management Council for partnering with us on this effort.
This week Res Life will begin the process of letting those in undergraduate student housing in New York know their room assignments.
The University strongly opposes new rules issued by the federal government last week concerning international students’ visas, believing them to be arbitrary and lacking any educational merit. NYU stands with its international students, who are cherished, important members of our community. NYU filed a brief in support of litigation (PDF) in Massachusetts to halt the new rules; has written elected leaders expressing opposition; and supported the litigation filed today by the New York Attorney General Letitia James to fight these new rules.
Because NYU is offering in-person and blended courses, we anticipate that all international students, working with academic advisors, will be able to identify a workable in-person option.