Summary Update on COVID-19-related Developments
Date: June 24, 2020
To: THE NYU COMMUNITY
From: Katherine Fleming, Provost;
Martin Dorph, Executive Vice President;
Carlo Ciotoli, MD, Executive Director, COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team
The gradual ramp-up of in-person research is continuing.
Global: For fall 2020, "Go Local" is a "go", Study Away is a "no" (mostly)
Owing to ongoing international travel restrictions and related health complexities, the University has notified students enrolled in Study Away for fall 2020 that it is limiting participation to students who do not require issuance of a student visa or who are already present in the host country or region where they were intending to study.
In concert with that decision, we are planning to proceed with our "Go Local" option, which will permit students who cannot travel to their intended NYU destination to instead be enrolled in a campus or site to which they can get. Approximately 4,000 students have expressed interest in "Go Local," and we will be working between now and July 1 to finalize student assignments to particular campuses and sites and throughout the summer to modify curricula at the Global sites for what will be a very different group of students than originally expected.
Health and Community
New York State Guidelines
Over the weekend, the State released its guidelines for higher educational institutions to reopen. We are reviewing our own ongoing planning work to ensure it is in alignment.
New York City Enters "Phase 2"
On Monday, New York City entered Phase 2 of the State's four-phase reopening plan, easing restrictions on a number of sectors. For NYU, however, operations will continue to carry on as they have for the last few weeks, other than the continued gradual ramp-up of research activity.
During this period when many NYU facilities remain closed, some faculty and administrators may nevertheless need to gain access to their office to prepare for fall classes or students' return to campus. While we are not planning on wide reopening of NYU buildings over the summer, those who need to gain access to their office from time-to-time should contact their dean's office who will in turn make arrangements with Public Safety for limited visits over the course of the summer.
The College of Dentistry Resumes Providing Urgent Care
The College of Dentistry's clinics, which provide lower-cost dental care to thousands of New Yorkers per year, have been closed due to COVID-19. The College is now beginning to resume providing urgent care services.
Typically Move-In Day for first-year undergraduate students is a single day. For fall 2020, Move-In Day will be extended over several days, and students will be given specific times and dates to move into their residence halls. More information will be forthcoming later in the summer.