Statement from NYU Spokesman John Beckman

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"The University continues to carefully monitor COVID-19 developments and take prudent actions to safeguard the NYU community's health, to check the spread of the virus, and sustain our academic mission.

"The University remains open; education and University operations will continue, with classes held remotely and University offices operating through telework technologies.  

"Recent days have brought several important new changes in policy and operations as important developments:

  • NYU has decided to carry on with remotely-held classes through the end of the semester: The University has made the judgment that remotely-held classes will remain in place through the end of the spring 2020, and will forego any effort to re-start in-person classes this semester.
  • NYU will close the student housing system at its New York campus: NYU will close student residence halls (with the exception of those for law school students, medical students, and students in the Graduate Institute of Biomedical Sciences at NYU Langone Health) no later than Sunday, March 22, permitting only those small number of students who apply for and receive exemptions to stay.  NYU is asking students to leave the halls as soon as possible.  Room and board costs will be pro-rated for the remainder of the semester for all students leaving NYU housing.
  • COVID-19 in the NYU Community: Last week, NYU had its first confirmed case of COVID-19.  Over the weekend, two additional confirmed cases emerged.  One is a law student who does not live in student housing and who developed symptoms after last being on campus early last week; the student is resting comfortably at home in Westchester, and NYU has communicated with faculty and students in the student's classes.  The other is an administrator with technical duties that did not involve student contact or construction-related responsibilities.  The administrator’s close work contacts have been notified and the relevant work areas deep cleaned over the weekend.
  • NYU administrative personnel have moved to telework, which will continue through the end of the semester: As of March 13, NYU has moved as much of its administrative and business operations to telework as possible.  Those providing essential services are still required to report to campus; other employees are keeping campus offices open from home.
  • Suspending in-person classes at all Study Abroad sites: NYU has suspended in-person classes at all its Study Abroad sites. 
  • Athletic season cancelled; sports facilities closed: The remainder of the winter sports season for NYU teams and the other teams in the UAA conference has been cancelled, as has the spring sports season.  In addition, NYU sports and recreation facilities are now closed.
  • Libraries closed: NYU's libraries have been closed.
  • Bookstore closed: NYU’s physical bookstore location will close.
  • Skirball Center closed: The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will be closed through May 10.

"As little as two weeks ago, it would have been difficult to imagine these steps.  But they reflect both the changing picture of the COVID-19 landscape, and the University's commitment to its community's health and to contribute to minimizing the spread of the virus."

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