High School Programs Handbook
As you prepare to participate in a program at NYU, it is important that you understand your rights and responsibilities as a student and member of our community.
NYU High School Programs are academically rigorous and seek to engage students’ curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking. Each student’s active and supportive participation is highly valued. Programs are intensive, involving a variety of classroom study, homework assignments, activities, and events that are intellectually demanding and time-consuming. Students will have the opportunity to contribute to and benefit from participation in a unique community of peers and must be respectful of others and thoughtful about the impact of their actions upon the community. The aim of NYU High School Programs is to prepare students for success at the college level and beyond. Therefore, pre-collegiate students are held to the expectations of undergraduates inside and outside the classroom.
The rules and policies that follow have been established to foster a rewarding academic, personal, and social experience for all students. Any questions about the rules, policies, and information included in the Handbook may be addressed to NYU University Programs at 212-998-2292 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Administrative Policies and Procedures
Program Attendance and Participation
- Students must attend orientation before the start of class. Orientation details for each program will be sent to students in pre-arrival information. If a student is unable to attend the scheduled orientation, they must contact their program.
- Students are expected to attend all classes and co-curricular events and activities.
- Students are expected to be on time. This applies not only to class time, but also to field trips, group excursions, projects, homework, use of equipment and space, etc.
- Upon enrollment, students in select programs with extracurricular activities will be charged a program activity fee to cover the cost of events planned to enhance the students’ overall experience. While this fee will cover the cost for participation in these events, students should anticipate the need for additional money to pay for any personal and related activity incidentals. Before the start of their program, students will be provided with activities information and may be required to sign up for events in advance. Participation in extracurricular events and activities is optional but strongly encouraged.
All students in programs on campus will be issued a student ID, or NYUCard. This ID must be presented upon entering any NYU building or residence hall or at other times when asked by an authorized University representative. Students must carry their ID at all times. Commuter students should return their ID cards to the University as directed by their program. Residential student ID cards will be collected upon the student’s final departure from the residence hall. Students who do not return their ID card at the end of their program may be charged a fee.
After they are accepted to their program, all students receive a NYU NetID. NetIDs are the online identifier for each student and consists of the student’s initials followed by a series of numbers (ex. abc2345). Students are expected to activate their NetID as soon as they are able. Students must first activate their NetID in order to accept their program admission.
When students activate their NetID, they agree to adhere to the Policy on Responsible Use of NYU Computers and Data, to appropriately use resources, computers, and data for academic purposes alone, and to protect sensitive data made available and/or stored in these resources.
NYU Email and Google Apps for Education
Students in select programs will have access to NYU email and other Google Apps for Education. These resources are activated when a student activates their NetID, sets a NetID password, and accepts their admission into their program.
All program and University communications and information will be sent to students at their email address on NYU record. Students in programs with NYU email should check both their personal and NYU accounts for regular communications. Students in programs without NYU email should regularly check their personal accounts. Students with Google Apps for Education access will have their accounts deactivated at the end of their program (including email).
For students attending programs with tuition and other charges, notifications of electronic bills (e-bills) are sent to the student’s email account (see above under NYU Email) Students can view their bills at any time via their Albert accounts. Students may also grant their parents access to their financial account in Albert. The preferred method of payment is electronic check. If you are unable to pay using an electronic check, other payment methods are available. NYU High School Programs does not accept tuition payments by credit card. Payment plans are not available for most programs. However, in some cases, students may work with their individual program for a more tailored payment schedule.
Payment deadlines are included in the e-bill. Students who do not pay their accounts by the given deadline may be de-enrolled from their courses or program and/or will not be able to check-in to the residence hall if they are living on campus. Students are strongly encouraged to pay their accounts by the deadline.
Each high school program takes place during one of the University’s academic terms, and each term has withdrawal and refund deadlines. If a student decides to drop a course and/or withdraw from their program, any refunds for which the student may be eligible will be determined by the refund schedules set by the NYU Office of the Bursar in conjunction with each program and are based upon the start date of the program.
A great benefit of NYU Summer Programs is the chance for students to experience life in New York City. The cost of living in the city is high. Tuition and fees cover only the primary cost of participating in class, curricular events, and for select programs, extracurricular events. They do not include personal expenses. Students should budget accordingly, setting money aside that will cover their personal expenses throughout their time at NYU. Students are encouraged to discuss expenses and decide upon a budget with their families prior to the start of their program.
Students living in a NYU residential hall are required to have a meal plan of at least 10 meals per week and will be automatically enrolled in the 10 meals/week plan when their housing application is processed. Students may sign up for a plan with more meals should they choose but may not request fewer. Dining halls will be open at hours which vary by date and location. Students are expected to coordinate their course and activity schedules with dining hours in mind, so they can plan the times they should eat each day and whether or not they should make alternative arrangements for a meal (dining hall to-go meals, eating at a neighborhood café, etc.).
Although meal plans are optional for commuters, some students living off campus may find participating in a meal plan enhances their college experience and are welcome to sign up for dining.More information about NYU Dining is available online.
Student Health Center
The Student Health Center (SHC) provides students with urgent medical, psychological, and support services, as well as crisis response measures. The SHC is available to all students for urgent care, but its services may not be covered by a student’s private insurance policy.
International students participating in an on-campus program under a student visa will be enrolled in NYU’s student insurance plan (comprehensive level), which includes the Student Health Center within its network of providers. International students have the ability to decrease their coverage to the basic level or waive coverage entirely if their own insurance meets certain criteria. Instructions for changing or waiving policies are available.
Domestic students must have their own health insurance that meets the minimum threshold of coverage in New York City. Domestic students are encouraged to check with their own health insurance provider in advance of their program to determine whether the SHC is within their approved network.
Immunization Requirements (credit-bearing programs only)
New York State and New York University require all students participating in a credit-bearing program on campus and registered for six units/credits or more to complete a Student Immunization History Form to prove immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, and meningitis. Preventable diseases continue to occur on college campuses. The receipt of immunization history allows the NYU Student Health Center (SHC) to protect students in the event of an outbreak. Students must submit the forms to the Student Health Center. See High School Program Forms.
Please be advised that, in the event of an outbreak, those who have failed to submit the required documentation may not be permitted to attend classes or live in residence until there is no longer any public health risk. In the event of an outbreak, students will receive information and alerts from the Student Health Center via email (see above under NYU Email).
Students currently taking prescribed medications (i.e. antibiotics, antidepressants, asthma medication) should bring enough medication to last throughout their time at NYU. If medication is needed on site in order to participate in the program, students are expected to store, track, and administer their own medications without the assistance of other students and/or program or University staff.
Health and Wellness Support
As stated above, NYU High School Programs are intensive educational experiences in which students will face academic and personal challenges that allow them numerous opportunities for self-discovery and growth. The experience may present potential stressors as well. Therefore, students and families are responsible for arranging for the support of medical or mental health professionals, as needed, prior to the start of their program.
Public Health Regulations and Restrictions
NYU is committed to the welfare of all community members at the University and in the broader communities in which we operate. As members of the NYU community, students are required to adhere to any and all health and safety regulations and restrictions put into place by the University, New York State, or federal government in the event of a public health emergency.
Moses Center for Student Accessibility
The Moses Center for Student Accessibility assists students in obtaining appropriate and reasonable accommodations and services. Accommodations are determined on a case by case basis; however, examples include extended time on assignments or exams, a smaller proctored testing environment, supplemental class notes, and supportive housing accommodations.
Students are strongly encouraged to contact the Moses Center at least one month prior to the start of their program to allow necessary time to review accessibility requests and to implement accommodations.
Grades and Transcripts
Students enrolled in a graded program or a program that grants transcripts may view their final course or program grades in their Albert accounts. It usually takes approximately two-three weeks for grades to be posted online. Academic transcripts are not automatically sent to students at the end of their program. Students may request a copy of their final transcript after all grades are posted. Instructions for requesting a transcript via Albert or directly through the NYU Registrar are online.
Confidentiality and Parental/Guardian Notification
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law which establishes standards concerning the privacy of student education records and the rights of students to inspect and review their education records. As enrolled students in a post-secondary institution, NYU High School Program students are entitled to the protection afforded them under FERPA, and the right of access to education records belongs to the student no matter their legal age or status as a minor.
Students may elect to sign a Consent to Disclosure of Student Information Form to permit the release of information to their parents or guardians about the student while at NYU. Please be advised, however, that FERPA allows NYU staff to notify the parents or guardians of a student when there is a significant threat to a student’s health and safety or if a student has violated a University or program rule or policy or public law concerning alcohol or another controlled substance among other circumstances. The decision to notify parents or guardians in such situations will be made according to the professional judgment of appropriate staff and does not require prior consent of the student. Students may or may not be consulted in the notification process.
Registration Requirements (NYU Precollege only)
Students admitted to the NYU Precollege program have particular registration requirements.
- Students living on campus in summer are required to be enrolled in a total of two courses, credit-bearing and/or noncredit.
- Commuter and online students must be enrolled in at least one course.
- International students studying under a NYU-issued student visa must enroll in at least 6 credits total.
- The maximum registration allowed any student is eight credits total.
Students must attend and report on time to all of their classes and curricular events and activities as stipulated in their program schedule or course syllabi. Coverage of class material will be intense and even one absence may cause a student to fall behind in a course or program. Students will also be expected to actively participate in academic discussions and activities and visit professors during office hours when needed. Please note the NYU Student Health Center (see above) does not provide excuse notes for missed classes.
NYU HIgh School Programs give students the opportunity to experience academic life at the collegiate level. Most programs have classes for the program students only. Students in the NYU Precollege program will attend college-level courses with college undergraduates.
No matter the program or course, all students are held to the academic expectations of undergraduate students, and each student is responsible for their academic experience. It is the student’s responsibility to manage their own time and set priorities for homework and activities. Students are encouraged to ask faculty questions when needed and to use academic support services as well as the resources available to them at the University should they need assistance with their studies or have difficulty managing stress or time.
Academic honesty is required of all students. Upon submitting academic work in writing, online, or in person, a student is declaring that work to be a product of their own thoughts and study, stated in their own words, and produced without assistance with the exception of proper citation of and reference to other sources. Engaging in academic misconduct may result in failing an assignment, failing a course or program, and/or possible dismissal from their program without refund.
The review of alleged academic violations and the imposition of any resulting disciplinary decisions are at the discretion and responsibility of the professor, academic department, and/or school of the course or program in which the misconduct takes place but may involve consultation with program and/or University staff.
Academic Community Support
Students are expected to respect the work of their fellow students, to refrain from soliciting or using the work of others (see Academic Honesty), and to afford their peers the time, environment, and space needed to successfully study. Students should not disrupt or interfere with the work of another student nor behave in a way that may negatively affect another’s ability to complete work. Taking study breaks and forming study groups are welcome; playing music loudly around someone trying to study or keeping fellow students awake late at night, however, are examples of disrespectful academic behavior toward others.
Student Conduct Standards
Students and parents/guardians should discuss with each other the rules and policies set forth here as well as those included in the required program forms. Please be advised that due to the particular nature of NYU High School Programs, certain student conduct policies are considered to be fundamental to the success of the program.
Failure to comply with the rules and policies of the University and/or of NYU High School Programs may lead to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from a program with no refund of tuition or fees. Those policies are as follows:
General Ethics and Community Responsibility
NYU is committed to offering each student a meaningful experience. NYU High School Programs expects all students to understand the difference between acceptable and unacceptable behavior and to take responsibility for their actions.
Students may not engage in disrespectful, exclusionary, discriminatory, or abusive behavior that disrupts and/or compromises the learning experience of others.
Prohibited behavior includes, but is not limited to: (a) community/social misconduct such as abusive use of social networking sites, verbal abuse, threats to injure or harm another or oneself, discrimination, or harassment; (b) academic misconduct such as lateness, disrupting another’s work, cheating, or plagiarizing; and (c) program misconduct such as breaking curfew or any other rules or policies of NYU High School Programs or the University.
University Student Conduct Policies
NYU High School Program students are expected to follow the rules and policies for student conduct set forth by the University. Students also are expected to adhere to all NYU High School Program and University rules and policies while on campus, online, or participating in program-sponsored events held off-campus.
Volatile behavior occurring off-campus or online during the course of a program activity will be addressed as a student conduct matter. NYU High School Program staff reserves the right to judge the severity of any act of misconduct and to determine the appropriate disciplinary actions/consequences.
- The possession or use of cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, and other tobacco/nicotine and/or vaporizer products by students is strictly prohibited, regardless of the age of the student.
- The possession or use of alcohol by students is strictly prohibited.
- The possession or illegal use of a controlled substance or the possession of related paraphernalia by students is strictly prohibited.
- Smoking, consuming alcohol, illegal drug use, and the use of other abusive substances (e.g. unprescribed medications) are strictly prohibited at any time during a program and at any location on or off campus or online.
New York University and NYU High School Programs are committed to maintaining a learning and working environment that is free of bias, prejudice, and harassment – an environment that supports, nurtures, and rewards educational advancement on the basis of ability and performance.
Harassment based upon race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, age, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship status, or any other legally protected basis is prohibited and undermines the character and purpose of NYU High School Programs. Any form of such harassment will not be tolerated.
New York University and NYU High School Programs are committed to maintaining a safe learning environment that is free of acts of violence, harassment, and other forms of sexual misconduct that undermine the character and purpose of the University and to creating a campus and program climate that supports, nurtures, and rewards educational advancement on the basis of ability and performance.
All students are subject to this policy and are strongly encouraged to report any incidents of sexual assault or harassment that they are made aware of. Failure to do so would compromise the well-being of the individuals involved and the entire program community. All forms of sexual misconduct are prohibited and will not be tolerated.
Residential Rules and Policies
For students living on campus in summer, the residential component complements the academic program. A disciplinary action removing a student from a residence hall will result in dismissal from their program(s) without refund.
Statement of Principles
NYU High School Programs views the unique experience of living in a residence hall as contributing significantly to a student’s personal and academic development. It is important to maintain an appropriate residence hall environment. To facilitate this process, every residential student is expected to uphold certain responsibilities. These responsibilities include:
- Recognizing that one’s membership in a residential community affords the student not only certain rights, but also creates a related set of responsibilities.
- Cooperating in maintaining the physical condition of the residential hall by not engaging in actions that vandalize, destruct, or deface the facility, or creating conditions that compromise the safety or well-being of other residents.
- Informing NYU High School Programs and University staff about behavior that is disruptive or disrespectful to the community, as well as situations that infringe on the safety of the community.
- Avoiding any behavior that indicates or could be perceived as retaliation for the reporting of potential violations.
Students must be checked in at their residence hall by 11:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 12:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. By 1:00 a.m., students are expected to be in their rooms and must maintain quiet hours. Curfew ends at 7:00 a.m. each morning, at which time students may leave the building. Program Assistants (P.A.s) will monitor the residence hall at these times. No exceptions or requests to extend curfew will be accepted unless the student is on a program-sponsored event.
Guests and Overnight Stays
Students are not allowed to have guests in their residence halls, including friends and family. Visitors are not permitted past residence hall security and must meet residential students in the building lobby.
Summer commuter students are only allowed in the residential hall to attend events or activities or meet with other students. Commuters are not allowed in the hall during curfew hours. No students, residential or commuter, will be allowed to sleep over in other student rooms.
Evenings and Weekends Away
Students will not be allowed to be away overnight or on weekends except for extenuating circumstances. In such cases, parents or guardians must submit a request in advance. A request may be submitted in either of the following ways:
- By completing the online Overnight & Weekend Leave Form
- By printing the Overnight & Weekend Leave Form and emailing it to the address listed in the form instructions.
Overnight and Weekend Leave Forms must be submitted 48 hours prior to the leave and no later than 12:00 p.m. on Friday for weekend leaves in order to be approved.
One of the greatest benefits of NYU High School Programs is the opportunity to experience life in New York City.
The city has much to offer students, and students in NYU High School Programs will h ave opportunities to see different neighborhoods and sites under supervision of staff on program-sponsored excursions. New York University, however, does not have an enclosed campus.
Students are advised to stay within close proximity of the main Washington Square or Brooklyn campuses, which are patrolled and serviced by NYU Public Safety officers. Students who choose to leave the campus area at any time understand that the farther they are from the main campus area, the more difficult it is for University and NYU High School Program staff to assist them should they need help. Students and their parents/guardians should discuss and decide upon appropriate boundaries and guidelines for travel off campus while attending their program.
Residential students are expected to be mindful of the noise they create in the residence hall and to comply with requests to reduce sound levels. The use of amplifiers or similar equipment is prohibited. Musical instruments may be played only in designated practice areas. Residents are also responsible for complying with New York City ordinances that include additional restrictions on noise after 11:00 p.m. on weeknights and 1:00 a.m. on weekends.
Residents will receive specific information about fire safety and evacuation procedures at the start of their program. Students should familiarize themselves with all fire safety procedures. Students who fail to comply fully with fire safety procedures, such as those who fail to abide by building emergency evacuation procedures or who otherwise violate rules and regulations related to fire safety, will be subject to disciplinary action.
Students are also expected to maintain adequate standards of cleanliness to avoid fire hazards, and must not obstruct sidewalks, entrances, passages, air conditioning vents, fire escapes, elevators, lobbies, stairways, corridors or halls with personal property. The following items are prohibited in the residence halls and will be confiscated:
- Flammable decorations
- Natural or artificial evergreens
- Electric heaters, air conditioners, hot plate burners
- Halogen lighting equipment
- Candles, incense, outdoor grills, or any other type of open flame or open coil device
- Explosives, fireworks, firearms, or ammunition
- Any other object found to block easy egress from a resident’s room as deemed by University and/or NYU High School Programs staff.
No outside furniture is allowed in the residence hall. All rooms are furnished appropriately for students with a desk, dresser, and extra-long twin bed.
Students currently taking prescribed medications (i.e. antibiotics, antidepressants, asthma medication) should bring enough medication to last throughout their time at NYU. Students are expected to be able to take medications on their own without the help of other students or NYU Summer Programs or University staff.
Residence Hall Violations
The following behavior is prohibited in the residence hall:
- Throwing and/or causing objects or any substance to be directed from, into, or onto residence hall windows, doors, terraces, ledges, roofs or other areas. This is considered a serious offence and will likely result in dismissal from the program without refund.
- Tampering with or vandalizing devices and furnishings, such as window screens, cranks, stops, locks, door closing devices or furnishings in a residence hall.
- Installing an unauthorized lock on a bedroom, bathroom, closet, or suite door.
- Inadequately securing one's room and/or failure to lock room doors.
- Unauthorized access or use of restricted areas in or about a residence hall, including but not limited to roofs, ledges, terraces, basements, storage areas, mailrooms, or emergency exits.
- Moving into another room or switching rooms with another student.
- Keeping or caring for pets in the residence hall.
- Conducting business for profit or soliciting or recruiting for memberships, subscriptions, polls, or use of commercial services.
- Exhibiting or affixing any unauthorized sign, advertisement, notice or other lettering, flags or banners, that are inscribed, painted or affixed to any part of the outside of a building or the inside of the building which may be viewed outside of one's room.
- Attaching or hanging any projections (radio or television antennas, dishes, awnings, etc.) to the outside walls or windows of a residence hall.
- Filming in or into any area of a residence hall without authorization.
- Gambling in the residence hall.
Investigation and Adjudication of Alleged Violations
New York University assumes that all students are capable of accepting responsibility for their actions. Therefore, students will be held accountable for any violation of NYU High School Programs and University rules and policies. It is important to note that students found present while a violation is occurring may be considered participants and may be subject to disciplinary action along with the principal violator(s). The NYU High School Programs conduct process is as follows:
Report or Formal Complaint
Students and NYU High School Programs or University staff document things that they observe, hear, smell, or are otherwise made aware of through an incident reporting process. Any person may file a report or discuss a complaint with staff.
NYU High School Programs and/or University staff will review all such reports and may interview students connected with the case. Students are expected to cooperate with the interview process. Based upon the information available to the staff, should the staff determine that no violation occurred the case will be closed.
In the event it is determined that a violation did occur, the case will be referred to a senior NYU High School Program and/or University administrator for final review and a determination as to disciplinary actions that are deemed to be necessary and appropriate.
The student will receive official notification of the final decision via email. Serious violations will most likely lead to dismissal from the student’s program(s) without refund. Disciplinary decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
Zero Tolerance Policy
There is a zero tolerance policy with respect to the possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs and substances (including paraphernalia). Any student determined to have violated these policies will immediately be dismissed from their program(s) without refund.
Students found in possession or use of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and vaporizers (including paraphernalia) may immediately be dismissed from their program(s) without refund.
All other policy violations will be addressed in accordance with NYU High School Programs adjudication processes, and may result in a variety of sanctions ranging from a warning to dismissal from the program without refund depending upon the circumstances of the violation.