Safety, Academics, and Flexibility

The 2020-2021 academic year stands apart. Against the backdrop of COVID-19, we must embrace a multilayered safety and health plan that will help keep each other safe. The challenges and uncertainty of the coronavirus call for flexibility in response to changing developments, and even in our long held academic practices as we strive to accommodate the difficulties our students and faculty will face. And even as we conscientiously observe new safety protocols and act nimbly, we must remain committed to fulfilling our research and teaching mission.

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3 Steps to Building Access

Before entering an NYU academic or administrative building there are three steps that everyone must complete.

NYU Community Testing

Students, faculty, and employees must participate in our COVID-19 testing program in order to enter buildings.


We strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine to further help keep each other safe.

Spring into Safety

As the weather warms, shed layers, not safety! NYU will continue to proceed cautiously even as New York State restrictions loosen. Keep each other safe with these daily activities.

Wear a face covering over your nose and mouth

Keep it small – avoid large gatherings

Take the Daily COVID-19 Screener before leaving for campus

Get tested for COVID-19

Keep each other Safe

Latest Messages

4/15: Enjoy the Long Weekend

A message from NYU Senior Leadership on the upcoming three-day weekend.

4/13: A Message from NYU President Andrew Hamilton

A message from NYU President Andrew Hamilton to newly admitted NYU students.

4/8: A Letter to Parents from NYU President Andrew Hamilton

The latest update for parents and guardians from President Hamilton.


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NYU Emergency Relief Funds

Since March 2020, NYU has been able to award over $31million in emergency funding to students and assisted close to 24,000 students. This includes the CARES act funding that NYU received, which we have now completely distributed.  

For students who have unexpected, unforeseen and unavoidable emergency expenses, please go to the NYU Student Emergency Fund to find out more information about how to apply for student emergency funding.  If you are facing food insecurity, you can find more information about Courtesy Meals. Undergraduate students may apply for a financial aid appeal by going to the financial aid website and filling out a financial aid appeal form.

For NYU faculty and staff, there is an NYU Emergency Relief Fund for Faculty and Employees as a way for NYU friends, alumni, and fellow employees to help support employees in the face of new challenges presented by COVID-19.  Initiated by and developed in partnership with the Administrative Management Council, 100% of all donations will directly support our employees’ most urgent needs as they adapt to changing circumstances.

NYU Returns Webinar Series

Support Resources

COVID-19's impacts are not confined to its medical effects; its disruptive reach has touched many parts of people's lives.  The overall well-being of the NYU community matters.  The University has an array of services to help and support students, faculty, administrators, and staff who have been affected by the coronavirus.

Supporting Each Other Through COVID-19

NYU recognizes that COVID-19's effects have been disparate, and its impacts on poor communities and communities of color have been especially painful. In its response to the coronavius, NYU is committed to mitigating those impacts as well as ensuring no one in our community is ostracized, bullied, or mistreated due to ignorance around this disease. If any member of our community believes they have experienced harassment or discrimination, we encourage them to report concerns to the Bias Response Line by email at or phone (212) 998-2277. For more information about NYU’s commitment to an inclusive community, please visit our Office of Global Inclusion and Diversity.