COVID-19 will cause changes across almost all aspects of university life in 2020-2021: in our daily habits; in the way we enter, exit, and move about buildings; in the way we collaborate; even in the way we clean our spaces.  As we return to campus, safety must be first and foremost, and we must adapt our habits and practices to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep each other safe.

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Around Campus

We are proud of the spirit and perseverance our community has shown during this unusual year.

General Facilities Information

Building Basics

Making your way around campus may require a bit more effort and attention, but it is part of our effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Read more about NYU building basics

Building Access

Every member of the NYU community planning to enter an NYU building this fall semester will need to follow several steps before gaining access. 

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Limiting the maximum occupancy, prohibiting eating and drinking in the elevators, and encouraging elevator buttons to be pressed with a pen or knuckle. Elevator occupancy capacity as well as other policies will be posted outside each elevator.

Staircases and Hallways

Designating “one way” hallways and staircases—for up or down only—will give people space to social distance.  Please look for signage for directions.


NYU will provide enhanced cleaning of bathrooms and ensuring paper towel dispensers are in all restrooms to encourage use of paper towels with hand washing or to open doors, turn faucets, etc. To report a restroom that has run out of soap or other supplies, please email NYU Client Service Center or call (212) 998-1001.   Please be aware that some stalls or urinals may not easily lend themselves to social distancing.

Kitchens, Pantries, and Break Rooms

Determining which spaces may be closed temporarily, based on a department’s desire to balance the needs of its staff with any possible health concerns. These areas should not be used for gatherings.

Read more about kitchens, pantries, and break rooms

Copy and Print Rooms

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers and hand wipes will be available near devices such as copiers, printers, shredders, or fax machines and you should wipe down machines before and after use. You are also encouraged to not wait in close proximity if others are there and face coverings should be used at all times. For large, complex jobs, consider utilizing NYU’s Copy Services.  Please consider bypassing print altogether and distributing materials digitally.

Conference and Training Rooms

We will be posting updated occupancy signage outside conference and training rooms, and incorporating signage clearly demarcating furniture as “Not for Use.”  In-person meetings and trainings should be avoided where possible.

Building HVAC Systems

NYU is taking steps to reduce the likelihood of buildings' air handling systems spreading COVID-19 by increasing fresh air flow and reducing recirculated air.

Read more about heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems

Enhanced Building Cleaning

With the return to campus, the University will be implementing enhanced cleaning with special attention to "high touch" surfaces – door hardware, elevator panels, banisters, etc.

Read more about enhanced building cleaning

Personal Workspace Cleaning

While building maintenance staff will continue to clean offices, workspaces, and public spaces based on CDC guidance, please take additional care in these areas and wipe down your work areas at the end of each day.

Read more about personal workspace cleaning

Classroom Technology and A/V Equipment Cleaning Guidelines  

Cleaning and sanitizing standards and best practices were researched and developed into these guidelines for NYU to use for the cleaning of different types of equipment.

Read more about cleaning guidelines for classroom tech and a/v equipment

Campus Events and Activities

In-person Events

All large, non-essential, in-person gatherings are prohibited at this time. Essential gatherings are for the purposes of core academic activities (e.g., classes), core essential research, or facilitating the health and safety of the University community.  The use of meet-up rooms is suspended for the time being.

Read more about events


NYU's libraries will be adjusting practices and procedures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Read more about libraries


NYU Eats is fully committed to fostering a safe, efficient dining environment while providing a wide variety of delicious, healthy and nutritious meal options to the NYU community.

Read more about dining

Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness

Due to COVID-19, intercollegiate, intramural, and club sports and competitions are cancelled through the 2020/2021 academic year. For the time being, we are suspending all use of our athletic facilities.

Read more about athletics, recreation, and fitness

Travel and Transportation

Travel Policy

Information about the latest NYU restrictions regarding university-related travel, research travel, personal travel support, and guests traveling to NYU.

Read more about travel policy


Commuting is a fact of daily life for many members of the NYU community, and there are steps we can take to reduce the likelihood of coronavirus contagion.   

Read more about safe commuting.


Campus Transportation

NYU transportation services from residences and campus locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn have enhanced cleaning and instituted new safety protocols to protect riders. 

Learn more about campus transportation.

We recognize that COVID-19's effects have been disparate, and its impacts on poor communities and communities of color have been especially painful. In our 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 about 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.

Bias Response Line
(212) 998-2277

Students, email StudentLink

Faculty and Employees, email PeopleLink

Urgent after-hours inquiries, call (212) 998-1155

Support is Available