A student from another college hoping to visit and stay overnight with your friend who lives in an NYU residence hall?  A contractor with an assignment on campus?  A parent hoping to look at your student's room during a visit to New York?  A vendor planning to stop by to pitch a service you offer?
For 2020-2021, NYU is adopting strict standards for visitors and vendors and limiting access.

Visitors and Vendors Guidelines

Guiding Principle: Limited Access for Safety

During Fall 2020, access to NYU buildings will be limited for the safety of the community. This policy is informed by New York State Department of Health Guidelines for Higher Education in conjunction with other public health guidance and aims to provide a consistent approach to density management, remote courses and telework that is in parallel with the screening and testing process in place for all NYU community members who are on campus.

  • Non-essential visits are not permitted until further notice.
  • Events or social gatherings with external visitors will not be held until further notice.
  • Where feasible, in-person appointments, demos, meetings or sessions should instead be held virtually.
  • All deliveries (except for NYU Mail Services) should be limited to the front entrance of the building.

Exceptions to the Visitor Policy

NYU has created a process for exceptions to the policy that include, for example, a guest lecturer of an in-person course, a research specialist, an administrative subject matter expert or a technician.

Please request exceptions by completing the NYU Returns Visitor Request Form at least 10 business days prior to the day of the campus visit. If the visit is urgent and there are fewer than 10 days notice, please complete the form and also send a follow up email to nyu.returns.visitors@nyu.edu.

Requesters of one-off exceptions will be responsible for:

  • Obtaining approval first from their Deans or division heads (VP level), then submit an exception request to the Returns Visitor Review Team at least 10 days in advance via the NYU Returns Visitor Request Form.
  • Ensuring their visitor complies with NYU, policies, code of conduct (e.g., face covering, symptom screening, physical distancing, etc.), and building-specific protocols.

Building Entry for Visitors to Campus    

A visitor is anyone that does not normally work or study in any specific university building. For example, a community member who usually works or studies at a specific location is considered a visitor if they are visiting another campus location. Visitors may also be retirees or alumni.

Visitors to campus must have an essential purpose directly related to the work of the University.

While Visiting NYU...

  • Approved visitors must complete the Daily COVID-19 Screener for Visitor and Vendor Access and show the green approval screen to the Public Safety Officer for building entry. You should complete the daily screener before you leave your home. You will need a thermometer and to take your temperature in order to complete the daily screener.
  • Visitors must check in with their sponsor or host for building access and meet them at the building entrance. Visitors must comply with orders of local public health authorities regarding travel-related quarantine and print out their approval email and confirmation from the Visitor form or be able to show the email to a Public Safety Officer or Building Representative.
  • At this check-in, Public Safety will review the approval email, checking the name against the guest’s government-issued ID, and ensure the visitor is compliant with the Daily COVID-19 Screener for Visitor and Vendor Access. Visitors and vendors should use the screener specifically for visitors and vendors, not the NYU student, faculty and staff.

Visitor Requirements

  • Approved visitors also must wear a face covering in accordance with NYU building entry requirements.
  • Visiting family members of students, faculty, or staff will not be permitted to enter NYU buildings (other than those that may be open to the public). They will be met at the entrance of buildings and visit with their family members at an off-campus location.
  • Visitors must comply with all University policies, code of conduct, and building-specific protocols such as wearing a face covering, maintaining physical distancing, and reporting to NYU’s COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team if they become infected within 14 days of visiting NYU.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: If a visitor is from a state or region where quarantine is required by New York State, they are required to quarantine 14 days before being allowed on campus.

Building Entry for Vendors

Vendors must demonstrate compliance with Health Screening requirement by category:

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

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