Isolating in Student Housing
For students living in NYU residence halls, NYU has developed a set of guidelines to help you understand what you need to do during your isolation.
Updated: October 11
Stay in Your Room
Don't Go Out
During this period, it is important that you do not leave your room or apartment except for an emergency or to seek medical care (or required testing). If you must leave your room, wear an high quality and well-fitting mask while you are out.
If you are isolating in a shared suite, you should remain in your room unless you need to use the suite facilities (kitchen, bathroom, etc), and be sure to maintain physical distance and wear a mask when you do.
Please do not leave to exercise, go shopping, or even take a walk.
Help Protect Others
Follow the Guidelines
Avoid contact with others in your room/suite, as much as possible. You and your roommates should not invite visitors to your room/suite until your isolation period is over.
Wear an high quality and well-fitting mask at all times when you are around other people in your room/suite. You and those you live with can get KN95 masks at your residence hall Resource Center. Ask a friend or someone you live with to pick one up for you.
Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
Take steps to improve ventilation in your apartment by opening the windows, if possible and safe to do so.
Meals and Groceries
You are responsible for obtaining your own meals during your isolation period. There are a few options to get meals while in your residence hall room/suite.
- Order through a food or grocery delivery service (eg. GrubHub, Seamless, Instacart, Fresh Direct, etc.). You will be able to leave your room briefly to pick up your food in the lobby of your building.
- If you have a meal plan:
- We recommend you give your NYU ID card to a friend or roommate to pick up food for you at one of our dining locations. Tell your friend to let the cashier know they are purchasing for someone in isolation.
- If this is not an option, you can leave your room briefly to pick up a Grab & Go meal yourself at a dining location. Please purchase more than one meal when visiting the dining location to avoid multiple trips.
IMPORTANT: You must wear an N95 or KN95 mask the entire time you are out, including while you are in your building’s common spaces (hallways, elevators, stairwells, etc.). You must immediately return to your room after picking up your delivery and you are NOT permitted to take any form of public or shared transportation (ex: NYU shuttle, subway, taxi/ride share).
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your isolation dining, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org from 9am-5pm, 7 days a week.
Roommates and Academic Contacts
If you test positive, it is your responsibility to inform your roommates and suitemates. You can advise them to follow the instructions for what to do if you were exposed and share guidance for roommates of students in isolation.
If required, you should notify your instructors that you will not be participating in in-person classes due to illness. When communicating your absence, you are not required to share any personal medical information with your professors (including test results, vaccination status, isolation requirements).
NYU is compelled to investigate every report it receives of alleged violations of the isolation policies. Sanctions for violations are serious and may include restriction from campus, immediate removal from the residence halls and cancellation of the housing license, and suspension from the University.
Symptoms and Care
It's important to monitor yourself for new or worsening symptoms.
If you develop new symptoms, please visit the COVID-19 Positive Tests, Symptoms, and Exposure page for guidance on how new symptoms may impact your end of isolation date.
If you need medical assistance, schedule a Virtual Care appointment at the Student Health Center or call (212) 443-1000 and ask to speak with a nurse.
In a life- or limb-threatening emergency, call 911. For other emergencies, or to reach after hours staff on duty, contact the Campus Safety Communications Center at (212) 998-2222 or via the Safe NYU app.
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Mail and Packages
If you have received any packages while in isolation, contact the Resource Center in your Residence Hall to request the item be delivered to your room.
Report an Issue
If you notice that something in the room needs to be fixed, please complete a Work Request form, and our facilities staff will address these smaller issues once you depart.
If an urgent problem occurs (ex: your toilet is overflowing, the heat isn’t working), contact the residence hall Resource Center and we will determine if we need to move you to alternative space. Resource Center phone numbers are listed on each residence hall page.
Res Hall Questions
When to End Isolation
You should prepare to be in isolation for 10 days. Please review the email you received after submitting the COVID-19 Report Form for information on when to end isolation and additional health protocols you must follow for several days after isolation.
About Our Isolation Protocols
We understand you may have questions about living with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. It’s important to remember that residential students who become sick with many different illnesses, such as the flu, a cold, mono, a stomach virus, usually remain in shared rooms/suites with their roommates while recovering.
Today, thanks to highly effective vaccines, mutations in the virus that are associated with milder illness, higher population-level immunity, and more widely available medication (when clinically indicated), students are rarely getting severely ill from COVID-19. These reasons — coupled with NYU’s very high rates of boosters — makes NYU especially well-positioned to use an isolate-in-place protocol. Under this protocol, residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will isolate in their own room/suite — even though their roommates may be negative for COVID-19 — without the need to relocate to a temporary housing assignment.
What You Need to Do
Guidance for people exposed to COVID-19 depends on your vaccination status, whether you have symptoms or not, and whether you have had a previous COVID-19 infection within the last 90 days.
- Please follow the instructions for what to do if you were exposed for guidance on testing.
- You are expected to take additional precautions for 10 full days after the day you were last exposed (with the exposure day being day 0), regardless of whether or not you have symptoms of COVID-19. This means that you will need to follow additional precautions while your roommate or suitemate is isolating in place and for an additional 10 days after your roommate/suitemate ends isolation.
If you develop symptoms at any time, follow the instructions for what to do if you have symptoms.
Do not invite any visitors to your room/suite until your roommate’s isolation period is over.
Isolating at the School of Law
School of Law students in single occupancy units may isolate in their on campus accommodation. The resident must follow University guidelines and remain in their apartment throughout the prescribed isolation period until they meet the criteria to end isolation.