Since spring 2020, NYU faculty, administrators, and staff have been focused intently and working on plans for academic year 2020-2021: developing new safety and health protocols, aligning courses and classes with health guidelines, upgrading technology, and enhancing professional support for faculty. We are committed to you, our students, receiving the excellent education you expect from NYU. There will be challenges, but we will carry on together. We hope you find the information and links below helpful in navigating this unpredictable period and in understanding the expectations we have for you as members of the NYU community.
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Across NYU's schools and colleges, graduate education is highly diverse and program-specific. While many aspects of the coming year will be common to everyone in the NYU community, especially those having to do with observing health and safety protocols, some features of your experience, and particularly of your academic life, may be unique to your graduate program.
While NYU's commitment to the excellence of your education and your academic progress will remain the same in 2020-2021, daily life on campus will be different than you have seen before.
New conventions will be in place. The classes you expect to have with the professors you want to learn from will take three forms this fall - in-person, blended, and remote. Large gatherings will be out; smaller in-person gatherings that allow for six feet of physical distancing will be in.
When you're in class, you will be asked to sit in the same seat at every class meeting throughout the semester (to enable more efficient contact tracing).
That said, we’re committed to bringing you robust and vibrant experiences in the coming year that will engage you intellectually both inside and outside the classroom, even as we work to keep each other safe.
Daily COVID-19 Screener
Members of the NYU community will be required to regularly complete a brief questionnaire, called the Daily COVID-19 Screener for Campus Access, via NYU’s smartphone app or an accessible computer to be authorized to enter NYU facilities.
All NYUers must wear face coverings when on NYU property or in NYU facilities, and are encouraged to wear them at all times when outside of home. While you should use your own face coverings, NYU also has PPE supplies you can access if needed.
Students and faculty are encouraged to meet in-person in one-on-one meetings, as long as 6 ft physical distancing is maintained and masks are worn. If these public health measures cannot be followed, the University encourages virtual meetings.
Study and Remote Learning Spaces
NYU is providing students with quieter shared spaces to study and actively participate in remote online classes. Reservations are for student use only.
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.
Athletics, Recreation, and Fitness
Due to COVID-19, intercollegiate and intramural competitions are cancelled through the winter season and intramural and club sports are canceled through the spring semester. Select NYU athletics facilities have been reopened at a reduced capacity.
NYU reopened its student residence halls in 2020-2021. But in keeping with our plans to reduce density—one of the tenets of our safety and health planning—there are fewer students per floor.
Isolating or Quarantining
Protecting our collective health during a pandemic requires that we quarantine or isolate those who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19, and we have developed specific protocols to monitor and care for students.
Providing support to students has been a principal priority since COVID-19 first struck. NYU has spent $31 million on special emergency support since March 2020 – a mix of CARES Act Funding, University funds, and private donations.
What do you do when you observe somebody disregarding COVID-19 health and safety protocols? NYU has developed a multi-stage system for students to encourage compliance and report violations.
Remote Learning Support
We encourage you to connect with your faculty and academic advisors to find tailored support. The Office of Student Success will also help explore the various services available with you.
Student Employment and Career Services
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.