Date: January 14, 2022
To: NYU Employees
From: Martin Dorph, Exec. Vice President
Sabrina Ellis, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Earlier this week, you received a message that provided information about the University’s plans for the spring 2022 semester.

We know how hard you have been working since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the critically important work of the University continues, even in the face of uncertainty and rapidly changing circumstances. We appreciate your perseverance and your partnership.

In the earlier message, we reminded everyone of the University’s requirement that every eligible member of the community receive and upload proof of a COVID-19 booster shot by next Tuesday, January 18, 2022. The University considers getting a booster a vital public health measure for our community, and part of our collective responsibility to keep each other safe. Failure to comply with the University’s booster requirement will result in consequences.

Employees not yet eligible to receive the booster are expected to comply within seven days of becoming eligible.

We want to explain here what those consequences will be and to reiterate the call to obtain a COVID-19 booster shot and to upload proof right away.

Ongoing Testing

NYU employees not fully in compliance with the University’s booster requirement must obtain a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within the seven days before coming to campus through the University's ongoing testing program. If more than seven days pass since their most recent test result, noncompliant employees will not be able to use the Daily Screener and will not be permitted to enter any NYU building. If you are expecting to return to campus, and have not uploaded your booster information, please arrange to obtain an on-campus test within seven days of your return to campus.

Limited Building Access (Yellow Daily Screener)

Beginning next Friday, January 21, 2022, any NYU employee who is out of compliance with the University’s booster requirement AND who has not complied with the ongoing testing requirements (see above) will lose access to the Daily Screener and to NYU buildings.

Noncompliant employees who do comply with the ongoing testing requirements will obtain a yellow “PASS” on the Daily Screener. That screen will permit employees to enter ONLY the building(s) where they work.

Employees who are scheduled to work on campus but who cannot access their building due to noncompliance with both the booster and testing requirements may NOT work remotely as an alternative to work on campus. Such employees must use paid time off (not sick time) for the day(s) they do not work.

No Eating in NYU Buildings

For the safety of other community members, employees who have not complied with the University’s booster requirement may not eat inside any of the University’s buildings (except their personal residence if they live on campus).

Other Consequences Under Consideration

The University is considering other disciplinary actions for those employees who remain out of compliance with the booster requirement.


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If you have already complied with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination and booster requirements, we thank you and ask you to please disregard this message.