Date: August 24, 2022
To: NYU Students
From: Jason Pina, Vice President for University Life and Global Engagement; Rafael Rodriguez, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students; Dr. Carlo Ciotoli, MD, MPA, Vice President for Campus Health; and Fountain Walker, Vice President for Campus Safety

Dear Student,

We are eagerly looking forward to having you on campus for the 2022-2023 academic year.

In advance of that, we want to share with you the University’s expectations with regard to community health and safety.

Health

General

Like society, NYU is entering a new phase of its COVID-19 response. Thanks to highly effective vaccines, 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 — make NYU especially well-positioned to focus its COVID mitigation efforts on and particularly to preventing severe outcomes from the illness among all members of our community — students, faculty, employees, and visitors.  

Our most powerful tool is our COVID-19 vaccination requirement, which enables us to achieve high rates of vaccination among all people who will be on campus, and to deny campus access to those not in compliance with our policy. That approach will remain in place for the coming academic year.

Yet, even as we continue to seek to minimize the effects of COVID-19, we want to continue restoring many of the important aspects of campus life that we have had to forego over the last couple of years.

Starting the Year With Our Masking Policy in Place

We will start 2022-2023 with the same masking policy we had in place during the spring 2022 and summer 2022 semesters (i.e., that masks must be worn in certain “obligatory” spaces, including classrooms and some workplace settings). This will allow us time to assess the impact of the return of the campus community. However, we intend to lift the masking policy towards the end of September, public health conditions permitting.

Even in settings in which mask wearing is optional, we want to establish a culture where anyone who wants to wear a mask can do so without being made to feel uncomfortable.

Goodbye, Daily Screener; Hello, "Violet Go"

The Daily Screener has been core to our efforts to increase compliance with our vaccine requirements. But we know that some people have found logging into the Daily Screener each day, including multi-factor authentication, to be a hassle.

So, we’re introducing “Violet Go” — log in and authenticate once, put your pass in your phone’s wallet, and you're good to go as long as you stay compliant with our vaccination policy. When you need to enter an NYU building or an off-campus University-sponsored activity, you just need to pull your Violet Go from your phone’s wallet — no more daily log in, no more daily MFA.

Staying in Compliance with the Vaccination Policy

It’s very important you stay in compliance with NYU vaccination requirements. Depending on when you received your final dose of your initial COVID-19 vaccination, you may be required to get a booster during the course of 2022-2023.

If, at any point during this academic year, you fall out of compliance, you will not be able to enter NYU classroom buildings and other facilities, to participate in off-campus University-sponsored activities, or to register for the next semester’s classes.  

If you have not as yet received a booster, use this calculator to know when you need to get one to remain in compliance.

Safety

Personal Safety and the City

If you are a student at NYU, you’re not just an NYUer, you’re a New Yorker. Since the start of the pandemic, concerns about crime and safety have grown.

That shouldn’t be a cause for fear or anxiety, but it should call on you to use your common sense as you move about the city.

A few key tips:

  • Keep Your Eyes and Ears Open: Muggers tend to focus on people who are distracted or not at their most aware (say, from having drunk one too many). So, don’t fixate on your phone’s screen with your earbuds blasting away — stay alert. It also makes an accident when crossing the street a lot less likely.
  • Don’t Leave Your Possessions Unattended: Most thefts are crimes of opportunity. If you don’t have someone you trust to watch your stuff — laptop, phone, bag with your wallet — while you go to the bathroom or step away even for a moment, bring it with you.
  • If the Situation Starts Getting Hostile, De-escalate: Don’t let a minor encounter turn into something big or something physical. If you find yourself in an escalating encounter with someone, find a way to de-escalate the situation or walk away.
  • If an Encounter Is Turning Ugly, Intervene If You Feel Safe: Take action and de-escalate a situation by using any of the following tactics: (1) Directly intervene in the situation; (2) Delegate by asking someone in a position of authority to get involved; (3) Delay your intervention by sticking around to check in with the individuals impacted after the incident has de-escalated; (4) Distract by asking a question and indirectly interrupting the ongoing incident; or (5) Document what you witnessed and share it with the individual(s) impacted and someone in a position of authority.
  • If You’re Going Out, Go Out with Others: There’s strength in numbers, and safety in being with people that will look out for you. Groups are much less of a target for someone who’s up to no good.