Date: August 10, 2021
To: NYU Employees
From: Martin Dorph, Exec. Vice President
Dr. Carlo Ciotoli, Exec. Lead, COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team

Starting next Monday, August 16, we will begin restricting campus access for that small fraction of the NYU employees who have failed to meet the requirement to be vaccinated and upload proof.

Changes to the Daily Screener, Building Access, and Testing Frequency for Employees

The Daily Screener and Restricted Campus Access

In 2021-22, the Daily Screener will remain fundamental to campus access.

For the vast majority of NYUers — those who have uploaded proof of vaccination and had it verified, and those who have received an exemption — things have gotten easier: they automatically receive a green “PASS” screen when they log in to the Daily Screener.

For those employees who have not complied, beginning on Monday, August 16, they will no longer be able to obtain a green “PASS” screen. Instead, if — and only if — they are up-to-date on their weekly testing, they will receive a yellow “PASS” screen. The yellow screen will prohibit them from entering major NYU common buildings — such as Bobst Library, Kimmel, sports and recreation facilities (unless they work there). And even in the buildings in which they work, those with a yellow "PASS" should not access common areas such as break rooms and lounges and are also not permitted to eat indoors on NYU property.

The change is meant to restrict those who have not yet complied to work locations and to minimize their movements among campus locations. Green “PASS” screens will also be required for virtually all NYU events and gatherings, indoors and out, and so they will be prohibited from attending those events.

More Frequent Testing

Those NYU employees not fully in compliance with NYU’s vaccination and upload requirements are required to be tested and receive a negative result within the prior seven days before coming to campus.

For those not in compliance and on campus on a daily basis, that effectively means weekly testing; it also means that if you are planning to be on campus next week, you must be tested this week. The testing must be conducted through NYU’s testing operation, located at 20 Cooper Square.

Failure to be tested each week will disable their access to the Daily Screener and to all NYU facilities. They will be unable to enter any NYU building (other than NYU housing in which they reside). Failure to report to work locations will be treated as unexcused absences and handled through regular disciplinary procedures.

If You Have Not Been Vaccinated and Uploaded Proof, Do So Now

The overwhelming majority of NYU faculty, administrators, and staff met the August 1 deadline to observe NYU’s vaccination and upload deadline.

If you have not, it is not too late to do so. Join the thousands of your colleagues by promptly getting vaccinated and uploading proof. We will be reopening the on-campus vaccination program in Bobst Library beginning Monday, August 16. For Off-Campus vaccination resources, click here.

The COVID-19 vaccines have been given to well over 100 million Americans; they have proven themselves safe and effective, they are free, and they are readily available. Particularly in the face of the spread of the Delta variant — which has been called by the head of the CDC “a pandemic of the unvaccinated” — vaccination is the safest, smartest step you can take for your own health, the health of your colleagues and fellow NYU community members, and the health of the City.

And it will enable you to avoid restrictions on campus access and other more severe consequences that will be put in place.