To: Students at NYU Florence
Date: February 24, 2020

Dear NYU Florence Student Community,

The occurrence of coronavirus cases has climbed steeply in northern Italy. In response, the Italian government has been taking swift action to try to prevent its spread.

Though there is no evidence of a pressing risk to the NYU Florence community, the past month has demonstrated that countries may swiftly and unexpectedly make decisions that can significantly affect one’s ability to travel. With that in mind, and guided by the priority to safeguard your well-being and ensure your academic progress, we have made some important decisions regarding the status of NYU Florence and your classes.

  • Cancelling the rest of this week’s classes and closing the campus: Classes for the remainder of this week, February 25 through February 28, will be canceled.
  • Classes will meet remotely through March 20th: Classes will resume on Monday, March 2, however, through Friday, March 20, they will be offered remotely, primarily utilizing the Zoom online platform. (You will receive further information on this in the coming days; NYU has been successfully using this method of instruction for hundreds of students enrolled at NYU Shanghai.)
  • Students living on campus will be required to depart as we will be closed: NYU Florence will suspend all in-person operations beginning at 12pm on Thursday, February 27, with an anticipated re-opening date of Sunday, March 29. As a result, all students who are living on campus will be required to depart from their rooms no later than Thursday morning.
  • We urge those in off-campus housing to depart, too: We also very strongly encourage students living in off-campus apartments or in homestays to make alternative arrangements, such as returning home, through Sunday, March 29. With the campus closed, NYU Florence will have significant difficulty providing support services to those who choose to remain in off-campus apartments or homestays during this period. We also urge you to keep in mind that if the situation in Italy worsens, it may grow increasingly difficult to travel.
  • Working on alternative arrangements: We are working to identify alternative arrangements for students who are from countries that are facing significant challenges as a result of the Coronavirus, and may have concerns about returning home.
  • Travel arrangement assistance: Students are encouraged to make their own travel arrangements, however, any students who require either financial or logistical assistance should contact the NYU Florence Office of Student Life at florence.studentlife@nyu.edu. Students are asked to submit their round-trip travel plans via the NYU Florence Personal Travel Form.
  • What you should take, what you may leave: Students should be sure to not leave any valuables behind in their rooms, both on or off-campus. Students living on campus at NYU Florence may leave other belongings in their rooms but are asked to leave them in an organized fashion, and clearly marked with their names. Students living off-campus can store any belongings they would like to leave in Florence on campus, where clearly labeled boxes and/or bags may be stored during this suspension. (Boxes will be available at the Office of Student Life.) We strongly discourage you from leaving belongings behind in your off-campus apartment.
  • Help with planning: Any students who are unsure of where they should go during this suspension of in-person operations should also contact the NYU Florence Office of Student Life at florence.studentlife@nyu.edu to see what alternative options may be available.

We know that you will have other questions in the days ahead, and please don’t hesitate to contact the Student Life team to seek assistance. We will also be sharing this email with your parents or guardians, so that they are prepared to assist you throughout as well.

We recognize that these are challenging times, and clearly this isn’t the semester we envisioned for you at NYU Florence. Indeed, some among our community are students who originally planned on being at NYU Shanghai, and this is an added hurdle for them. That being said, we look forward to welcoming you back on March 29, and we will remain in touch with updates between now and then.

Please allow us to extend to you our gratitude for your flexibility and resiliency, and know that we are here to support you through this process.

Sincerely,

Perri Klass, MD
Co-Director, NYU Florence

Larry Wolff
Co-Director, NYU Florence

Carlo Ciotoli, MD, MPA
Associate Vice President for Student Health
Executive Director, NYU Student Health Center

Jack Briggs
Vice President, Global Resiliency and Security
New York University