Date: January 13, 2021

To: Residential Students

From: Dr. Carlo Ciotoli, Executive Lead, NYU COVID Prevention & Response Team
Kate Baier, Executive Director, Residential Life
Neil Hanrahan, Executive Director, Housing Services

We hope this email finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. We want to call your attention to a few critical items as you return to campus.

We Urge You to Follow the Protocols for Early Release Quarantine:

As we stated in December, quarantining students may be eligible to shorten your State mandated quarantine.

To shorten the quarantine period:

  1. Get tested within the three-day period prior to arrival to New York; the test must occur while you are still in a restricted state or country. The result must be negative.
    • If you receive a positive test, you should not travel and you should notify the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team.
    • You will need to provide proof of this pre-arrival test, and its results, to NYU’s COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team (CPRT) via the unique URL the CPRT will send to you after you check-in to your residence hall and complete the Return from Travel form. In addition to the pre-arrival test, you will need to get tested by NYU on the day you arrive in housing; the result must be negative.
  2. You will need to be tested again by NYU on Day Four (4) of quarantine, and receive a negative result. The day you arrive in New York City is considered Day 0.
    • For example: for those arriving this weekend, these are the only acceptable dates for the Day 4 test:
      • If you arrive on Saturday, January 16, your Day 4 COVID-19 test must be administered on Wednesday, January 20. Make your appointment here.
      • If you arrive on Sunday, January 17, your Day 4 COVID-19 test must be administered on Thursday, January 21. Make your appointment here.
  3. NYU’s COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team will review the results and inform you when you are cleared to end quarantine. You cannot release yourself from quarantine. You must await written clearance from the CPRT. This can take up to 48 hours after you receive your test result; the CPRT or the Residential Life and Housing Services team will not have any information for you before that time. If you were temporarily relocated, you must also wait for notification from the Residential Life and Housing Services staff that you may check into your spring semester-long space.

If You Do Not Meet Criteria For Shortened Quarantine

  • You are required by the NYS Department of Health to quarantine for 10 days after your return.
  • You must complete a brief survey using the unique URL you will receive after you check-in to your residence hall and complete the Return from Travel form.
  • You must get tested by NYU on the day you arrive in housing, then you will test on your regular schedule.
  • You will be contacted on Day 10 of your quarantine by the CPRT to provide you with instructions for clearance to end quarantine. If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, you will be permitted to end quarantine the following day. You cannot release yourself from quarantine. You must await written clearance from the CPRT.

Following NYU’s Health and Safety Protocols:

One of the reasons that NYU was able to conduct the fall semester without a COVID-19 outbreak was our collective commitment to follow our safety protocols and “keep each other safe.” With increased transmission rates across the country, in New York State, in NYC, and even at NYU, it is more important than ever that you follow our Health and Safety protocols.

Even as members of the NYU community are vaccinated, they will be required to follow the public health-related rules, which we will strictly enforce. Students will receive an email and link from the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards to complete our required student conduct module and video, which outlines your community health obligations, along with other key information.

Finalize Your Plans to Arrive:

It is very difficult now to accommodate further changes to arrival dates. Please finalize your travel plans based on your previously submitted arrival dates. This will allow us to ensure that we have followed NYS quarantine requirements for shared spaces and to open safely.

Thank you in advance for your commitment and cooperation as we move to enter the Spring 2021 semester. We look forward to welcoming you to campus.