Date: Monday, March 16, 2020
To: NYU Students at Accra and their Parents and Guardians

Dear NYU Accra Students and Parents and Guardians,

We are sorry to interrupt your Spring Break, but given recent developments related to the COVID-19 virus, we wanted to be in touch with you as soon as possible.

As we have navigated the extraordinary challenges precipitated by the COVID-19 virus at all of NYU’s campuses and sites, we have been guided by three core principles: The health and well-being of our student community across the globe, our responsibility to their academic progress, and our responsibility to help check the spread of COVID-19.

Over the past 24 hours, concerns about the spread of the virus have grown significantly in Ghana, which has led to both the University of Ghana and the country’s public school system to suspend classes. Given this, and increasing worldwide restrictions on international travel, we have made the difficult decision to close the in-person academic program at NYU Accra for the remainder of the semester, though classes will continue to be offered via a distance learning model. We will resume courses, via our distance learning model, on Monday, March 23.

We know that many of you will have questions, and there are admittedly still some questions we need to resolve – including working with our partners at the University of Ghana on the possibility of remote instruction for their courses – but for now, we ask you to stay focused on the most important thing, which is getting home.  As other NYU locations have done, we will figure out a way for you to continue your internship studies, albeit using a different format. We will have the details of this aspect of your studies by the time you begin your remote education.

For those of you currently in Accra, we urge you to make plans to leave as soon as possible, and no later than Wednesday, March 18. If you are currently traveling in the country, or region, we strongly encourage you to return back to Accra as soon as possible to collect your belongings and then return home.

Should any of you currently outside of Ghana wish to return home directly from your current location, that is fine too, and the NYU Accra team will coordinate having your belongings packed and shipped back to you at home.

Students: NYU Accra stands prepared to assist any student who requires it with making travel arrangements, and will also be providing prorated housing refunds for those living in University-arranged housing. If you have any questions, please contact the NYU Accra Student Life Team by email at nyu.accra@nyu.edu, or by phone at +233-24-315-0011, or the New York-based Office of Global Programs at global.programs@nyu.edu.

Parents and Guardians: If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tyra Liebmann, Associate Vice President, Global Programs (tyra.liebmann@nyu.edu), who is based in New York.

In closing, we thank you for your partnership in working through these incredibly complex times, and please know that we are all here to support you.

Sincerely,

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

Josh Taylor
Associate Vice Chancellor, Global Programs & Mobility Services
New York University