Date: Friday, March 13, 2020
To: NYU Students at Buenos Aires and their Parents and Guardians

Dear NYU Buenos Aires Students and Parents and Guardians,

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.

As you know, the situation in Buenos Aires has been rapidly shifting, but a number of recent developments, including, importantly, new restrictions on travel between the US and Argentina, have convinced us that it is now time to suspend our in-person academic programs at NYUBA. As a result, we are now asking students to depart for home, where they will be able to complete their semester’s work remotely. We will ask their faculty to excuse any absences early next week that may result from these unexpected travel plans.

We are asking each of you to depart Buenos Aires by Monday, March 16. Please know that it is expected that the last direct flights to the US (and other countries considered to be “affected countries,” which include China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, and continental Europe) will depart from Argentina on Monday at the latest. After that time, connecting flights should remain an option, though clearly that could change at any time if additional countries were to implement their own restrictions.

Furthermore, any students with unique situations that could make it difficult to return home should bring them to the attention of our NYUBA site staff, and they will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Students: NYUBA 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 NYUBA Student Life Team at buenosaires.studentlife@nyu.edu, or by phone at 15-3180-8290.

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.

Please accept our gratitude for your support during this challenging period, and know we are grateful to have you as members of our extended NYU family.

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