To: NYU Parents of Students at Study Away Sites
Date: March 3, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians of NYU Students Studying in Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, London, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Sydney, and Tel Aviv:

We wanted to share with you the following message that was just sent to your student regarding a new option available to them for the remainder of this semester.


Since the beginning of the Coronavirus (COVID 19) situation, our decisions have been governed both by our responsibility for your child’s health and safety, and by our commitment to ensure that our students continue to make academic progress.


At this time, we believe that we can continue to appropriately and safely deliver classes to students at our global sites. However, we are mindful of the most recent guidance from the CDC, and we recognize that some of you may, nevertheless, prefer that your students return home and complete their studies for the semester remotely, and we are now offering that as an alternative option.


The news of an emerging new malady can be unnerving; it is doubly so when one's son or daughter is far from home in a foreign land. Like you, and like your child, we wish that this illness was not proving as disruptive or causing as much uncertainty as it has. We understand your apprehensions, and appreciate your perseverance. Please know that your child’s welfare is at the forefront of our thoughts, that the topic of COVID-19 is the subject of daily meetings among senior leadership, and we are fully prepared to act decisively if and when circumstances warrant.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Tyra Liebmann, Associate Vice President, Global Programs ( or Christopher Nicolussi, Senior Director, Student Services and Support (, both of whom are based in New York.


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

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

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