Date: Friday, March 13, 2020
To: NYU Students at Tel Aviv and their Parents and Guardians

Dear NYU Tel Aviv Students and Parents and Guardians,

As you know, the situation in Israel has been rapidly shifting, and within the past few hours, the US State Department has raised its travel advisory for Israel to Level 3/Reconsider Travel.

That step, taken into account with other developments in Israel, including yesterday’s announcement that universities had to stop in-person operations, has led us to the decision that we will be closing our NYUTA Academic Center, and 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.

As things currently stand, we believe students have time to make considered plans to pack and depart, but we are asking that they do so by Monday, March 16. The University 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.

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

Our Site Director, Professor Benny Hary, will be at our residence later this evening should students have any questions, or require assistance in making arrangements.

Parents and Guardians: If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either Tyra Liebmann, Associate Vice President, Global Programs (tyra.liebmann@nyu.edu) or Christopher Nicolussi, Senior Director, Student Services and Support (chris.nicolussi@nyu.edu), both of whom are 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