TO: Essential Workers

FROM: Stacie Bloom, Vice Provost of Research

DATE: June 12, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

I wanted to say a sincere thank you to those of you working on campus the week of June 8 and say welcome to the additional researchers joining us on June 15 as we continue with Phase 2 of our Research Reconstitution Plan. Researchers have done an excellent job following face covering requirements and social distancing guidelines, setting up NYU for continued success in bringing back not only laboratory research but also other members of the research community in the coming weeks.

Receipt of this email is confirmation you are allowed in your research building on June 15. Please be aware that, per State guidelines, the City of New York is in Phase 1 of reopening, and social distancing and face covering regulations will be in place citywide. This applies to those of you who have been doing critical research throughout the pandemic.

In preparation for your arrival, here are some reminders:

  • Testing: All returning faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to (1) get tested for COVID-19 within a week before they return to campus and (2) submit the results of their tests to the NYU COVID-19 Prevention and Response Team. Below are some resources for testing:
     
  • Daily COVID-19 Symptom Check: Every person coming to work needs to complete a brief health questionnaire (called the COVID-19 Symptom Check) daily, and on the same day they plan to arrive at work. Upon completion, you will receive either an authorization to enter your building or be directed to contact your health provider. Public Safety Officers at building entrances will check for proof of authorization.
    • If you have a smartphone, download the University's "NYU Mobile" app (Android and Apple). The COVID-19 Symptom Check is scheduled to appear in the app by 11 p.m. Sunday, June 7. There will also be a web-based version.
    • You will need a thermometer, as the daily questionnaire requires daily temperature-taking.
     
  • Face coverings: All members of the NYU community should come to campus wearing a face covering that covers the wearer’s mouth and nose. Individuals may only remove their face coverings when in an NYU facility in the following circumstances:
    • While working alone in single-occupancy spaces;
    • While eating (they must maintain physical distancing while doing so);
    • If they have an accommodation that precludes their wearing a face covering. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at oeo.accomodation@nyu.edu to request an accommodation.
     
  • Workplace Accommodations:
    • This phase of return to work on site is voluntary
    • Researchers who need to request workplace accommodations due to underlying health conditions should complete this form.
    • Researchers who would like to request modifications to work arrangements due to being members of an age group considered to be at higher risk to COVID-19 according to guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (currently age 65 and older) should complete this form.
    • For all other questions or concerns about on-site research please contact the head of Human Resources in your school or Institute.

It is imperative to remember that we will continue to revise and update our safety protocols as we increase building density, and the more careful we can be as our group returns to work in NYU buildings, the more quickly we can accelerate the additional cohorts of researchers who are also anxious to get back into their labs. For more detailed information on our research ramp-up, consult the Research Reconstitution Plan, which is being updated on a regular basis.

Let’s keep each other safe, and please stay in touch.

Stacie Bloom, Vice Provost for Research