TO: NYU Researchers

FROM: Stacie Bloom, Vice Provost for Research

DATE: September 23, 2020

Dear NYU Researchers,

With the 2020-2021 academic year underway, I want to officially welcome you back, wherever you may be conducting your research. Thank you for the wonderful job you did in safely maintaining NYU’s research enterprise amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been invaluable in guiding our broader reconstitution efforts.

While activity on campus has increased, we are still operating in a restricted and low-density environment. Please be vigilant and keep in mind the following:

  • If you can do your research remotely, continue to do so — do not come into the labs if you don’t have to but if you must, please minimize your time onsite.
  • Testing and screening guidelines apply to everyone coming to campus.
  • While conducting research onsite, you must wear a mask and maintain physical distance from your colleagues. You can get PPE at various locations throughout campus.
  • Do not congregate. One-on-one meetings between faculty and students are allowed but physical distancing and masking is required, and time should be kept as short as possible.
  • Lab capacity should be at 50% occupancy or less.
  • Undergraduate researchers are only allowed as paid employees or as part of academic credit activities.
  • Volunteers are not allowed in labs.
  • Essential research-related visitor requests must be submitted using this form at 48 hours prior to their visit and they must also complete the Daily Screener for campus visitors.
  • Wash your hands, avoid coming in if you feel sick, quarantine if you’ve been out of state to a high-rate area, keep your workspace clean.

I know it is easy to let our guards down when we have been doing well and when other industries are opening up, yet complacency can cause a huge, collective setback.

Wishing you all a safe and productive academic year, and remember to keep each other safe. We can do this.

Stacie Bloom
Vice Provost for Research