TO: NYU Students in Residence

FROM: Dr. Carlo Ciotoli, Executive Lead, NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team

DATE: September 8, 2020

As was communicated in a September 3rd email, all members of the NYU community wishing to maintain access to NYU buildings must participate in the ongoing COVID-19 testing program. Students living in NYU residence halls, such as yourself, are required to get tested for COVID-19 every week, beginning this week. Below are details about when and how to get tested this week.

Key Take-Aways

  • NYU is starting ongoing COVID-19 testing this week; it will be weekly for residents in NYU residence halls. Your participation is required
  • Tests can be picked up and dropped off at residence hall resource centers
  • Saliva tests can be self-administered; however, it is important you follow the instructions for activating the tests, doing the tests, and returning the tests promptly

Type Of COVID-19 Test

Given the scale of this effort, we have decided to start with self-collected saliva samples — which are a broadly used method for many kinds of infection testing today. Self-collected saliva samples are produced by spitting your saliva sample into a test kit. You will produce this sample for testing each week in your room and away from others. On the same day that you spit your saliva sample into a test kit, you will then return your sample to your Residence Hall’s Resource Center for mailing to the lab. Please see additional details below on the schedule for producing and returning your self-collected sample for COVID-19 testing.

Your cooperation in the ongoing testing program is imperative and will require that you set aside a short time each week to provide a saliva sample to be tested for the benefit of your own health and that of the broader NYU and NYC community.

Location And Timing For Picking Up And Returning Test Kits

Picking Up Your Test Kit

Starting today, Tuesday, September 8th, test kits are available for you to pick up at your Residence Hall’s Resource Center; they will be available for pick-up until 8pm on Thursday, September 10th.

Returning Your Test Kit

Your sample should be returned to the collection box at your Residence Hall’s Resource Center. The following schedule for sample return will be in place for this week, September 8 -11.

  • students with a last name beginning with A - G should return their sample by 6:30pm on Wednesday, September 9th.
  • students with a last name beginning with H - O should return their sample by 6:30pm on Thursday, September 10th.
  • students with a last name beginning with P - Z should return their sample by 6:30pm on Friday, September 11th.
  • students under the age of 18, regardless of last name, should return their completed sample by 6:30pm on Friday, September 11th so that we may obtain your guardian's consent. Additional information about next steps for students under the age of 18 will be forthcoming.

Students living in buildings that do not have a Resource Center will pick-up and return their test at an alternate location:

  • StuyTown students go to Palladium (140 East 14th Street)
  • WSV students go to Goddard (79 Washington Square East)
  • W Hotel students go to Carlyle (25 Union Square West)
  • Clark students go to Othmer (101 Johnson Street)
  • Seventh Street students go to Alumni (33 Third Avenue)

For next week’s testing, kits will be available for pick up beginning this Friday, September 11th; you will return your sample next week. The sample return schedule for next week and other information is forthcoming.

Kit Activation and Sample Collection

When you pick up your collection kit you must first activate your test and register your account here. You can do this from your mobile phone, tablet or desktop. Review these helpful instructions for producing your sample. A few key important considerations:

  • As spitting could conceivably transmit coronavirus, please produce your saliva sample when you are not in the company of others (i.e., when you are alone in your own room).
  • It is also important that you produce your sample only when you have not had anything to eat or drink in the prior 30 minutes. Do it before having coffee, eating breakfast, or brushing your teeth — or wait until a period of the day when you haven’t consumed anything in the prior 30 minutes.
  • You should produce your sample (i.e., spit in the kit) on the same day that you are returning it to your Residence Hall’s Resource Center.

Notification Of Results

You will have access to your results through the lab’s patient portal. If the results are negative, you can carry on as usual. If you receive a positive test result (meaning your tests indicate that you are infected with COVID-19), you should take the following actions:

  • Immediately isolate yourself away from others, preferably in your own living space or bedroom. If you share common spaces with other people, wear your face covering and separate yourself as much as possible. Do not enter non-residential NYU buildings or other parts of your residence hall, including lounges or dining halls.
  • The NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team will reach out to you to discuss appropriate protocols; you must follow all instructions closely.
  • Students who require medical care should make an appointment at the Student Health Center. Faculty and staff who need medical care should contact their own medical providers.
  • Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 911 immediately to access Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

Test results will be automatically transmitted to the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team. You do not need to submit these results through the pre-arrival testing portals, as you may have done previously.

Frequency Of Testing

You will be expected to test weekly and will be given a reminder of when you are required to test.

Participation Is Mandatory

Participation in the ongoing testing process is mandatory. It is a vital part of the measures we are taking to keep each other safe. Those who do not observe the requirements of the testing programs will have their NYU ID cards deactivated and will not be able to enter NYU buildings.

Test Result Data

Aggregated community data on testing and results from the ongoing testing program — along with all other test submissions — will be updated at least weekly on the status page of the NYU Returns web hub.

Support And Questions

For questions related to your collection kit contents, setting up your account, activating your kit through the online portal, and using the kits, contact Binx customer support from 6am to 10pm Eastern seven days each week via chat icon, email at or phone at (844) 692-4691.

For questions about pickup and drop-off procedures within the residence halls, please contact your Residence Hall's Resource Center.

For questions related to NYU testing policies, ID card activations/deactivations, or anything specific to the university and/or testing policies, contact

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and commitment to your health and safety and to those around you.