Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
To: NYU Students at Tel Aviv and their Parents and Guardians

Dear NYU Tel Aviv Students and Parents and Guardians,

We are sorry to be sending this so late in the day, but we wanted to be in touch as soon as possible, given some late developments in Israel today.

As you may have read, the Israeli government has announced that all schools and universities in the country will be closing effective Friday, March 13. While we are still awaiting further details from the government, we anticipate that many universities will be moving to a distance learning model, which is what we will be doing at NYU Tel Aviv. However, out of an abundance of caution, effective immediately, we will be suspending all of our internships until further notice.

At all our NYU campuses and sites, we have been guided by three core principles:the health and well-being of our student community across the globe, our responsibility to their academic progress, and our responsibility to help check the spread of COVID-19. As things currently stand,we do not believe it is necessary for students to depart from Tel Aviv, and are fully prepared for all of you to remain with us.

As this is and has clearly been a fast-evolving situation, we also want to acknowledge that things may shift in the days or weeks ahead, but do rest assured that we and our remarkable site staff, led by our Site Director, Professor Benny Hary, will remain in close contact. Should any of you wish to return home, also know that we fully appreciate and support you in that decision, and Benny and his team stand prepared to help you do so, on whatever timeline you would like.

And lastly, please let us remind you of some important health advice. Please avoid large crowds (and as a precautionary measure, the Israeli Ministry of Health has banned events of larger than 100 people). Also, please practice good personal hygiene such as washing hands frequently and avoiding those who appear to be sick. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used in case soap and water are not available. More information can be found on the CDC website and NYU’s Student Health Center website. Please reach out to your local site staff if you begin to feel sick, especially if you have a fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Parents and Guardians: If you have any questions, please 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.

In closing, we thank you for your partnership in working through these incredibly complex times, and please know that we are all here to support you.

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