Date: May 11, 2021
To: Summer Students
From: Linda Mills, Vice Chancellor and SVP for Global Programs and University Life
Dr. Carlo Ciotoli, Exec. Lead, COVID-19 Prevention and Response Team

Welcome! We are so pleased you are joining us for the summer semester.

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, your summer studies and student experience take place amidst an environment that emphasizes safety and the health of its community members. This was true in the fall and spring, and it will be just as true in the summer.

Whether you are carrying on your learning after taking classes during the fall or spring semesters, or whether you are joining us for the first time this year, the principle by which we are operating is that safety will guide our decision-making and each of us has a responsibility for the health of the other members of the NYU community. It’s important that you be fully familiar with our expectations, the rules we have put in place to check the spread of the coronavirus, and our commitment to keep each other safe.

Vaccination

Right now, vaccination is the single most important action you can take for your own safety and the safety of others. NYU strongly urges you to be fully vaccinated before coming to campus (you should make sure that if you are receiving a two-dose vaccine you can receive your second dose in the location you received the first, or select a single-dose vaccine).

If you cannot be vaccinated before getting to campus, you have many readily available options in the New York City area. NYU’s vaccine clinic may also be available to registered summer students.

Required Upload of Proof of Vaccination

NYU requires all vaccinated members of the NYU community to upload proof of their vaccination through the Student Health Portal (instructions can be found here).

Personal Protocols: Mask-Wearing, Physical Distancing, Self-Reporting and Isolating When Ill, Hand Hygiene, Etc.

Throughout the past academic year, a major part of our effort to make NYU’s campus more resistant to COVID has relied on behaviors the University has required of individual members. These include:

  • Mask-wearing: Mask-wearing is required at all times in all NYU facilities except when you are alone in your own room or other similar personal space.
  • Physical Distancing and Avoiding Crowds: Physical distancing is required in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated students are required to maintain physical distancing in all settings, on- and off-campus (except with the people you live with). Avoid crowded conditions indoors and outdoors, particularly when people are not wearing masks.
  • Stay Home if You Are Unwell: If you feel sick, particularly with symptoms of COVID-19, do not go to class. Stay home, stay as isolated as possible, complete the COVID-19 self-report form, and follow the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team’s guidance.
  • Hand Hygiene: Wash your hands thoroughly and often.

A quick guide to our daily expectations can be found here. There is also a very good, short video that sets out our expectations for the spring semester; we strongly encourage you to watch it, because it provides excellent guidance about our expectations.

The University expects everyone to follow these rules. For students, non-compliance can result in referrals to the Office of Student Conduct for disciplinary action.

Testing, Screening, and Building Access

Another important pillar of our effort to reduce transmission of the coronavirus this past semester was tying access to NYU facilities to required regular testing and the Daily Screener app we created. Those practices will carry on this summer. 

COVID-19 Testing

Regular testing is a key component of enhancing campus health and safety. You must have an NYU Binx or NYU Bioreference COVID-19 test and receive the negative result within the previous 14 days to enter non-residential NYU buildings. In addition, NYU conducts regular, ongoing, mandatory community testing of students on site to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Review instructions for NYU’s mandatory COVID-19 testing protocol. 

Daily Screener

Members of the NYU community will be required to complete a brief on-line health questionnaire every day they plan to enter a non-residential NYU building. The Daily COVID-19 Screener for Campus Access can be completed via NYU’s smartphone app or an accessible computer. To be permitted to enter NYU facilities, you will need a recent negative COVID-19 Binx or Bioreference test (as described above), and you must have completed the Daily Screener and received a “PASS” confirmation screen. Without completing these two actions, you will not be able to enter NYU campus facilities. You can read more about what is required of students here.

Changes to Testing and Quarantine for Fully Vaccinated Students

Throughout the spring semester and at the start of the summer semester, student access to NYU buildings (other than residence halls) required an up-to-date negative COVID-19 test plus successfully completing the Daily Screener (see above).  

Effective June 7, we will be making some changes. All students who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after the final dose of an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine), have uploaded their proof of vaccination, and have had it validated will be exempt from NYU’s ongoing Community Testing requirement, as well as from quarantining following close contact exposure to someone with COVID-19 (assuming no symptoms). Regardless of vaccination status, anyone with close contact exposure, a positive test, and/or symptoms of COVID-19 are still required to complete the self-report form. Visit the NYU Vaccine Hub for the full criteria you must satisfy in order to be exempt for NYU’s testing program and quarantine.

Even fully-vaccinated students will still have to complete and pass the Daily Screener each day they intend to enter any non-residential NYU buildings.

Conclusion

Summer is a great time to study in New York. Particularly with outdoor activities being so much safer, the warm weather should be very welcome.

We want you to enjoy your studies and get a lot out of your classes, but need you to do so while keeping yourself and others safe. So please make sure you understand the rules and follow them.  

We are looking forward to having you as a summer student.