Safety and Health
Throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, NYU's decision-making has been guided by the health and safety of the NYU community, adopting an evolving, evidence-informed, multilayered public health strategy to reduce the risks posed by COVID-19.
Even as New York State guidelines loosen, NYU is remaining cautious due to multiple factors including the positivity rate in New York, public health experts’ concerns about lifting restrictions, the increasing prevalence of highly transmissible variants, and obstacles to getting vaccinated.
The path NYU has been following has been effective in mitigating widespread outbreaks of COVID-19, and we believe the prudent choice is to continue with periodic, modest steps and evaluating the impact on our community’s health.
Our health strategy also emphasizes the importance of individual and collective responsibility. In addition to steps the University takes—testing, the required daily symptom check, contract tracing, restrictions on travel, enhanced cleaning, etc.—each student, faculty member, staff member, and administrator makes a significant impact on the well-being of the entire NYU community by wearing a mask, physical distancing, and practicing good hand hygiene.
We are in this together, and together we must keep each other safe.
All NYUers must wear face coverings when on NYU property or in NYU facilities, and are encouraged to wear them at all times when outside of home. While you should use your own face coverings, NYU also has PPE supplies you can access if needed.
Daily COVID-19 Screener
Members of the NYU community will be required to regularly complete a brief questionnaire, called the Daily COVID-19 Screener for Campus Access, via NYU’s smartphone app or an accessible computer to be authorized to enter NYU facilities.
Vaccinations to halt the spread of COVID-19 can be accessed at NYU Langone health will be made available on campus to designated populations in keeping with State guidelines.
Public Health Ambassadors
To encourage compliance with new COVID-19-related practices among students, NYU has enlisted over 200 Public Health Ambassadors—students trained in the new NYU health protocols—to assist students, answer questions, and inspire positive behaviors.
Quarantine and Isolation
If you test positive for COVID-19 or if you have been evaluated as being at risk for contracting COVID-19 you will be expected to follow these actions.
It is important to maintain a distance of 6 ft (2 m) from others. NYU is reconfiguring classrooms, labs, hallways, and building entrances and exits to help support physical distancing.
Washing your hands – or using an appropriate alcohol-based hand sanitizer – is a simple, safe, and effective tool against the spread of the coronavirus. NYU has installed hand sanitizing stations at various points around campus.
Enhanced Building Cleaning
With the return to campus, the University has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols with special attention to "high touch" surfaces – door hardware, elevator panels, banisters, etc.
Building HVAC Systems
NYU is taking steps to reduce the likelihood of buildings' air handling systems spreading COVID-19 by increasing fresh air flow and reducing recirculated air.
Large gatherings are prohibited, and members of the NYU campus must follow critical guidelines on- and off- campus, including mask wearing, physical distancing, and limited room occupancy, to protect the entire campus community.
The Student Health Center will continue to provide clinical care for NYU students with symptoms of COVID-19 and provide individual-level clinical advice for students who are concerned about exposure to someone with COVID-19.
Faculty and Staff
While the University’s COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team will issue guidelines affecting faculty and staff and may contact employees as a result of tracing, faculty and staff should consult with their personal medical providers if they become symptomatic or concerned about exposure.
The NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team is a resource for faculty, staff, and students. It is the principal health unit, supporting NYU’s efforts to reduce transmission of COVID-19 infection within the NYU community. Its function is to:
- Educate the NYU community about COVID-19
- Facilitate COVID-19 diagnostic testing and reporting of diagnostic test results
- Lead NYU’s contact tracing initiative which encompasses:
- identification of new cases
- tracing close contacts of individuals with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19
- coordination of support for individuals with COVID-19 or close contacts
initiating quarantine/isolation protocols
- coordination with the New York City and New York State Departments of Health
- Provide public health guidance to inform effective University policies and practices
- Track and communicate campus-level COVID-19 infection trends
Notify the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team if you:
- Have symptoms of COVID-19
- Were diagnosed with COVID-19
– or –
- Were in close contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19
For questions about symptoms or exposure, students should contact the Student Health Center and employees should contact their medical provider.
We recognize that COVID-19's effects have been disparate, and its impacts on poor communities and communities of color have been especially painful. In our response to the coronavius, NYU is committed to mitigating those impacts as well as ensuring no one in our community is ostracized, bullied, or mistreated due to ignorance about this disease.