Coronavirus Testing and Prevention
Updated: September 15
To monitor the rate of COVID-19 infections within the NYU community, NYU is conducting ongoing testing of individuals studying or working on site so we can identify those who may have COVID-19 in order to help prevent its spread. We will be conducting large numbers of tests each week that will allow us to test the entire community relatively frequently. We will principally be using a saliva test, which is more comfortable than a nasal swab and can be self-administered at home.
Participation in the ongoing testing process is mandatory for anyone studying or working on site who wishes to maintain access to NYU buildings. Those who do not cooperate with the testing requirements will have their NYU ID cards deactivated and will not be able to enter NYU facilities.
Independent of ongoing testing, if you display any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, you must notify the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team immediately, who will facilitate testing for you.
If you require medical care (beyond testing), make an appointment at the Student Health Center (students) or contact your medical provider (faculty/employees).
Before you receive your test results, you are required to self-quarantine: stay home, and don’t go to class, work, activities, or other places where people gather, and contact your professor, department administrator/chair, or supervisor to let them know you are sick. You will not be permitted to enter NYU buildings (except if you live in University housing) until you are cleared by the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team.
In the interest of maintaining a safe campus environment, NYU has put in place testing and quarantining policies. Please be aware that in New York, local law requires all visitors traveling from outside the country or from restricted states to quarantine for two weeks. All students, faculty, and employees are required to get COVID-19 diagnostic PCR tests (tests designed to detect the presence of COVID-19 infection - not antibody tests) and submit verification before entering NYU buildings.
Quarantining requires staying inside quarantine quarters for the duration of the period with very limited exceptions, such as accessing medical care and picking up deliveries. Going for walks, shopping at the grocery store, and using public transportation are not permitted.