This academic year NYU’s COVID-19 testing program will consist of four types of testing to monitor COVID-19 infections within the NYU community and help prevent the spread of COVID-19: required ongoing testing, randomized testing, discretionary testing, and indicated testing.

As members of the NYU student, faculty, and employee community reconvene in New York City and on campus, those individuals who are not required to test may choose to utilize Discretionary Testing (up to once a week).

Note: All travelers should review and follow NYU's additional travel-related quarantine and testing recommendations.

Updated: January 5

Pre-Arrival Testing

All members of the NYU community who are returning to campus for the spring semester are expected to get tested for COVID-19 before their departure, preferably with a PCR test.

We understand that you may face challenges with testing availability and turnaround times. We expect that you will make every effort to confirm you do not have COVID-19 before traveling to NYU.

You are not required to submit your negative test result to the University, but should use your result to make an informed decision about your travel and return to campus.

  • If you test positive or have symptoms of COVID-19 (even mild symptoms), you must follow the CDC guidance for isolation. Do not travel and do not return to campus until you meet the criteria for ending isolation. Complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form to notify the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team, and receive guidance about next steps and when you may return to campus.
  • If you had a COVID-19 infection within the last 90 days and recovered (meaning you already met the criteria for ending isolation), you do not need to get tested as long as you have not developed any symptoms since your recovery.
  • If you are arriving in the United States from another country, the testing that is already required for your entry to the US is sufficient for NYU’s expectation, as well.
  • If, despite your best efforts, you are unable to get a PCR test result prior to departure, you should make plans to get tested as soon as it is possible with whatever test is available where you are. This includes testing through Binx or BioReference as soon as you arrive on campus.

Required Ongoing Testing

Note: All members of the NYU community are required to be fully vaccinated and receive a booster shot with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine and upload proof of vaccination. The ongoing testing requirements below apply to a select group of individuals only.

Who is Required to Get Tested Weekly

NYU students, faculty, and employees are required to participate in ongoing NYU testing if they:

  • Have an approved vaccination exemption;
  • Submitted proof that they received their first vaccine dose but not enough time has passed for them to get their second dose; or
  • Submitted proof that they completed all doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine schedule and have received validation, but it has been less than two weeks since their final vaccine dose.
  • Any NYU employee who is not yet fully compliant but is required to be on campus.

Students living in an NYU residence hall

If you have an approved vaccination exemption, you must submit a Binx saliva test kit each week through your assigned residence hall location. You must also get tested on the first day you arrive at housing.

If you are not fully vaccinated yet, you must submit a Binx saliva test kit each week through your assigned residence hall location until you are fully vaccinated. You must also get tested on the first day you arrive at housing.

Non-residential students, faculty, and employees

If you have an approved vaccination exemption, you must receive a negative test result within the previous 7 days in order to access NYU buildings and participate in University-sponsored activities.

If you are not fully vaccinated yet, you must receive a negative test result within the previous 7 days in order to access NYU buildings and participate in University-sponsored activities until you are fully vaccinated.

How to Get Tested

NYU offers two testing methods for current NYU students, faculty, and employees to complete their ongoing testing requirement; a saliva test kit powered by Binx, which can be self-administered at home, and a shallow nasal swab test, which is administered on campus.

You must get tested through NYU (Binx or BioReference). Non-NYU test results are not accepted for required ongoing testing.

Note: Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or was in close contact with someone tests positive must complete the self-reporting form so the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team can determine if additional testing is warranted. Do not visit a Binx or BioReference testing site unless you are told to do so by the CPRT.

Access to NYU Buildings and Activities

Anyone who has an approved vaccination exemption or is not fully vaccinated yet must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within the previous 7 days in order to enter NYU buildings or participate in University-sponsored events, on or off campus. Without a negative test result, you will not be able to access the NYU Daily Screener, which is required for all building and participation in all University-sponsored activities, on- or off-campus.

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Randomized Testing

Randomized Testing of NYU community members—including those who are fully vaccinated—is used for assessing COVID-19 incidence on campus.

If you are randomly selected to participate, you will receive an email asking you to get an NYU Binx or BioReference test within the week. You must get tested through NYU; results from other testing facilities are not accepted.

Discretionary Testing

Discretionary Testing is open to all students, faculty, and employees who wish to take a COVID-19 test. Optimally, it should be used by individuals who were recently in a higher transmission setting such as:

  • Returning from out of state travel by bus, train, or plane (3-5 days after your return)
  • Attending large social or mass gatherings
  • Being in crowded indoor settings

These individuals may get tested through NYU's Binx or BioReference (no more than once a week) options, or choose to use a non-NYU testing center near their homes.

Indicated Testing

Regardless of vaccination status, indicated testing is expected of all students, faculty, and employees who:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19; or
  • Have been in close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19

Anyone who meets the criteria above must complete the self-reporting form to notify the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team. The team will determine if additional testing is warranted and, if so, advise on when to get tested. Testing must be done within a specific time frame to produce reliable results. You will be encouraged to use a testing center near your home.

Monitoring Our Testing Protocol

We will monitor test results for any uptick that necessitates a change in campus protocol or a need to further increase the level of testing.

Need Help?

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