Faculty are the heart of this University, and as we plan to return to campus and resume  classes, protecting your well-being has been a critical priority.

Below is an outline of our policies for COVID-19 diagnostic testing (not antibody testing) for before and after arriving on campus. Be aware that New York State requires many faculty arriving from outside the tri-state area to quarantine for 14 days.

If you will not be coming to campus or regularly interacting with other members of the NYU community, testing is not required, though we strongly urge you to be tested. If you are returning to New York from outside the tri-state area, be aware that a 14-day quarantine period is required by law. In accordance with public health guidance, travelers from overseas are required to quarantine for 14 days.

This information and other important details were communicated to adjunct and full-time faculty in a message sent on July 30.

Updated: August 27


Back to Campus COVID-19 Testing Process for Faculty

Traveling Faculty

Coming from or having spent time in New York State restricted states or traveling to the US from abroad (in the 14 days prior to your arrival).

Tri-State Faculty

Coming from tri-state area: New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut.


Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Quarantining

REQUIRED
14 Days Prior to Entering an Academic or Administrative Building

Faculty who are coming from or have been spending time in New York State-designated restricted states are required to quarantine for 14 days in a non-restricted state—such as the tri-state area—before entering any NYU academic or administrative building. 

In accordance with public health guidance, travelers from overseas are also required to quarantine for 14 days.

Pre-Arrival COVID-19 Testing

REQUIRED
14 Days Prior to Entering an Academic or Administrative Building

All members of the University community must get COVID-19 diagnostic PCR tests and submit results before entering any NYU academic or administrative facility.

  • Returning faculty submit their test results no earlier than 14 days before their expected date of return to classroom or office.
  • Faculty who have been working on campus over the summer, such as researchers, must be tested and submit results between August 1 and August 14 in order to continue to have access as of August 15–even if they have been previously tested.

Where

NYU Langone Health (NYULH) has made provisions to provide expedited testing to NYU employees. Call 646-987-3524, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to make an appointment, or set up a MyChart account and schedule your testing online. Results can be accessed via the online portal often 36 hours.

Faculty may also choose to be tested through their regular healthcare provider, an urgent care facility, a pharmacy, or another facility offering diagnostic testing for COVID-19 (PCR test).

How to Submit Test Results

  • Test results may be submitted through the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team portal.
  • Tests results must be submitted regardless of whether they are positive or negative.
  • If you have a positive test result for COVID-19 (i.e., an active infection), do not go to your office, workplace, or classroom. Contact your physician for medical care if needed and let your supervisor, department administrator, or department chair know you are not permitted to report to work onsite until you are cleared by the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team. The COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team will contact you to determine when you may return to campus.

Onsite

August 15-September 1

Faculty should expect to be able to have regular access to their offices from August 15 onwards as long as:

  • They have received a negative test result and submitted it 14 days prior to arrival on campus.
  • They have completed the required quarantine.
  • Their presence is in line with departmental plans for addressing density.
  • They complete the Daily COVID-19 Screener for Campus Access available through the NYU Mobile app. This screener must be completed every day to enter NYU buildings.

Ongoing Testing

Ongoing throughout the semester

To check for the prevalence of COVID-19 within the NYU community, we will conduct several thousand tests per week throughout the semester.


Pre-Return COVID-19 Testing

REQUIRED
14 Days Prior to Entering an Academic or Administrative Building

All members of the University community must get COVID-19 diagnostic PCR tests and submit results before entering any NYU academic or administrative facility.

  • Returning faculty must be tested and submit their results no earlier than 14 days before their expected date of return to a classroom or office.
  • Faculty who have already been working on campus over the summer, such as researchers, should be tested and submit results between August 1 and August 14 in order to continue to have access as of August 15. 

Where

NYU Langone Health (NYULH) has made provisions to provide expedited testing to NYU employees. Call 646-987-3524, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to make an appointment, or set up a MyChart account and schedule your testing online. Results can be accessed via the online portal often 36 hours.

Faculty may also choose to be tested through their regular healthcare provider, an urgent care facility, a pharmacy, or another facility offering diagnostic testing for COVID-19 (PCR test).

How to Submit Test Results

  • Test results may be submitted through the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team portal.
  • Tests results must be submitted regardless of whether they are positive or negative.
  • If you have a positive test result for COVID-19 (i.e., an active infection), do not go to your office, workplace, or classroom. Contact your physician for medical care if needed and let your supervisor, department administrator, or department chair know you are not permitted to report to work onsite until you are cleared by the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team. The COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team will contact you to determine when you may return to campus.

Onsite

August 15-September 1

Faculty who have been in the tri-state area continuously for a prolonged period—including any vacation periods–do not need to quarantine.

Faculty from the tri-state area should expect to be able to have regular access to their offices from August 15 onwards as long as:

Ongoing Testing

Ongoing throughout the semester

To check for the prevalence of COVID-19 within the NYU community, we will conduct several thousand tests per week throughout the semester.

Compliance with Safety and Health Rules

In order to ensure a successful campus environment, we must all be committed to keeping each other safe. The University will strictly enforce new safety and health rules and all members of the University community—including faculty—will be made aware of the new rules and their obligation to observe them. The Office of Student Conduct and the Division of Human Resources are expected to have little tolerance for repeated or serious lapses among any members of the University community.
 
Our plans for obtaining compliance include both enforcement as well as “norm setting”—eliciting positive behavior and establishing an atmosphere of mutual responsibility and positive peer pressure.  A broad communications campaign will emphasize those values through the launch of a Public Health Ambassadors corps, print material and posters, email direct messages, and social media, among other platforms.
 
If you encounter members of the community who are not complying with our new safety and health protocols, we encourage you first to politely urge them to act properly—donning a mask; maintaining physical distance, etc.  Particularly in a classroom setting, a faculty member’s words carry great authority.
 
However, if the person carries on in not complying or responds confrontationally, you should not pursue the matter.  Instead:

  • Report student non-compliance by:
    • Flagging the non-compliance in the Student Success portal
    • Reporting it to your school’s Dean of Students
    • Reporting it by email at covidcompliance@nyu.edu
    • Reporting it to the Office of Student Conduct at student.conduct@nyu.edu
      • Failure to abide by the safety and health rules is subject to the student conduct review, and could result in the student being barred from attending classes in-person or other disciplinary measures.
  • Report non-compliance by faculty to the department chair or dean’s office.
  • Report non-compliance by administrators or staff to the school’s or unit’s HR officer.