All members of the NYU community—students, faculty, administrators, staff, and campus visitors—are required to be fully vaccinated before the start of the fall 2021 semester, and are required to upload proof of their vaccination.

The driving force behind our vaccination requirement is to protect the health and safety of our community—and the NYC community—to the fullest extent possible, and to enable our community to engage in-person and more fully in various aspects of university life than they have since the onset of the pandemic. NYU will continue to make safety the primary consideration in its decision-making, and to rely on the most up-to-date scientific information available to make informed decisions about its operations.

The following information addresses some of the most common questions that have arisen from the University’s decision to require COVID-19 vaccinations for fall 2021. The information below is subject to change as further guidance is forthcoming from public health authorities.  

Stick it to COVID

Updated: October 5


Requirement

Accepted Vaccines

Vaccines must be authorized in the United States by the FDA or on the WHO list of approved vaccines. NYU is currently accepting the FDA-authorized vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Johnson and Johnson (J&J)/Janssen and the WHO-listed vaccines (AstraZeneca/Oxford and Sinopharm).

Students

All students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to have access to all NYU buildings in all global locations (except NYU Shanghai) for the 2021–22 academic year.  The deadline for the fall 2021 semester was July 19, 2021.

Faculty and Employees

All faculty and employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to have access to US-based NYU buildings for the 2021–22 academic year.  The deadline for faculty and employees to upload proof of vaccination was August 1, 2021.

Affiliates, Vendors, and Visitors

All affiliates, vendors, and visitors whose in-person presence is essential to the University’s academic mission and core operations are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to have access to NYU facilities.  Review the Campus Visitors pages for full information »

Upload Proof of Vaccination

Students, faculty, and employees, uploading your proof of vaccination is important and doesn’t take long, so please do it promptly after receiving the final dose of any FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine. If you receive a booster shot, you are not required to upload proof at this time.

  1. Log in to the SHC Portal with your Net ID, password, and University ID number (8-digit N number).  Your University ID number is on the back of your NYU ID card.
  2. Select "Medical Clearances" in the menu
  3. Find the row for "COVID-19 Vaccine"
  4. Upload a photo or scanned copy of the front of your vaccine card
  5. Manually enter the dates and type of vaccine you received
  6. You're done!
Affiliates, vendors, and visitors, please review the Campus Visitors pages for your vaccination upload instructions.

Criteria to be Considered "Fully Vaccinated"

Guidance citing “fully vaccinated” individuals means anyone who:

  1. has completed all doses of an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed COVID-19 vaccine;
  2. for whom 14 days have passed since their final dose; AND
  3. who has uploaded proof of vaccination and had it validated by NYU.
At this time, booster shots are not required.

Exemption Requests

Students

Students may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Review of exemption requests will take approximately ten business days so please submit your request with adequate time for review.

All medical and religious exemption requests should be submitted on the exemption request forms provided by NYU and accompanied by a waiver form signed by the student, or a minor student’s parent or guardian.  The forms can be accessed by following the process below. Exemption requests will not be reviewed if incomplete documentation is submitted. Complete submissions will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if they are valid.

Students will be notified by University email whether or not their exemption request was approved. All decisions of the University are final and are not subject to appeal.  If an exemption is granted, the student will be required to participate in NYU's community testing program and may be required to comply with additional safety protocols, and/or temporarily excluded from certain facilities or activities in order to protect the health and safety of the student and the community in accordance with public health guidelines and University policies.

Students: To Request a Medical or Religious Exemption

  1. Log in to the SHC Portal with your Net ID, password, and University ID number (N number)
  2. Select Downloadable Forms from the menu
  3. Select the appropriate form
  4. Download and print the form
  5. Once your form is complete follow steps 1-3 and upload the waiver and exemption form
Students must submit separate exemption requests for each vaccine from which they want to request a medical exemption.

Faculty and Employees

Faculty and employees may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons, or current pregnancy. Exemption requests will be reviewed in a timely manner.  Please submit your request with adequate time for review.

All medical and religious exemption requests should be submitted with the exemption request form provided by NYU.  The form can be accessed by following the process below. The Office of Equal Opportunity will notify a requestor if their submission is incomplete or insufficient. Complete submissions will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if they are valid.

Faculty and employees will be notified by University email whether or not their exemption request was approved.  If an exemption is granted, faculty and other employees will be required to participate in NYU's community testing program and may be required to comply with additional safety protocols, including mask wearing, and access requirements in accordance with applicable law, public health guidelines and University policies.

Faculty and Employees: To Request a Medical or Religious Exemption

Affiliates, Vendors, and Visitors

Affiliates, vendors, and visitors who have been approved to come to campus may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for a limited number of reasons.  These individuals must claim thier valid exemption requests and follow all subsequent protocols.  Review the Campus Visitors pages for specific instructions.

Consequences for Non-Compliance

It is our expectation that students in the United States will be fully vaccinated and submit their proof as soon as possible before arrival to NYU, unless they have been granted a medical or religious exemption. Even though deadlines have passed, student, faculty, and employees who have access to FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccines should get vaccinated immediately and upload their proof of vaccination as soon as possible. If you act now, you will be able to avoid any inconvenience or interruption in learning.

Review the guidance specifically for international students who do not have access to COVID-19 vaccines prior to arriving on campus.

Failure to comply with NYU’s COVID-19 immunization requirement will result in consequences up to and including de-enrollment.  Building access will be cut off on August 16, 2021 for those not in compliance with NYU’s vaccination requirement.  If you are not in compliance by the first week of class, 2021, you will be subject to significant consequences, up to and including de-enrollment for students.  The consequences of de-enrollment include: being dropped from and unable to attend classes; if you live on campus, being required to vacate your residence hall; being prevented from entering other campus buildings; and having your identification card deactivated.

Beginning August 30, 2021, affiliates, vendors, and visitors who are not in compliance with NYU’s vaccination requirements will not have access to NYU buildings.