Face Coverings

All members of the NYU community—students, faculty, administrators, staff, contractors, and visitors—will be required to wear face coverings at all times on the University campus, regardless of local ordinances.  This includes in all of its buildings, residence halls and their grounds, clinics, laboratories, classrooms, balconies, plazas, vestibules, loading docks, and on any other campus property, as well as times of brief interaction between co-workers or friends while on the University campus. Face coverings must cover both mouth and nose.

Masks with one-way valves or vents are not allowed on campus. They allow respiratory droplets to be exhaled through a hole in the material and do not prevent the wearer from transmitting COVID-19 to others.

Members of the NYU community may remove their mask only in the following circumstances:

  • Individuals working alone in single occupancy spaces
  • When eating, which must be at least six-feet apart from other people and in designated spaces.
  • Residents of NYU housing are not required to wear a face covering around their roommates or partners while in their own units, but face coverings must be worn in common areas of NYU housing buildings.

Some individuals may have a condition that would prohibit them wearing a face covering or mask. In these situations, such individuals may obtain an accommodation and should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at oeo.accommodation@nyu.edu.

Types of Face Coverings

Cloth Face Covering

cloth face covering

Homemade or commercially made cloth face coverings that are washable and help contain respiratory emissions.

For use by the NYU community and general public in non-healthcare settings.

Required for essential workers in public, including mass transit, and when 6-foot (2-meter) physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Disposable Mask

disposable mask

Commercially made masks that are meant for one time use and help contain respiratory emissions.

For use by the NYU community and general public in non-healthcare settings.

Required for essential workers in public, including mass transit, and when 6-foot (2-meter) physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Medical Grade Mask

medical grade mask

FDA-approved masks that protect the wearer from large droplets and splashes; help contain the wearer’s respiratory emissions.

These masks are reserved for healthcare workers and other approved areas with task-specific hazards as determined by a Job Hazard Analysis. 

Please email The Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

N95 Mask

n95 mask

NIOSH-approved particulate filtering facepieces that are effective in protecting the wearer from airborne particles and aerosols. They must be properly fitted to be effective. An N95 mask with an exhalation valve does provide the same level of protection to the wearer as one that does not have a valve.

These masks are reserved for healthcare workers and other approved areas with task-specific hazards as determined by a Job Hazard Analysis. 

Please email The Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

KN95 masks are not inspected and certified by NIOSH. They may not provide any more protection to the wearer than a regular face covering.  

Proper Use and Wearing of a Face Covering

When putting on or taking off a face covering clean your hands with soap and water or if that’s not available, alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Make sure the face covering covers both your nose and mouth.

Don't wear your mask hanging under your nose or mouth or around your neck. You won't get the protection you need. Don't wear the face covering on top of your head, or take it off and on repeatedly. Once it is in place, leave the covering in place until you are no longer in public.

Proper face mask use covering your nose and mouth.

DO wear your face mask so that it fully covers your nose and mouth. (NY State Department of Health)

Improper examples of face mask usage

DON'T let your face mask hang below your nose, above your mouth, on your chin, or on your forehead. (NY State Department of Health)

Other Forms of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Depending upon the circumstances and type of work performed, additional personal protective equipment may be required. Individuals will be contacted by their school or unit supervisor with additional information. Questions regarding additional PPE can be directed to the local HR representative for your school or unit.

How To Obtain

Students:

The standardized PPE kit for students, which includes facial coverings, 4 oz hand sanitizer, thermometers, and an NYU Public Health Checklist, will be distributed in welcome kits in residence halls and at the distribution locations listed below. 

Off-campus and commuter students can pickup PPE kits between September 2-11 (excluding Labor Day, September 7) at the following locations:

NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South – 2nd Floor
Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

NYU StudentLink Center
383 Lafayette Street
Downstairs conference room
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Brooklyn
NYU Tandon, Jacobs Building
6 Metrotech, Lobby
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Faculty and Employees

PPE for faculty and employees - including face coverings and hand sanitizer - can be picked up between September 2-11, from 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at distribution locations listed below. 

Palladium Residence Hall
13th Street (between 3rd and 4th avenues) – Lobby
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Pl – Lobby
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Brooklyn
NYU Tandon, Jacobs Building
6 Metrotech – Lobby
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

School-based Distribution

Schools, programs, or units (eg. ISAW, IFA, College of Nursing, College of Dentistry, SPS Midtown) not located near a center will store and distribute PPE locally; please contact your school representatives for more information.

School of Professional Studies distribution centers are as follows:

SPS Midtown
11 W 42nd St
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.
 
SPS Woolworth
233 Broadway
Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.

Departments and units can arrange to pick up incremental inventory to have onsite. Vendors and visitors will also be provided PPE if needed in order to enter NYU buildings at various locations throughout campus. Please reach out with additional questions or concerns to nyu.returns.ppe@nyu.edu.