Updated January 28, 2021

Out of an abundance of caution, the University has made the choice to prohibit all large, non-essential, in-person gatherings at this time. We also recommend that you be equally cautious and do your best to restrict your personal interactions to a small circle of people, although you must continue to observe safety precautions when socializing within that circle.

That said, no one is trying to stop you from taking a walk in the park with a friend or a roommate. In fact, we hope, weather permitting, you’ll take advantage of all the city has to offer. What we do have concerns about—and what could cause you to run afoul of the Student Conduct Office—are gatherings that clearly take no heed of the safety rules.  

Some students are worried that these rules will prevent them from participating in certain social activities. This may be true as it is expected that you will continue to act in a safe manner, whether you’re having dinner with friends, attending religious services, or participating in a social justice protest. Regardless of the setting or the reason, the University’s policies on mask-wearing and physical distancing remain in effect for all gatherings, and you will be held accountable for observing NYU’s safety and health rules and any public health guidelines even if you are off-campus.

However, if you are cautious, responsible and faithfully follow the safety and health rules no matter the situation, we believe that you can navigate these complexities. Wear face coverings at all times, even when taking photos. Physically distance whenever and wherever possible. And, if you ever find yourself in a situation where your ability to effectively do one or the other is compromised, then it is in all of our best interests that you leave that situation as soon as possible.