The following communication was sent to all NYU students on September 1, 2021.

Welcome to the Fall 2021 semester at New York University. This email is being sent to all New York University students.  It contains important reminders about student conduct policy matters and related implications as we embark on a new academic year.  Please review this email, and the links in it, carefully for the information on student conduct policies, conduct in the context of COVID-19, prohibitions on bias, discrimination, and harassment, and information about the financial aid implications for drug convictions.

A) General Student Conduct Expectations, Standards, and Policies: Academic communities exist to facilitate the process of acquiring and exchanging knowledge and understanding, enhancing the personal and intellectual development of its members, and advancing the interests of society.   We ask students to live our NYU values as they participate in our community, which include openness, listening and hearing, reflecting, self-awareness, courage, civil discourse, support, respect, and growth.

Behavior which jeopardizes the health, safety and well-being of the University community and its members; disrupts the educational activities and/or supporting services of the University; and/or violates federal, state and local laws or otherwise violating NYU policies is subject to review and possible sanctions in accordance with the procedures and practices of the University and its colleges, schools, or divisions.  General information concerning the University student conduct policies, standards, and procedures can be found at:  http://www.nyu.edu/students/conduct.

The University Student Conduct Policy applies to all students, and it is expected that all students are familiar with it.  The full policy is available here:
https://www.nyu.edu/about/policies-guidelines-compliance/policies-and-guidelines/university-student-conduct-policy.html

Please also note in particular the NYU Policy on Substance Abuse and Alcoholic Beverages: 
http://www.nyu.edu/about/policies-guidelines-compliance/policies-and-guidelines/substance-abuse-and-alcoholic-beverages.html

B)     NYU’s Health and Safety Rules in the COVID-19 Pandemic

All students are expected to be familiar with and to conscientiously observe all of the health and safety rules and policies the University has put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Most prominently, this includes:

While all of NYU's rules and policies are subject to change, this is especially true in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, in light of evolving public health conditions and governmental regulations and guidance.  Students are expected to review communications from the University and periodically review the NYU Returns webpage about any updates throughout the year.  Failure to abide by University policy and rules related to COVID-19 implicates the health and safety of our community and, as such, may subject students to discipline under the University Student Conduct Policy.  Failure to comply with NYU’s COVID-19 immunization requirement will subject students to significant consequences, up to and including de-enrollment.

C)  Bias, Harassment and Discrimination:  New York University is committed to equal treatment and opportunity for its students; to maintaining an environment that is free of bias, prejudice, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation; and to establishing complaint procedures for allegations involving students.  The University is committed to taking all necessary actions, including pursuant to the student discipline process where appropriate, to address and ameliorate prohibited discrimination and harassment in all of its forms.

Bias-related conduct, also referred to as “harassment,” or “discrimination”, includes adverse treatment of another individual or unwelcome verbal or physical conduct based upon actual or perceived race, sex, gender and/or gender identity or expression, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, ethnicity, shared ancestry or ethnic characteristic, disability, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, citizenship status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status; retaliation is also prohibited.  NYU has recently updated its Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy for Students, which now includes a number of examples of actions that constitute discrimination and harassment.  It makes explicit the University’s prohibition of discrimination on the basis of shared ancestry or shared ethnic characteristics, including membership in religions that may be perceived as such (e.g. Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh individuals), in addition to other protected characteristics that may also apply to such groups.  Please review the Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy for Students for a full description of prohibited behavior, the new examples, and the procedures by which such matters will be addressed by the University.

Sexual misconduct is a form of bias, harassment, and discrimination. NYU seeks to maintain a safe learning, living, and working environment. To that end, it maintains a policy that prohibits sexual misconduct and retaliation, including sexual harassment (as defined by Title IX regulations), sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual exploitation. These prohibited forms of conduct undermine the character and purpose of NYU and will not be tolerated.  Please see the NYU Sexual Misconduct, Relationship Violence, and Stalking Policy for a full description of prohibited behavior, and links to the procedures by which such matters will be addressed by the University.

Bias incidents can also implicate the law.  Behavior that violates policy also may violate Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; New York State and New York City Human Rights Laws, and the New York State Hate Crimes Act of 2000.  

Under the New York State Hate Crimes Act of 2000 (New York State Penal Code § 485.05), a crime occurs when a person commits a specified criminal offense in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, religious practice, age, disability, or sexual orientation of the student against whom the behavior is directed, regardless of whether the perception is correct.  Criminal penalties may include fines and incarceration depending on the nature of the behavior.

NYU strongly encourages reporting of bias incidents.  Students who believe they have been subjected to bias, harassment, discrimination or who have been treated unfairly on the basis of a protected status should make a report to any of the reporting options listed in the Policy.  Any member of the NYU community who is unsure of where to file a complaint should contact the NYU Bias Response Line at 212-998-2277 or by email at bias.response@nyu.edu.

D) Drug Conviction and Ineligibility for Financial Aid: As set forth in Section 484 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (as amended in 1998), in addition to disciplinary action taken by the University, a student will be ineligible for federal student aid if convicted, under federal or state law, of any offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment in which federal student aid was received.   Federal aid can be grants, student loans, and/or college work study.  The period of ineligibility begins on the date of conviction and lasts until the end of a statutorily specified period. The student may regain eligibility early by completing a drug rehabilitation program or if the conviction is overturned. The suspension of eligibility for financial aid due to drug-related offenses and terms of rehabilitation are as follows:

General:  A student who has been convicted of any offense under any Federal or State law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any Federal aid-based grant, loan, or work assistance during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending as follows:

a) If convicted of an offense involving the possession of a controlled substance, the ineligibility period is: First offense - 1 year;  Second offense - 2 years;  Third offense – Indefinite

b) If convicted of an offense involving the sale of a controlled substance, the ineligibility period is: First offense - 2 years;  Second offense - Indefinite Rehabilitation: A student whose eligibility for financial aid has been suspended may resume eligibility before the end of the associated ineligibility period if the student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that complies with such criteria as the Secretary (of the Department of Education) prescribes in the related regulations and which includes negative results on two unannounced drug tests; or if the conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory; or if the student successfully completes two unannounced drug tests which are part of a rehabilitation program (the student need not complete the rest of the program).  The qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two (2) unannounced drug tests and satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

· Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government program. 

· Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company. 

· Be administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court. 

· Be administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor