Community Standards and COVID-19
As members of the NYU community, we have a commitment to the health and safety of our community. Community entails a sense of mutual responsibility to the welfare of each other at NYU and the broader communities in which we operate. By accepting membership in this community, students take responsibility for upholding this commitment in their own conduct and for recognizing and supporting this commitment in others. This commitment that we make to each other is especially important now, as the University faces new and evolving challenges while operating in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
NYU expects and requires its students to adhere to the highest standards by making decisions that demonstrate community and a deep respect for the rights and safety of others. This includes adherence to applicable policies and procedures, including:
- Requirements Related to Access to NYU Buildings and Campus Grounds Resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic
- COVID-19 Testing, Quarantining, and Early Arrival Procedures
- University Student Conduct Policy
The University may utilize interim suspension and expedite the Student Conduct Procedures when addressing behavior that threatens the health and safety of others. Students who engage in, facilitate, or organize irresponsible and reckless behavior that puts the community at risk may face formal disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct (or appropriate university official). Sanctions may include restriction from campus, immediate removal from the residence halls and cancellation of the housing license, or suspension from the University.
This is a time when our entire community must demonstrate significant flexibility as to how, where, and when we study, work, and interact with others. We expect that students will behave in a mature and responsible manner, which encompasses accountability and responsible decision-making regarding health and safety.
Over the summer, the University adopted a new Policy on Requirements Related to Access to NYU Buildings and Campus Grounds Resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic ("Access Policy"). This policy sets on-campus rules for face coverings, physical distancing, visitors, and screening requirements. Broader obligations are imposed by the University Student Conduct Policy, which was also amended in light of our conduct expectations in the context of the pandemic. That policy prohibits violation of the Access Policy, flouting any governmental orders concerning public health (such as mask requirements and limits on gatherings), and any behavior that "interferes with the safety, security, health or welfare of the community, and/or the regular operation of the University." Importantly, the Student Conduct Policy explicitly applies to conduct off campus that "substantially disrupts the regular operation of the University or threatens the health, safety, or security of the University community." In addition, there is additional guidance for those in the residence halls, found in the Residential Life Handbook.
To date, the Office of Student Conduct has considered over 150 cases related to violations of these policies, and has imposed a term or terms of suspension to a number of students. These suspensions have overwhelmingly involved large gatherings of NYU students in indoor, off-campus apartments that lacked any form of social distancing or face coverings. Such events directly put the safety, health, and welfare of our community at risk and, in many instances, violate public health orders.
Generally speaking, and in consideration of the factors outlined in the Student Conduct Procedures (which include accounting for both unique circumstances as well as treating similar conduct similarly), hosting a high-risk gathering has resulted in suspension for a full academic year, while attendance at such a gathering has generally resulted in one semester suspensions.
We have an obligation to investigate every report received of an alleged violation of our policies that implicates the health and safety rules. To that end, if you see a fellow NYU student, faculty, or staff violating public health guidelines, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. The University may utilize interim suspension and expedite the Student Conduct Procedures when addressing behavior that threatens the health and safety of others, and violations of these policies may result in formal disciplinary action and sanctions, including but not limited to restriction from campus, immediate removal from the residence halls and cancellation of the housing license, or suspension from the University.