Because NYU is, first and foremost, a place of teaching, learning, and scholarship, we want to reaffirm — amidst a concerning rise in hate and intimidation nationally and internationally — our expectations for student conduct.

All students deserve the opportunity to live and learn in peace. Our aim is to maintain our academic mission, abide by our principles, safeguard the well-being of all members of the community, and act in accord with our long-established rules even in this fraught moment.

University's Expectations on Conduct

1. Nondiscrimination and anti-harassment (“NDAH”)

The University’s NDAH Policy, which specifically prohibits antisemitic and anti-Arab or anti-Muslim discrimination and harassment, applies to all members of the community at all times. Advocacy on current events is not a license to discriminate. Some examples of activities that may violate the NDAH Policy:

  • Refusing to work with each other, or the application of any type of “litmus test” for participation in any academic activity, based on identity.
  • Targeting someone for harassment or intimidation on the basis of their identity, their religious attire, their name, their language spoken.
  • Ostracism based on identity, such as refusing entry to an open event. 
  • Use or dissemination of tropes about protected groups (eg, “Muslims are terrorists” or “Jews control the media”), including instances involving substitute code words.
  • Calls for genocide of an entire people or group.

2. Intimidation and violence

The University has zero tolerance for any form of violence, threats, or intimidation. This includes, but is not limited to, using language advocating for killing people or groups of people, and all relevant synonyms (e.g. eradicate, destroy, massacre, exterminate, etc.). In addition, maliciously ridiculing someone or exploiting known psychological or physical vulnerabilities or impairments is impermissible.

3. Behavior during protest activities

Dissent and protest, while enshrined by our policies as vital to “free discourse,” must nevertheless comply with all specific building rules.  These include those on fire safety and ingress/egress, and following the direction of Campus Safety or other university staff to prevent a crowd from becoming unsafe.  Protests and demonstrations may not use amplified sound (e.g., bullhorns, speakers, drums) indoors or directly adjacent to classrooms or residence halls.  Physically accosting someone who is participating in a protest, attempting to grab or move their signs or equipment, and/or sabotaging their equipment are examples of violations.  All organizers and participants of a protest or demonstration are responsible for the conduct of the event, and must cooperate with the University and its directives, including with respect to safety and security.  These rules apply to counter-protests, as well.

4. Classrooms and academic activities

Classrooms, laboratories, and other spaces where teaching and learning occur occupy a sacrosanct place in an academic community. The University will not tolerate interrupting a class session or otherwise interfering with a classroom or related activity. Conduct that may be permissible elsewhere, such as the holding or placement of banners, signs, etc., is not permissible in the classroom environment. Staff have been asked to remove all such materials in the classroom environment, regardless of content.

5. Residence halls

Behavior that disturbs the normal operations of the residence hall living environment – such as excessive sound, blocking ingress or egress – violates student housing rules. Signs, posters, flags, and banners may not be posted or displayed on the outside of any residence hall building, in windows, or on the outside of room doors. For displays in common areas of residence halls, students must submit requests ahead of time in accordance with the Residence Life Handbook.

6. University activities and events

We do not permit “heckler’s veto”; it is a violation to interrupt, impede, disrupt, or otherwise interfere with any University event, including student group or club events. Consistent with the University’s Guidelines for Administrative Implementation of NYU Policies on Speech, Speakers, and Dissent, silent protests that do not interfere with the ability of a speaker to speak and listeners to hear are permissible. Similarly, holding signs or banners is permissible so long as they do not block the view of other attendees, are not affixed to any University property consistent with a building’s relevant policies, and do not contain threats or other content that would violate the NDAH or contribute to a hostile environment under the NDAH.

7. Signs, posters, banners, etc. 

Affixing Signs: Any sign, poster, banner, flier, or similar display must comply with all applicable requirements of the University building or bulletin board at issue; it otherwise may not be posted.

Removing Signs: Individuals may not remove, deface, or cover over another individual or group’s sign or poster. Please contact Facilities and Construction Management to report a sign on NYU’s property that you believe is in the wrong place or beyond the scope of permissible content; it is a violation to take action on your own.

Sign Content: Signs containing material that violates the NDAH policy or contribute to a hostile environment under the NDAH aren’t permitted. A sign with a bigoted message or symbol or that advocates violence against anyone in the University community are clear, sanctionable violations.

8. Social media and online activity

The University does not discipline social media content writ large, however the University will take student disciplinary action for conduct occurring outside the University context, including online, when such conduct substantially disrupts the regular operation of the University; threatens the health, safety, or security of the University community; or results in a violation of the NDAH (such as a hostile environment). Social media posts may also be taken into account to establish context or intent, where relevant, in reviewing other forms of misconduct.

Doxxing (i.e. sharing certain private information concerning a fellow member of the community for the purposes of harassment) will be construed as violating the University’s prohibition on “endanger[ing] or compromis[ing] the health or safety of ... another person, or the general University community” and may be subject to conduct proceedings.