Latest Return to Campus Updates

Message from Leadership
Safety and Health (Includes Information on Testing and Quarantining)
Building and Cleaning
Events and Meetings
Campus Life and Housing
Employee Remote and On-Campus Work
Compliance: Keep Each Other Safe

Message from Leadership

Dear Stern Administrators and Staff:

We hope you are taking good care and finding ways to disconnect and enjoy summertime during this most unusual season for us all. Since the June communication, our transition teams have continued to work on Stern’s return-to-campus planning for the fall. In addition, New York State has released additional guidance for higher education, and you should have received NYU’s email detailing its preliminary public health protocols for the 2020-21 academic year.

Please rest assured that the health, safety, and well-being of our community continue to serve as our guideposts for all plans. Equally important is our commitment to work together as a community to keep each other safe.

Stern Returns Guidebook–August 3, 2020

Safety and Health


COVID-19 Testing

Whether you are coming to campus from the Tri-State area or travelling from other domestic or international locations, please read the important NYU update on testing and quarantining.

Daily Symptom Check: The Daily Screener

The Daily COVID-19 Screener for Campus Access is a requirement to enter an NYU building and is available on the NYU Mobile app (Apple and Android), and you can use your computer. Before you can enter NYU buildings, you must answer all the questions and receive a daily authorization.

Contact Tracing

The NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team will oversee the University’s efforts to identify and isolate members of the NYU community with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and find and quarantine their NYU close contacts. Further information, including how to notify the Prevention & Response Team of illness can be found

Protective Equipment

All members of the community are required to wear face coverings over both the mouth and nose, at all times, when they are on the Stern or greater University campus, unless you are eating (in which case, keep 6 ft (roughly 2 m) or more between yourself and others) or you are alone in a closed office. While the University is working to procure a substantial supply of masks for initial distribution, we strongly encourage community members to obtain and use their own face coverings. More information, including where to obtain a mask should you need one, can be found here.

Physical Distancing

All members of the community are expected to maintain a 6 ft (roughly 2 m) distance from others. NYU is reconfiguring classrooms, labs, hallways, and building entrances and exits to help support physical distancing.

If You Feel Sick

If you are an employee, reach out to your healthcare provider. Get tested. If you feel sick, don't come to work. Notify the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team. Let your supervisor or faculty member know you are taking a sick day. For more information about wellness resources and support, visit the Employee Assistance Program: Carebridge, at 800-437-0911.

Building and Cleaning


Building Occupancy

We are reducing density in Stern's facilities by setting in place building and classroom caps, ensuring 6 ft physical distancing in classrooms, eliminating large events, and reducing the number of visitors. We are also modifying traffic flow.

Building Sanitation and Cleaning

Plans for enhanced cleaning, particularly more frequent disinfectant cleaning of high-touch surfaces and areas and the placement of additional sanitizing stations, are being put in place.

HVAC Ventilation Systems

The University is taking steps to reduce the likelihood of buildings' heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) air handling systems spreading COVID-19 by increasing fresh air flow and reducing recirculated air.


To achieve more physical distancing in classroom settings (6 ft, roughly 2m) between students; 10 ft (roughly 3m) between students and faculty) and less density, we are reducing the number of people permitted in classrooms.

Here are among the formats that will be available at Stern:

  • In Person: Most of the class sessions will meet in person with all of the students (minus any who are 100% remote) present each day.
  • Online: All of the class sessions will take place entirely online. This may be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous content and work.
  • Rotation: Roughly half of the class sessions will be in person, and roughly half will be online. In each case, all of the students will be in the same format (in person or online) for each class session.
  • Blended: Each class session will meet in person on campus, but in each session half the students will be present in class and half will be online (combination of synchronous and asynchronous).

See visuals of classroom set ups

Events and Meetings



All non-essential, large, in-person meetings or gatherings are prohibited at this time. The possibility of safely gathering for purposes such as social events or informal get-togethers will be reassessed regularly throughout the semester. Read more.


Consider holding remote meetings. If you must meet in person, masks and physical distancing must be adhered to. Read more.

Campus Life and Housing

For those who would like more information on NYU campus life you can find information at the following links: libraries, student housing, laundry rooms, and dining halls.


The University and Stern currently prohibit all non-essential travel until further notice. We also encourage members of the University community to keep domestic air travel to a minimum and to pay close attention to conditions in areas within the US prior to travel. Read more.

Employee Remote and On-Campus Work


Building Access

As communicated in June, we will need to operate at a much-reduced capacity on-site to ensure physical distancing. This means that we must give priority building access to students and faculty, as well as essential on-site employees and administrators and staff who support students and/or faculty. There will be a heavy emphasis on telework for those employees whose jobs, based on Unit Head assessments and NYU’s guidance, can continue to be done effectively from remote locations.

Remote employees will be given access to the building and in some cases may be able to bring certain equipment home for remote use. Please talk to your manager if you wish to make a request for certain supplies or equipment. Requests will be tracked and granted centrally.

Business Needs

The business needs are very different across departments, centers, and programs. If they have not already, each vice dean or business unit/center/department head will be talking to their teams and determining in advance who will continue to telework throughout the fall or return to campus on a regular, occasional, or possibly rotational basis. For administrators and staff who wish to request work modifications for the fall, specific instructions will be provided once employees have been notified of their possible return to campus date.

Employee Accommodations and Modifications

Some employees may have health conditions that may require accommodations for the fall semester. Others may wish to request changes to their work arrangements due to being members of an age group considered to be at higher risk to COVID-19 according to guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (currently age 65 and older).

Requests for accommodations related to a health condition will go to the NYU Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). All other requests for modifications will go to the HR Officer for the school or unit (for the fall 2020 semester, NYU will provide workplace modifications to employees in the Centers for Disease Control-defined high-risk age group). Please note: any administrator, researcher, or staff member whose work is not conducive to the requested work modifications will be contacted by HR.

The Stern leadership team will reassess the situation and work plan at the end of the calendar year, December 31.

Compliance: Keep Each Other Safe


Mutual Responsibility

The success of NYU's efforts to reconvene will depend on all of us embracing a sense of mutual responsibility: that it is not simply a matter of each of us being responsible for oneself, or the University being responsible, but that we each have a responsibility to one another.

Code of Conduct

We expect all members of the NYU community to follow the health guidelines we are setting for the good of everyone in the community.

Keep Your Contact Information Up to Date

Make sure your phone number and local address are correct in PeopleSync. The COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team may need to reach you if you were exposed to COVID-19.