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EMBA NY Students

May 12, 2021:

We have some good news to share with you all! The days of the Binx saliva test are waning. Per the NYU notice that went out last week (copied below), effective June 7, 2021, fully vaccinated students will no longer be required to participate in the ongoing testing protocols at NYU, provided they receive clearance from the Student Health Center (SHC).

Please read this email carefully to ensure you are compliant with all of NYU’s upcoming changes.

What does this mean? What do I have to do?
If you are fully vaccinated by an FDA or WHO approved COVID-19 vaccine, you will no longer need to participate in the ongoing Binx/Bioreference PCR COVID testing as of June 7, 2021. But first! Upload your vaccine verification for approval to be deemed “compliant” by the SHC.

Start this process now by following these easy steps here and check your SHC account a few days later to ensure you’re cleared.

I’m fully vaccinated. When can I stop testing?
DO NOT stop testing for our upcoming May class days. Fully vaccinated individuals will be able to discontinue testing as of 6/7, provided that they are approved and cleared by the NYU Student Health Center and considered fully compliant. This information will be tied to your Daily Screener.

I’ve uploaded my vaccination details and have been deemed compliant by the SHC, do I still need to complete the Daily Screener?
Yes, you will continue completing the Daily Screener each day that you will be accessing an NYU building.

I don’t want to (or cannot) get vaccinated, but I want to come in-person for summer. What do I have to do?
If for some reason you are not vaccinated but still want to attend classes in-person this summer, you will still need to participate in the ongoing testing process at NYU. Our office will still continue to provide kits but we are going to alter our distribution process. If you need a Binx kit for ongoing testing, please come to our office (KMC 4-100) on class days and we’ll give you a kit. If you miss a weekend and need a kit mailed to you, we will follow our same process. Request a kit here by 12:30pm on class day Fridays and we’ll mail you one for next time.

I am vaccinated but feel sick. Can I still come to class?
Stay home, drink some soup, and feel better! Regardless of vaccination status, anyone with close contact exposure and/or symptoms of COVID-19 are still required to complete the self-report form.

I encourage you to read the FAQs found here on the NYU proof of vaccination website. Also NYU has launched an extensive site here that outlines the vaccine plan for fall 2021. Please take a look at that site to familiarize yourself with the University’s expectations for vaccine requirements for the fall. We will be sending more information about what to expect for fall in the coming weeks.

GENERAL REMINDERS FOR EMBA STUDENTS

Do I have to test if I’m fully vaccinated? Effective 6/7, fully vaccinated students will not need to continue testing, provided that they are cleared by the Student Health Center. Please see the note above from Alanna on 5/12/21.

Testing: If you are not fully vaccinated, you will need to continue your ongoing testing every 14 days. You can do your test one of two ways via NYU:

  • Binx saliva kit (see general instructions here and video how to open/ship boxes here)
  • Get tested on campus. You do not need to upload results. They are connected to your NYU account and ID card status.

Test Timing: Moving forward, we suggest getting tested the Monday or Tuesday of the non-class week. This will ensure you have enough time to get tested and have your results before class. If you do your test too close to a class weekend, there might not be enough time to get your results or resolve any issues. Recommended dates for testing are marked on your Google class calendar. You will receive automated reminders from NYU that will tell you when to do your test as well based on your last test date.

Binx Kit Distribution: Effective June 2021, if you need a Binx kit, please come to the EMBA office to pick one up during class day. Please read below about requesting a Binx kit if you miss distribution.

  • Only here on Saturday? Come to our office on Saturday, suite 4-100 to pick up a kit.
  • Miss a weekend? Request a kit here by 12:30pm EST on Friday class days and we will mail you a kit. You will get a confirmation email that we got your address. The deadline to submit a kit request is always at 12:30pm on class day Fridays. Test reminders with a survey link are on your Google class calendar. If you do not submit a request by deadline, we can no longer send you a kit. Please do not miss this deadline.
  • Didn’t get a kit? If you submitted a request before the deadline, please email Lauren and Phillip to confirm a kit was sent. Here are ways to test if you miss the deadline:
    Option 1) Pick up a Binx kit from NYU
    Option 2) Get tested at NYU Campus
    Option 3) Stay remote, request another kit at the next deadline and return only until you get a test and are cleared.
  • Binx Kit Not Working? Contact Binx customer support here +1-844-692-4691 or support@mybinxhealth.com, or the support chat button on the bottom right here.

Is Your ID Not Working? If your ID card is disabled, there is a reason for it. Email studentlink@nyu.edu if you need more information about your account. We are no longer able to get involved in expediting or checking your entry status. ID access is directly tied to your COVID test results and your card will be turned off if you test positive or if your testing is not up to date. Please make sure to check the ID card status when you start the Daily Screener (see attached screenshot). If you see your card is disabled and you don't know why, please email studentlink@nyu.edu.

Daily Screener: Do the screener before arriving at NYU. If you attempt to enter an NYU building before doing the screener, your ID card will be disabled and you will not be able to enter until that is resolved, which could take several days. You may receive a pass on the daily screener even if your ID card is disabled for a different reason. Both your ID card AND your daily screener must be enabled for building access.

  • App not working on your phone? The daily screener is also on the web version here.

Classroom Rules: Please remember to submit your seat assignment on the EMBA seating worksheet and reminder that no coffee or food are allowed in the classrooms.

First timer? If you’re coming to campus for the first time and want to make sure you are following all the appropriate steps, please email the EMBA team directly.

What if you test positive? What’s NYU’s notification process? Students who test positive will be contacted directly by the NYU COVID Prevention and Response Team (CPRT) with directions on next steps. If you test positive or feel sick with COVID symptoms, please self-report ASAP. Due to FERPA and HIPAA regulations, the EMBA team does not send out cohort-wide announcements if there are any positive cases in the EMBA community. The CPRT will contact an individual if they test positive, will conduct an investigation for potential close contacts, and will directly notify any individuals who need to quarantine. Classroom transmission has been proven to be rare given that density and seating arrangements were intentionally designed to facilitate adequate physical distancing.


EMBA DC Students

March 15, 2021:

Please read this if you wish to attend classes in-person. Remote students do not have to read this. Previously our team has emailed you on a monthly basis with constant COVID-19 testing reminders. Now that we are into our second semester of COVID-19 testing, NYU has established clear and firm policies and protocols and we feel that there is a rhythm to this process.

Moving forward, we are not going to email you the same thing every month. We know you get a lot of emails and we do not want to be redundant. So! Please save this email and refer back to when you need it. We trust that you can keep this and refer back to it. We will email you if/when any of these standing policies change.

If you follow the process below, you will be able to access campus for DC class weekends. The NYU COVID-19 Prevention and Response system is designed to keep the community safe and the multi-layered system we have in place has been proven to be effective in keeping case numbers low.

Here are important details to maintain campus access:

  1. Testing: Continue your ongoing testing every month (even if you have received the vaccine). You can only do your COVID-19 testing via NYU:
    • Binx saliva kit: see general instructions here and video how to open/ship boxes here)
  2. Timing: The timing of your test depends on where you are coming from. We have created a chart in Stern Life listing upcoming testing deadlines based on location:
    • DMV area students: We suggest getting tested two Fridays prior to a class weekend (14 days prior). This will ensure you have enough time to get tested and have your results before class. If you do your test too close to a class weekend, there might not be enough time to get your results or resolve any issues. Recommended dates for testing are marked on Stern Life and on your Google class calendar. You will receive reminders from our team regarding testing before each class weekend.
    • Non-DMV area students: If you live in a state that is not DC, Maryland, or Virginia or travel outside of the DMV within 14 days of the March class weekend - You must collect your sample EXACTLY ON the Monday of a class weekend. This will ensure your sample is received within the 72 hour window required to enter DC, and provide time for the team to receive your results and clear you for entrance into an NYU facility. If you obtained a test from a provider other than Binx, you will be required to upload your Binx results with an individualized URL from the NYU DC Operations team.
  3. Binx Kit Distribution: We typically distribute Binx kits on class weekends. Please read below about requesting a Binx kit if you miss distribution.
    • Miss a weekend? Request a kit by 2:00 pm ET on the dates listed on Stern Life or your Google class calendar and we will mail you a kit. Test reminders with a link to request a Binx kit are on your Google class calendar. If you do not submit a request by deadline, we can no longer send you a kit. Please do not miss this deadline.
    • Didn’t get a kit? If you submitted a request before the deadline, please email Colleen to confirm a kit was sent. If you miss the deadline to request a kit you will have to stay remote and request another kit at the next deadline and return only until you get a test and are cleared.
      • Please do not request a kit if you have no intention of joining your EMBA courses in-person.
      • Please do not hoard testing kits.
    • Binx Kit Instructions: You have to activate your Binx Kit and mail the sample out the same day. All of the instructions can be found here.
    • Shipping Labels: Please note these are not included in your Binx kit, and are sent separately via the EMBA team. You must ensure you print both the UPS shipping label AND the Biological Substance label, and adhere both to the outside of your Binx box. Drop-off your resealed and labeled box at any UPS Store, any UPS dropbox, or you may request a UPS pick-up.
    • Binx Kit Not Working? Contact Binx customer support here +1-844-692-4691 or support@mybinxhealth.com, or the support chat button on the bottom right here.
  4. For DMV /non-contiguous state travelers: If you are receiving hotel accommodations, the expectation is that you are attending class in-person and following these travel policies. Failure to comply with these rules and NYU rules may lead to disciplinary measures. Please note students who join on site from beyond the DMV area (or who have travelled outside of the DMV within 14 days of the EMBA class weekend) may be required to submit an additional saliva test on the Sunday of each class weekend in order to adhere to DC protocol.
  5. Daily Screener: Do the Safe NYU screener before arriving on campus. If you attempt to enter an NYU DC building before doing the screener, your ID card will be disabled and you will not be able to enter until that is resolved, which could take several days. You may receive a pass on the daily screener even if your ID card is disabled for a different reason. Both your ID card AND your daily screener must be enabled for building access.
  6. Cleared for Class: You must present a negative test in order to enter the NYU DC buildings. You may be required to upload your results depending on the testing provider.
  7. Classroom Rules: Please remember to submit your seat assignment in the seating chart for your cohort: DC21 seating chart; DC22 seating chart. Masks must be worn at all times unless eating or taking a sip of water. If you see a student who is not in compliance, you may report this to the EMBA administration or anonymously by emailing covidcompliance@nyu.edu.
  8. First timer? If you’re coming to campus for the first time and want to make sure you are following all the appropriate steps, please email Colleen directly.
  9. What if you test positive? What’s NYU’s notification process?
    If you receive a positive test result, DO NOT proceed to NYU facilities. Instead, you should take the following actions:
    • Immediately isolate yourself from others, preferably in your own living space or bedroom. Do not come to campus; stay home, or return home immediately.
    • The NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team will reach out to you to discuss appropriate protocols; you must follow all instructions closely.
    • Anyone requiring medical care should contact a medical provider.
    • Anyone experiencing a medical emergency should call 911 immediately to access Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
    • Students who test positive will be contacted directly by the NYU COVID Prevention and Response Team (CPRT) with directions on next steps. If you test positive or feel sick with COVID symptoms, please self-report ASAP.

NYU DC Operations team will send out notifications if there are reported positive cases on campus. Due to FERPA and HIPAA regulations, specific details surrounding individuals are not shared. The CPRT will contact an individual if they test positive, will conduct an investigation for potential close contacts, and will directly notify any individuals who need to quarantine. Classroom transmission has been proven to be rare given that density and seating arrangements were intentionally designed to facilitate adequate physical distancing.

Please note, we will flag any updates or changes to the procedures according, including any upcoming class weekends that take place in NYC. Also, as vaccine rollout continues and should policies and circumstances shift, we will update the community accordingly.


DC21 Only

May 18, 2021:

We have some good news to share with you all! The days of the Binx saliva test are waning. Per the recent NYU notice that went out, effective June 7, 2021, fully vaccinated students will no longer be required to participate in the ongoing testing protocols at NYU (New York campus), provided they receive clearance from the Student Health Center (SHC). Please read this email carefully to ensure you are compliant with all of NYU’s upcoming changes.

What does this mean? What do I have to do?
If you are fully vaccinated by an FDA or WHO approved COVID-19 vaccine, you will no longer need to participate in the ongoing Binx/Bioreference PCR COVID testing as of June 7, 2021. But first! Upload your vaccine verification for approval to be deemed “compliant” by the SHC.

Start this process now by following these easy steps here and check your SHC account to ensure you’re cleared.

I’m fully vaccinated. When can I stop testing?
Fully vaccinated individuals will be able to discontinue testing as of 6/7, provided that they are approved and cleared by the NYU Student Health Center and considered fully compliant. This information will be tied to your Daily Screener.

I’ve uploaded my vaccination details and have been deemed compliant by the SHC, do I still need to complete the Daily Screener?
Yes, you will continue completing the Daily Screener each day that you will be accessing an NYU building. Please note the Daily Screener is different from the SAFE NYU app we use in DC. More details will be sent as we get closer.

I don’t want to (or cannot) get vaccinated, but I want to come in-person in June. What do I have to do?
If you do not meet the above vaccination criteria and you would like to attend your June classes in person, you will need to request a NY-exclusive Binx testing kit here by May 28. If you live in the NY-area, you can also make an appointment to get tested on campus. Please note, these tests are coded differently than the DC facility Binx testing kits. You cannot use an old DC testing kit for any weekend you plan to attend in-person in NYC. Tests are limited, so please do not request one if you have no intention of joining us in-person in June. As these kits are managed through the NY campus, please ensure you read through all instructions carefully and complete each step accurately. We will not be able to check the status of your testing kits.

Please see Binx saliva kit general instructions here and video how to open/ship boxes here). Students should not do anything with their testing kit until June 7th, 2021, at the earliest.

I am vaccinated but feel sick. Can I still come to class?
Stay home, drink some soup, and feel better! Regardless of vaccination status, anyone with close contact exposure and/or symptoms of COVID-19 are still required to complete the self-report form.

I encourage you to read the FAQs found here on the NYU proof of vaccination website. Also NYU has launched an extensive site here that outlines the vaccine plan for fall 2021. Please take a look at that site to familiarize yourself with the University’s expectations for vaccine requirements for the fall. We will be sending more information about what to expect for fall in the coming weeks.

Please note, deadlines and links are also available via Stern Life and your class Google calendar.