Stern Returns: Fall 2021

Vaccination Requirements

NYU is requiring students to be vaccinated for the fall semester and must upload proof of vaccination by July 19.

Masks/Face Coverings

Masks remain mandatory for every person in Stern buildings (KMC, Shimkin, Tisch) in all common areas, including classrooms, conference rooms and offices with more than one person.

Distancing

Six foot distancing is no longer required for students, faculty and administrators who are fully vaccinated or who have received an approved exemption and are part of NYU's testing protocol. Unvaccinated visitors must maintain a six foot distance even with proof of a negative PCR test.

Affiliate, Vendor and Visitor Policy

Affiliates, vendors, and visitors are—with rare exceptions—not permitted to participate in events, meetings, and gatherings until further notice. Only affiliates, vendors, and visitors whose in-person presence is essential to the University’s academic mission and core operations will be granted access to NYU buildings. All affiliates, vendors, and visitors MUST be sponsored by an NYU employee.

All members of the NYU community—including affiliates, vendors, and visitors—must be fully vaccinated, and upload proof of vaccination, in order to enter NYU buildings. Beginning August 30, 2021, affiliates, vendors, and visitors who are not in compliance with NYU’s vaccination requirements will not have access to NYU buildings.

Read more about the affiliate, vendor and visitor policy including information on uploading full proof of vaccination.


Building Access and the Daily Screener

As of June 7, 2021 students, faculty, and employees who are fully vaccinated, have uploaded proof, and had it validated are no longer required to test to pass the Daily Screener and get access to NYU buildings. Everyone may show the Daily Screener “Pass” on a smartphone, tablet or laptop or bring a hard copy print out. For those without a printer, visit the kiosk at 726 Broadway to login to email, complete the Daily Screener and print out the pass.

Only people with a daily screener green or yellow pass are permitted on-campus or to participate in University-sponsored activities off-campus.

Green Pass - Regular Access
Employees who are compliant with NYU’s vaccination policy (and testing for those employees who are not fully vaccinated and are required to participate in NYU’s ongoing testing) will receive a green pass on the daily screener and will be granted their regular campus access.

Yellow Pass - Limited Access
Non-compliant employees who are compliant with testing requirements will be granted limited access only in those locations that are essential to performing their job duties — nowhere else.

Can’t access the daily screener - No Access
Employees who are under COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team protocols and/or not up-to-date with testing (for those who are not fully vaccinated) are not permitted on-campus or to participate in University-sponsored activities. These individuals will not be able to obtain a green or yellow pass from the daily screener.

Use NYU Vax Pass, accessible on the NYU Mobile app along with the Daily Screener, for the small number of situations, including for NYU sports and recreation facilities, in which access must be limited to the fully-vaccinated due to the public health risks involved.

For those faculty who have not complied and provided proof of vaccination, beginning on Monday, August 16, they will no longer be able to obtain a green “PASS” screen, and they will not be able to enter any NYU facilities, including classroom buildings. Green “PASS” screens will also be required for virtually all NYU events and gatherings, and so those who have not complied with NYU’s vaccination requirements will be prohibited from attending those events. Read for more detail.

NYU Vax Pass

Use NYU Vax Pass for the small number of situations, including for NYU sports and recreation facilities, in which access must be limited to the fully-vaccinated due to the public health risks involved. When you log in, the Vax Pass will automatically recognize if you are fully vaccinated, and if you are, it will furnish you with the proper violet Vax Pass screen that you can display for entry to NYU events or facilities limited to the fully-vaccinated.

The day-to-day key for accessing NYU facilities, academic activities, and events is the Daily Screener “Green Pass”, which appears for all those who are in compliance with NYU’s vaccination requirements.

No one is permitted to designate a University-sponsored activity or setting, on or off-campus, as limited to fully-vaccinated individuals without receiving written approval from NYU’s COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team (CPRT); only the CPRT can designate an event as being limited to fully-vaccinated members of the NYU community rather than members of the community who are compliant with University vaccination rules. If you think there is an essential justification for a vaccinated-only designation, complete the exception request form.

Read more from NYU about the Vax Pass.


Classrooms

Classrooms return to 100% in-person capacity in the fall. Nine foot distancing will still be required at the front of classrooms between the presenter and the first 1st row.

There have been inquiries regarding overwarm classrooms. The air delivered by the air handling systems is a mix of fresh (outdoor) air and recirculated (interior building) air. In line with public health guidance, we have increased the proportion of fresh (outdoor) air that’s delivered. That will sometimes have the effect of making a room warmer or colder than we’re normally accustomed to, but the air handling system is working.

If you have a concern over room temperature, contact the Facilities and Construction Management’s (FCM) Client Services Center (CSC) at contactcsc@nyu.edu or 212-998-1001.


Cleaning

Ongoing cleaning and disinfecting services will be provided centrally in line with NYU’s protocols, which are developed in accordance with ongoing and evolving guidance from New York State and from the CDC. Hand sanitizer will be managed and made available centrally vs by departments. For employees who wish to clean and disinfect their workspaces, disinfectant spray, wipes and other cleaning supplies can be ordered by individual departments via iBuy.

For more information, visit NYU’s Building Cleaning and Disinfection page.


Covid Case Communication Protocol

Should a student or employee test positive for Covid, NYU’s Covid Prevention and Response Team has strict protocols in place, including communication, to protect the privacy of that individual as well as to keep the rest of the NYU community safe and informed of possible exposure. If someone was deemed to be in close contact with a confirmed case, the CPRT (not the faculty) would notify the involved individuals and enact protocols that include isolation, symptoms monitoring, testing and contact tracing. Information about a Covid case will come only and directly from the CPRT on a need-to-know basis. See more information here.


Covid Testing and NYU’s Main Testing Location

Beginning Monday, October 18, the NYU BioReference PCR testing site will move from 20 Cooper Square to the Jeffrey S. Gould Welcome Center at 50 West 4th St. (just east of Bobst Library). The reservation system and the hours are the same.

If you participate in required weekly testing or are in need of discretionary testing, this is the location if you prefer the nasal swab over the saliva test (aka the Binx test, which also remains available to members of the NYU community). In addition, NYU will start the semester with random testing of asymptomatic fully vaccinated students, faculty and employees. Those who receive notice to be tested are required to participate.


Classrooms

Classrooms will return to 100% in-person capacity in the fall. Nine foot distancing will still be required at the front of classrooms between the presenter and the first 1st row.


Distancing

Six foot distancing is no longer required for students, faculty and administrators who are fully vaccinated or who have received an approved exemption and are part of NYU's testing protocol. Unvaccinated visitors must maintain a six foot distance even with proof of a negative PCR test.


Food Service and Eating

Food is not permitted at indoor events and gatherings or meetings including workplace meetings or celebrations until further notice.

When possible, you should try to eat outdoors.

Food may not be eaten in common areas, including conference rooms during meetings, classrooms and lounges, until further notice. Food may be eaten in private, single-occupancy rooms with the door closed. You can also choose to use a designated eating area.

Designated Eating Areas (Students Only)
During inclement weather, the following designated eating areas at Stern may be used for a limited duration (15 minutes or less) with physically distanced seating:

  • Sosnoff Lounge (ground floor of KMC/Shimkin)
  • UC-100 after its renovation is complete (aiming for late October)
  • Tisch 411-413 starting Sept 2 from 8am-8pm, seven days a week
  • KMC 5-50 starting October 18 from 8am-8pm, seven days a week
  • Kassin Center (L101) starting Sept 7 from 11:30am-1:45pm, Monday - Friday

As previously communicated, food service in Sosnoff Cafe is currently closed and will reopen in the spring. Read more about NYU's guidelines for Designated Eating Areas. NYU has created these maps highlighting indoor and outdoor locations closeby that are appropriate spots for eating.


Mask/Face Coverings

Masks remain mandatory for every person in Stern buildings (KMC, Shimkin, Tisch) in all common areas, including classrooms, conference rooms and offices with more than one person.

In the event of someone failing to abide by the mask rules, the individual should be asked to leave the setting, and a report be made to a school’s dean of students, to the Office of Student Conduct, or to a supervisor or manager, as appropriate.


Reporting a Covid Case

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, were diagnosed with COVID-19, or know you were in close contact with a person who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, notify the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team by completing the self-reporting form.


Stay Home If You Feel Sick

If you feel sick, stay home. If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, report your symptoms to the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team (CPRT). The CPRT will provide you with next steps and guidance, including information about getting tested. Also, let your professor know you’re staying home from class because you feel sick, and that you’re looking for direction on how to keep up with the coursework.


Student Life

It will be the responsibility of all students to be familiar with the health and safety rules in place for academic year 2021-2022 and to observe them conscientiously.


Student Meetings and Office Hours

Until further notice, all office hours should be held remotely.

For meetings between administrators and students, remote meetings should be the first choice whenever possible; however, meetings in offices are permitted if all are wearing masks.

For meetings among students, most student meeting rooms and reading room tables will accommodate their full in-person capacity, with mask requirements in place.


Unused Binx (Saliva) Tests

Drop off any unopened and unused Binx test kits to the Executive Programs office: KMC Suite 4-100.


Vaccinations Required by NYU and Consequences of Noncompliance

Students must upload proof of vaccination by Monday, July 19, 2021.

Beginning August 16, NYU will prohibit access to NYU buildings for students who haven’t complied with NYU’s requirement to upload proof of vaccination or obtained an approved exemption. Consistent with university policy, students who remain noncompliant with the vaccination requirements will begin to be de-enrolled from all in-person and blended classes starting Wednesday, September 8th; they may remain enrolled only in online classes and will remain unable to access any NYU facilities. Students who remain noncompliant and have registered only for in-person or blended classes will be completely de-enrolled from the University — a serious consequence, and one we sincerely hope to avoid.

Read important information about NYU’s vaccination requirement and compliance.


Vaccination and Quarantine Guidance for International Students and Students Outside of the US

NYU requires all Stern students to be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed Covid-19 vaccine to access NYU buildings, including NYU study-away locations, in AY 2021-22.

If you are an international student who has already arrived in the United States, and wish to remain enrolled, you must either immediately:

  1. Upload your proof of vaccination; or
  2. If you have not yet been vaccinated, schedule your vaccination at the NYU Vaccine Clinic; or
  3. If you believe you have a legitimate medical or religious reason for being exempt from the vaccination requirement, you must submit an exemption request.

If you are an international student who has not yet entered the United States, but plan on taking in-person or blended classes this fall, you must immediately take the following steps.

  1. If you have been vaccinated, upload your proof of vaccination; if you have not been vaccinated, schedule your vaccination at the NYU Vaccine Clinic; or if you believe you have a legitimate medical or religious reason for being exempt from the vaccination requirement, you must submit an exemption request.
  2. Email the Office of Global Services (ogs@nyu.edu) with the following information: Your name, “N” number, visa status and travel itinerary, and a confirmation that you have either been vaccinated and have uploaded your proof of vaccinations, or a copy of your vaccination appointment confirmation following your arrival. If you believe you have a legitimate medical or religious reason for being exempt from the vaccination requirement, you must submit an exemption request right away, and let the Office of Global Services know you have done so.

Failure to take these steps means we will begin to de-enroll you from in-person classes for the fall semester.

All students who are not fully vaccinated and spend 24 hours or more in a country with a CDC Level 4 Travel notice in the 10 days immediately prior to arriving at NYU will be required to quarantine. You may not leave quarantine except for testing, vaccination, and other essential medical appointments.

Read important information about NYU’s vaccination requirement as well as more information about the Fall 2021 fee and tuition refund schedule.