Stern Returns: Summer 2022

Vaccination Requirements

All members of the NYU community are required to get a booster shot and upload proof of having received it by January 18, 2022.

Masks/Face Coverings

Effective March 30, 2022, the University is suspending its mask-wearing mandate in “discretionary” or “optional” locations across campus. The mask mandate will remain in effect in “obligatory” spaces (classrooms and workplaces). Please see the Masks section below for additional information.


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

NYU continues to require strict standards for access to NYU settings and NYU-sponsored activities that take place off campus. If you’re not a current NYU student or employee, please follow the policies and procedures on this page for visitors, vendors, or affiliates.

Visitors must be 5 years of age or older; show a government issued ID; provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and boosted (if eligible, based on CDC criteria) with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine; wear an acceptable, well-fitted mask in accordance with NYU’s mask policy; comply with all COVID-19 health and safety protocols, University policies, codes of conduct, and building-specific protocols and may be required to show the Daily Screener.

All visitors, vendors, and affiliates must be sponsored by an NYU employee. Advanced planning is required; same-day visit requests are not permitted. 

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

If you are an international student not in the US, do not currently have access to FDA-authorized boosters, and you will not be able to arrive within the United States by January 24, 2022 to begin the Spring 2022 semester, please complete this form. Do not wait until you’re back in the US to make an appointment to get your booster shot; you may either make an appointment through the NYU Student Health Center or at one of the many vaccination sites in NYC. Upload proof of your COVID booster vaccination immediately after receiving it. Please allow a few days for the Immunization Team to review and validate your booster proof.

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.

Building Hours

The Stern buildings (KMC, Shimkin and Tisch) will be open from 7:30am - 10:00pm seven days a week.


Classrooms are at 100% in-person capacity. 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 or 212-998-1001.


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-19 Booster Shot Requirement

All eligible members of the NYU community are required to receive a COVID-19 booster by January 18, 2022 and to upload proof. A failure to comply with the booster requirement may result in consequences.

If you received the final dose of your primary series vaccination of any WHO-listed or FDA-authorized vaccine before August 21, 2021, you are eligible to receive a booster. If you received the J&J vaccine before November 21, 2021, you are eligible to receive a booster.

If you recently had Covid-19, you should get your booster shot as soon as you have met the criteria for ending isolation. There is no medical contraindication to receiving your booster shot as soon as you have cleared isolation.

Individuals who previously received exemptions from NYU’s vaccination requirement continue to be exempted from the booster requirement. Read more about the vaccine requirement.

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 and testing. 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

NYU’s COVID-19 testing program will consist of three types of testing to monitor COVID-19 infections within the NYU community and help prevent the spread of COVID-19: required ongoing testing, indicated testing, and discretionary testing. Read more about Covid testing.

No one should return to campus if:

  • They have symptoms of COVID-19, even mild symptoms, until they receive a negative PCR test, are fever free for at least 24 hours, and their symptoms are improving.
  • They test positive for COVID-19 until they meet criteria for ending isolation.

The NYU BioReference PCR testing site is at 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.

To find a list of Binx kit pick-up and drop-off sites for employees and non-resident students, or if you want more details, take a look at the updated locations and hours.


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.

Events and Gatherings (on or off-campus)

Please refer to NYU’s guidelines for events, meetings, and gatherings. All University-sponsored events, meetings, and gatherings — on or off campus — must comply with all NYU COVID-19 policies, requirements, and procedures including, but not limited, to:

Eating and Drinking at Events and Gatherings
Eating and drinking is permitted at events, meetings, and gatherings where attendance is optional. This includes student club meetings, events, and other gatherings where in-person participation is not required, and discretionary spaces, such as lounges and common areas. 

Eating or drinking is not permitted in any setting where attendance is required, such as in-person classes or mandatory meetings.

Off-Site Venues
If your event is off-campus, you must comply both with venue specific guidance and NYU specific requirements. If there is a difference, you must comply with the stricter requirements.

Vaccination Status
NYU event hosts/organizers are not permitted to ask participants about their vaccination status, but should notify participants that NYU requires proof of vaccination (including booster) at all University-organized events. Participants in University-sponsored events that are held in off-campus venues that require proof of vaccination for entry should provide that proof directly to the venue – not to the NYU event organizer.

Eating On-Campus

Eating and drinking is permitted in settings and events where in-person attendance is optional. This includes student club meetings, events, and other gatherings where in-person participation is not required, and discretionary spaces, such as lounges and common areas. We have also set aside two types of eating areas: 

Designated eating area: Kassin Center (L101) -- In this designated eating area, there is limited seating and a 15-minute time limit. NYU has created maps highlighting additional indoor and outdoor locations close by. These areas are for those who might be more comfortable eating in a more restricted environment. Other activities are not permitted in these spaces. Furniture cannot be rearranged and chairs must remain 6 ft (2 m) apart and facing the same direction.

Standard eating areas: UC-100 and Sosnoff Lounge -- There is no time limit and all available seating can be used (e.g., full capacity) in these two standard eating areas.

When classrooms are used as an instructional space, eating and drinking is not permitted. Classrooms (with the exception of Paulson Auditorium) are now available for booking for optional gatherings with food and beverage, so long as you plan for a 15-minute buffer at the start and end of the room reservation and request a trash bin as part of the room set-up in EMS.

Other Student Spaces
In addition to the Designated Eating Areas, students are now permitted to eat in the following locations (no time or activity limitations), so long as group meetings that take place in the following spaces are (1) optional or (2) have a Zoom component:

  • Sosnoff Lounge 
  • UC-100
  • UC-130
  • Tisch 3rd Floor
  • Shimkin Reading Rooms
  • Graduate Meeting Rooms
  • Leadership Lounges
  • KMC and Tisch Lobby Lounge Areas
  • 3rd and 4th Floors KMC Rotunda Lounge Areas
  • 3rd Floor KMC Trumpet Lounge
  • Graduate Starbucks Lounge, KMC 4-70

Conference Rooms
When a mandatory event is held in a conference room, food is not permitted.


As of March 30, 2022, the University is suspending its mask-wearing mandate in “discretionary” or “optional” locations across campus. The mask mandate will remain in effect in “obligatory” spaces (classrooms and workplaces).

Generally speaking, mask wearing will continue to be required where physical attendance is required. Examples include:

  •     Classrooms or other instructional spaces
  •     Meetings, huddles, or events in which in-person participation is obligatory
  •     Workplaces
  •     All library facilities
  •     University Transportation, such as NYU shuttle buses and Safe Ride
  •     Healthcare settings, including the Student Health Center 

In workspaces, mask wearing depends on the context. If individuals are passing through the space to get to another space (e.g., passing a campus safety desk or other open workspace) or completing a quick transaction (e.g., making a purchase, dropping off a package), masking is optional for those brief interactions. If there is prolonged contact (e.g., employees are required to work an event that is optional for students), then masking is likely required. 

“Discretionary” or “optional” spaces — where mask-wearing will no longer be required — are settings where attendance is not required or there’s another option for attendance (eg, attending by Zoom). These are the same settings in which indoor eating is permitted. Examples could include:

  •     Residence hall lounges
  •     Gyms
  •     Kimmel lounges and common areas
  •     Meetings or events where no one’s presence is mandatory (so, for instance, if there were a student meeting that a University employee had to attend, it would not be considered “discretionary” and masks must be worn)
  •     Building lobbies and hallways 
  •     Elevators
Masks are not required to enter NYU buildings unless otherwise noted with signage or directed by a Campus Safety Officer or other staff member. Bobst Library is one such exception.

Please Note: Any member of the community who wishes to continue wearing a mask in any setting is fully free to do so, and their decision to do so is supported by the University. No assumptions should be made about anyone who continues to wear a mask, nor should anyone who continues to wear a mask be pressured to take their mask off in any setting.

It is strongly recommended that all members of the NYU community have an acceptable mask available whenever you are on-campus or participating in off-campus University-sponsored activities so that you can comply should you be requested to put on a mask. If you comply when asked, you won’t be subject to disciplinary action. Non-compliance with mask-wearing rules in settings where it remains mandatory should continue to be addressed as it has previously.

Everyone should consider double-masking or a higher-grade mask, such as a KN95 or KF94. Acceptable masks for the spring semester include:

  • Disposable masks (surgical or medical procedure masks)
  • KN95 masks
  • KF94 masks
  • N95 masks

Using a cloth mask over a disposable mask improves the fit and adds layers. Masks that are not acceptable:

  • Masks with one-way valves or vents.
  • Bandanas, scarves, and face covering made with other repurposed clothing items.
  • Cloth masks, unless being used as a second layer over a disposable mask.

Read NYU’s full policy and guidance on mask-wearing.

Office Information

In many cases, mail delivery has resumed but mail for some departments may still be held by NYU Mail Services. If you are unsure of the status, or need to restart mail delivery, please contact NYU Mail Services directly.

For safety reasons, the default for all office suite badge readers will be “locked.” To inquire about updating badge reader access, please contact Steve Freitag in the Stern Facilities office.

Office supplies may be ordered as needed using the standard protocol. However, please take care to limit ordering based on expected staffing levels / time in the office.

Water Systems
All water fountains and water systems in Stern buildings (KMC, Shimkin and Tisch) are ready for use.

Reporting a Covid Case

You should complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form if you test positive, develop symptoms of COVID-19 (even mild symptoms), or were notified that you were in close contact with someone who tested positive. After completing the Reporting Form, the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team will provide you with guidance.

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


Beginning Monday, February 7, NYU will re-open the gyms for individual-level fitness activities. Group classes will continue remotely. Other group fitness activities are not permitted.


Beginning Friday, February 4, dining facilities will resume regular meal service, and students will be able to eat in the dining halls, as was the case in the fall. Grab-and-go will continue to be available for those who prefer.

Group Study Rooms

Beginning on Monday, February, 7, group study rooms will re-open (eating is not permitted in these spaces unless it is a designated eating area).

Residence Halls

Beginning Monday, February 7, students in NYU housing will:

  • Be permitted to invite NYU student visitors to their rooms
  • Be permitted to use common areas/lounges in residence halls (eating is not permitted in these spaces unless it is a designated eating area)

Please read more here for specific information for those in residence halls.

Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts will not be open.

Student Clubs

Beginning on Monday, February 7, student clubs may resume in-person meetings under Fall 2021 guidelines.

Student Meetings and Office Hours

Office hours and meetings between administrators and students may be held via Zoom or in-person. If in-person:

  • Masks are always required in obligatory spaces (even if all parties agree not to wear them)
  • Only 1-2 students per office or, up to the capacity of the conference room
  • Arrangements for remote office hours will also be available upon request

Unused Binx (Saliva) Tests

Drop off any unopened and unused Binx test kits at the following locations:

  • 6 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Kimmel Center for University Life (60 Washington Square South, 1st Floor), open Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • 15 East 84th St., Manhattan, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • 1 East 78th St., Manhattan, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.–3:15 p.m.
  • 345 East 24th St., Manhattan, open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Vaccinations Required by NYU and Consequences of Noncompliance

All NYU students - in the United States and at all NYU Study Away sites - are required to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination as soon as they are eligible and upload proof of the vaccination, unless they have been granted a medical or religious exemption.  This includes students in undergraduate, graduate, professional, non-credit, and non-degree programs. Read more about the vaccine requirement.

If you are an NYU student who 1) is enrolled only in online courses, 2) will not have any in-person appearances on campus for any reason, and 3) will not not participate in any in-person University-sponsored activities or events on or off-campus (eg, internships, externships, clinical placements, immersion experiences, field trips, events, etc.), then you are not required to comply with NYU’s vaccination and booster requirement, and you will not be de-enrolled from your online courses for missing deadlines associated with the vaccine requirement.

However, if your status changes (eg, you enroll in an in-person class, or you plan to use the library), or your online course has any in-person component even if it isn’t on campus, you must immediately come into compliance with NYU’s vaccination policy. Read more.

All students, faculty, and employees who are eligible under state guidelines can schedule a COVID-19 vaccination or booster shot on-campus.  NYU will require that all members of the NYU community (excluding those with approved exemptions) who are eligible must receive a COVID-19 booster vaccination by January 18, 2022 and upload proof of the vaccination. You are not required to get your vaccine at NYU. Read more about vaccines on campus.

You will be unable to access NYU academic and administrative facilities until you are in compliance with NYU’s booster vaccination requirement. As of Monday, January 24, 2022, failure to comply with NYU’s COVID-19 immunization requirement will result in no longer having access to any NYU building other than the assigned residence hall (if you live in NYU student housing). After that time, you will not be able to access a green PASS on the Daily Screener; you will not be able to enter the library, classroom buildings, or other buildings; and you will not be able to attend in-person classes or any University-sponsored in-person activities on or off campus until you come into compliance with NYU’s booster policy.

De-enrollment may also carry financial consequences in accordance with NYU's Refund Schedule.