Latest Return to Campus Updates

Academics
Bike Racks
Bloomberg Terminals
Building and Cleaning Protocols
Campus Life and Housing
Classrooms
Compliance: Keep Each Other Safe
Events and Meetings
Fire Drills
Food and Beverage Guidelines
Inclement Weather
Lactation Room
Printing
Safety and Health, including information on testing and quarantining
Technical Support
Travel


Stern Returns Guidebook—October 5, 2020

Academics

Since many of you will not be able to arrive in the United States before the beginning of the Fall semester, you will likely have to attend class remotely. We are doing our best to schedule classes at times that will work for students in the US, Europe, and Asia. We are currently planning a schedule that will accommodate the students expected to be in the class. That will force most classes to morning or evening time slots as mid-day classes will be inconvenient to those of you in China.

Students working on their dissertations and other research should work with their advisors and committees to plan meetings and work sessions.

Finally, many aspects most valuable to doctoral education such as seminars, brown bag presentations, and conversations with colleagues will continue in a virtual format this fall. It is up to each of you coming from outside the United States to decide how much effort to exert in attempting to arrive as early as possible, but we have found that historically many of you who have never been in the United States or New York before will need a period of adjusting to the new environment. Please plan early and accordingly when making your travel decisions.


Bike Racks

The University will be installing additional bike racks in Schwartz Plaza around the start of the semester.


Bloomberg Terminals

The PhD and faculty Bloomberg terminals will remain in the same locations on the KMC 9th floor.


Building and Cleaning Protocols

 

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. Please see these charts for designated stair directions.

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.


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.


Classrooms

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. The seat a student picks or is assigned on the first day of class will be the seat for the entire fall semester.

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

Since PhD classes are generally small, we expect that most will be in person. Nevertheless, regardless of modality, every class will make remote attendance possible for the entire semester for students who are studying remotely this fall (such as those confronting travel restrictions or quarantines).


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 students and other members of the NYU community to follow the health guidelines we are setting for the good of everyone in the community including mandatory facial coverings, physical distancing, and symptom screening. All students will be required to Complete Student Conduct Requirements by August 24.

Keep Your Contact Information Up to Date

Make sure your phone number and local address are correct in Albert. The Covid-19 Prevention & Response Team.

Public Health Ambassadors

NYU is employing undergraduate students to serve as “Student Public Health Ambassadors” (PHAs). The role of PHAs is to help remind students about school policies (such as mask-wearing and physical distancing). One or two PHAs will be located in Tisch and KMC during class meeting times. These students applied for these roles, conducted an interview process to be selected and completed the Public Health Ambassador Training program offered by NYU.


Events and Meetings

 

Events

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 re-assessed regularly throughout the semester. Read More.

Meetings

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


Fire Drills

Fire drill protocol remains unchanged. During fire drills, all stairs should be used even if a stairwell is marked as an “UP” staircase for Covid compliance. Use the closest staircase when a fire alarm is sounded; no one should travel up during a building evacuation. Everyone should wear masks as they are evacuating the building(s).


Food and Beverage Guidelines

Individuals are welcome to eat in the three designated spaces: Sosnoff Lounge, UC-100, and Patron’s Lobby with 6' distancing or in private, single occupancy offices. Eating is not permitted in classrooms, conference rooms or any event spaces until further notice. No beverages are permitted in spaces other than designated food and beverage areas. Masks must be immediately returned and worn when not drinking. The Grad Cafe is closed for the fall semester.

Food deliveries are permitted for pick up only outside of the building. The building guards are not able to accept deliveries or to call for pick up.


Inclement Weather

Non-reservable open spaces are permitted to be used during class breaks, observing social distance, when the weather is inclement.


Lactation Room

The lactation room on KMC 11th floor is available. Keys are available to be picked up from and returned to the Stern IT Helpdesk (L-100). Appointments for key pick up and return must be made in advance as the Helpdesk will not permit walk-ins.


Printing

Student printing will continue to be available from the public printers located throughout the buildings. All print release stations will now be “touch free”. Instructions can be found at print.stern.nyu.edu/help and at the printing stations. Manual staplers and hole punchers have been removed and will only be available at specifically labeled printers as a finishing option.


Safety and Health

 

Covid-19 Testing and Quarantining

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, including information regarding ongoing testing in the community.

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 here.

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 feel sick, don't go to class. Let your professors know you are taking a sick day. Notify the Covid-19 Prevention & Response Team.

For more information about wellness resources and support, please visit the NYU Wellness Exchange.

Reporting a Covid Case

The NYU Covid Prevention and Response Team has policies in place to both protect the privacy of someone with a confirmed diagnosis of Covid-19 as well as keep the rest of the NYU community safe and informed of possible exposure.

No matter the role, if someone was deemed to be in close contact with a confirmed case, the Team would notify the involved individuals and enact protocols that include isolation, symptoms monitoring, testing and contact tracing. If there will be a disruption in services due to an individual's inability to return to campus, the appropriate personnel will be notified.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, were diagnosed with COVID-19, or 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 at http://www.nyu.edu/coronavirus/reporting.


Technical Support

Please contact the Stern IT Helpdesk for any technology related questions or issues. Faculty, students and staff can schedule in-person support appointments at the Stern IT Helpdesk by contacting helpdesk@stern.nyu.edu or 212-998-0180. There will be no “walk-in” support without an appointment. Please note that with limited onsite resources available, turnaround times for services may be extended.


Travel

The University and Stern currently prohibit all non-essential university-related travel until further notice. We also encourage members of the University community to keep personal air travel to a minimum and to pay close attention to conditions prior to travel.