Stern Returns: Spring 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

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.

Spring Semester and Resuming In-Person Classes on January 24, 2022

NYU will resume in-person classes when the spring semester begins on January 24, 2022.


Affiliate, Vendor and Visitor Policy

At the start of the spring semester, only essential visitors will be permitted on campus.

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.


Building Hours

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


Classrooms

Classrooms return to 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 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-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.

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

A failure to get a booster and upload proof will prevent you from going to class or entering classroom buildings or other NYU facilities. Non-compliance with NYU’s vaccine/booster mandate can ultimately lead to de-enrollment and loss of housing.


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

The University expects that all members of the community will be tested in the 72 hours before their return to campus for the spring semester, preferably with a PCR test. 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 University’s testing program will remain in force for the spring semester, and NYU strongly recommends everyone get tested after arriving notwithstanding the test they should have had just prior to their return for the spring semester.

Beginning Monday, October 18, the NYU BioReference PCR testing site moved 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.

NYU will be offering extended hours for picking up and dropping off Binx (saliva) tests.

Note: turnaround times for test results are not guaranteed and may be longer than usual given the increased demand for testing across NYC and the country. Please plan accordingly.


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.


Events and Gatherings

As of January 12, 2022, there should be no non-essential in-person events, meetings, and gatherings held.

Capacity limits for Events and Gatherings (On or Off Campus)

  • Gatherings for mandatory academic programs with up to 250 students (indoors) or up to 500 students (outdoors) will be allowed at Stern, but require pre-approval from the Space Use Committee to ensure space availability. Only critical school-wide events will be approved by the committee. All other events should be held remotely (preferred) or off-campus. Before entering into any contractual agreements with external venues, please be aware that NYU’s updated guidelines re: gathering size, food service, vaccination / screenings, etc., will apply.
  • Indoor events or meetings with more than 250 individuals or outdoor gatherings with more than 500 individuals must receive explicit approval from the Covid-19 Prevention & Response Team. Please complete this form at the beginning of your event/gathering planning process and at least 1 month in advance. Note: approval from the CPRT is NOT a confirmation of space availability. Please contact the Stern Special Events Team for more information.

Event Duration
NYU recommends that no indoor event — whether above or below the numbers of participants indicated above — exceed 2 hours in duration.

Eating and Drinking at Events and Gatherings
Eating and drinking will be permitted at outdoor events only. Seated dining is preferred. Mingling without masks should be avoided. Food offerings with shared contact (e.g., passed hors d'oeuvres or open platters) should be avoided. Emergency exceptions may be granted for outdoor events to move indoors (space permitting) due to inclement weather. Contact the Covid Prevention and Response Team and Neil Rader for approvals and, the Stern Special Events Team for guidance re: additional safety measures (e.g., daily screener check, indoor capacity restrictions, time limits) no less than five (5) days prior to the event.

Contact Tracing List for Events and Gatherings
Anyone hosting an event or gathering must maintain an attendee/participant list for purposes of contact tracing should someone attending the event test positive for Covid-19. This list must include first name, last name, best contact phone number, and NetID or external email address for all participants.

The University’s contact tracing efforts will ease slightly from seat-level to room-level tracing. To the extent possible, please minimize the switching of rooms and mixing of groups to help with contact tracing efforts and to reduce risk for each individual student.

Off-Site Venues
Before entering into any contractual agreements with external venues, please be aware that NYU’s updated guidelines re: capacity limits, vaccinations / testing / screeners for attendees, masks, food service, etc., will apply. Watch the site for updates.

Events including affiliates, vendors and/or visitors
Affiliates, vendors, and visitors are—with rare exceptions—not permitted to participate in events, meetings, and gatherings until further notice. Event organizers seeking to host an event, meeting, or gathering that includes affiliates, vendors, and/or visitors must use the events requirements exception process. If approved to attend, affiliates, vendors, and visitors must comply with the University’s vaccination and testing requirements and follow the University’s standard campus access protocols. This policy will be revisited in mid-September.

Vaccination Status
NYU event hosts/organizers are not permitted to ask participants about their vaccination status. Students or employees participating 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.


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, open spaces and select lounges, until further notice. Food may be eaten in private, single-occupancy rooms with the door closed. You can also choose to use an Indoor Eating Location.

Indoor Eating Locations at Stern (Students Only)
During inclement weather, you can go to any space listed below to eat, but you need to keep it to 15 minutes. After you finish eating, we'd like you to mask up again, for your safety and that of your fellow NYUers:

  • UC-100, seven days a week (only accessible by Stern ID cardholders)
  • Tisch 411-413 from 8am-8pm, seven days a week
  • KMC 5-50 from 8am-8pm, seven days a week
  • Kassin Center (L101) from 11:30am-1:45pm, Monday - Friday
  • Gardner Commons (KMC 1-100) from 11:30am-1:45pm, seven days a week

Mask/Face Coverings

At this time, 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 mask
  • 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.

NYU’s guidance on masks can be found here. At this point, we expect all members of the community to supply their own masks, but the University will have a supply of medical-procedure or surgical type masks available at various locations around campus.

Proper mask-wearing will be strictly enforced for all members of the community. You need to have a proper mask (see guidance above), and you need to wear it properly (ie, over the nose and mouth) at all times indoors (except for meal breaks, which should be brief).

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.


Office Information

Copy Center
As recently communicated, Stern will be closing its Copy Center and transitioning to working with NYU Reprographics. Please address any questions about copy services to NYU Reprographics.

Mail
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.

Suites
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.

Supplies
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

As of January 12, 2022, there should be no non-essential in-person events, meetings, and gatherings held.

Residence Halls
NYU has fully re-opened the student residence halls and set aside rooms for quarantining and isolation. Masks will be required when students are outside of their suite or apartment and in public areas of the residence hall (such as lounges, hallways, or lobbies). While guests from elsewhere in student housing are permitted, masking is also required of all occupants when there is a guest/visitor in a suite or room’s common space. Guests from outside of NYU Housing will not be permitted at the start of the semester. This policy will be re-assessed as public health conditions evolve.

Dining
Meal service at NYU dining facilities will be “grab and go” for the start of the semester. No eating will be permitted in the libraries or in spaces in which other activities are occurring concurrently, such as in study spaces, meetings, or lounges. We strongly urge you to eat at least 6 feet (2 meters) apart from other people and for less than 15 minutes. After eating, you should promptly remask.

Athletics
Athletics facilities will continue to be closed for the time being.

Library Group Study Rooms
Group study rooms in the library will continue to be closed until further notice.

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


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 (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.

Update to the NYU Returns Hub About Restrictions

Over the course of the semester, NYU has taken some modest and prudent steps to ease some of the restrictions that were in place at the start of the academic year. In order to alleviate confusion about what safety and health rules have changed and in what ways, a table of changes is posted on the NYU Returns web hub.


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 be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021–22 academic year, unless they have been granted a medical or religious exemption.  This includes students in undergraduate, graduate, professional, non-credit, and non-degree programs. The deadline to upload proof of vaccination for the spring 2022 semester is December 15, 2021.  Read more about the vaccine requirement.

NYU requires that students be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine and submit proof of vaccination as soon as possible—no later than December 15, 2021, for the spring 2022 semester— (unless they have been granted a medical or religious exemption) in order to avoid any inconvenience or interruption in learning. Failure to comply with NYU’s COVID-19 immunization requirement will result in being prevented from entering NYU buildings and other significant consequences, up to and including de-enrollment. Consequences of de-enrollment include: being dropped from and unable to attend classes; if you live on campus, being required to vacate your residence hall; and having your identification card deactivated. De-enrollment may also carry financial consequences in accordance with NYU’s Refund Schedule.

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.


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, 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.

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 2021 fee and tuition refund schedule.