Latest Return to Campus Updates

Message from Leadership
Safety and Health (Includes Information on Testing and Quarantining)
Building and Cleaning
Events and Meetings
Campus Life and Housing
Compliance: Keep Each Other Safe

Message from Leadership

Dear Students,

We hope you are taking good care and finding ways to disconnect and enjoy summertime during this most unusual season for us all. Since our June communication, our transition teams have continued to work on Stern’s return-to-campus planning for the fall. In addition, New York State has released additional guidance for higher education, and you should have received NYU’s email detailing its preliminary public health protocols for the 2020-21 academic year.

Please rest assured that the health, safety and well-being of our community continues to serve as our guideposts for all plans. Equally important is our commitment to work together as a community to keep each other safe. With this as a foundation, we are also looking forward to a productive, albeit markedly different, fall semester ahead as we reimagine what a fulfilling, dynamic academic experience looks like.

As you are preparing for your fall semester -- whether you plan to study in New York City or remotely from another location -- we encourage you to take the time to familiarize yourself with these protocols and guidelines. If you are participating in NYU Go Local, please continue to also refer to updates on the Go Local website.

Stern Returns Guidebook - August 3, 2020

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.

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.

Building and Cleaning


Building Occupancy

We are reducing density in Stern's facilities by setting in place building and classroom caps, ensuring 6 feet (2 meters) physical distancing in classrooms, eliminating large events and reducing the number of visitors. We are also modifying traffic flow.

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.


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.

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.
  • Blended (two types):
    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).
    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.

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Regardless of modality, every course 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). However, for multi-section courses, remote students should make sure to register for online sections of the courses they wish to take. Registering for a blended or in person section is a commitment to attend in person when scheduled.

Events and Meetings



Due to the additional need for classroom space, student council and student organizations will host meetings remotely until further notice. We will reassess during the semester the feasibility of convening in-person in accordance with NYC and NYU health and safety guidelines and as/when space becomes available. More information to come from the Office of Student Engagement about best practices and guidance for virtual community engagement.


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.

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.


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.

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. However, there will be updates to the student conduct policy as well as new policies centered on keeping each other safe. This will include mandatory facial coverings, physical distancing, and symptom screening. All students will be required to review and agree to these policies before they begin their fall courses.

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 may need to reach you if you were exposed to Covid-19.