Latest Return to Campus Updates

Bike Racks
Bloomberg Terminals
Building and Cleaning Protocols
Campus Life and Housing
Compliance: Keep Each Other Safe
Events and Meetings
Fire Drills
Food and Beverage Guidelines
Inclement Weather
Lactation Room
Recurring and One-time Reservations -- Individual Remote Learning, Individual Study and Individual Appointment Space
Safety and Health, including information on testing and quarantining
Student Lounges
Technical Support

Stern Returns Guidebook—October 5, 2020

Bike Racks

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

Bloomberg Terminals

The physical Bloomberg terminals for the Undergraduate College community will not be available for use in their respective study rooms for the Fall semester. All Bloomberg access for students will be transitioned to online access only and on an individual basis. To request access to the online Bloomberg resource, students should contact the Stern IT Helpdesk at or 212-998-0180. 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 feet (2 meters) 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.


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 you pick or are assigned on the first day of class will be your 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.
  • 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.

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

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



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, including all student club events. 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.

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.


At this time, there are no locker assignments.


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 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.

Recurring and One-time Reservations -- Individual Remote Learning, Individual Study and Individual Appointment Space

Quick overview: There are four types of individual, single-occupancy space that undergraduate students can access at NYU and Stern. All health and safety guidelines must be followed by students using these spaces:

  1. Individual Remote Learning Space (Zoom Class Only; By Reservation)
  2. Individual Study Space (By Reservation)
  3. Individual Appointment Space (Non-Class Use; By Reservation; Stern Only)
  4. Individual Open Space (No reservation required; Stern Only)

Additional Details:
NYU is providing undergraduate students with dedicated Individual Study Spaces, for quiet study, and Individual Remote Learning Spaces, where you can actively participate in online classes. These spaces are located across the University and include spaces at Stern. Reservations are for student-use only. Please note that you will need to bring your own device as desktops/laptops are not provided. When joining a class, please use headphones and headphone mics to limit distractions to fellow students.

Beginning September 1, find a seat now or reserve one in advance via Book a Study Seat on the NYU Mobile app (Apple and Android). You can reserve seats up to two weeks in advance.

Reservations are required to help keep the community safe and ensure physical distancing. Please be prepared to show your NYUCard, Reservation ID number, and Daily Screener.

More information about the seat reservation function can be found on the NYU Returns web hub, including detailed instructions.

For the health and safety of everyone at Stern, we ask students to please refrain from entering the building on days when they do not have a scheduled in-person class. Please be advised that the Stern buildings (Tisch, KMC and Shimkin) will be closed to students, faculty and staff from 10pm - 8am to accommodate cleaning.

In addition to Individual Remote Learning Spaces (Zoom Class Only) and Individual Study Spaces, Individual Appointment Spaces (Non-Class Use) at Stern will be available via EMS for students who may have extenuating circumstances (e.g. interviews, a specific appointment with an advisor, etc) that require them to stay in the building immediately before/after an in-person course. There will be a limited number of Individual Appointment Spaces that are reservable on the third floor of Tisch Hall in Suite 305. We will also have limited seats available on a first-come, first-served basis in the following Individual Open Spaces -- no reservation required (i.e., students can just use these spaces as long as they follow NYU’s health and safety guidelines and do not exceed the capacity for each space):

  • Tisch 301
  • Tisch 302
  • UC 100
  • Sosnoff Lounge
  • Patron's lobby
  • Lower Concourse lobby

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 details for students in NYU housing and students in off-campus housing along with 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

Student Lounges

The Student Leadership suite is closed to students until further notice.

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 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.

All public access or walk-up computers will not be available. The UC loaner laptop program will be suspended for the fall semester.


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.