Over the past year, NYU has successfully implemented a series of policies and procedures intended to keep our community safe and to respond rapidly to cases of COVID-19 positivity or potential exposure.
Even as many people are becoming vaccinated and the number of cases in New York declines, NYU will continue to maintain the following health and safety practices for Summer 2021.
NYU will continue to work closely with public health officials and the city/state government to ensure we meet or exceed all guidance regarding safe practices to limit COVID-19 exposure. This may result in changes to some of our housing policies and procedures during the summer months, so we will continue to update this page to reflect updates.
PUBLIC HEALTH POLICIES
- Mask-wearing is required at all times in all residence halls and other NYU facilities except when you are in your own apartment or suite or other similar personal space.
- Physical distancing is required in residence halls and other NYU facilities regardless of vaccination status. Elevators have capacity limitations clearly posted.
- Our on-campus guest policy is available and up to date on the NYU Housing Policies page. Residents may have one outside guest assist them upon their initial arrival and final departure from the residence hall.
- For NYU students, failure to comply with applicable policies and procedures can result in referral to the Office of Student Conduct. For non-NYU students, failure to comply with applicable policies and procedures will result in the cancellation of your Summer Housing license.
COVID-19 TESTING REQUIREMENTS
Ongoing COVID-19 testing will be required in the early part of this summer (through June 6), whether or not you have already been vaccinated. NYU utilizes saliva testing to detect active COVID-19 infection and testing kits will be distributed and collected within your residence hall.
May 23rd - June 6th NYU students continuing from Spring 2021 housing: Please continue to follow your existing weekly testing requirements.
NYU students new to Summer 2021 housing:
- Access to NYU buildings - other than your assigned residence hall or NYU Dining facility - is predicated on having a negative test result from one of our on-campus testing providers, Binx or BioReference, on record. NYU does not accept COVID-19 testing results from outside providers as part of its ongoing testing requirements.
- If you require access either immediately upon or shortly after your arrival on-campus, you may test via NYU Binx or BioReference to ensure you have a negative result within the 14-day period in advance.
- If you are not currently located near NYU, you may request a Binx testing kit be sent to you via this testing kit request form by May 16th. You must complete and return the test to Binx at least three business days prior to the date you require building access.
- If you do not require immediate access to buildings as described, you may arrive at the residence halls and take/return a Binx saliva test within 24 hours.
- For more information on getting and maintaining building access, see our Building Access Checklist.
June 7th and beyond
Those students who are fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine and have uploaded their proof of vaccination will be exempt from regular COVID-19 testing requirements. Visit the NYU Vaccine Hub for more information about when you can stop testing and other information about submitting your proof of vaccination. For more information, please refer to the May 7th update issued to the NYU community.
- If you do not meet the stated exemption criteria, you must continue to test weekly via Binx saliva tests until such time as you do meet these criteria, or depart housing.
If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19:
- Fully vaccinated means that you have received all doses of an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine AND two weeks have passed since the final dose.
- If you are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, you should bring your proof of vaccination with you and present this upon your arrival. You will then be exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements during your residency in NYU student housing.
If you are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19:
If you are not fully vaccinated, you will be issued a COVID-19 test kit upon initial arrival on campus and will be required to return this test within 24 hours of arrival.
- NYU utilizes saliva testing to detect active COVID-19 infection. We will provide instructions on how to administer the test and where to return completed tests. You must use these provided kits with an “affiliate” sticker. You are not permitted to use testing kits or on-site PCR testing designated for NYU students or employees.
- NYU does not accept COVID-19 testing results from outside providers as part of its testing regimen.
After initial testing, non-vaccinated residents will be required to submit an affiliate Binx test kit on a weekly basis to maintain their summer residency. Failure to comply with testing requirements will result in the cancellation of your Summer Housing License.
If you become fully vaccinated during your residency, please follow the instructions in your residence hall to report this update and become exempt from weekly testing requirements.
IF YOU DEVELOP SYMPTOMS, TEST POSITIVE, OR ARE EXPOSED TO SOMEONE WITH COVID-19
All NYU students must complete the self-report form if they:
- Test positive for COVID-19
- Develop symptoms of COVID-19
- Are exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19
If a resident tests positive, in accordance with CDC guidelines, the resident will be contacted and required to complete a minimum 10 day isolation period either in their assigned room, or in another designated room within their residence hall. For more information about isolating on-campus, please refer to our website here: Isolating on-campus.
If a resident is exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, depending on vaccination status, the resident may need to complete a 10- day quarantine either in their assigned room, or in another designated room within their residence hall. For more information about quarantining on-campus, please refer to our website here: Quarantining on-campus.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you may use an outside provider (e.g., urgent care center) to get tested. If you test positive, please notify RLHS-COVID@nyu.edu. Please note, this test will not count toward your NYU testing.
If a resident tests positive either as described above or through NYU testing, NYU residence hall staff will contact you and, in accordance with CDC guidelines, the resident will be required to complete a minimum 10 day isolation period either in their assigned room, or in another designated room within their residence hall. A resident may also opt to isolate at home as long as they do not take any form of public transportation, taxi, or rideshare. For more information about what isolation means, please refer to this website.
If a resident is deemed a close contact by the New York City Test & Trace Corps, depending on vaccination status, the resident may need to complete a 10 day quarantine either in their assigned room, or in another designated room within their residence hall. A resident may also opt to quarantine at home.
If a resident is deemed a close contact, it is important to report this information to NYU Housing at RLHS-COVID@nyu.edu so that the University can provide you with appropriate resources to assist you.