Date: March 16, 2020
TO:? NYU PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
FROM: President Andrew Hamilton
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Loved Ones,
You and your children—our students—are constantly at the front of my thoughts these days. As the COVID-19 virus has spread and government and public health authorities around the world have taken new, more aggressive steps at a swift pace, NYU has made sure that we are making decisions that keep the students safe and that maintain their academic progress. It is a matter of daily, high-level attention for us.
That is why I am writing you again so quickly after my last communication to you. In meetings over the weekend and early this morning, we have made some important decisions about which I want to update you.
Most prominently, we are directing the students to leave our New York campus' residence halls as soon as possible. Notwithstanding that this is spring break week, we are acting rapidly both to contribute to efforts to reduce the spread of the virus and to try to ensure that students are not affected by any domestic travel restrictions that might come.
Along with the decision to close the student residences, we have concluded that all classes will be remotely-held through the end of the spring semester.
I am enclosing the communication sent to the NYU community earlier today, which has greater detail.
In recent weeks, each time I have used the word "unprecedented"—as I did so recently with all of you—I find new reasons to use it again just a few days later. And that is the point, really—we are all experiencing something very new and unusual.
That is just the kind of situation that we believe a university education prepares us for: to bring together knowledge from disparate disciplines to aid us in thinking through a problem critically and effectively. That thesis is certainly being tested now. Our students, our faculty, and our administrators and staff have responded to these rapid turns of events with grit, resiliency, adaptability, and determination. The bonds we formed when we were all together on campus are sustaining us now, and I am certain that the people of NYU shall prove more than equal to the challenges ahead of us.
Please know we remain focused on and dedicated to your student's well-being and education.
Stay healthy and safe. And stay up to date on new developments concerning NYU's response to the coronavirus by visiting our coronavirus information and resource page.
Date: Monday, March 16, 2020
To: THE NYU COMMUNITY
From: NYU President Andrew Hamilton
We realize and appreciate how calmly and resiliently you have responded to the confoundingly fast changes brought about by COVID-19's spread; it has been a source of pride and has helped brace us. Against that backdrop of COVID-19's spread and health authorities' increasingly sweeping responses world-wide, we are constantly evaluating and adjusting NYU's own response. Today we are taking another important step to help safeguard your health and help check the virus' spread:
All students (except law school students, medical students, and students in the Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at NYU Langone Health), unless granted an exception for extraordinary circumstances, must leave their rooms in NYU housing by no later than next Sunday, March 22; we strongly urge students to leave earlier if possible. Virtually all dining facilities will also close as of that date.
EXCEPTIONS TO LEAVING HOUSING: We recognize that there may be some students who have exceptional reasons that require them to stay in New York. Those seeking exceptions -- and the bar will be high -- should complete this survey in order to be considered for an exception. We can discuss what arrangements might be possible. Students who seek to remain should be aware that they will probably be asked to move to a different residence hall.
HOUSING AND MEAL-RELATED REFUNDS: Room and board costs will be pro-rated for the remainder of the semester for all students leaving campus. Additional information on calculating and processing refunds will be forthcoming.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS: We realize this action prompts a number of questions, such as about the status of commencement and other ramifications. We will be following up on this communication soon to address those matters. At this point, for reasons of your health and to ensure the least restrictive freedom of movement, we want to focus on students moving out of housing as rapidly as possible.
Here are some information resources to help you with the move-out process:
In recent days, due to both local and international developments, we have communicated to students at all our remaining global Study Away sites that we are ending in-person classes at those sites, we are transitioning to remotely-held classes, and they should return home and finish their semester’s coursework from there.
Remote telework, which began last week for most administrators and staff, will continue through the end of the semester.
Once again, for the most up-to-date information on the status of University programs and facilities, for FAQs on many aspects of campus services and operations, and for information on the presence of the COVID-19 virus in the NYU community, please go to the University’s main coronavirus resources and information page.
Just a short while ago, it would have been difficult to imagine we would not be together in class or at campus activities again this semester. I am certain that, like me, each of you draws a great deal of energy and joy from the close presence of friends, classmates, and roommates.
But we shall still stay connected to one another, in spirit and through technology, as we carry on the work of teaching and learning and research remotely.
This semester has been unprecedented in so many ways. I think we all recognize that the challenges we are confronting will not be surmounted in some small number of days, but neither will they linger forever. For my own part, I look forward to the day when we can reassemble in person, and that the time till then will pass quickly, busily, and productively.
All of you are in my thoughts. Thank you for your flexibility and your grit. Stay safe and healthy. The University will be back in touch again soon.