Keeping Campus Safe and Healthy

Working with outside health experts, New York Law School has developed robust safety plans for the semester.

Keeping Campus Safe and Healthy

Working with outside health experts, New York Law School has developed robust safety plans for campus. A summary of our comprehensive policy is below. 

Campus Access

Who can come

  • Students attending in-person classes. (These classes are also available online.)
  • Students who wish to use campus space and WiFi to study or attend an online class.
  • Faculty teaching in-person classes.
  • Faculty and staff (with approval by their department heads) who wish to use their offices. Others should continue to work remotely.
  • Staff who are essential workers. All essential workers will be notified.

When they can come

Campus Operating Hours
Monday–Sunday: 7:00 am to 10:00 p.m.
(Accessible via card only: Friday–Sunday after 7:00 p.m.) 

Available Study Locations
Mendik Library, W120,
Fifth Floor Cafeteria, W504, and W505

Access to the Library
Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday–Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.*
*After 7:00 p.m. the Library will remain open, but entry to the building will be by NYLS card access only. Doors will be locked.

Library Services
(Questions: circulation@nyls.edu)
Monday–Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed

Virtual Reference
(E-mail: reference@nyls.edu)
Monday–Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

What is required

Before entering campus:

  • Complete the LiveSafe health survey. The survey can be completed by phone or tablet after downloading the LiveSafe app. It can also be completed on a computer.
  • Show your approved LiveSafe health survey results to Security personnel in the lobby. (You will receive an email confirmation of your results.) The results must be for the date you are visiting. Repeat this step each time you re-enter the building.
  • Have your temperature taken by Security personnel in the lobby. Repeat this step each time you re-enter the building.

While on campus:

  • Stay 6 feet apart from others whenever possible.
  • Wear a facemask unless eating or alone in a private office with the door closed.
  • Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer frequently.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Report COVID-19 symptoms or possible exposure to the Office of Student Life (students) or the Office of Human Resources (faculty/staff) right away.
  • Follow all posted guidance.

You may not enter campus if:

  • Within the last 14 days, you tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Within the last 14 days, you had any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Within the last 14 days, you were in contact with someone who has, or might have, COVID-19.
  • Your temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher.
  • You fail to complete the LiveSafe health survey for the day you visit.
  • You did not receive a green checkmark for your LiveSafe survey on the day you visit.
  • You are subject to a travel-related quarantine and are in the quarantine period.

Classes and Exams

NYLS is continuing to employ a hybrid academic model for Day Division students during the Spring 2021 semester. Some classes are being taught on campus—with a remote option for anyone who prefers to attend these same classes online. Other courses are exclusively online. Meanwhile, the Evening Division’s classes are being held primarily online. All students who would like to attend any or all classes remotely from any location (including at NYLS) may do so. Spring Break will remain on the calendar to support student wellness. However, this is not the year to be traveling. Guidance on exams will be shared as those dates approach.

Questions and Answers

Coming to Campus

Being on Campus

Learning or Working Remotely

Cares Act Emergency Student Relief Fund and Disclosures

Through the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, institutions of higher education became eligible for funds to aid students and support operations during this highly challenging time. The U.S. Department of Education allocated a specific amount to each institution pursuant to a formula.

Emergency Student Relief Fund Grants Available

Students may apply for emergency aid grants made possible by the CARES Act. Apply now.

The application period is from December 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis after application approval until funds are exhausted. Grants are intended to reimburse students for specific and documented expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are eligible to apply for funds if they completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in 2019–20 or 2020–21.

These categories of expenses are eligible for reimbursement:

Because many students are eligible for aid, the maximum award per student is $2,000.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid with questions at financialaid@nyls.edu or 212.431.2828.

Required Disclosures

NYLS has signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

The total emergency student aid allocated to NYLS is $135,739. NYLS estimates that 865 students are eligible for Emergency Financial Aid grants. NYLS began accepting grant applications in December 2020 and had distributed $31,918 in grants to 40 students as of March 31, 2021. NYLS is continuing to distribute the remaining funds through May 31, 2021 on a first-come, first-served basis.

NYLS received an additional $228,522 in CARES Act Section (a)(1) funding to support institutional operations. Of this, the School has expended $216,868 to fund new and significantly expanded technology, enabling its hybrid academic program and allowing the School to continue to provide safe, high-quality legal education during the pandemic.

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