Keeping Campus Safe and Healthy

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

New York Law School is preparing to return to a robust in-person academic program. This fall, the School will welcome back all students, faculty, and staff. Everyone working or learning on campus must be vaccinated unless they have a medical or religious exemption. During Summer 2021, as we prepare for fall, courses and programs will remain virtual.

Summer 2021

The Summer 2021 semester runs from June 1 to July 27. All summer courses and programs are virtual.

During this time, faculty and staff who have been working remotely will begin a phased return to campus, according to their department or unit’s approved plan. Students may use campus space and WiFi to attend an online Summer 2021 class or to study. And bar takers may use campus space and WiFi to study for the July 2021 bar exam. Bar takers who register in advance with the Office of Academic and Bar Success Initiatives may also take the July 2021 remote bar exam at NYLS.

Everyone who comes to campus—regardless of their vaccination status—must continue to complete the daily LiveSafe health survey before their arrival. The survey can be completed by phone or tablet after downloading the LiveSafe app. It can also be completed on a computer. The survey results must be shown to Security before entering, and anyone with a red “X” on the survey may not enter campus. Temperature checks are still required.

Once on campus, everyone must continue to wear a mask at all times unless alone in a closed-door office or eating in a designated area, must remain 6 feet from others, and must follow other campus rules, as posted on signs.

Fall 2021

NYLS plans to return to full in-person operations for the fall semester, or as close as possible under current health and safety rules. Select classes will be offered remotely to ensure that NYLS can meet room occupancy limits set by health authorities or the School. Guidance on visitors and events is still being finalized and will be shared soon. Initially, at least, these activities will be limited.

Vaccination Requirement

Working with outside health advisors, NYLS has developed a COVID-19 Community-Wide Mandatory Vaccination Policy. As previously communicated, we are returning to in-person learning and work and, according to the policy, everyone must be fully vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious exemption, by the dates below. This is to protect our entire community.

  • Faculty and staff (including contractor staff) must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption by July 1. 
  • Incoming 1L students must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption by July 30. 
  • Upper-level students must be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption by August 13. 
  • All students seeking an exemption must request it by July 7. 

Those with approved exemptions will be required to show weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the past seven days.

Prior to the deadlines above, students, faculty, and staff who come to campus need only complete the daily LiveSafe survey and abide by NYLS’s masking and distancing requirements. Bar takers are not subject to the vaccination requirement, but are nonetheless encouraged to get vaccinated as soon as possible, and of course must also abide by our masking and distancing requirements.

How to Use OnTask to Provide Proof of Vaccination or Request an Exemption

OnTask is a web-based platform that may be accessed from a desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet. Begin by clicking on the appropriate link below (i.e., “Faculty, Staff, and Contractor Staff” or “Students”). Once you click on this link, you will have the option to select that you are either: 1) submitting proof of your COVID-19 vaccination, or 2) applying for an exemption to the NYLS COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Once you make your selection, the system will prompt you to either upload proof of vaccination or the requested documentation for an exemption. You will receive confirmation of your submissions (and any requests for required follow up information) from the Office of Human Resources (for faculty/staff/contractor staff) or the Office of Student Life (for students). The OnTask system will generate an electronic “pass” for those who have been approved to enter the building; however, this pass is for your informational purposes only, and you need not show this pass to security to gain entrance. Only those approved for entrance will be able to use their ID/access cards to enter campus.

Faculty, Staff, and Contractor Staff

Students

Community members remain required to complete the LiveSafe health survey prior to coming to campus each day.

Questions and Answers

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.

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

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. All students are eligible to apply for funds, whether or not they completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in 2020–21 or 2021–22.

These categories are eligible for reimbursement:

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 $271,478. NYLS estimates that 865 students are eligible for Emergency Financial Aid grants. NYLS began accepting grant applications in December 2020 and had distributed $179,008 in grants to 119 students as of June 30, 2021. NYLS is continuing to distribute the remaining funds 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 $228,522 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.

Resources

NYLS Documents

Getting Vaccinated

Getting Tested

Facts and Guidelines

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