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:

January 19–February 6

Campus Operating Hours:
Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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

Access to the Library
Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Library Services
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 Hours
(e-mail reference@nyls.edu)
Monday–Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 12:00 p.m.–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

The Spring 2021 academic semester begins on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Based on a strong recommendation from our public health consultants, in-person learning for hybrid classes will not begin until Monday, February 1, 2021. Until then, all classes will be fully remote.

NYLS’s Spring 2021 academic program will continue the hybrid model for the Day Division. Some classes will be taught on campus—with a remote option for anyone who prefers to attend these same classes online. Other courses will be exclusively online.

The Evening Division’s classes will be 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 

We know that some schools are cancelling spring break this year in order to keep students from traveling and then coming back to campus from hot spots. While this is not the year to be traveling, we think keeping this week as a wellness week mid-term is important. So, this break remains on the calendar and is to be used to give you some wellness time next semester. 

Questions and Answers

Coming to Campus

Being on Campus

Learning or Working Remotely

U.S. Cares Act COVID-19 Emergency Student Relief Fund and Disclosures

COVID-19 Emergency Student Relief Fund Grants Available

Emergency student aid grants made possible via the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act are available through an application, which can also be found on the student portal.

The application period is from December 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021. The grants will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis after application approval until funds are exhausted.

These grants are intended to reimburse students for specific and documented expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic that began during the spring 2020 semester and continues through May 2021.

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