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:

Beginning 11/29, the front doors at 185 West Broadway will be accessible via card access only at all times as an enhanced security measure.

11/29 THROUGH 12/21

Campus Operating Hours:
Monday through Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday: 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Available Study Locations:
Library: all floors Monday through Saturday; Sunday only L1
Other locations (Monday through Sunday): W120, cafeteria, and W504 & W505

Access to Library:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.— first floor reading room only

Library Services:
Monday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Virtual Reference:
Monday to Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

12/22 UNTIL ON-CAMPUS CLASSES RESUME

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:
L1 of the library only, W120, cafeteria, W504 & W505.

Access to Library:
Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 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:
Monday–Thursday: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
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.

Preparing for Spring 2021

Spring 2021

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. 

Classes and Exams

NYLS's Fall 2020 program is a hybrid model. Some classes are ​taught in person—with an online option for anyone who prefers to attend these same classes remotely. Other courses are exclusively online. Those students who want to attend any or all classes remotely from any location (including using space on campus) may do so. ​

Every 1L student has one large section course taught in person (but also available online). And, some upper-level required, core, and elective courses have in-person sections. Courses with in-person sections are listed on NYLS’s Portal. Meetings, events, and activities are being held remotely.

Starting Friday, November 20, 2020 all classes will be offered online only. Thanksgiving Break begins on November 25, allowing students who wish to return home to complete the semester there and study for finals. All Fall 2020 exams will be conducted remotely. We will follow the standard grading policy described in the Student Handbook.

Key Dates

  • August 24: Fall 2020 semester begins (in-person and online)
  • November 20: In-person instruction ends
  • November 25: Thanksgiving Break begins
  • December 4: Fall 2020 classes end (online only)
  • December 10: Final exams begin (online only)
  • December 22: Final exams end; Fall 2020 semester ends (online only)

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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