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Keeping Campus Safe and Healthy

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Keeping Campus Safe and Healthy

Fall 2023

Effective May 20, 2023
In light of the substantial reduction in COVID-19 case numbers in Ƶ City and the surrounding area in recent months, Ƶ is suspending its previous requirement that all community members and campus visitors be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

The School, in collaboration with expert public health advisors, continues to pay close attention to COVID-19 trends in Ƶ City and the surrounding area. We reserve the right to institute, or reinstitute, any and all measures or protocols to protect the health and well-being of our community, should events warrant.

Vaccine and Booster Requirements for Community Members and Visitors

Effective May 20, NYLS is suspending previous requirements that all community members and campus visitors be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. We strongly recommend, however, that all community members and visitors who are eligible for the initial COVID-19 vaccine doses and boosters receive them. We emphasize the importance of those who are eligible receiving the most up-to-date booster to reduce the likelihood of infection, and the severity of symptoms for those who do become infected.

Campus Access

All community members and visitors are welcome to access campus. Community members and visitors who are not fully vaccinated will no longer be required, as a condition to enter the NYLS campus, to provide weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR or lab-based rapid antigen test performed within the previous seven days.

Everyone is expected to self-monitor their health for any COVID-19-like symptoms and possible exposure to COVID-19 on a continuous basis and before traveling to campus. Community members and visitors should not come to campus if they have tested positive for COVID-19, whether they have symptoms (are “symptomatic”) or not (are “asymptomatic”).

Students and bar studiers should continue to report diagnoses, symptoms, or exposure to COVID-19 to Assistant Dean of Students Shani Darby and Chief Compliance Office Michael Siller, and faculty and staff should continue to report such diagnoses, symptoms, or exposure to Jody Pariante, Vice President for Human Resources. Contractor and tenant organization personnel should report diagnoses, symptoms, or exposure to their supervisor, who in turn should report them to Jody Pariante. Visitors should report diagnoses, symptoms, or exposure to Paul Repetto, Chief of Building Operations and Security.

As of March 1, 2023, facemasks are no longer required in classrooms and other places where they currently are mandated. However, individual professors may require the use of facemasks in their classrooms, and if they do, students must comply with these requests. Use of facemasks is encouraged generally, and particularly for community members who are at heightened risk for COVID-19 infection.

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 by contacting the Office of Student Financial Services at financialaid@nyls.eduor 212.431.2828.

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 the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.

These categories are eligible for reimbursement:

Contact the Office of Student Financial Services with questions at financialaid@nyls.eduor 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 $618,090. NYLS estimates that 1109 students are eligible for Emergency Financial Aid grants. NYLS began accepting grant applications in December 2020 and has distributed $542,676 to date as of December 31, 2022. NYLS is continuing to distribute the remaining funds on a first-come, first-served basis.

NYLS also 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.

See Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF Ending September 30, 2023.

Resources

Getting Vaccinated

  • Ƶ State: Use the or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX.
  • Ƶ City: Use the or call 1-877-VAX-4NYC.
  • New Jersey: Use the or call 1-855-568-0545.
  • Connecticut: Use the or call 877-918-2224.

Getting Tested

Facts and Guidelines