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FALL 2020 PLAN

This site provides important information that will help you navigate your return to the Yeshiva University campus. Our team has worked diligently to ensure that 2020–2021 academic year will be a rewarding experience, both online and in-person for all of our YU students, across its campuses. To safeguard your well-being our plans have been developed in strict accordance with the City of New York, New York State, the federal government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Undergraduate 2020

Payments or payment arrangements are required by August 14, 2020. Failure to meet that deadline will result in the cancellation of your fall 2020 schedule. We encourage you to act now to ensure a seamless start to the fall semester. 

Students who are commuting will have access to the cafeteria and can put money on their Caf cards.

A full menu will be available on the Beren and Wilf campuses in the dining halls for students to take out. However, the seating areas will be closed. 

Food will be available for those who sign up for Shabbat, with smaller meals held throughout campus. Sunday options are still being evaluated. Local restaurants should be open near both campuses. 

Options are being evaluated for Fridays and Sundays. Shabbat meals will be available, as smaller groups meals, for those who sign up. Local restaurants should be open on Friday and Sunday.

In order to encourage commuting via private vehicle, select Wilf campus parking lots will be available at reduced rates for commuting students and staff for the near future as spaces are available. We are looking into reduced rate parking options near the Beren campus as well.

Minyanim will be available as permitted by city and state guidelines. They will be limited to current students, faculty and staff and will take place with appropriate social distancing and appropriate halachic guidelines. As we get closer to returning to campus, additional information will be available.

Events will be determined on a case-by-case basis, dependent on the state and city social distancing guidance for events. We will be restricting outside visitors on campus to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff.

The robust student-led virtual programming that has been taking place since March will continue and expand. Based on the guidance and direction of our medical director, we hope to resume limited in-person student club activities on a case-by-case basis. However, at this time, it is too early to determine what the parameters will be.

YU is planning robust Shabbat programming to ensure students do not feel the need to leave campus. Programming will be similar to what it has been in the past, with a broad range of Torah and social opportunities, but on a smaller scale with smaller group meals and fewer attendees at programming and events. Shabbat guests will be limited to faculty and staff who interact with students on a regular basis.

To minimize student travel on and off campus and prevent unnecessary exposure to COVID-19, we encourage all resident students to remain on campus for Shabbat and the entire weekend. However, students will be permitted to leave campus whenever they choose to do so.

Beren campus students will have the opportunity to daven in the Lea and Leon Eisenberg Beit Midrash while adhering to social distancing guidelines. For students who would like to daven with a minyan, we are in touch with local shuls to ensure that they can do so in a safe manner. 

At this time, based on the health and safety of those living in our residential facilities, we will not be allowing non-residents to stay in the residence halls over Shabbat, or otherwise.

We will be sending out guidance on our testing and contact tracing policy closer to the beginning of the semester. This will be done in accordance with CDC, New York State and New York City guidelines and with oversight from Dr. Robert van Amerongen, our medical director.

Acceptable face masks or face coverings must be worn by all students, faculty and staff on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings (e.g., common workspaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, elevators, hallways, etc.). A face mask or face covering is not required if you are working alone in a confined office space. Washable, reusable masks will be provided to students, faculty and staff. Disposable masks may be provided as well, if warranted by the circumstances. Students, faculty and staff may also use their own acceptable face mask or face covering.

We are encouraging all students to limit their travel off campus to prevent unnecessary exposure to COVID-19. We intend to have Thanksgiving Shabbat programming for students who are unable, or feel uncomfortable, traveling for the holiday. 

We do not plan to restrict personal travel, but will require compliance with any applicable travel advisories, and also may require testing. However, it is too far in advance for us to finalize travel and testing policies. 

We do not have the space to store belongings on campus long-term, but we will work with students who are unable to return to campus to retrieve their possessions. We recommend that they contact their appropriate housing office at berenhousing@yu.edu or wilfhousing@yu.edu

Academic Questions

The semester will begin online on August 26. After the Jewish holidays, students will be given the following options:

 Hybrid: blend of face-to-face and online instruction for students who are dorming or commuting.
 Online instruction: virtual classes will be available for students who are not returning to campus.

Students are permitted to drop a course and have it removed from their academic record, according to the academic calendar for add/drop. The last date to do this is the fourth week of the semester. Drops after that point are considered a course withdrawal and will be graded with a W grade, which bears no student GPA penalty. Students may withdraw from a course until the final deadline which takes place during the 12th week of the semester. After that point and upon completion of the course, a final grade will be given to the student.

At this time, we are evaluating the needs of our students and the uncertain nature of the upcoming semester and will keep the community informed of any revisions to this policy.

Faculty and deans have been reaching out to students to share information on classes for fall. Course delivery can be found in Student Self-Service under Class Schedule indicating which courses will be fully online, blended or have face-to-face instruction. More information about online, blended and face-to-face instruction may be found here.

We recognize that there may be additional questions regarding visas and travel policies. A separate communication will be sent to our international students with further information. We are closely monitoring the situation and as soon as we receive guidance will share updates with you. In the meantime, you can periodically check in for status reports at https://www.yu.edu/oiss/covid-19-info

Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk. Everyone on campus must follow social distancing practices and wear face masks or face coverings. Keeping space between you and others is one of the best ways to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and slowing its spread.

Signage will be placed throughout the campus as required to indicate 6-foot separation, and maximum occupancy of classrooms and conference rooms, and to provide reminders to wash hands and wear face masks or face coverings. Please be mindful of the signs all over campus.

All campus spaces will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis each day, based on CDC and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) protocols and guidelines for disinfection.

Cleaning wipes will be available for those who wish to clean their chairs and desks before sitting down.

We have been doing significant work on the elevators over the past few months. Elevators will be significantly limited in occupancy. The floors will be marked, indicating where people may stand. It is recommended that whenever possible, people use the stairs. Buttons, both inside and outside the cars, will be cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis each day.

We will continue to have online support available to students and faculty. However, the YU Library facilities will open with limited capacity in October. Alternate study carrels will be available for study purposes. There will be a limit of two students per large table, and study rooms will be closed. At this time, we will not be opening the library to visitors, including alumni.

Cafeterias will be open, one per campus, on a limited basis when the residential halls reopen. There will only be take-out service until social distancing rules are relaxed.

Shuttle service will be operating on a modified schedule.

Housing Questions

We plan to open the residence halls with reduced capacity on October 12, 2020. More information on the move-in process will be sent closer to the beginning of the move-in date.

The prorating was based off the pre-set prices for each residence hall. We calculated the number of days that students would have typically been in residence during fall 2020 and prorated the percentage of expected time in the residence hall with the October 12 opening. Payment deadlines will be determined and communicated after students are approved for housing.

On Wilf: yes, each room will be a single.
On Beren: room occupancy will be as follows:
Brookdale: 3 students per room
35th Street: 1 student per bedroom (2-3 per apartment)
36th Street: 1 student per room
Schottenstein: 1 student per room
251 Lex: 1 student per room (1-2 per apartment)
30 Park: 2 students per apartment

The safety of our students is of utmost concern. We are working in consultation with our medical director and CDC, New York State and New York City guidance on housing. At this point, we are planning for reduced capacity in each of the residence halls for the fall 2020 semester. If there are changes closer to move-in, we will share information as it becomes available.

Since the residence halls will be operating at reduced capacity, students who apply for housing after the stated deadlines more than likely will not be able to be in housing for fall 2020.

We are closely monitoring the state and city quarantine policies and will keep students and parents updated on changes to move-in and quarantine procedures as information becomes available. We will also have designated quarantine floors in undergraduate dorms as needed.

We are hopeful that some housing will be available for new residents at the start of the spring 2021 semester. Once we get closer to the end of the fall 2020 semester and have a better sense of the health situation, we expect to reopen the housing application and share relevant information with interested students.

We hope that it will be safe to open some of the lounges in the residence halls on both campuses. Maximum capacity will be closely monitored, and students will be required to wear face masks/coverings and socially distance. Fitness centers in all residence halls will likely be closed. We are following New York State and New York City guidelines for opening these spaces.

We are highly encouraging social distancing. Rooms in the residence halls do not allow for social distancing for more than the people who are assigned to that room. We are requiring all students to wear face masks/coverings except for when they are in their own room. 

We are working with our medical director on quarantine policies, based on the most recent guidance from CDC, New York State and New York City guidelines. Quarantine rooms in residence halls  will be made available as needed for students who are residing in university housing. We will not be able to accommodate quarantine needs of students residing outside of YU's housing program.

We have set aside some rooms on each campus intended for resident students who need to quarantine. 

As noted above, we have set aside space in our on-campus housing for resident students who need to quarantine.

If you are a roommate with someone who has COVID-19, you will be expected to quarantine as well.

Yes. All classes for the fall semester will be available online with some classes having optional in-personal supplements. The University may not have sufficient space to provide the required quarantine space for students who travel from out-of-state and will encourage students to find off-campus options.

The University will assist students in finding the required quarantine space and will provide support for students who quarantine on campus.

We are planning a slow move-in process. Not all students will be arriving to campus on October 12 when the residence halls open. Students moving into the residence halls will be asked to schedule an appointment to check in and pick up their keys. Students who live locally will be encouraged to arrive later in the week, right before classes start, if they have the ability to do so. Students who are traveling from out-of-state will be encouraged to arrive earlier in the week so that they have time to quarantine. The University may not have sufficient space on campus to provide the required quarantine space for students who travel from out-of-state and will encourage students to find off-campus options. The University will assist students in finding the required quarantine space and will provide support for students who quarantine on campus.

Yes. Food from local kosher eateries can be delivered to the residence halls, as well as groceries. Residents must meet their deliveries in the lobby of each building and bring them to their rooms themselves.

Athletics Questions

At this time students are not allowed to move into dorms before the October 12 date.

The safety of our student athletes and coaches is of utmost concern. The athletics department worked in consultation with our medical director, CDC, New York State and New York City guidance as well as with the individual Skyline conferences NCAA to help with our decisions. The guiding principles were:

Is it a contact sport which makes it a higher risk for virus transmission?
Does the sport lend itself to social distancing?
Do players need to share equipment?
Will there be enough time to complete conference competition after following the appropriate return to play protocols?

Women's cross country, men's cross country and golf will participate in regular season competition and Skyline Conference championship play.

Women's soccer, men's soccer, and women's volleyball will not participate in Skyline play but may have some limited competition in the fall after following the NCAA's recommended return to play timeline. We plan to ask the NCAA for additional dates of competition in the spring in order for our student athletes to put together a full season of play.

Women's tennis will compete in Skyline play during the spring.

We are suspending all off-season practice and competition that would normally happen in the fall semester (softball, baseball and men's tennis).

Winter and spring sports may see adjustments as we move closer to those seasons. Updated information will be posted on this page as well as YUmacs.com.

We are working closely with the University to review recent guidance for international students and will provide updates as available. 

At this point, all recreational facilities, including the fitness center, basketball courts and swimming pool, will be closed. We will provide updates based on CDC, New York State and New York City guidance as to the reopening of the athletic center as we move closer to our return to campus.

Health Questions

Daily entry into any YU building will require a self-monitored response to symptom monitoring through the YU-approved app or other technology obtained for such purpose and will require having your temperature taken at the building entrance.

Testing protocols will be in place upon return to campus. More details will be available closer to campus opening.

We are working with our medical director on quarantine and isolation policies, based on the most recent guidance from CDC, New York State and New York City guidelines. Quarantine rooms in housing will be made available as needed for students who are residing in university housing. We will not be able to accommodate quarantine needs of students who are residing outside of YU's housing program.

Contingency planning is in place to quickly respond to any potential COVID-19 outbreaks on campus. To manage and contain the situation, protocols from New York City and New York State will be strictly adhered to.

HR Questions

Employees whose health condition falls within one of the CDC High Risk Categories or who have a directive to self-quarantine may seek a Temporary COVID-19 Workplace Adjustment by contacting the Benefits Office at 646-592-4339 or by emailing cristina.oconnor@yu.edu.

Employees who are too ill to work remotely should contact the Benefits Office about taking a leave of absence.

YU will not permit the presence of children in the workplace for other than approved YU programs or activities that involve children in education or research. Employees are expected to make arrangements for proper childcare while at work.

YU will phase in a return of all staff over time in a coordinated process to ensure appropriate social distancing. On-site staffing will be assessed based on mission-critical operations, necessity for access to on-site resources or attention to student services, and our ability to control and manage specific work environments. On-site staffing will be communicated to all department members through their respective dean or department head.

It is likely that in order to meet social distancing and density requirements, it will be necessary to reduce the number of people on campus for some time. Individuals and departments that can continue to effectively work remotely will continue to do so until restrictions are eased, and safety and health permit a return to campus. One way to limit the number of individuals and interactions among those on campus may be to schedule partial staffing on alternating days. Such schedules will help enable social distancing, especially in areas with large common workspaces. Other options include staggering reporting and departing to reduce traffic in common areas to meet social distancing requirements.

Expanding on-campus staffing will be tightly controlled and coordinated to mitigate potential risks and ensure the safety of faculty, staff and students.

Staff who work on campus must follow University policies and protocols. As staffing on-site increases and operations expand, YU will closely monitor and assess the potential spread of the virus as well as existing policies and procedures to mitigate it. If localized outbreaks emerge, tighter restrictions and reduced staffing may need to be implemented again in accordance with state and city authorities and YU’s own decisions. Further information will be provided by your dean or department head.

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