COVID-19 Measures in Student Housing

The following email was sent to NYU Law students on March 14, 2020.

Dear Students:

I write to inform you of the following measures we are taking to keep our student residents in Law School buildings safe, as well as precautions residents can take in the event of illness to keep their residential communities healthy.  As we adjust to changing circumstances, your health, safety, and academic progress are always at the forefront of our decision making, and we thank you for your patience and understanding. 

Building Information

The residence halls will remain open, supported by Law School staff members.  All housing licenses remain in effect. 

As always, our door attendant team will remain posted in lobbies 24 hours a day.  For urgent after-hour inquires, they may be reached in Hayden at (212) 998-6513 or in D’Agostino at (212) 998-6502.

The resource centers and the Office of Residential Life will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 5 PM.  Residential Life team members may be reached at (212) 998-6510 or via email at  

University food service will be available over spring break at three dining halls: Kimmel and Lipton (33 Washington Square West) in Manhattan and Jasper Kane in Brooklyn.  Students can request a free single meal in person at these locations.  If you are in need of food assistance, please reach out to Director Nancy Mah Chau in Residential Life, at (212) 998-6510.

Measures to Keep Our Community Healthy

Common areas and high-contact surfaces in our buildings will continue to be cleaned and sanitized regularly, now with increased frequency.  This includes laundry facilities, which continue to remain open.  We will continue to monitor and follow the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as from state and local health departments, for additional measures to take. 

Students are no longer permitted to host guests in residence halls under any circumstances, including both short-term and overnight visitors.  This rule will be strictly enforced for the health and safety of the community.  We acknowledge that this may disrupt some long-anticipated plans, and are grateful for your cooperation.

If you reside with others, exercise social distancing.  Similarly, student programs and gatherings in residence halls are suspended until further notice.  Students are discouraged from using lounge spaces and common areas, as well as hosting gatherings in their individual rooms.

If you are sick, please stay home.  If you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms (cough, sneezing, fever, and shortness of breath), stay home and call the Student Health Center at (212) 443-1000. 

In the event that a student is required to self-quarantine based on medical guidance, Residential Life will provide a separate, private room for the duration of the quarantine period, as well as dining support.

In case of emergency, students should contact 911 or the Department of Public Safety at (212) 998-2222.  If you have any questions related to your health, please contact the Student Health Center at (212) 443-1000.  In addition, the Wellness Exchange Hotline remains available to you at (212) 443-9999, should you need it at any hour. 

Additional Information

Please note that we cannot accommodate temporary room changes.  However, any student wishing to change their room assignment permanently, for any reason, should contact Residential Life.  As would ordinarily be expected, if you have a vacancy in your apartment, we ask that you ensure all common areas are kept clean in anticipation of a new arrival.

If you experience any issues with your Wi-Fi connection, please reach out to our Law ITS Helpdesk at (212) 998-6111, or, after hours, to Client Services at (212) 998-1001.  (Please do not file an online FIX request.)

Residents with a confirmed summer 2020 assignment may cancel without penalty up until April 1, 2020.

Additional University guidance, recent developments, and other helpful information is available on the Law School’s Coronavirus Information page.

We are here to support you in any way we can.  Maintaining the health and safety of students is always our primary concern, and even more so in this moment.  We will continue to work hard to ensure your home here at NYU Law remains safe in these challenging times.

Trevor Morrison and the Office of Residential Life


Trevor W. Morrison
Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law
New York University School of Law