Use of Academic Buildings

  • Achieving our goal of a safe return to campus requires our community to collectively reimagine our use of space. In planning for Fall 2020, our policies balance our core academic mission with the need to reduce density in all campus buildings and rooms. We are reducing density in NYU facilities by implementing enrollment and space capacity caps; adjusting block course scheduling; ensuring classroom occupancy remains below 50% of total capacity; convening classes only in those spaces in which students and faculty can maintain appropriate social distancing; and reconfiguring in-use classrooms, including investing in the technological improvements necessary to make hybrid instruction possible.
  • We look forward to the day when we can once again enjoy a robust calendar of in-person events on campus. For the time being, however, we will not be convening any non-essential, large, in-person extracurricular gatherings.  Instead, our plans prioritize dedicating common spaces in our academic buildings as study spaces for students, to the extent that density guidelines and safe social distancing allow. Currently, we plan to open study areas in the Library and certain event spaces and student lounge areas on a first-come, first-served basis, while making some study spaces available on a reservation basis. We are also working to provide limited access to space for journal and student organization use. 
  • Although space is at a premium in the era of social distancing, we recognize that some students rely on the Law School for internet access and quiet study space. We aim to prioritize those needs, to the extent safety allows. 
  • In order to maximize safe access to academic buildings for faculty and students engaged in teaching, learning, research, and advising, as well as for essential employees performing a host of duties on campus to keep us all safe, we plan to reduce the in-person presence of administrators and staff where it is possible to provide excellent support to students and faculty remotely (see below for more on Student-Facing Services).
  • Even though we will not be hosting large in-person events in our academic buildings when the school year begins, we will be offering a rich array of virtual forums, panels, lectures, and other events throughout the semester. We are committed to maintaining a vibrant intellectual life at NYU Law.

Law Library

  • While the Law Library is physically closed until further notice, it has not ceased all operations. For faculty and students in need of reference services, librarians are available to assist them remotely. Please email requests to LawLibRef@mercury.law.nyu.edu
  • Many casebooks are now accessible for free online through the end of the exam period. Visit the Free Academic Resources During Closure LibGuide to begin using them. There are several resource platforms represented in the guide, so please make sure to read the instructions for each.