Frequently Asked Questions

Safeguarding the health and well-being of our entire community, while ensuring the academic progress of all of our students, is our highest priority. For this academic year, NYU has established policies and protocols to help maintain a safe campus environment, and the NYU RETURNS web hub contains comprehensive information about the University's multilayered safety and health plan that will help keep each other safe.  


Updated: December 22, 2021

  • Testing: Presently, NYU testing is available at no charge to all students, faculty, and employees who wish to take a COVID-19 test.
    • If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, such as a dry cough, headache, fever, runny nose, sore throat, or fatigue, get tested and notify the CPRT by completing the COVID-19 reporting form. You may not enter any NYU buildings until you've been cleared by the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team (CPRT).
    • If you've been in a higher transmission setting, such as traveling or attending a large gathering, we urge you to please take a COVID-19 test.
  • Quarantine: If you test positive, you must notify the CPRT. The recommended quarantine period is expected to be 5-10 days depending on whether you develop symptoms. You will receive specific instructions from the CPRT.
  • Exposures: If you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you must complete the self-reporting form to notify the CPRT. The CPRT conducts contact tracing for all exposures that may have happened on campus. The CPRT will determine and notify NYU students, faculty, and employees who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive while on campus, and provide them with further guidance and instructions.
  • Dining: In the Commons, all diners must be 6 feet apart and are limited to 15 minutes. The Commons will also offer "Grab and Go" options.
  • COVID-19 Boosters: All members of the NYU community, excluding those with approved medical exemptions, are required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster and upload proof to the NYU Dentistry Health Screening Unit portal and NYU Student Health Center portal by January 4th.
    • Those for whom not enough time has passed since their last shot of a COVID-19 vaccination to be currently eligible for boosters are expected to get a booster and upload proof within seven (7) days of becoming eligible.
  • Visitors: Only essential visitors will be permitted onsite.
  • PPE: Our PPE protocols have not changed. All members of the NYU community must be masked at all times. In clinical areas, all personnel must wear NYU provided PPE as determined by the NYU Dentistry Risk Level and PPE document.
  • Patients: The patient screening and testing protocols have not changed. All patients must be screened within 72 hours of their appointment, and must show proof of either a negative PCR test or vaccination prior to high aerosol generating procedures.


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Procedures for student testing and returning to campus are explained here: Please read through these guidelines carefully and follow the instructions that apply to your situation.

The College has implemented and is in compliance with both state and accreditation regulatory and policy flexibility allowances, including those related to alternatives to meet clinical experience and competency requirements. Students who have concerns about their individual personal circumstance may consult with their Program Director (PG, DH), Academic Advisor (D1-D4), Student Health Services, the Wellness Center, family and/or partners or others (e.g. personal physician or therapist) as determined by their individual circumstances to guide their decision making. Should it be determined that the most appropriate course of action would be to take a personal or medical leave of absence, the protocol for initiating an interruption of matriculation are fully outlined in the Student Handbook and the Academic Standards and Policies documents. The College continues to comply with all University, federal, state and local government guidelines and recommendations as well as with all of the education and accreditation standards mandated by the profession.

Students may only be present onsite for in-person clinical, lab, or didactic activities when they are scheduled to do so for the same reasons enumerated above. This includes evenings and weekends unless student(s) are scheduled for a specific assignment during those times, or until instructed otherwise. The College is committed to providing, and is currently considering a variety of options to expand and enhance clinical and pre-clinical experiences for students in each program and class. The first few weeks of the full phase-in plan will inform how we can and should best use the available resources to increase educational opportunities in the safest possible manner. As the health and safety of our community is our primary concern, additional educational opportunities will be offered and scheduled when it is prudent to do so in compliance with regulatory guidelines.
This is also applicable to the clinical aspects of the honors and electives courses which have been deferred until such time as they can safely be reinstituted. Failure of students to comply with this requirement will be considered a student conduct violation and dealt with according to the guidelines set forth in the NYU Returns mandatory training video.  

The University has put out an official Policy on Requirements Related to Access to NYU Buildings and Campus Grounds Resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic. This policy states that "All Members of the NYU Community are required to wear face coverings at all times while in NYU Buildings and on Campus Grounds" (with a few exceptions).

There are also slight revisions to the University Student Conduct Policy, including expanding the definition of disorderly conduct to include "Failure to abide by the Requirements Related to Access to NYU Buildings and Campus Grounds Resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic, or any related governmental orders issued concerning public health."

University policy is focused on protecting the health and safety of our community by a variety of risk reduction and disease mitigation strategies. It is expected that students will conduct themselves in accordance with these strategies and avoid participation in non-compliant social events whether on or off campus. Anyone who organizes, facilitates or engages in behaviors that put public health at risk may face formal disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct which may involve interim or permanent suspension from the College. The policy indicates that the "University may take student disciplinary action for conduct occurring outside the University context which substantially disrupts the regular operation of the University or threatens the health, safety, or security of the University community. When conduct constitutes violations of both University policy and public law, a student may be subject to both University student conduct action as well as public sanctions."


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Prior to entry, all personnel (including patients) must complete a pre-screening questionnaire; students and employees also must complete multiple COVID-19-specific infection control/PPE training modules.  


Please continue to check this page for updates, and visit the Dental COVID-19 Resources card on NYU Home for additional information.