Dear Undergraduate friends,
We are writing to inform you of the university and department rules concerning your use of, and access to, our spaces - floors 8, 9 and 10, 726 Broadway. NYU is rightly taking this crisis quite seriously. There is a lot at stake. We are the largest private university in the country and we are in a city that was devastated by the virus. We have to get it right! That means we will be strict on these rules and there can be no exceptions. The university has a punitive process that it intends to apply to "violators". I suggest you review that policy among the material sent you for this term. So with that:
- The only access you have to 726 is for your classes, and meetings with professors of those classes (office hours) although most of those are likely to be remote.
- There is no lingering before or after class. No hanging out in the lounges, empty class or conference rooms for study or socializing. In fact, the lounge furniture might be removed.
- None of the 10th floor Physics Office facilities are available to you. These include Xeroxing, paper cutting, printing, office supplies.
- We cannot permit any eating, snacking or drinking, except of the chilled water in the fountains, anywhere in our space.
- Implicit in number 1 is that no guests are to be brought into the building.
- Also implicit in number 1 is that in-person participation in research is temporarily suspended for undergraduates. This policy will be reviewed after about a month when the disease trend in our community becomes clear.
- After hour access is suspended until further notice.
- The SPS office is not available. Its lock will be changed. If you have any personal items currently stored there, you may remove them by contacting us.
- Goes without saying, but masks are to be worn at all times in our building and you must remain at least 2 meters from anyone else. (Note MKS units)
These are indeed draconian rules, and quite a change from the way we are used to live as a community in physics. But, we have no choice. It is our individual responsibility to prevent a serious recurrence of this disease. If you have any questions feel free to write me, but please remember, no exceptions.
Frank A. Moscatelli
Clinical Professor and
Chief of Staff of Physics
New York University
- If you choose to attend your class in person, check NYU Classes to see your seat assignments and whether your class has been divided into cohorts.
- For students taking undergraduate physics lab courses, please see the Department of Physics policy on labs and remote labs for Fall 2020
- "Remote Rooms are on-campus spaces where you can attend a class remotely or collaborate with others. Study Rooms are on-AND off-campus quieter spaces with less distractions, whether you need to study or simply have downtime between classes." Plans are being made and finalized for students to reserve these rooms through the NYU Mobile App.