In the event of a widespread disruption or emergency situation The New School’s Emergency Response Team
will convene, coordinate, and mobilize the appropriate response and
disseminate information and directives to the university community.
The university will generally try to follow its internal chain of
command. On occasion police, fire, or other authorities will take
command of our facilities in the interest of public safety.
- Weather: The
most common and most likely situations that will affect The New School
and its surrounding environs will be weather-related events. During
major weather events such as blizzards and hurricanes, we act under the
guidance of the City of New York.
- Transit Strike: In
the event of a public transportation stoppage, The New School will
provide alternate transportation for students—such as contracted
private bus service—to ensure the uninterrupted schedule of classes and
- Power Blackout:
Students and other members of The New School community will be
instructed by university Administration, Security and Housing personnel
on the proper procedures to follow. Limited electrical generator
capabilities are available at Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street. In
the event that phone service is also disrupted, information will be
disseminated to all members of the university—in dorms, classrooms, and
administrative buildings--via an organized chain of “in-person” public
announcements, with students and others directed to assemble in central
locations to receive updates.
- Terror Threat or Activity:
The New School’s emergency response procedures were put to the test by
the events of September 11, 2001, and they succeeded. Much was
learned, as well, to improve our systems even further. Procedures and
policies - many of which are available on this site - have been
developed to improve communication response.