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  • Student Guidelines for Fall 2021 

    Vaccinated students will be required to submit their vaccine record, complete a COVID-19 testing and provide a negative result 7 days prior to accessing campus buildings and services. Students traveling from other countries will also need to follow the CDC’s pre-travel testing requirements

    Students who are living in countries without access to vaccines should plan to arrive early in New York to help ensure they can be vaccinated before the start of the fall semester. These students will need to complete the following steps in order to access campus buildings and services:

    • Complete a COVID-19 test within three days before you travel to New York.

    • Begin a 7-day quarantine period upon arrival in New York.

    • Exit quarantine to complete a COVID-19 test on day 4 in New York.

    • Receive a negative test result (typically within one to three days).

    • If your test results are negative, exit quarantine on day 8.

    • Begin a two-dose vaccine series or get the single dose vaccine on day eight, when you exit quarantine.

    • Students arriving from outside the U.S. who need to complete their COVID vaccines upon arrival must submit their immunization documentation via the Student Health Services (SHS) portal immediately upon receiving their single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or their first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in order to receive provisional clearance to access campus buildings and services. Students who are receiving a two dose vaccine series must also submit their vaccine documentation again upon completion of their Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

    • Receive clearance from Student Health Services (SHS) to access campus buildings, including the residential halls.

    • Pass the university’s daily self-screening questionnaire.

    Additional Information for Students Outside the United States

    F-1 and J-1 students traveling from outside of the United States are strongly encouraged to also take the following steps:

    Leaving New York During the Semester

    We urge students to follow the extensive guidance from health and government officials when considering travel outside of New York during the semester, including during university breaks. Those who have been fully vaccinated for more than 2 weeks and up to 3 months are not required to quarantine before returning to campus after mid-semester travel.

    In the event students must travel, those who are not fully vaccinated (received their COVID-19 vaccine less than 2 weeks or more than 3 months prior to traveling) must quarantine for 10 days upon their return to New York and prior to returning to campus. On day 7 of their post-travel quarantine, students are required to complete a binx self-collection nasal swab test kit, which is available for pick-up at the University Center. If their test results are negative, they may exit quarantine on day 11. For students who are not able to pick up a test kit from campus, please email to discuss alternative testing options. 

    Students accepted to a New School-approved semester-long study abroad program offered through an exchange partner or affiliated third-party provider will be allowed to travel to and participate in the study abroad program. 

    Important Dates for Students Traveling to the U.S. 

    Our priority is to support students arriving in the U.S. to begin the fall 2021 semester on time. Students should plan to follow all guidance outlined in the vaccination policy FAQ and travel checklist as they make their travel plans.

    • Orientation events begin Monday, August 23 for first-year students arriving on campus for the first time. Orientation events were developed with all students in mind. Both onsite and remote opportunities will be available to accommodate students who are unable to attend in person. 

    • Fall semester courses begin Monday, August 30.

    • The course add/drop period is open through Monday, September 13.

    To begin in-person courses on time, international students and domestic students living abroad should arrive in the U.S. by August 23 so that all health and safety protocols (quarantine, mandatory testing, and/or pursuing vaccination) can be completed before the first day of classes. Please note that Housing may or may not be able to accommodate you moving into the residence hall outside of your designated move in dates. Early arrival move-ins will be determined on a case by case basis with new students having priority to move in between August 21-23, 2021. More detailed information about health and safety protocols can be found here.

    Getting Vaccinated in the U.S.

    International students and domestic students living abroad pursuing vaccination in the U.S. should plan to arrive by August 23 to complete the quarantine and then be vaccinated, to begin in person classes on time. Students who are not able to arrive by this date should refer to the late arrival information below. 

    Late Arrival

    We know that some students may have difficulty arriving on time. Most programs will be able to support a late arrival for international students who are having difficulty securing a visa. However, to begin their studies in person before the end of the add/drop period (September 13), students should arrive no later than August 30 to be able to complete health and safety protocols (quarantine, mandatory testing, and/or pursuing vaccination).

    If you are not able to travel to the U.S. on or before August 30, contact your academic advisor to discuss the options available to you. 

    Online courses or alternate remote learning options are available in most programs for those students not able to secure a visa in order to arrive in the U.S. by August 30 to begin classes in person by September 13. 

    Faculty and Staff Travel 

    The New School will provide updated guidelines on fall 2021 business-related travel and individual and group research/project-related travel soon. 

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