Recent Updates: The New School plans to re-open its New York City campus for in-person teaching and learning in fall 2021. Learn more.

  • We look forward to being together again on campus this fall. Our first priority will continue to be the health and safety of our community. 

    As we prepare for our return to campus, The New School will require all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated prior to the start of the fall semester (with the exception of those who receive approved medical or religious exemptions). This policy will cover all individuals who intend to be on our New York City campus for any period of time. Proof of vaccination or exemption status and testing results will be linked to your New School ID card and allow you access to campus facilities.

    We encourage all members of our community to respect each other’s privacy and refrain from asking about any individual’s vaccination status.

    Students

    To help ensure a safe and healthy learning environment, students must be vaccinated in order to access campus facilities during the 2021-2022 academic year. All students, except those with approved exemptions, are required to submit an electronic copy of their COVID-19 vaccination documentation by August 1 via the Student Health Services (SHS) portal

    We strongly encourage international students who have access to vaccines approved in their home countries to get vaccinated as quickly as they can. Following CDC guidance, vaccines authorized by the US FDA or for emergency use by WHO will be accepted by The New School.  

    Exemptions 

    Students who wish to request an exemption to the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons must submit their documentation to SHS by August 1.

    International students and domestic students from abroad who are not able to be fully vaccinated before returning to campus for reasons beyond their control will be accommodated. These students will be required to follow the protocol outlined in the COVID-19 Vaccine Submission FAQ in order to access campus facilities. 

    In order to maintain a high level of health and safety for the entire community, students who are unvaccinated will need to follow additional safety protocols, which include more frequent testing and increased masking requirements.  

    Submission Deadlines

    All students are required to submit proof of vaccination to the university by August 1, 2021 in order to have access to New School facilities for the upcoming academic year. Below are key dates to help you get vaccinated and begin the semester on time.

    On or before July 4First dose of Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm or Covishield vaccines
    On or before July 11First dose of Pfizer/BioNTech or Sinovac vaccine
    By August 1Second dose of Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Pfizer
    or
    Single dose of Johnson or Johnson/Janssen vaccines
    By August 1Last day to upload proof of vaccination or request a medical or religious exemption

    Faculty and Staff

    Faculty and staff must submit an electronic copy of their COVID-19 vaccination documentation or request for medical or religious exemption by August 15.

    More information about the vaccination policy, exemption criteria, and timeline can be found here. Instructions for how to submit records and exemption requests will be provided soon. 

    To ensure that everyone can receive their vaccinations without having to use accrued leave, the university is providing one full day of paid COVID vaccination leave. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the Benefits Office at benefitshelp@newschool.edu

    Exemptions

    Faculty and staff who meet the criteria for exemption from the vaccine policy may request accommodations for medical and religious reasons by August 1. You can find the exemption forms, which include instructions on how to submit the forms, on the Human Resources homepage. Questions can be emailed to benefitshelp@newschool.edu

    In order to maintain a high level of health and safety for the entire community, faculty and staff who are unvaccinated will need to follow additional safety protocols, which include more frequent testing and increased masking requirements.

    Vaccine FAQs

    Getting Vaccinated in New York

    All people who are 12 or older and currently living, studying or working in New York State are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The New School will work closely with students, faculty and staff to facilitate access to vaccinations as needed, but we will not be directly providing vaccinations at this time.

    The following websites will help you locate a vaccination site and schedule an appointment:

    Additionally, New York State (NYS) and New York City (NYC) have each launched hotlines which may be used by eligible members of the community to schedule a vaccination appointment:

    • NYC: (877) VAX- 4NYC (1-877-829-4692)
    • NYS: (833) NYS - 4VAX (1-833-697-4829)

    International Students & U.S. Citizens Living Abroad

    International students and U.S. citizens living abroad who have access to vaccines authorized in their home countries should get vaccinated as quickly as they can. Vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), or any vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) will be accepted by The New School. The university will work with those students who are unable to be vaccinated prior to arrival in the United States.

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