Continued Phased Campus Return Details

Health and Safety Protocols

We continue to adjust our protocols as new recommendations and guidelines become available from local, state, and federal agencies.

As President Foley has communicated, we strongly encourage everyone in the university community to get a COVID-19 vaccine, save/copy their vaccination card, and then enroll in the New York State Excelsior pass program. Students should upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination here (

All students, faculty, and staff are required to wear masks indoors in public areas and classrooms, irrespective of vaccine status. Daily health screens and temperature checks are not necessary to access campus.

In addition to strategies and protocols, we also emphasize the role of personal responsibility for the safety of yourself and all community members: If you do not feel well and have COVID‐19‐related symptoms, please stay home. If you become sick while campus with COVID‐19‐related symptoms, go home (If you are on the Long Island campus, you may also seek care at the Academic Health Care Center). If you notice someone with COVID‐19‐related symptoms, indicate that they should go home or speak to Human Resources. As always, everyone within our community has the support of the university when it comes to prioritizing health and safety. If you have any questions, please ask.


New York Tech’s reopening four‐point LEAD plan, which supports all required health protocols, has been consistently and frequently communicated to the university community. The strategies in the LEAD plan, which launched in fall 2020, are being continually implemented and adjusted as necessary:

L refers to enhanced access layout requirements for campus entry, including screening and daily health questionnaires, as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control; layouts for classrooms, public areas, and office spaces to meet physical distancing guidelines; and AV and IT changes to support all potential teaching modalities. Facial coverings are currently required throughout campus.

E refers to equipment adjustments that allow hands-free operations of entries and frequently used facilities, such as restrooms. We also have incorporated adjustments to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) equipment throughout campus to support healthy air quality, which meet and surpass guidelines. Signage on campus will clearly remind our community of responsible awareness of others.

A refers to academic considerations, including scheduling adjustments and programming revisions to support a more blended, adjustable educational environment.

D refers to disinfection strategies, which include frequent disinfecting through multiple methodologies, including the use of COVID‐19 approved disinfectants, UV light where appropriate, electrostatic cleaners, and foggers. We also encourage frequent handwashing, and have provided hand disinfection stations at each building and in classrooms.

Learning Modalities

We plan to offer courses in a variety of modalities, providing students flexibility and options in how and where they take their courses: in-person, online, blended, and hybrid-remote.

Campus Facilities

As we prepared for reopening in fall 2020 and throughout Spring 2021, we have conducted campus work to enhance health, safety, and the quality of the campus experience. As Dr. Harper has noted in his weekly health reports, our infection rates continue to be very low, and we are proud of that accomplishment. Below are some examples of completed projects and we look forward to sharing more in the near future:

  • All filters on the Long Island and the New York City campuses have been replaced with MERV13 filters.
  • All mechanical equipment on the Long Island and New York City campuses has been reconditioned and systems have been balanced.
  • On the Long Island campus, Anna Rubin Hall has a new ventilation system, and Theobald Hall has new supply and exhaust systems to ensure the highest level of indoor air quality in the lab environment. Salten Hall and the Student Activity Center have updated lounges and cafes for our students, faculty, and staff to enjoy, and the new Fork in the Road food truck provides a new on-campus dining experience.
  • New outdoor parklets on Long Island offer outdoor wireless, comfortable seating, and updated landscaping, and new indoor-outdoor meetup and study spaces are planned for the New York City campus.

Campus Experience Committee

As part of our overall reopening strategy, and as reported in our New York State reopening plans, New York Tech has initiated a Campus Experience Committee. Members, including students, faculty, and staff, meet monthly to review the campus experience, set goals, and assess our success achieving those goals. All members of the community are invited to reach out to members with ideas and thoughts to be considered for enhancing the campus experience.

Cheryl Gao Faculty
Melissa Huey Faculty
Pritika Thakkar Student
James Scire Faculty
Jane Polizzi Asst Dean
Jackie Cotgreve Faculty
Eric Greenberg Faculty
Farzana Gandhi Faculty
Kristen Smith Registrar
Monika Rohde Assoc Dean
Spiros Dandouras Assoc Director
Tadiyos Gebre Director, Academic Enrichment
Ellen Katz Faculty
William Blazely Faculty‐COM
Carol Jablonsky Exec Director‐HR
Robert Rizzuto Director
Pennie Turgeon Vice President ‐ IT
Kim Tucker Assoc Director, SCEA
Tara Payne Staff
Stacy Allen Staff, Dining
Kailey Bennington Student
Ashley Drawdy Student
Vrund Patel Student
Suzanne Musho Vice President, Real Estate(Chair)