Response to COVID-19 Policy Violations

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New York Institute of Technology acknowledges the unique, unprecedented situations that have arisen during the global pandemic and remains committed to delivering a quality education to all students during the upcoming 2020–2021 academic year. Although it is essential that the university address noncompliance of important safety requirements, it also understands the need to take an educational and measured approach to noncompliance. The safety of all members of the community and the education of students should be the focus of responding to those who fail to comply.

Members of our campus community and guests/visitors are expected to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols and policies. Signage will be placed on campus to remind students, faculty, staff, and guests that face coverings are required and to demonstrate how to properly wear a face covering. Additionally, it is an expectation that faculty, staff, and students provide accurate answers to the daily health screening app to enter campus and that they do not come to campus if they do not feel well. Upon arrival to campus, security guards at the checkpoint will confirm that community members and guests are wearing face coverings. Face coverings will be provided, if necessary. For additional information, please read the reopening plans for the New York City campus (pending finalization) and the Long Island campus.

New York Tech is relying on members of our community to adhere to and assist with enforcing these standards of behavior, as public health and safety is everyone's responsibility. Members of the community should express any concerns if they encounter someone violating the face-covering policy. For example, using an informal, personal intervention with friends and colleagues, such as saying, "Wear the Bear" or "No mask, no class" may often be an appropriate and friendly reminder. At no point should a community member place themselves in an unsafe situation while attempting to enforce the face-covering policy. Please contact the Office of Safety and Security (Long Island campus: 516.686.7789 or New York City campus: 646.273.7789) for immediate assistance.

Faculty, students, campus organizations, and office staff should clearly define how they will enforce the face-covering policy in their spaces. Students who fail to wear face coverings as required may be reported for noncompliance to the Office of the Dean of Students via email (DeanofStudents@nyit.edu).

Everyone on campus is required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when indoors and outdoors. This includes, but is not limited to, classrooms, public restrooms, open office and common spaces, hallways, meeting rooms, libraries, elevators, and other indoor spaces. Students, faculty, and staff who enter facilities without a face covering and do not put on a face covering will be asked to leave.

  • Students, faculty, and staff may use face coverings provided by the university or supply their own.
  • Students may remove face coverings in their own residence hall rooms or living spaces.
  • Students, faculty, and staff should have a face covering with them whenever they are on campus.
  • Students, faculty, and staff may remove face coverings when actively eating or drinking.

Please note: Face coverings with one-way valves or vents allow exhaled air to be expelled out through holes in the material. This can allow exhaled respiratory droplets to reach others and potentially spread the COVID-19 virus. Therefore, New York Tech (and the CDC) do not recommend using face coverings if they have an exhalation valve or vent.

New York Tech may utilize existing policies, including but not limited to policies related to behavior that endangers self or others, for enforcement when intentional or unintentional violations of COVID-19 policies occur.

Student Conduct and Response Protocol

The protocol below is for incidents of mild to moderate severity in which a student fails to comply with university policy stated in the reopening plans for the Long Island and New York City campuses and/or the reasonable directives of a university official. Students will be afforded the opportunity to be heard under the student conduct process.

  • First Incident Reported:
    The student will be sent a warning letter and referred to educational resources related to the importance of following safety regulations and where to find face coverings while on campus. The warning letter is not a conduct violation but will be maintained in the student's conduct file for reference purposes.
  • Second Incident Reported:
    The student will be charged with a conduct violation under the Student Code of Conduct for failure to comply with university policy. The conduct process will be instituted, and the range of sanction can be a disciplinary reprimand and/or educational workshop on COVID-19. The student will also be advised that future violations may lead to more impactful sanctions including disciplinary probation, suspension from university-sponsored housing, etc.
  • Third Incident Reported:
    The student will be charged again with a conduct violation under the Student Code of Conduct for failure to comply with university policy. The conduct process will be instituted to address the alleged behavior, and the student will be advised that future violations may lead to more impactful sanctions including loss of housing or suspension from the university for a length of time, etc.

Although a last resort, students who demonstrate a willful pattern of non-compliance or expose community members to a serious, demonstratable health risk are subject to immediate suspension. All reports should be filed with the Office of the Dean of Students via email (DeanofStudents@nyit.edu).

Exceptions

Individuals who are unable to wear cloth face-coverings due to a medical or behavioral condition or disability may wear an alternate face covering, such as a shield, and should maintain a minimum six-foot physical distance at all times.

Students who require accommodations may register with the Office of Accessibility Services via email at accessibility@nyit.edu.