FAQ for IDM Faculty

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Teaching notes Spring 2022


How to get into 370 Jay

Details on the steps to access the building

What to do if you contract covid / are exposed / a studnet is ill

All students, faculty, and employees—regardless of vaccination status—who have symptoms of COVID-19, a diagnosis of COVID-19, or have had a close contact exposure to COVID-19 are required to complete the self-reporting form. After completing the form, the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team will follow up with next steps and guidance. It is important that you stay home and avoid contact with others.

If a student discloses their covid status to you, tell them to stay home and fill out the self-reporting form above. If you have recentluy in in close contact with the student, you should also report the possible exposure, and strongly consider taking your class(es) online until you have received a negative PCR test.

Teaching modalities

Unless you are teaching an iNet (online) sction of a course, you are expected to teach on-campus this semester. If you are unsure, email Scott.

Masking, food and drink in the classroom, on the floor

Masks are required at all times unless you are in a designated eating area and consuming food or a beverage or alone in a private office. It’s not permissable to eat food in class. You may have a sip of a drink and pull your mask down for a moment to do so, but that’s it.

Cloth masks alone are no longer allowed. Appropriate masks are disposable surgical masks, N/KN59, and KF94. A cloth mask may be worn over one of these to increase fit.

Reporting non-compliance

If you see someone who is not follwing the mask mandate, eating in a non-approved area, or acting in a way that is inappropriate during a pandemic while in an NYU building, get what information you can about the individual and ask them to leave. You should email with whatever information you have about the non-compliant individual(s). You may also contact the Office of Student Conduct or raise a flag in NYU Connect if it is a student. If it is a faculty or staff member, please contact Scott or Luke.

If students aren’t complying with protocols, you should treat them as you would any other student breaking rules and being disruptive to class, up to and including asking them to leave, reporting them to the office of student advocacy or campus safety at 212-998-2222.

Field trips

We can have group field trips or similar experiences this spring, though everyone is expected to adhere to NYU standards for masking, etc. If you want students to visit a site, please keep in mind that some may not be able to attend at all. Those who can attend should obey all COVID and other safety guidelines. Before you go on a trip, please fill out this survey.

On Campus Guests

We are able to allow guests deemed essential for academic functionality to come onto campus for lecture/crit/etc. No minors, partners, significant others, etc are allowed on campus.

You must fill out this form at least 10 days in advance. The only people who are allowed to visit in this capacity are those who are coming in for a one-time lecture, crit, etc.

You will be asked to fill in your information, the date and reason for the visit, the building you need your guest to visit, and contact information for your guest. Your guest will then receive an email with instructions on how to do a proof-of-vaccine upload and daily screener. They will need to have a green daily screener on the day of their visit to come on campus, and you will need to escort them. Guests must be fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible) to come to campus.

As a courtesy, please let Scott know when you expect to have guests on campus.

Expectations for students

If a student says they are ill, we must take them at face value. We shouldn’t ask them for proof or documentation to be verified by the office of student advocacy unless there is an ongoing or unusual concern. Studnets who miss class are responsible for making up whatever they have missed. If you can make a recording of you class session availabe, please do so. Use your best judgement in this matter, the studnet advocate has been overwhelmed this year with request for extensions, permissiable absences, etc.

What if a student is missing multiple class meetings and has let me know they are ill?

The provost’s office has shared this doc on teaching temporarily remote students

What do i do if I have concerns about the student in general?

Just as in ‘regular’ times, please raise a flag in Albert, and email the student directly letting them know your concerns and what your expectations are.

What happens if I’m sick/traveling/babysitter cancels?

If you cannot come to campus for any reason, contact and immediately notify all the studnets in your class. For these circumstances you may teach remotely or find a substitute instructor for the missing days. We stongly discourage scheduling ‘makeup’ classes, as it can be difficult to align everyone’s time. If you knwo you will miss a scheduled class meeting ahead of time (due to travel, conferences, etc.) please let the students know far in advance, and let them know whatg they can expect on that day.

What to do if a student can’t get on campus becausew of an issue with their ID?

Students should reach out to


Prior to the first day of class, send your syllabus to Eric. You can use this template which has all the required bits you need.


There is no mandate to use any particular learning management system (LMS). NYU now uses Brightspace as a LMS, which you are welcome to use. Some faculty prefer github, others like wordpress. Use what works best for you. Need NYU Brightspace Support? Take a look at the Instructor Guide

NYU uses Zoom for remote instruction. You can find more information at this link

We have a service named NYU Stream for sharing videos. You are free to use other services like Youtube and Vimeo as well.

Office hours

Office hours may happen face-to-face, but they may also may be held remote. It is at your discretion. Regardless of how you do this, students must know the best way to reach you outsiode the classroom.

Classroom setup

Our physical classrooms have a camera, microphone, speaker, and monitor/projector to accomodate students who cannot physically attend. Last year it was noticiably easier for students in-class to turn on their microphones for Zoom meetings to accomodate remote students than to rely on the omnidirectional mics in the classroom.