Campus Access

NSSR classes will be remote in Fall 2020, and nobody is expected or required to be on campus. However, some campus facilities will be open to NSSR community members on a very limited basis.

All students and employees accessing spaces once a week must complete a daily symptom self-screening questionnaire on the days they intend to be on campus prior to accessing facilities, as described in the COVID FAQ. Please also visit the Procedures for Reserving Campus Resources page for more comprehensive guidelines and testing information for those accessing campus once a week or more.

The university has adopted procedures to promote the collective well-being of our entire community and establish our shared responsibility to act cautiously, safely, and in accordance with public health directives. Students and employees who violate or disregard the following guidelines will be referred for disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards or Human Resources.


NSSR students, faculty, and staff will have limited reservation-only access to three rooms on The New School campus: UL104, UL105, and U304 in the University Center (63 Fifth Ave). These rooms are available only for PhD oral exams, including dissertation proposal defenses and dissertation defenses.

Starting September 8, 2020, rooms are available Mondays through Fridays, 8:00 a.m. ET until 9:00 p.m. ET.

You can see room photos and descriptions, fill out the Room Reservation form, and read full guidelines on our Room Reservations page.


Library services will continue to be available online. Physical items can be picked up or dropped off as follows:

  • Beginning September 8, physical items will be available for pick-up by reservation only at Arnhold Hall (55 W. 13th St.), 2nd floor.

  • Requests should be made via the library catalog

  • When materials are ready for pick-up, patrons will be sent a link to make an appointment.

  • Beginning August 31, items may be returned via the book drops located in the lobbies of Arnhold Hall and the University Center. No reservation is required to return items to the book drops.

Please visit for more information about electronic resources, scanning and virtual services.



NSSR faculty and staff have limited access to visit their offices. These periods of building access are for retrieval of items only, and each visit cannot exceed 30 minutes. No office work, meetings, or task time will be allowed.

Access to 6 E. 16th St. during the semester will be limited and granted by appointment only, Mondays through Thursdays, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ET. Please email Joseph Warren with your requests, and be sure to specify a date and desired 30-minute time slot.

Starting Monday, August 24, 80 5th Ave. will be open Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. ET. While NSSR faculty and staff do not need to make an appointment for this building, visits will be limited to 30 minutes.


Before faculty and staff enter any New School building, you are required to complete the following screening process:

  • Go to MHealth Coach

  • Select “Employee Screening”

  • Enter “The New School” for company name

  • Answer the screening questions, then press the Click for Results button

  • The site will generate a daily pass with a QR code, which you must show to Campus Safety upon entering a building. A link to the QR code will also be emailed to you. If you do not pass the screening, you will not be permitted in the building.

This confidential questionnaire must be completed and submitted 2 hours prior to your arrival time. You must show the daily pass with a QR code to Campus Security staff. You will still need to swipe your New School ID card at the building turnstiles.