Dear Silver Faculty and Staff,
Welcome to a new semester at NYU Silver, and I hope you and your loved ones are doing well. As the semester gets into full gear and you engage with students on a day-to-day basis, I wanted to remind you of various Silver and University-wide resources as you support students' successful engagement in our learning community.
Concerns about a Student’s Physical Health related to COVID-19
- If a student informs you that they tested positive for COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms, or was in close contact with someone who tested positive, please advise the student to speak with their health provider or NYU Student Health Center. Additionally, ask the student to immediately notify the NYU COVID-19 Prevention and Response Team (CPRT). Please do not share the students’ medical information with others unless you are offered that guidance by the CPRT.
Concerns about a Student’s Mental Health including Well-Being Related to COVID-19
Addressing Disruptions to Health and Safety Requirements
- We are committed to adhering to the University’s safety and health rules. These take on more meaning as we are in a pandemic and now include guidance with all of our health in mind. For any disruptive behavior, including failure to wear a mask or eating in a class, remind students that mask-wearing is required and eating is prohibited in all indoor spaces and seek to persuade them to comply; if they refuse, you may tell them to leave the class.
- In the event of a student refusing to comply, call (212) 995-3388, and someone from the NYU Student Affairs will be sent to intervene.
- Finally, report the COVID-specific compliance incident to email@example.com email, and also report any student compliance and other pervasive disruptions to me (Courtney O’Mealley, Associate Dean, Student Affairs) via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Find additional information at Compliance with Health & Safety Guidelines and University Student Conduct Policy.
Addressing Challenges Related to Economic Accessibility
- If a student reaches out to you in need of support regarding access to technology, food, or housing, please encourage them to complete the NYU Student Emergency Fund application and also encourage them to share their needs with us through the school’s Silver Emergency Resource Needs Notification Form. Silver’s form allows my office (Student Affairs Dean’s Team) to engage directly with students and connect you to available resources and support.
Accommodations and Support for Religious Observances
- Students from certain religious traditions may need special accommodations and support to ensure that they do not fall behind when missing class for religious holidays. Global Spiritual Life (GSL) offers guidance to faculty and students on NYU's policies regarding excused absences for religious purposes and ways to support students when they are out. Please review the NYU Global Spiritual Life Resources for Faculty and Staff.
- If you have any questions or would like to seek guidance around a student request related to religious observance, please contact their team at email@example.com.
Support for International Students
- International students are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Global Services (OGS) for support with immigration, visa, or OPT related questions.
- Hannah Levy (firstname.lastname@example.org) can also work with MSW international students in collaboration with OGS to address issues or concerns. Please note that only OGS can advise students on immigration matters.
Support for Students with Accessibility Needs
- The Moses Center for Student Accessibility (CSA) works with NYU students to determine and implement appropriate and reasonable accommodations as well as access available programs and resources to support equal access to a world-class education.
- To access services, students must connect directly with the Moses Center for their accessibility needs by contacting CSA at 212-998-4980 or via email at email@example.com.
If a Student is Experiencing Bias or Harassment
Supporting a Student who Reports Sexual Misconduct
- Faculty and staff at NYU (who are not NYU health clinicians or Spiritual Life Advisors) must inform the Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity of any report of sexual misconduct: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-998-2352.
- Note: If the incident occurred at a Field placement, you must report it to Virge Luce, Assistant Dean for Field Learning & Community Partnerships at email@example.com.
- Students can receive immediate 24/7 support for all health and safety needs, as well as guidance related to the legal/judicial process, by calling 212-443-9999.
Concerns about a Student’s Academic Performance
Support for Students with Career-Preparation Related or Licensing Process Questions
- Career preparation for Silver students begins the moment they arrive. Encourage students to review and take advantage of resources and services listed in the NYU Silver Career Readiness & Professional Development Guide, including Silver career coaching, social work resume guide & templates, a breakdown of licensing processes, and information about events and Wasserman-led workshops.
- Silver students are also encouraged to explore NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development’s resources and services that can be accessed via Handshake, Wasserman’s career development platform for jobs, internships, & events.
- Students can also reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. Any licensure updates will be added to the Career Readiness & Professional Development Guide
Support for Students Seeking Identity-Based Communities and Resources
- The Center for Multicultural Education and Programs (CMEP), the LGBTQ+ Center, and Global Spiritual Life (GSL) offer a wide range of programs, events, and resources to provide support for various identity-based communities and advance diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging at Silver & NYU.
- Additionally, faculty and staff are encouraged to engage with resources and educational opportunities available from the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation (OGI) to build capacity for fostering inclusion in the classroom and workplace. OGI also provides consultation and strategic guidance to faculty and staff for any diversity, inclusion, or identity-related matters that may arise during your teaching or advising of students.
- NYU Silver hosts a range of racial and ethnic affinity groups for students, alumni, faculty, and staff, that provide support and/or foster accountability.
As a reminder, for the University’s most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the NYU Returns Information page. You can also find the official updates from Silver on our website.
If you need assistance and support of any kind when managing any student concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the respective Curriculum Area Chair for MSW students, or the Program Director, or me in my capacity here at Silver as the Associate Dean, Student Affairs and Student Ombuds. We are here to support!
Thank you for all that you do for Silver and our students!
Courtney O’Mealley, MSW
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Associate Dean, Student Affairs