Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the New York University will move final exams online and cancel some indoor activities, including athletic events.
In an email to the school community, Provost Katherine Fleming explained their move is not meant to cause alarm but a form of caution and appropriate action to avoid the further spread of COVID-19.
“The continuous review of the data from our COVID-19 testing program has indicated a considerable acceleration in the rate of new cases in our community,” Fleming said.
In its order, the school encouraged instructors to move their finals to a remote format as soon as possible.
Aside from NYU, several schools including Princeton and Cornell also impose limited indoor activity due to surging coronavirus numbers and concerns over the highly transmissible Omicron variant.
Many NY colleges have also required vaccine booster shots for students to remain eligible for enrollment.
Moreover, it was learned that NYU on Tuesday announced a booster deadline of Jan. 18 for all its “community members” amid the spread of the Omicron variant.