This webpage will continue to serve as a resource for the college community as LIBI administrators and other leaders around the world respond to the global coronavirus pandemic. It will be updated regularly with critical information and links to key resources. 

Planning for a Safe Reopening 

Dear LIBI Community:

When and how we can all safely return to campus and resume on-campus activities depends on the status of the pandemic and the approach we, as an institution, implement to mitigate its effects. LIBI’s decisions will be informed by public health data and New York City’s reopening plan but tailored to our institution’s unique space considerations, foot-traffic density, departmental operations, and other considerations.

Guiding Principles:

LIBI will deploy a phased reopening of on-campus activities. All of our institutional decisions have been, and will continue, to be guided by prioritizing the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

Every decision we make is also predicated on our college mission and our commitment to ensuring that teaching and learning will continue at the highest levels of excellence.


LIBI’s focal goal is to deliver on our mission while protecting the health and safety of the members of the college community as well as the broader communities in which our campuses are located. In the immediate term leading up to the fall semester we aim to expand on-campus activities to essential services while minimizing both the number of people who come to campus and their physical proximity to each other within our facilities.

Our long-term goal is to return to providing LIBI’s students, faculty, staff, with a full range of rich experiences provided by in-person interactions.

Short-term Goals:

Maintain a reduced on-campus population. The daily occupancy for each office will not exceed 25% of the normal occupancy. Individuals planning to access any of LIBI’s facilities are responsible for monitoring their own health before departing their home for campus, and for completing and submitting a survey form from their smartphone, PC, or other mobile device.

If you have symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the prior 14 days, have been exposed, or are still awaiting results of a COVID-19 test — you cannot come to campus. 

Protect the health and safety of the students, faculty, and staff who are on campus while maintaining excellence in all of our programs and academic activities.

What does this mean?

For the Fall 2020 Semester:

All classes will be conducted online. 

LIBI will remain open, operating remotely except for essential in-person functions and support.

All campus activities, meetings, and gatherings – including lectures and study groups – must be conducted virtually via teleconference or video.

All college-related travel is cancelled until further notice.

Daily health screenings will be required for all employees entering the buildings.

Rules for facial coverings/masks and physical distancing will be enforced.

Students must have an appointment with the department they are coming to visit. Health screenings will be required for all students entering the campuses.

A very limited number of staff members will begin staggered schedules at all three LIBI locations. The majority of staff and faculty will not need to return to campus for the duration of the 2020 calendar year.

Updates will be posted here regularly. Please check back soon!

Feeling Stressed About Coronavirus (COVID-19)?  

NY Office of Mental Health has wonderful resources: 

Domestic Violence Support 

NYC 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-621-HOPE (4673).

  • NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project: 212-714-1141
  • Barrier-Free Living (Disabled Clients): 212-533-4358

NYC Well  provides free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages, 24/7/365.

1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355)

  • For Relay Service for Deaf/Hard of Hearing: Call 711
  • Español: Press 3
  • 中文: Press 5

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