Health and Safety Update -- September 8, 2020

Welcome back! We hope that you are all doing well and had a fantastic start to the academic year.

This memo serves as a reminder that access to the buildings will only be given to faculty, students and staff who have received approval from their dean or department manager, and are scheduled for particular day(s) and time(s) to be on campus.

In addition:

  1. You must email your signed personal pledge to
  2. You must email a negative COVID-19 test that is less than two weeks old from when you plan to be on campus for the first time to
  3. Download the CUSAFE app to your smartphone so you can complete the daily screening prior to being on campus. You will be provided with a digital thermometer to take home with you so you can take your temperature each day before coming to campus.
  4. Just show your daily CUSAFE digital badge to security when you enter the buildings.

New York City’s Department of Health is recommending a minimum of once a month COVID-19 retesting.  Cooper Union will follow their recommendation. 

To be on Campus in October and every month thereafter:  

Cooper Union will require everyone to submit a new COVID-19 negative test result by the 1st of each month to to have access to the campus buildings for that month.  We recommend testing/re-testing no earlier than the 24th of each month at and least three days before the 1stof the month to allow time for test processing.

Reporting a COVID-19 Violation

If you are on campus and see anyone violating the standards of our personal pledge

  • Not wearing a mask
  • Not obeying social distancing
  • Or any other action that appears to violate our pledge to one another

You can report the violation by tapping the “Report a Tip” button on CUSAFE.  All reports will be confidentially reported to security and/or a Dean or Department Manager.

Wishing all the best for our community,

The Health and Safety Committee

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.