Re-Opening of Campus

We hope everyone is enjoying their holiday break and has been able to remain safe and healthy. While we have reasons to be optimistic with the news regarding vaccines, the incidents of positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise and there are alerts for the need for continued vigilance during the next couple of months.

Cooper Union reopens on 1/11/2021 for essential staff only.  To gain access to campus between January 11, 2021 – January 31, 2021:

  1. Any staff member who intends to be on campus access must have prior approval from their respective Dean or Department Head.  
  2. The Dean or Department Head will send their staff authorizations for campus access to
  3. All staff who are authorized to return to campus the week of 1/11/2020 be responsible to send their negative COVID-19 test result to The test should be taken no earlier than Thursday, 1/7/2020. 
  4. A negative COVID test will be required each week.
  5. All people authorized to enter campus buildings will continue to responsible to complete the daily COVID-19 screening report on the CUSafe App.
  6. Anyone who has not completed a submitted the Personal Pledge document will be required to do so.

On campus testing will resume 2/1/2021 when faculty, students and staff may return to campus through the reservation system that was activated during the Fall Semester for labs, studios and maker spaces. Classes will continue to be virtual.

Everyone will continue to be required to wear masks, maintain social distancing and regularly wash your hands. If you feel sick, please stay home until your symptoms have subsided. Besides a very aggressive COVID-19 virus, this is also flu season so please err on the side of caution before coming to campus regardless of your symptoms.

We continue to communicate with the Department of Health for the City and the State both in terms of their guidance as it relates to keeping everyone safe and with regards to the opportunity to participate in vaccine distribution when it is available to members of our community.

We are excited for the Spring Semester to begin. Let’s work together to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Campus 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.