Message from SVA About the Coronavirus
February 06, 2020

The School of Visual Arts’ Emergency Management Committee continues to monitor the Coronavirus (Novel Coronavirus 2019-nCoV) as it evolves and is committed to providing necessary updates to our College community. As of today, there are still no confirmed cases of the virus in New York City. 

SVA students, staff and faculty are reminded to stay home if they are sick. If you experience a fever, you must avoid class/work for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Any student experiencing flu-like symptoms of any kind should inform Student Health and Counseling Services (212.592.2246) and seek medical care immediately. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms. Faculty and staff experiencing symptoms should call their healthcare provider for direction.


If you or anyone you know is concerned about your health, you can find more information on symptoms and recommended actions here. All travelers to and from China must follow the directives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. International students with questions or concerns regarding the travel restrictions effective February 2 may contact the International Student Office ( 

Health experts have indicated that face masks are not recommended at this time in the United States. While the choice to wear one is with the individual, given recent shortages, the suggestion is to save them if they do become recommended. Wearing a mask does not supersede the SVA guidelines; everyone is asked to stay home when sick.

It is essential that we take care of ourselves and support one another's well-being at this time. To members of our community worried about their friends and family, please know that SVA cares about you and is here for you. Students are encouraged to seek support through Student Health and Counseling Services (

We thank you for your cooperation with the College’s policies and for creating an environment that is healthy, caring and inclusive.

SVA will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

Read more here about what to do if you have flu-like symptoms.