Reopening SVA

Our Plans for Returning to Campus

May 10, 2021
We're back!

School of Visual Arts plans to return to in-person instruction in the fall for the 2021-2022 academic year, with some courses continuing to run online. A fully online curriculum will be offered for those students who are unable to return to New York City. Read “Back to SVA: What to Expect When You Return,” and read Provost Christopher J. Cyphers′ March 16 notification in the “Archived Notifications” section, below.


On April 26, President David Rhodes announced the COVID-19 vaccination policy for students, faculty and staff. Read his letter in the “Archived Notifications” section at the bottom of the page and see the "Frequently Asked Questions" section for more information. Our plans for a safe reopening have been created by SVA’s academic and administrative leadership in accordance with New York State, as well as the guidance of federal, state and local health authorities.


For the current academic year, academic instruction has been fully online. Our campus, residence halls, administrative offices and some academic spaces are open at a reduced capacity, adhering to the latest health and safety protocols. Read on for more information on all that we’re doing to ensure a safe environment for all returning students, faculty and staff.

Academics and Learning Resources

  • Online Courses

  • Online Resources and Tech Support

  • Attendance Policy

  • SVA Library

  • SVA Alumni

Health Resources

  • COVID-19 Vaccine

  • On-Campus COVID-19 Case Report

  • SVA Safe Daily Health Screening

  • COVID Health Resources and Testing

  • Mental Health Resources

Campus Safety and Cleanliness

  • Cleaning, Safety and Disinfecting Protocols

  • Emergency Notifications (SVA Alerts)

  • Emergency Management Committee

Stigma, Harassment and Bias

  • Policies and Reporting

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Vaccine Requirement FAQs

Archived Notifications

  • April 26, 2021 Notification from the President: SVA Vaccine Policy for Students, Faculty and Staff

  • March 16, 2021 Notification from the Provost: Planning Update for the 2021-2022 SVA Academic Year

  • March 9, 2021 Notification: We Stand In Solidarity With Our Asian Communities

  • February 10, 2021 Notification from the Provost

  • November 20, 2020 Notification from the SVA Emergency Management Committee

  • November 5, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • November 2, 2020 Notification from the EMC

  • August 25, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • August 12, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • August 2, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • July 20, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • SVA Virtual Town Halls: July 14 and 16, 2020

  • June 17, 2020 Notification from the Provost

  • May 8, 2020 Notification from the Provost