Advocacy, Privacy and Compliance

Staff Contact

Judith Simonsen
Coordinator, Student Advocacy and Compliance

The student advocate works with students experiencing a variety of problems, and will either help with the resolution of issues or will redirect you to a different office or person.  If you have any paperwork, please bring that with you when you come to the office.

Phone: 646.997.3046
Office Location: Dibner Hall Room LC 240C

Absence Notification to the Faculty

It is important for instructors to know when you are experiencing an issue that might interfere with your studies. However, it is also important that your personal matters be kept confidential. Therefore, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs is the office designated to receive documentation regarding private concerns. An official verification notice must be sent to instructors, but this notice does not share personal details.

  • Death in the family
  • Medical conditions and illnesses

If illness or an accident causes you to miss a class (or classes) or and an exam, you should do the following:

  • Notify your Professor by email of your absence, the reason for it, and how long you think you may be away.
  • Obtain medical documentation and when you are back on campus come to see Judith Simonsen, Coordinator of Advocacy and Compliance in Dibner Hall Room LC 240C.

When you have missed an exam, as in the case of a prolonged absence, please check your paperwork before leaving your doctor’s office, and be sure it includes a diagnosis, and an estimate of the length of your absence. Without proper documentation Ms. Simonsen will not be able to intervene on your behalf.

  • Do not provide anyone except her with a copy of your paperwork. If a professor requests a copy, refer them to Ms. Simonsen. This is to protect the confidentiality of your medical information.

Student Religious Observance

NYU’s policy regarding observing religious holidays

The School of Engineering’s policy requires students provide Ms. Simonsen with both written notification 15 days in advance of the days to be taken off and with the e-mail contact for your professors, so they can be given notice of the absence.

Reporting Incidents and Crises

If you have safety concerns, or witness a disturbance to the campus community, please report the incident to the New York University Department of Public Safety.

Online Form
Submit form

In Person
7 days a week 24 hours a day a supervisor at 14 Washington Place, New York, New York 10003

By Phone
Department Central Command twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven days a week 212.998.2222

By Letter
Address to the Associate Director Investigation and Integrity Control c/o:

New York University Department of Public Safety
7 Washington Place
New York, NY 10003

For more information about the Department of Public Safety visit: