New Health Guidance
Based on the current situation and in an abundance of caution, non-cloth masks will be required in classrooms through the summer session. As has been our policy all year, instructors have the option to remove their masks while teaching. Current policies on masking in all other settings continue to be optional except for health care workers, who are required to mask in health care settings; please respect everyone's choices.
Faculty and staff can upload proof of their required booster dosing of the COVID-19 vaccine by going to the Upload Your Vaccination Documentation page and scrolling down to the new "Booster Information" section. Students should use the usual process for uploading their required booster documentation.
At-a-Glance COVID-19 Restrictions
- Academic, research, administrative, and social gatherings are allowed with no capacity restrictions.
- Visitors are required to follow the Visitors Policy, and they must have proof of vaccination. Schools or departments are expected to ensure compliance of invited visitors prior to their arrival at a Columbia facility.
- Visitors to undergraduate student group events and gatherings by non-affiliates of the University are permitted; designated responsible student leaders are required to check for proof of vaccine. Currently, such events cannot occur in residential housing.
- Masking is optional outside of classrooms except for health care workers, who are required to mask in health care settings; please respect everyone's choices. Cloth masks are not acceptable, and we strongly recommend wearing masks outdoors when in crowded settings.
- Red passes will be applied to all those who are not compliant with the Gateway Testing requirement.
Columbia Transportation will follow the New York City MTA protocol and will continue to require masks. This includes all shuttles and the evening service through Via.
Daily Cases and Hospitalizations in New York City
In the context of Columbia’s COVID-19 vaccination and booster mandates, the numbers of hospitalizations and deaths amongst vaccinated individuals in New York City become the metrics of particular importance, rather than cases or PCR positivity.
On-campus Vaccination Mandate Compliance Data
April 25-May 1
*These numbers include 74 approved exemptions for faculty, researchers, and staff on campus last week (0.6%) and 134 approved exemptions for students.
Because of a recent uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases in New York City, the COVID alert level has moved from low to moderate risk. Columbia's monitoring plan has been adjusted to be consistent with the city.
ColumbiaDoctors will be facilitating access to oral treatment for individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and who meet certain medical criteria.
The University will continue to closely monitor the epidemiological situation in New York City and on campus and will provide updates as needed.
Support Is Available
For general questions or comments about University COVID-19 policies, and to receive guidance on testing, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine, email [email protected].
Email [email protected] at any time.
Faculty and staff can contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Where to Go with a Concern
If you observe non-adherence to safety protocols, e.g., wearing a mask, large gatherings, etc., you may submit a report using the resources below.
We are all responsible for creating and maintaining an environment built on respect and free from discrimination and harassment. Learn how to file a report.
Report contractor violations of COVID-19 safety protocols using the COVID-19 Contractor Compliance Tracker.