COVID-19 Resource Guide

New Health Guidance

For updates on monkeypox and FAQs about the virus, visit latest alerts and announcements on Columbia Preparedness

Based on the current COVID-19 situation and in an abundance of caution, non-cloth masks will be required in classrooms and strongly recommended in all indoor settings. 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

For additional details, refer to the most recent University Updates.


  • Academic, research, administrative, and social gatherings are allowed with no capacity restrictions.
  • Visitors are required to follow the Visitors Policy and 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.

Continued Restrictions

Required Protocol for Coming to Campus

These rules—and related policies and guidelines—apply to all affiliates. You must follow all University Public Health Protocols.

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Get Vaccinated and Boosted, and Upload Documentation

Get vaccinated and get a booster dose using the New York Vaccine Finder. Booster dosing is encouraged for all faculty, staff, and students who meet eligibility criteria.

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Read and Sign the Compact

If you are new or returning to campus for the first time, sign the Columbia Community Health Compact, which can be found in the ReopenCU app.

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 among 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.


Campus Updates

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].

Emergency Situations

For immediate treatment of very serious or critical conditions, call 911.

You can also call Public Safety:

Morningside: 212-854-2797
(On campus x4-5555)

Manhattanville: 212-853-3301
(On campus x3-3333)

Medical Center: 212-305-8100
or 212-305-7979

If You Are Sick

Morningside students: Contact Columbia Health

Medical Center students: Contact CUIMC Student Health Service.

Faculty and staff should call their primary care provider.


If You Test Positive from an Outside Provider

Email [email protected] at any time.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Morningside students in need of counseling or psychological services can call 212-854-2878 for 24-hour support.

CUIMC students can schedule services via the web portal, which offers 24/7 on-call clinicians. For after-hours urgent care, call 212-305-3400.

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.

Non-adherence to Safety Protocols

You can contact Public Safety:

Morningside: 212-854-2797
Manhattanville: 212-853-3301
Medical Center: 212-305-8100 or 212-305-7979

Reports by and About Students

Use the “Report an Incident” button at the top of the University Life website, report through Student Conduct and Community Standards, or contact student affairs staff in each school.

Reports Regarding Faculty or Staff
Discrimination and Harassment

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.

Contractor Violations

Report contractor violations of COVID-19 safety protocols using the COVID-19 Contractor Compliance Tracker.

Off-campus Violations

Community members can report a violation online or by calling:

Additional Resources

Each school and unit has designated a COVID-19 Safety Coordinator. In addition, Research Ramp-Up Ambassadors help facilitate issues specific to the research community.

Submit a Question or Comment

Faculty, staff, students, and neighbors can submit general questions or comments about University COVID-19 policies by emailing [email protected].