COVID-19 Resource Guide

Summer Health Guidance

Consistent with New York State guidance, all Columbia affiliates must continue to wear masks at all times in indoor settings in Columbia facilities and observe current 6 foot distancing as vaccination status is unknown for all individuals. Vaccinated individuals may remove masks and not physically distance only in outdoor settings on Columbia’s campuses. However, individuals may choose to continue to wear masks and observe distancing outdoors on Columbia’s campuses, thus, no assumptions should be made regarding why an individual chooses to mask outdoors.

Required Protocol for Returning to Campus

Flu shots and quarantining are no longer required, but these rules—and related policies and guidelines—apply starting this fall.

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1. Get vaccinated

Get vaccinated at a Columbia-operated location or use the New York Vaccine Finder. Find out which vaccines are accepted.

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2. Read the Enhanced University Health and Safety Policy

This policy has been established to help protect individuals in the Columbia community and our neighbors.

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3. Read and Sign the Health Compact

Everyone who returns to campus must sign the University Health Compact, which can be found in the required online safety training.

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4. Take Safety Training

If you are returning to campus, you must take the COVID-19 safety course before you return to campus.

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5. Get Tested

To provide an additional layer of safety, Columbia will require an initial single COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test of all faculty, staff, and students returning to campus.

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6. Complete the Daily Symptom Self-check

All faculty, staff, and students must complete a daily symptom self-check before entering campus.

COVID-19 Test Results

Campus Testing

Week of May 31 Total Testing

Tests Conducted


Tests Positive


Positivity Rate


In Isolation


In Quarantine


In Hospital


Week of May 31 Random Surveillance Testing

Tests Conducted


Tests Positive


Positivity Rate


Cumulative Results*

Tests Conducted


Tests Positive


Positivity Rate


Testing Data Outside Columbia Surveillance Testing Program**

Columbia affiliates are encouraged to notify the University if they test positive outside of the Columbia Test and Trace Program.

Cumulative Positive Tests


Positive Tests Since May 31


Cumulative Contacts


Barnard College, Teachers College, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary report results separately.

*Results since June 22; see earlier data. "Tests Conducted" includes repeat tests required of students, faculty, staff, and others accessing campus.

**Data reflect positive test notifications since August 17 and include positive tests for symptomatic cases through on-campus health services and the contact tracing efforts for these cases.

Campus Data By Cohort

Week of May 31

Campus Contact Tracing

These data reflect contact tracing of cases detected through the Columbia Test and Trace Program. A contact is defined as an individual who came within 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time (cumulative total of 15 minutes or more and no physical distancing).

Cases Reached


Cumulative Contacts


Contacts Reached w/in 72 Hours


New York City Data

A graph tracking COVID-19 PCR testing results for New York City for February 2, 2021 through May 25, 2021

New York City COVID-19 Testing Results

This webpage shows information on the number of people in New York City tested for the virus and the results from each day of the outbreak.

This map shows confirmed cases, case rates per 100,000 people, confirmed deaths, and death rates per 100,000 people during the last four weeks.

Percent Positive by Zip Code

Consult this New York City map to see confirmed cases, case rates per 100,000 people, confirmed deaths, and death rates per 100,000 people during the last four weeks.

New York City COVID-19 zone map and tracker as of May 25, 2021

New York City COVID-19 Zone Finder

Check New York's covid zone map to find out whether you are in a New York State-designated COVID-19 zone, and get informed about the proper precautions to take for specific activities.

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.


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

COVID-19 Research at Columbia

Epidemiologists Find That Even Mild Cases of COVID-19 Affects Mental Health

A significant level of symptoms of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress may follow the disease independent of any previous psychiatric diagnoses, according to new research by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

A New Study on Sharing Elevators During Covid

Columbia Engineering researchers have designed a method to safely manage elevator queues during the pandemic that is informed by real-world data and uses mathematical modeling and epidemiological principles.

New Study of Coronavirus Variants Predicts Virus Evolving

A new study of the U.K. and South Africa variants of SARS-CoV-2 predicts that current vaccines and certain monoclonal antibodies may be less effective at neutralizing these variants and that the new variants raise the specter that reinfections could be more likely.

Distancing Measures Must Continue During Vaccine Roll-Out

Study by Mailman School of Public Health finds that millions more Americans will be infected and become ill if policies to enforce physical distancing are lifted prematurely. 


Columbia News

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Back in the Engineering Lab, at Home and Online

Yevgeniy Yesilevskiy, a lecturer in the department of mechanical engineering, discusses the kits sent to students learning remotely around the world.

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Professors Embrace New Technology to Adapt to Online Instruction

With the help of the Center for Teaching and Learning, faculty have harnessed Zoom, CourseWorks, and other digital tools for their remote classrooms. 

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Could a New UV Technology Fight the Spread of Coronavirus?

Columbia researcher David Brenner believes far-UVC light—safe for humans, but lethal for viruses—could be a ‘game changer.’