Fall Health Guidance
All Columbia affiliates must continue to wear masks at all times in indoor settings in Columbia facilities, regardless of vaccination status. Vaccinated individuals may remove masks and not physically distance only in outdoor settings on Columbia’s campuses. Unvaccinated individuals must continue to wear masks both indoors and outdoors. However, individuals may choose to continue to wear masks outdoors on Columbia’s campuses, thus, no assumptions should be made regarding why an individual chooses to mask outdoors.
Until September 8, only vaccinated individuals do not need to distance indoors. After September 9, when we are a fully vaccinated campus, there will be no distancing requirements, including for those with approved vaccine exemptions.
Required Protocol for Returning to Campus
These rules—and related policies and guidelines—apply starting this fall. You must follow all University Public Health Protocols, which include masking and distancing where appropriate.
What to Do If You Failed to Meet the Vaccination Mandate Deadline
Everyone over the age of 12 is required to show proof of vaccination to enter many New York City indoor activities such as restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms—including some on Columbia's campuses. Look for the signs!
All policies are in accordance with the University Task Force, city, and state health and safety guidelines. These venue policies and protocols are effective immediately.
During this session, we will focus on the most pressing questions and will not be taking live questions.
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.
COVID-19 Research at Columbia
Researchers at Mailman School of Public Health find that high vaccination neighborhoods had more white residents, fewer people of color, higher incomes, and lower poverty rates.
The findings show a strong association with the proportions of people with chronic kidney disease and those living in nursing homes, and support the idea that vaccine allocation could help minimize severe outcomes, particularly deaths.
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 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.