COVID-19 Resource Guide

Required Protocol for Returning to Campus

Coming to campus at any point this fall?
These rules—and related policies and guidelines—apply to you.

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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. Self-quarantine, If Required

International students and those traveling to campus from certain states or territories must self-quarantine as required by New York State.

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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.

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

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

Call the COVID-19 hotline at 212-854-9355 Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, or email 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

COVID-19 Test Results

Campus Testing

Week of October 19

Tests Conducted


Tests Positive


Positivity Rate


In Isolation


In Quarantine


In Hospital


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 Oct 19


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 October 19

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 10 minutes or more during the time they were infectious (2 days prior to symptom onset or 2 days prior to testing if no symptoms).

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 April 1, 2020 through October 25, 2020

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.

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 State covid zone map and tracker

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.

Return-to-campus Updates

COVID-19 Research at Columbia

Will the COVID-19 Virus Become Endemic?

Columbia Mailman School researchers explore the potential for the COVID-19 virus to become a regular feature producing recurring outbreaks in humans. 

Researchers Find Even Mild Cases Can Cause 'COVID-19 Fog'

Neurologists and patients should watch out for lingering neurological and psychiatric issues, even if symptoms were mild and never required medical attention.


Lockdown Led to 70% Drop in New York City COVID-19 Spread

Mailman School of Public Health study is in line with research estimating stay-at-home measures reduced COVID-19 transmission in Wuhan, China; Italy; and France. 

What We Still Need to Know About Convalescent Plasma

Columbia's Dr. Steven Spitalnik is participating in various studies that he says are vital to conduct to see how these blood samples can be used to treat COVID-19.

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.’