COVID-19 Resource Guide

Required Protocol for Returning to Campus

For the safety of our community and in accordance with the Enhanced University Health and Safety Policy, everyone must complete the following protocol before returning to campus:

Complete Return-to-work Training
Schedule a COVID-19 Test
Download the COVID-19 Symptom Self-check App (Instructions)
Review important details about recovery planning

Priority Work for Week of July 6

Ramp-up of lab and clinical research continues
Rollout of required training for lab researchers
Remodeling restrooms to accommodate physical distancing
Installation of hand sanitizer dispensers in workspaces
Design of new signage on physical distancing
Promotion of healthy hygiene practices

Return-to-campus Updates

Task Force Working Groups

The reopening process is managed by the President’s Task Force on COVID-19, composed of public health specialists and senior leaders of the University and led by President Bollinger. Four working groups advise the task force and steer University decision making on public health, education, facilities and campus life, and laboratory research. The working groups also advise the Council of Deans, the leaders of each of our 16 schools, who are designing their own reopening strategies to meet the specific needs of their faculty and students.

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Academic Planning

The Academic Planning Working Group establishes policies and recommendations for the eventual resumption of normal academic activities on all campuses.

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Campus Life

In preparation for the fall 2020 semester, the Facilities and Campus Life Working Group establishes health and safety protocols for campus operations to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Research Working Group establishes plans for a return to research that permits scaled occupancy and allows schools to adapt as appropriate to their circumstances.

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Public Health

The Public Health Working Group, comprised of experts from across the University, establishes guidelines for all reopening operations to minimize the COVID-19 risk in our community.

The Path Forward

One can only feel a sense of humility in the face of the broad human response as we grapple with a threat as menacing as COVID-19. New York City is almost always the epicenter of crises that strike this nation, and Columbia University in the City of New York is, therefore, too.

Here's what we're doing now to prepare for a safe return to campus.

— President Lee C. Bollinger

COVID-19 Research at Columbia

Columbia Researchers Study Stress in Doctors and Nurses

During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City, health care workers on the front lines had high levels of acute stress, anxiety, and depression, a new study has found. 


New COVID-19 Saliva Test Is Born in Columbia Fertility Clinic

Researchers have developed a one-step diagnostic test that detects SARS-CoV-2 in saliva, and results are available in 30 minutes.

New Study on COVID-19's Impact on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Heath

Researchers at Mailman School of Public Health look at how social distancing and limited access to contraceptive and abortion care during the pandemic is affecting young adults.

NYC Subway Data Reveals Communities of Color Carry the Burden of Essential Work and COVID-19

Researchers found substantial social distancing inequalities throughout New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Support Is Available

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Medical Support

For guidance on symptoms and treatment, students should call 212-854-9355. Faculty and staff should call their primary care provider. Students on the Medical Center campus can contact CUIMC Student Health Service.

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Discrimination and Harassment

COVID-19 brings with it collective challenges that must be dealt with as a community. 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.

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Public Safety

Morningside: 212-854-2797
Emergency On Campus: x4-5555

Manhattanville: 212-853-3301
Emergency On Campus: x3-3333

Medical Center: 212-305-8100
Emergency On Campus: 212-305-7979​​​​​​​

Columbia News

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Columbia Registry Asks Health Care Workers to Share Their Stories

Responses will allow researchers to understand the impact on those most directly affected by the crisis and learn how to best address their needs.

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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.’

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Faces of the Frontline

A new Instagram account and website share stories of the health care heroes at the helm of the pandemic.