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, vaccinated individuals may choose to continue to wear masks outdoors on Columbia’s campuses and in crowded public settings, thus, no assumptions should be made regarding why an individual chooses to mask outdoors.
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.
On-campus Vaccination Mandate Compliance Data
1. These numbers include 104 approved exemptions for faculty, researchers, and staff (0.8%) and 114 approved exemptions for students (0.4%).
2. These numbers may include individuals who have been vaccinated but not yet uploaded documentation. These individuals receive "red passes" in the ReopenCU app and are denied campus access.
Attendance caps on indoor gatherings will be lifted, except with indoor sporting events, and the indoor mask requirement and daily symptom. attestation remain in place.
This session will include up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and the fall 2021 term, including a discussion of COVID-19 booster shots and flu shots.
It remains critically important that all public health guidelines continue to be followed. Outdoor seating around campus will continue to be available as will 'grab and go' options for all students on meal plans.
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.