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
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.
Timeline to Comply
*Vaccines authorized by the WHO are also acceptable for international affiliates. See the WHO’s Emergency Use List for details. **Vaccine submission dates for a few schools that start classes in August will be before the campus-wide August 2 deadline.
These five steps are required for you to freely access University campuses and facilities starting this fall.
The deadline for submitting vaccine documentation is Monday, August 2. If you upload your information or complete an application for an exemption by midnight Wednesday, July 28, you will be eligible to win one of five $500 prizes.
This forum for faculty, researchers, and staff will be focused on new information about COVID variants and vaccination compliance, as well as other topics.
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
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.
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.