Adherence and Accountability Plan for Columbia’s Community Health Compact

In order to ensure a safe community, adherence to the Columbia University Health Compact is essential.  All Columbia affiliates have an obligation to take actions to help protect individuals in the Columbia community and our neighbors as we return to campus.

Signage throughout our campuses and other reminders are designed to ensure that everyone entering campus or using campus buildings is aware of the University’s expectations regarding face coverings, physical distance, and other requirements; how to find more information; and where to go with concerns.


Complaints and concerns about non-adherence can be reported in a variety of ways, and anyone has the option to do so anonymously:

  • Public Safety is an appropriate and universal option for all faculty, staff and students
  • Reports by and about students should go to the “report an incident” button on University Life’s website, to Student Conduct and Community Standards or to student affairs staff in each school. For the Student Accountability Plan for the Columbia Community Health Compact, see Student Accountability Plan
  • Staff reports regarding faculty or staff should go to the reporter’s Supervisor or Human Resources.
  • Faculty reports regarding other faculty or staff should go to the reporter’s department chair or Dean of Faculty Affairs.

Addressing Non-adherence

In the interest of supporting community health and safety, anyone—including affiliates and non-affiliates—who refuses to adhere to the health and safety policy after being asked to do so by an appropriate authority will be asked to leave Columbia’s campus. Further failure to adhere to the policies may result in disciplinary action. 


Procedures and Sanctions for Faculty and Staff

Anyone in a position of authority as noted in the reporting section who receives a complaint of non-compliance has the responsibility to: 

  • Attempt to determine what has happened.  
  • Seek to resolve informally and to reinforce understanding of expectations related to policy adherence. 
  • Provide education when appropriate.
  • If an individual refuses to adhere to the health and safety policy after being asked to do so by an authorized staff member (see individual roles in No. 1 above), the individual may be asked to leave campus.
    • For employees who are expected to conduct their work on campus, time away as a result of a required departure from campus will be counted against that employee’s vacation or personal days, as appropriate.
  • Repeat complaints involving faculty and staff or initial complaints involving faculty and staff that are of a serious nature (e.g. intentional disregard of policy/serious dangers to self or others) should be reported to the appropriate channel (as noted above) for formal investigation and progressive discipline if needed.