Columbia Community Health Compact
Together we have successfully emerged from a period of nearly two and a half years during which we worked together to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission on campus. However, the risk of COVID-19 continues, necessitating continued vigilance.
This Compact is our continued commitment to recognize our shared responsibility for our collective health and well-being, informed by science and founded on mutual caring and respect. It is important for us to do all we can to keep each other protected, while maintaining the vibrancy that is a hallmark of the Columbia learning and social environment. The President’s COVID-19 Task Force and its Public Health Working Group provide us with the support we need to keep our campus safe.
As Members of This Compact, Each of Us Commits to:
- Get vaccinated and boosted (excluding those with an approved medical or religious exemption)
- For all those coming to campus—as new students or after a long absence, get tested for COVID-19 72 hours prior to arriving on campus and delay your return if you test positive
- Report positive test results to [email protected] and follow CDC recommendations for isolation
- Follow basic health precautions including staying at home when you experience symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and seek appropriate care
- Comply with any requirements to use masks indoors and in other settings as specified
- Respect Columbia affiliates who choose to wear masks when not required
- Follow signs and guidance posted throughout campus spaces and buildings
- Follow all University policies and procedures
At all times, including when off campus, all Columbia community members are expected to follow city and state public health requirements.
The University Pledges to Do Its Part, by:
- Adhere to guidance from CDC, New York State and New York City Departments of Health
- Monitor changes in COVID-19 conditions and modifying policies as needed
- Support COVID-19 vaccination/boosting requirements
- Comply with isolation and other requirements
- Share information in a prompt and consistent manner
- Provide other health and well-being supports for the University community
Each of us has the responsibility to follow through on these commitments and the right to expect the same from others and from the University. The University’s expectation is that all students, faculty, and staff will adhere to these commitments. In the interest of supporting community health and safety, anyone who does not adhere to these commitments after being asked by an appropriate authority will be asked to leave Columbia’s campus.
These commitments are essential to protecting each other and our neighbors.