Facilities and Campus Life

The Facilities and Campus Life Working Group provides direct support for schools in their plans for reopening. This includes the development of interim space use and modification guidelines, templates for risk mitigation, assessment of mechanical systems and recommended operating protocols, and custodial operating protocols, as well as a program to promote adherence to public health guidelines.

These efforts proceed in collaboration with the working groups for Public Health, Research, and Academic Planning. Together, we consider all major issues related to the upcoming year and will establish frameworks for the University to resume operations.

Required Protocol for Returning to Campus

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Enhanced University Health and Safety Policy

This policy has been established to help protect individuals in the Columbia community and our neighbors as we prepare for return to campus.

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Details About Recovery Planning

Details about how the ramp-up will work. Please read it carefully, even if you’re not a laboratory or clinical researcher.

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Symptom Self-checking

As of June 22, 2020, all faculty, staff, and students will be required to complete a symptom self-check every day before they enter campus premises.

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Return-to-work Training

Everyone working on any of our campuses must complete a required on-line training program.

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Download Symptom Self-check App

The ReopenCU app provides the daily symptom check.

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Testing Implementation Process

To provide an additional layer of safety, Columbia will require an initial single COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test of all faculty, staff, and students returning to campus.

How Campus Life Will Be Different

Facilities and Operations has implemented several changes to improve health and safety on campus. Check back frequently for updates.


Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting that meets or exceeds CDC, New York State Department of Health, and OSHA standards


Elevator capacity will be limited. Follow the instructions on the sign nearby whatever elevator you plan to use.

Outdoor Space Use

On campus and in outdoor spaces, everyone must follow University health policy.


Workspaces now have a combination of measures in place to reduce density. Follow workplace and shared-space hygiene practices.

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