Safety Training for Affiliates

Required Protocol for Barnard College, Union Theological Seminary, and Other Affiliates

Individuals at Barnard College and Union Theological Seminary may be eligible to access certain Columbia facilities. Retirees, emeriti, and academic visitors pre-approved by their departmental administrator may be granted access on a case-by-case basis.

Visit the University Libraries website for information on policies and requirements for using the Libraries.


Under all circumstances, individuals accessing the Columbia campus must fulfill the required protocol below. 


New employees who have not been issued or activated their UNI should follow the visitor protocol and complete a paper form and return it to Human Resources.

REQUIRED PROTOCOL FOR RETURNING TO CAMPUS

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1. Get Vaccinated

Get vaccinated at a Columbia-operated location or use the New York Vaccine Finder. Find out which vaccines are accepted.

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2. Read and Sign the Health Compact

Everyone who returns to campus must sign the University Health Compact, which can be found in the required online safety training.

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3. Take Safety Training

If you are returning to campus, you must take the COVID-19 safety course before you return to campus.

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4. Get Tested

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.

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5. Complete the Daily Symptom Self-check

All faculty, staff, and students must complete a daily symptom self-check before entering campus.

Safety Training Requirements

Students, faculty, and staff of Barnard College and Union Theological Seminary who need to access the Columbia University campus must complete the required protocols above including the safety training,  COVID-19 Training: Being Safe at Columbia University (for Barnard, UTS, and Other Special Affiliates).


There can be up to a one-hour delay between completion of this training and that information being relayed to the ReopenCU app. Plan your trip to campus accordingly.

Teachers College Faculty, Staff, and Students

Teachers College faculty, staff, and students must complete the Teachers College preparedness protocols and show the TC “Green Pass” for entry to TC buildings. 

Academic Visitors and Visiting Scholars

Academic visitors must be approved pursuant to the Guidelines for Visitors Participating in Academic Activities. Approved academic visitors and visiting scholars who need to access the Columbia campus must complete the required protocols including the safety training COVID-19 Training: Working Safely at Columbia University.

Approved Emeriti and Retirees

Prior to accessing campus, departmental approval is required. Contact the relevant department administrator for the approval process. Approved emeriti and retirees who need to access campus must complete the required protocols, including the safety training COVID-19 Training: Being Safe at Columbia University (for Barnard, UTS, and Other Special Affiliates).