Columbia Community Health Compact
Ensuring Individual and Community Health in the COVID-19 Era
This compact is for all students, faculty, and staff in the Columbia University community.
Students will sign the compact individually before coming to campus.
Faculty and staff will affirm the compact as part of return-to-campus training and certification.
Everyone in this community wants to minimize the risk that we will be exposed or expose others—essential workers, colleagues, classmates, professors, staff, deans, neighbors, family, and friends—to COVID-19.
This compact is our community’s call to action and to recognize our shared responsibility for community health, informed by science and founded on mutual respect.
Each of us knows that we, and Columbia, need to operate differently now than we did pre-pandemic, and that these changes require new habits and difficult adjustments. We also know these daily life changes—both on and off campus—are essential to our ability to be together on campus. This understanding is the foundation for the Columbia Community Health Compact.
All of us at Columbia—students, faculty, and staff—commit to doing what we can to reduce and stop transmission of COVID-19 within and around the University community. The University commits to doing the same.
As members of this compact, each of us commits to:
- Wearing a face covering over nose and mouth at all times on campus*
- Keeping at least six feet (two arms lengths) apart from other people whenever possible
- Completing Columbia’s symptom tracker app every day before coming to campus or leaving a campus residence hall, and staying home when sick or after possible exposure to COVID-19
- Following basic health precautions including frequent hand washing/sanitizing and workplace and shared-space hygiene
- Following signs and guidance posted throughout campus spaces and buildings
- Participating in testing and contact tracing when required, and isolation and quarantine protocols, when required.
*The only exceptions to required face coverings are when alone in a private room with a closed door and when eating, but must maintain six feet physical distance.
When off campus, all Columbia community members are expected to follow city and state public health requirements, including for face covering and physical distance.
The University pledges to do its part, by:
- Implementing the Enhanced Health and Safety Policy
- Rigorous cleaning and sanitizing throughout Columbia’s campuses
- Developing and carrying out symptom tracking
- Training all community members on Columbia’s health policy and guidance
- Supporting COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation
- Sharing information in a prompt and consistent manner
- Providing other health and well-being supports for the University community (e.g., face coverings, hand sanitizer, flu shots)
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 to do so by an appropriate authority, as set out in the Enhanced Health and Safety Policy enforcement plan, will be asked to leave Columbia’s campus.
These commitments are essential to protecting the public’s health, and to protecting ourselves, our neighbors, and each other. Each of us has an important a role to play, and together, we can do what it takes to reduce and stop COVID-19 transmission in our shared Columbia community.