Required Protocol for Returning to Campus

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1. Read the Enhanced University Health and Safety Policy

This policy has been established to help protect individuals in the Columbia community and our neighbors.

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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. Self-quarantine, If Required

International students and those traveling to campus from certain states or territories must self-quarantine as required by New York State.

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5. 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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6. Complete the Daily Symptom Self-check

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

Do Your Part

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Wear a Mask

Protect yourself and others by wearing a mask unless you are alone in a room with the door closed or eating.

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Stay Home if You Feel Sick

Stay home if you feel sick and notify your primary care physician.

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Practice Healthy Hygiene

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

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Maintain Physical Distancing

Maintain six feet of physical distance between yourself and others. Stay home and avoid large gatherings.

Columbia College Town Halls

Learn more about what the College has planned for the coming academic year at "Our Path Forward."

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.


Classroom capacity will be limited to accommodate physical distancing. Classrooms will also be updated with technology that facilitates hybrid learning.


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.

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