Do Your Part

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Get Vaccinated

Make an appointment at one of the Columbia-operated vaccine locations

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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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Keep Getting Tested

Keep getting tested at a Columbia testing location.

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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.

Consistent with New York State guidance, all Columbia affiliates must continue to wear masks at all times in indoor settings in Columbia facilities and observe current 6 foot distancing as vaccination status is unknown for all individuals. Vaccinated individuals may remove masks and not physically distance only in outdoor settings on Columbia’s campuses. However, individuals may choose to continue to wear masks and observe distancing outdoors on Columbia’s campuses, thus, no assumptions should be made regarding why an individual chooses to mask outdoors.

Required Protocol for Returning to Campus

Coming to campus at any point this summer? Flu shots and quarantining are no longer required, but these rules—and related policies and guidelines—apply to you.

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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 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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3. 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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4. 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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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.

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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