(As of August 17, 2021)
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the paramount importance of public health is evident. Our community has risen to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic with compassion, resilience, and expertise to protect the health of our community; to help slow the spread of the virus in our region and improve population health; and to ensure the continuity of our teaching, research, and service mission.
For the latest news on health advisories, Campus Services, and other activities, visit the COVID-19 Resource Guide for the Columbia Community, and the CUIMC resource page, which are updated regularly with resources and information. The School will also send email alerts as new information, guidance, or protocols are announced. For other School-specific questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; if you have a confidential matter, please email the Office of Faculty Affairs and Human Resources at email@example.com.
Our School’s re-opening plans call for a slow increase in the number of employees onsite, in carefully organized phases. If you have any questions about return-to-campus planning for employees, please contact your supervisor.
The majority of Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health academic programs will be online for the 2020-2021 academic year. See the latest information.
Health and Safety Protocols
Currently, when indoors, face coverings and physical distancing of six feet are required for everyone. For vaccinated individuals, face coverings and distancing are not required outdoors. For unvaccinated individuals, face masks and distancing are required, both indoors and outdoors.
For those who are on campus, we are taking every precaution to ensure your health and safety, including enhanced cleaning of our spaces. Visit the Facilities Management Website for a full list of enhancements.
For information on testing, tracing, and quarantine, please see COVID-19 Public Health Protocols.
For updates on distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, please see COVID-19 Vaccine Information for CUIMC Employees and Students.
Return to Campus Planning and Requirements
All students, staff, and faculty must upload their vaccination information into the ReOpenCU app, or use the app to request an exemption, by August 2nd. Everyone must also use the app to digitally sign the revised Columbia by August 16th, even if you have previously signed it. Additional details about how to upload vaccine documentation can be found in these Vaccine Documentation Upload Instructions and the CUIMC Vaccination Attestation Tutorial.
Please familiarize yourself with the Return to Campus Guide: A Guide to Returning to CUIMC After COVID-19
Those employees and students who need to access School buildings but who are not authorized to work on-site will need to need to make arrangements: students please contact the Office of Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-342-3128; faculty and staff please contact Eric Ruberte, director of operations, at email@example.com.
The University has suspended all Columbia-related travel, both international and domestic, for all affiliates until further notice. Consistent with CDC guidance, Columbia advises all affiliates who have returned from ANY international travel, stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing. Follow the self-isolation guidance found on the Columbia COVID site. Additionally, all Columbia affiliates are strongly urged to postpone any non-essential personal travel abroad. Clinical staff should review CUIMC's Coronavirus Information for Providers and Clinical Staff.
To improve commuting options for essential onsite employees, the University will launch a shuttle service focused on Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx this month. The fare will be $4.50 each way, and the shuttles will make stops throughout the day. For the current intracampus and Hoboken shuttle schedule, please see Columbia’s transportation website for details.
The well-being of our community is our priority and we are actively monitoring the situation. We are following the guidance of the NYC Department of Health, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, and Columbia University. As this is a continually evolving situation, we are also developing and implementing contingency plans and policies with the University and Medical Center, including contingency plans for remote learning and working, should the need arise. To stay abreast of travel advisories in the tri-state region, please visit New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut travel advisory pages.
As a School of Public Health, we also have the unique opportunity to tap into the expertise of our faculty, which includes some the of world’s top infectious disease experts, as we plan.