Columbia's guidance and best practices are developed by our own experts, consistent with latest scientific evidence as well as guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State, and New York City.


These rules—and related policies and guidelines—apply starting this fall. You must follow all University Public Health Protocols, which include masking and distancing where appropriate.

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Get Vaccinated and Upload Documentation

Get vaccinated at a Columbia-operated location or use the New York Vaccine Finder. Find out which vaccines are accepted. Be sure to upload your documentation by August 2.

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Read and Sign the Compact

Read and sign the Columbia Community Health Compact, which can be found in the required online safety training.

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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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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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Download the ReopenCU App

Use the app to generate a "green pass," which is needed to access campus buildings. Download it from the App Store or Google Play, or use the web version.

Health Advisories

November 30, 2021

What Is Omicron and How Concerned Should We Be?

The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 is raising concerns around the world. Columbia Mailman School of Health experts in virology, emerging infectious diseases, and epidemiology answer questions about its potential risks and what we can do to protect ourselves.