Daily Symptom Attestation Update
The daily symptom self-check is required for all Columbia faculty, staff, and students accessing campus buildings as part of the Columbia Compact that you have committed to. It is important that you complete the attestation prior to accessing the campus each day. Your attention to this requirement contributes to the safety of our community.
The following system features are in place to help remind you when an attestation needs to be completed:
- The ReopenCU app provides a daily reminder feature (https://covid19.columbia.edu/app#/cu_accordion_item-2788) which, once you enable it, will allow you to set a specific time at which the app will remind you to complete the attestation. Simply select the time at which you want your phone to receive a reminder.
- Each time you swipe your CUID card without a valid attestation in place, you receive an email that reminds you to complete the attestation.
- Beginning October 28th, if you swipe your ID on campus five (5) or more times without having an active attestation in place, your ID card will be inactivated.
If, at any time, your ID card is inactivated because you swiped more than five times without an attestation, simply complete the daily attestation and your ID card will be reactivated within about 10 minutes.
Face Coverings on Campus
All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear face coverings in indoor campus spaces, including classrooms.
Given that the University will be a fully vaccinated campus as of September 2, the required use of face coverings in indoor spaces will be monitored and, depending on public health conditions, revisited on an ongoing basis. Currently, we are requiring face covering as an additional precaution during the transition to a full return to campus. For more information, please visit this link: https://covid19.columbia.edu/content/return-person-instruction.
Indoor Seating at Dining Halls Will Begin on October 13
With this opening of indoor dining, it remains critically important that all public health guidelines continue to be followed. As a reminder, the indoor face covering mandate requires you to wear your face covering while indoors; therefore, your mask should only be removed once seated and eating. Immediately after eating, please again resume wearing your face covering as you connect with others in the dining halls. Please also respect the desire by many to dine indoors: Once your meal is over, avoid lingering, and make the space available for others.
Outdoor seating around campus will continue to be available and you are encouraged to take advantage of it, especially since the weather is still temperate. Some outdoor tent areas will be converted to heated “indoor” spaces later this month to increase indoor dining capacity—the same face covering mandates will apply to these dining areas.
Please remember that under current New York City law, you will be required to show proof of vaccination if you will be eating indoors in our dining halls. We are asking students to download the New York State Excelsior Pass or NYC COVID Safe App to help speed up the process as you enter the dining halls. You can also show a photo or hard copy of your official vaccination record.
Grab and go options will continue to be available for all students on meal plans.
Columbia Student Reminders
Beginning on September 7, any individual who has not submitted their vaccination documentation or has not received an approved medical or religious exemption will have a red pass on the ReopenCU app and will be unable to access campus. This may also
impact your enrollment as a student.
Please make sure you complete this checklist:
- Submit your proof of vaccination now, if you have not already. If you are an international student who is unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized vaccine, you must receive the vaccination upon arrival.
- Schedule your gateway test on the Columbia Health Patient Portal. Scheduling is available 7-10 days before your intended appointment.
- Sign the Compact on the ReopenCU app or web application.
- Complete your training if you have not accessed campus since January 2021.
- Complete your attestation daily before coming to campus.
International Students: please read this FAQ on the COVID-19 website for information especially for you. It includes information about getting vaccinated, quarantine requirements, testing, and other critical information.
Regardless of whether you are a domestic or international student, if you are unvaccinated, you must quarantine until you receive a negative result from your gateway test prior to accessing campus.
Current Columbia COVID-19 Monitoring Plan
We are currently at the Low “Yellow” risk level. Please visit the COVID-19 website to learn more about how the University assesses the risk levels and what each status means.
Keeping the Compact On and Off Campus
As a reminder, you are expected to uphold the Compact and related policies on and off campus, including the events policy. This is to keep you and our community safe, as well as our neighbors. You can learn more about student accountability on the COVID-19 website.
Key to NYC
As of August 17, everyone over the age of 12 must show proof of vaccination to enter many New York City indoor venues such as restaurants, movie theaters, and gyms.
You can learn more about the Key to NYC program on the Columbia COVID-19 website or the New York City Key to NYC website. All Columbia community members are expected to follow city and state public health requirements, in addition to the Compact, on and off campus.