Spring 2022 CUIMC Updates

Updated May 4, 2022

Under the COVID-19 monitoring plan, the university is in the 'Moderate Risk' (yellow) zone in conjunction with New York City’s COVID-19 alert status. Please continue to wear non-cloth masks in classrooms; masks are optional for other indoor settings and required for clinical settings.

*Please see the Face Coverings section below for additional information related to CUIMC-specific masking requirements.

50 Haven Athletic Center (updated Mar. 7, 2022)

The 50 Haven Athletic Center will be extending its hours beginning Monday, March 14. The new Athletic Center hours will be:

  • Monday to Friday:  7 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • Pool Hours: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. AND 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Additionally, as of March 14, you will no longer need to provide your vaccination card upon entry; face coverings will also be optional. For any questions, please email athleticcenter@cumc.columbia.edu.

Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library

The Knowledge Center will continue to be open 24/7 to all CUIMC students, faculty, and staff. To enter the Knowledge Center, please swipe an active CUIMC ID.

  •  Self-checkout is available in the Knowledge Center for Health Sciences Library circulating collections and course reserves materials.
  • Properly worn face coverings are required at all times in all University buildings—including all library study spaces—as part of the Columbia Community Health Compact.

Library staff remains committed to ensuring uninterrupted access to the services and resources needed to support teaching, learning, and research during this time. Please visit the library’s website often for updates.


Face Coverings (updated Apr. 15, 2022)

Based on the current situation and in an abundance of caution, non-cloth masks will be required in classrooms beginning Monday morning April 11, 2022. This mandatory masking policy applies to classrooms only and is expected to remain in place for the few remaining weeks of our spring semester.

Masking is optional outside of classrooms except for healthcare workers, who are required to mask in healthcare settings. However, the following are clarifications as they relate to CUIMC. 

  • All faculty, staff, and students who are in direct contact with patients or in direct contact with providers who see patients shall continue to need to wear masks. 
  • All faculty, staff, and students who are working in or who will enter NYP buildings must continue to wear masks. 

Please respect everyone's choices.

Meals and Gathering/Events Guidance (updated Mar. 7, 2022)

Eating/drinking onsite (indoors or outdoors) is allowed at gatherings with minimal removal of masks. Masks may only be removed to eat or drink. Please put masks back on between bites and sips. (Eating in classrooms is generally not encouraged.)

  • Academic, research, and administrative gatherings are allowed with no capacity restrictions.
  • Social gatherings are allowed with no capacity restrictions.

Public Area Signage

Facilities Management and Campus Services is responsible for purchasing and installing COVID-19 related signage in building entries and lobbies across the medical center conveying recommended safety measures to keep campus buildings and the CUIMC community safe. For questions about public area signage or to report an issue with any public area signage, please contact the CUIMC Facilities Customer Service Center at 212-305-HELP (4357), option 3, or at cumc.facilities@columbia.edu.

CUIMC schools/colleges, central units, departments, and clinical practice sites will be responsible for providing their site-specific signage. They may contact Columbia Print to review and request any customized signage. CUIMC schools/colleges, central units, and clinical practice sites located on campus should submit a work order request to Facilities Management if specific signage installation requires hardware.

Student Health on Haven

CUIMC Student Health on Haven resumed limited in-person Medical Services. It is not currently accepting any walk-ins and is staggering appointment times to avoid having multiple patients in the waiting area. All other Student Health on Haven services are still being offered through a virtual service delivery model. 

View the latest hours and updates

Visitor Guidelines for Spring 2022 (updated Apr. 15, 2022)

All visitors (except children 5 years of age and under), including those who enter any campus facility for any period, must be vaccinated and show proof of a primary vaccination series. Schools or departments are expected to ensure compliance of invited visitors prior to their arrival at a Columbia facility.

Additional information on the specific categories of visitors and related restrictions and approval processes can be found in the Visitor Guidelines for Spring 2022.

  • All approved visitors are expected to comply with the University’s health and safety policies.
  • Once visitors are approved through the appropriate University/School approval processes, all CUIMC visitors should be registered by emailing ps-mc-guestaccessrequests@columbia.edu at least 24 hours in advance. In the email, include the date/time and building/floor the visitor will be visiting as well who should be notified when they arrive, including a phone number.

Read the full Visitor Guidelines for Spring 2022.