Coronavirus Updates

March 6, 2020

Updated March 9, 2020

As you learned from President Bollinger, in-class teaching is suspended for the entire University today and tomorrow, and online learning will commence on Wednesday and continue until further notice.  All non-classroom activities, including research, will continue in accordance with the new travel and events restrictions announced recently.  All school-sponsored in-person social events at CUIMC through at least April 4th have been canceled.

We will continue to update you as the situation evolves and encourage you to be in touch with us, and with the Center for Student Wellness with questions and concerns.

 

The COVID-19 situation is being very closely monitored and local, national, and international public health measures are being taken to mitigate the spread of illness.  Columbia also has a new website that is a hub for all COVID-19 information at the University.

At present, the following policies have been set by the University and CUIMC:

  • Students with symptoms should not attend class or participate in research work and should call CUIMC Student Health Service at 212-305-3400.

Student travel

  • Students are required to comply with the Provost’s guidance relating to reporting travel to countries with a high burden of COVID as determined by the Centers for Disease Control
  • Spring break personal travel: no restrictive mandates for students other than following CDC recommendations and federal travel bans, but we are urging you to monitor your health and self-report to the Office of Graduate Affairs (email  ym2183@cumc.columbia.edu) if traveling outside the US during your personal time
  • Columbia sponsored travel (including conferences): all domestic and international travel is suspended

School-sponsored social events

  • Per CUIMC policy, non-essential gatherings will be canceled for at least the next 30 days.  This includes all social activities organized by GSO and other Student Clubs which are sponsored by the Office of Graduate Affairs.   

Student learning

  • Classroom learning: Students in the classroom are presently unaffected.  The faculty is preparing contingency plans should classroom-based teaching be restricted or suspended that will involve distance learning using Zoom or an equivalent tool.  Course instructors will be in touch with specific plans if these plans are put into action.

We will continue to update you as the situation evolves and encourage you to be in touch with us, with your program directors, and with the Center for Student Wellness with questions and concerns.

Arthur Palmer, PhD
Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs

Yinghui Mao, PhD
Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs