COVID-19 Information for Students

Information on returning to campus, including public health guidance for students, can be found under Return to Campus: Employees and Students

Additional information, including what to do if you are a student with symptoms, can be found below. 

VP&S medical students may also access timely announcements and other relevant information via SharePoint (login required).


Testing & Daily Attestations

For up to date testing protocols, students may reference COVID-19 Testing for Students (Fall 2020) for up-to-date testing guidance.

To provide an additional layer of safety to the ongoing public health and preventive efforts, Columbia University will require an initial single COVID-19 PCR diagnostic test of all faculty, staff, and students who are returning to campus per New York guidelines. For more information, please see COVID-19 Public Health Protocols.

Additionally, as of June 22nd, all Columbia affiliates (students, faculty, and staff employees) returning to the medical center for any purpose or who are living in campus housing will be required to complete daily COVID-19 symptom attestations to ensure safety and prevent the spread of the virus. For more information, please see Symptom Self-Checking

COVID-19 Safety Training

As the ramp-up continues, an important requirement for everyone working on campus is to complete online COVID-19 safety training, before returning to their workplace, or as soon as possible for essential personnel. Principal Investigators, supervisors, and departments are responsible for ensuring that their personnel (faculty, staff, and students) complete the required training. Everyone will complete the Columbia Community Health Compact as part of this training.

Students with symptoms

For up-to-date guidance on self-isolation and quarantining, please reference the Coronavirus Isolation Guide for Students and the Coronavirus Quarantine Guide for Students.

If you are a student with symptoms (including cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, and/or loss of taste or smell), stay home and please schedule an appointment with Medical Services for a virtual consultation via our online health portal.

If your symptoms are mild, you may not need to seek in-person medical care. If you are a member of a higher risk group (including immunocompromised or severe chronic medical conditions) or your symptoms are severe, such as difficulty breathing, contact the CUIMC Student Health Service by calling 212-305-3400 (for after-hours assistance, press option 7).

Residential housing for students

Columbia University must significantly reduce the number of students in our residential buildings at the medical center. From a public health perspective, buildings such as Bard Hall present a challenge not only because of the large number of students in residence but also because of the number of shared bathrooms, showers, and kitchens, which increase exposure and would limit our ability to self-isolate any who are exposed or become sick.

For more detailed information, please read the FAQs on Student Housing and COVID-19 webpage and contact with further questions.

Student travel

See Travel Restrictions by Affiliate Type to learn more. 

  • Students should follow CDC recommendations and federal travel bans. Consider the possibility that it may be difficult to return from some locations. See CDC travel guidance.
  • All domestic and international travel for Columbia-sponsored travel (including conferences) is suspended for clinical and non-clinical students.

Contacts for each school


     Coordinated Doctoral Programs in Biomedical Sciences:

College of Dental Medicine

Mailman School of Public Health

School of Nursing

Coping with the stress of a pandemic: a mental health guide for CUIMC students

During this uncertain time, it is important for students to take care of their mental health. The CUIMC Student Health Service has created a webpage with resources for students to cope with COVID-19-related stress