On Friday, February 12, the following message was sent to all GS students regarding an important update for students planning to travel (this includes travel during the March 1-5 spring break.)
February 12, 2021
We hope your semester is off to a good start and that you are staying safe and well. As we near midterms and spring break, we write to share some essential information regarding travel and the Columbia Community Health Compact.
While we as a University community have been very successful in working together to keep everyone safe and to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus on campus, the number of cases in the United States and throughout the world remains a great concern. As such, it is essential for all students to remember and abide by the University’s restricted travel policies, which strongly urge students to avoid travel for all but instances of personal or family emergencies. This includes travel during the March 1-5 spring break. Traveling remains a high-risk activity, not only for you but for those around you, both at potential origin and destination points.
Students living in Columbia Residential housing or accessing campus
Students living in Columbia Residential housing or those planning to access campus who must travel during spring break for emergencies, urgent medical needs, or religious observation must comply with the below University requirements.
Travel by students must be registered via the Travel Form no later than February 19 in order to secure approval for specific plans. Failure to register and receive approval prior to travel will result in disciplinary action.
Students who reside in Columbia housing and travel during this period must comply with the applicable New York State (NYS) travel quarantine requirements, but University quarantine housing is not guaranteed upon return. Some students may be required to quarantine off campus prior to returning to Columbia housing and before participating in any applicable in-person instruction or on-campus activity.