COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information for Faculty and Staff

COVID-19 Guidance

Central COVID-19 resource including returning to campus information


How and where to get vaccinated in New York

New Work Environment
New Work Environment

Explore the resources for embracing our new work environment.

Research and Coronavirus
Research Activities

FAQs on conducting research, research operations, and sponsored projects

Campus Visitors

Visitor guidelines for Spring 2022

Travel and Coronavirus

Columbia travel guidelines for summer 2022

Key Resources

Learn about the types of Leaves of Absence if you cannot work — and the required approval processes. 

Take a Leave of Absence

HR Managers: Go to Managing Leaves of Absence.

Updated:12/29/2020, 1:00 p.m.

If you have not already, sign up for direct deposit of your paycheck via My.Columbia.

Updated:12/29/2020, 1:00 p.m.

Columbia Together

  • Read faculty and staff original stories of resilience
  • See images of working during the pandemic
  • Give a shout-out to essential workers

Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Reopening

Review a consolidated list of the most frequently asked questions related to campus reopening.

Go to FAQs


All Benefits FAQs, including those related to COVID-19 can be found on the Frequently Asked Questions - Benefits page.


Resources can be found on the Embracing Our New Work Environment website.


Time Off/Flex-Time

  • What options do I have to take a leave of absence?
    Learn about the types of Leaves of Absence if you cannot work — and the required approval processes. Learn more.

    HR Managers: Go the Toolkit for help with managing leaves of absence.
    (last updated: 12/29/2020)

  • I am unable to report to work due to school closure, or another family situation related to COVID-19. How will I be paid?  
    Columbia offers full-time and regular part-time employees a one-time allotment of up to 10 paid work days of COVID-Absence in these situations, in addition to any other available leave benefits under our existing University policies (including up to 56 hours under the New York Safe and Sick Leave Policy). Employees should submit requests for COVID-Absence to their managers. 

    Learn more about other University leave policies.
    (last updated: 12/29/2020)

  • I would like to alter my work schedule to travel during off-peak hours. What should I do?
    At the discretion of your School/Department leadership and your supervisor, you may request a flex-time schedule. For example, staggering the start and end time of your day to assist our city officials in reducing the amount of traffic at peak times on public transportation. All time reporting policies and processes remain in place, even if working an alternate work schedule.

    All University staff who can telecommute should speak to their manager to discuss options to telecommute
    (last updated: 3/31/2020)

  • What resources are available to help me adjust to working remotely?

Child Care

Information regarding caregiving resources can be found on the Work/Life website.