How New York City Phase One Affects the University

Remote work arrangements for Columbia will remain in place. Unless you have been identified by your department as required to be on site, you should be working from home, and you should continue to do so.

By
Dan Driscoll
June 08, 2020

Dear Colleagues:

Governor Cuomo announced last week that New York City is on target to begin Phase One reopening, based on the New York Forward Plan, starting on Monday, June 8, 2020. While we welcome the news that New York City is about to meet the criteria necessary to protect public health and begin to reopen, it does not change the remote work arrangements currently in place for Columbia University.

Unless you have been identified by your department as required to be on-site, you should be working from home, and you should continue to do so. Nothing on that score changes on June 8. The temporary expansion of the telecommuting policy, to include union and non-union support staff, is still in place.

What Is Next

As Provost Katznelson recently communicated, there are four key working groups at the University, operating under the President’s Task Force at Columbia, focused on how to move forward responsibly. Working within the framework of the Governor’s New York Forward Plan and based on the guidance of the President’s Task Force, the University will soon communicate plans for moving toward more on-site activity, beginning with a ramping up of Research.

·Under the Governor’s order, the ramping up of on-site activity cannot begin before New York City enters Phase Two of the New York Forward Plan. 

For now, and until further notice, our current remote-work environment remains in place.

Across the University, and at every level of our organization, people are working diligently to ensure the University continues to operate and support the mission of Columbia.  We all remain profoundly grateful for everyone’s dedication to the University in these trying times.

Sincerely,

Daniel Driscoll
Vice President, Human Resources
Columbia University

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