Campus Messages

New hours at COVID Testing Site

February 24, 2021

Beginning Monday, March 1, the COVID Testing site located at 1312 S. Michigan Avenue, 1st floor, will be open Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
 
Testing for COVID-19 at 618 S. Michigan Avenue is Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Free COVID-19 testing is available at the College’s testing sites for Columbia students, employees, independent contractors and special guests/lecturers at the College. Testing is by appointment only at 844-766-3775. Based on availability, the schedulers will attempt to make your appointment at your preferred location.

  • CDC’s Updated Guidance on Mask Wearing - February 11, 2021

    New guidance on mask wearing was released today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with recommendations that focus on the quality of masks and their fit. 

    According to the CDC, when worn correctly, the mask should not have any gaps so that respiratory droplets cannot leak in or out around the edges. For optimal protection, masks should fit snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin allowing you to see and breathe easily.

    The CDC also recommends wearing cloth masks with multiple layers of fabric or doubling masks with a disposable mask underneath and the second cloth mask that fits snugly pushing the edges of the inner mask against your face. The CDC noted these changes should be adhered to in addition to following other safety protocols such as social distancing and proper hygiene.

    If you are visiting campus for class or use of facilities, please follow the updated CDC guidance for proper mask wearing. For more details on the best types of masks for layering and how to wear them together, please visit the CDC’s website.  

    CDC Tips for Mask Wearing 

    • Make sure your mask fits snugly against your face.
    • Pick a mask with layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others’ out.
    • Choose a mask with a Nose Wire to fit closer to your face.
    • Check that it fits snugly over your nose, mouth, and chin.
    • Add layers of material to your mask and make sure you can breathe easily. 
  • Update to COVID-19 Testing Requirements - February 10, 2021

    Dear students,

    This message is to inform you that as of February 15, the college will no longer accept third party test results. Any students who need to demonstrate they are negative for COVID-19 before returning to campus for in-person instruction will need to use the testing facility on campus as outlined in Columbia’s Spring Return to Campus Testing Requirements. Note: If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days, you qualify for a testing exemption. Visit the website for more information.

    COVID-19 test documents submitted prior to February 15 are acceptable and no further action is necessary.

    Free COVID-19 testing is available by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call 844-766-3775 (the phone line is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.). Based on availability, the schedulers will attempt to make your appointment at your preferred location.

    Locations:
    • 618 S. Michigan Ave., 101F
    • 1312 S. Michigan Ave., 1st floor
    Hours of Operation:
    • Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

    Student Health Center testing for symptomatic students seen by Student Health Center personnel will continue to take place at 916 S. Wabash Ave. Note: There is no walk-in testing. All testing requires either an appointment or a referral from the Student Health Center.

    Any other questions can be directed to deanofstudents@colum.edu.

    Kind regards,

    John Pelrine
    Dean of Students

  • CDC Expands the Definition of Close Contact - February 2, 2021

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has further defined what constitutes a close contact as it relates to COVID-19. Previously, close contact was considered being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a period of 24 hours. 

    Close contact has now been expanded to include those who have:

    • provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
    • had direct physical contact (hugged or kissed) with a person infected with the virus. 
    • shared eating or drinking utensils with a person infected with the virus.
    • been near an infected person who sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

    While wearing masks remains one of the best ways to protect ourselves and others, the close contact guidelines still apply even if both parties are masked. Individuals sharing a dwelling are also considered close contacts by the College.

    Additionally, per the CDC, an infected person can spread COVID-19 starting from 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19. However, if you were in contact with an individual prior to the noted 2-day window, you are not considered a close contact.

    How will I know if I am a close contact at Columbia?

    If an individual reports to the College they have tested positive for COVID-19, contact tracers will work with the person who tested positive to identify their potential close contacts. The potential close contact is then interviewed by a contact tracer to determine if they meet the criteria for close contact (as stated above) during the positive case’s infectious period. If it is determined the individual is a close contact, they will be asked to quarantine for 10 days after the last exposure without a test, and 7 days after receiving a negative test result (test must not occur before the fifth day of quarantining).

    How will I know about COVID-19 cases on campus?

    The College maintains a COVID-19 reporting dashboard reflecting the total number of positive tests and total number of active cases and close contacts on campus. In addition to posting data daily, the College sends emails directly to close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID-19. 

    If you think you have been a close contact, on campus or elsewhere, please notify securitycommand@colum.edu

  • COVID-19 Testing Available this Week - February 1, 2021

    Free COVID-19 testing is available by appointment only at the College's testing sites this week.   

      

     The hours of operations this week are:

    Monday – Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Thursday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.



    The testing sites are located at 618 S. Michigan Ave., 101F and 1312 S. Michigan Ave., 1st floor.

    To make an appointment, please call 844-766-3775 (phone line is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.). Based on availability, the schedulers will attempt to make your appointment at your preferred location.

    Testing for Symptomatic Students

    Students who are symptomatic should call the Student Health Center at 312-369-6830 for assistance. After screening by phone or telehealth visit, COVID-19 testing will be available by appointment for symptomatic students at 916 S. Wabash Ave, 5th floor. The Student Health Center offers COVID-19 testing to students who meet the criteria. Please visit the Student Health Center website for more information. 

    Who can be tested?

    Testing is limited to one test per week and is reserved for asymptomatic individuals who fall into one of the following categories:

    • Students living in the residence halls
    • Employees working on campus for at least part of the week
    • Students taking in-person and/or hybrid classes
    • Students and employees coming to campus for other reasons

    For additional information about the College’s testing requirements, visit the Spring Testing Requirements website.

     

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Update - January 29, 2021

    We are writing to update you about COVID vaccination options for members of the Columbia community. We remain committed to providing our community with as much information and resources as possible. As such, the college is still working with government officials on setting up vaccinations at Columbia. As we wrote last week, there is no certainty about when the vaccine will be available on campus. 

    As you may have read in the media, and as government officials have confirmed to us, there is not enough vaccine to meet all the current demand.

    Members of the Columbia community who meet the criteria for the current phase should explore community and healthcare system-based options for vaccination, as some of those entities likely will be supplied with doses before it becomes available to midsize employers like Columbia.

    Here are some options for vaccination shared with us by government entities:

    While it appears vaccination in our city and state is not a matter of if but when, it is important to stay vigilant about COVID precautions, including social distancing and mask-wearing.

    We will share information as it is made available to us. Thank you for your patience and for everything you continue to do to promote health on our campus.

    Ron Sodini
    Associate Vice President of Security
    Co-Chair, Incident Assessment Task Force
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    Laurent Pernot
    Chief of Staff
    Co-Chair, Incident Assessment Task Force

     

  • Free COVID Testing Tomorrow 9 a.m.–4 p.m. - January 29, 2021

    The COVID Testing site will be open tomorrow, Saturday, January 30 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 618 S. Michigan Ave., Room 101F. Testing is free and by appointment only, but you must schedule your appointment TODAY for COVID testing tomorrow. The COVID testing appointment phone line is not open on the weekends (phone line is open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.). Schedule an appointment today by calling 844-766-3775

    As a reminder, the College is requiring everyone to test before the start of in-person instruction.

    • Students are required to test no more than 5 days before returning to campus. (more)
    • Residential students must test 72 hours prior to their return to campus. (more)
    • Employees are required to test within the week of their return. (more)

    Free COVID-19 testing is available at the College’s testing sites Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. The new site is located at 1312 S. Michigan Ave., 1st floor, and the other testing center is located at 618 S. Michigan Ave., 101F. 

    Both testing centers are free and available Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. by appointment only at 844-766-3775. Based on availability, the schedulers will attempt to make your appointment at your preferred location.

  • New COVID-19 Testing Site Available to Students and Employees on Campus - January 28, 2021

    The College has opened a second COVID-19 testing site on campus and expands Columbia’s ability to meet the increased demand for testing while making it convenient to access for students and employees who work closer to the south end of campus.
     
    The new site is located at 1312 S. Michigan Ave., 1st floor, and the other testing center is located 618 S. Michigan Ave., 101F. Both testing centers are free and available Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. by appointment only at 844-766-3775. Based on availability, the schedulers will attempt to make your appointment at your preferred location.
     
    Testing at the Student Health Center for symptomatic students will continue to take place at 916 S. Wabash Ave. by appointment only at 312-369-6830. For employees with symptoms, testing is available via health care providers, or at public health sites and some commercial locations like CVS, which do not require health insurance. Please check with these providers. 
     
    The College recently announced mandatory testing for everyone ahead of the start of in-person instruction and is currently evaluating whether mandatory testing should be instituted for certain departments, programs or courses. Optional voluntary testing will be available throughout the spring semester, as it was available in the fall semester.

    To find information about testing locations, and Voluntary Testing, please visit the website. If you have any questions, please contact covid19info@colum.edu.  

  • COVID-19 Vaccinations - January 21, 2021

    (Announcement sent to faculty and staff)

    Hello,
     
    As the State of Illinois’ and the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 immunization plans come into sharper focus, we are writing to update you about plans to vaccinate members of the Columbia community.
     
    Our goal is to provide vaccines to our employees and students who wish to receive them, adhering to the priority groups designated by government health officials. Getting the vaccine is voluntary. More information about the vaccine is available here.
     
    The college will be a vaccination site for its employees and, when the time comes, students. There is no cost to members of the Columbia community to receive the vaccine. Vaccinations will be handled by our partner CareATC. The college will not be able to procure doses directly; we will receive doses from the State and/or City. There is no obligation to get vaccinated at Columbia. Employees who want to be vaccinated elsewhere can do so.
     
    We will be communicating with employees eligible for the vaccine under each phase. The college will be sending a confidential survey to help determine how much vaccine to apply for and help guide our planning for vaccination efforts on campus. The step of taking a survey is a recommendation of both health officials and our partners at Rush University Medical Center.
     
    Phasing of employee vaccinations
     
    Vaccinations are currently in what officials call Phase 1A, reserved for health care personnel and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. Immunizations of employees in Columbia’s Student Health Center have begun.
     
    Phase 1B is getting started next week. Per the State and City, Phase 1B includes our security personnel and all employees age 65 and over. We have had several meetings with health officials, and they have no projected dates for when these immunizations will take place.
     
    While the federal government released guidelines under which “education” was included in Phase 1B, it was left to state and local officials to define who was included. The State of Illinois and City of Chicago decided to include K-12 education in Phase 1B. Higher education is included in Phase 1C, which we have been told would likely begin later this spring or this summer.
     
    Because we have faculty and staff working in person with students now, we have renewed our requests made in 2020 that they be included in Phase 1B, a step that several states, including some of our neighbors, already have taken.
     
    Phasing of student vaccinations
     
    Under the City’s and State’s plan, students with health conditions making them more susceptible to COVID-19 will be eligible for the vaccine in Phase 1C. Other students will be eligible under phase 2. There is no available information as to when these phases will begin.
     
    Requirements for two-step vaccination
     
    Two doses of the vaccine will be required. It is likely that the Moderna vaccine will be used, which requires two doses, 28 days apart. If you choose to get vaccinated through the college, you must take both doses on campus. You cannot finish the process with another provider, and the college will not be administering second round vaccines to anyone who received their first dose via another provider. 
     
    Persons wanting to get immunized on campus should plan on being able to access campus for both doses. If a person will not be in the Chicago area 28 days after their first dose, they should not begin the immunization process at Columbia, and should instead make plans to be vaccinated in a locale where they will be available for both doses. This may apply to some employees and students if we receive doses to administer close to the end of the semester, and may apply to students and employees who may leave the Chicago area less than 28 days after they would receive their first dose. We will share more information on this as it becomes available.
     
    Vaccination planning survey
     
    You will be receiving a separate email containing a brief survey which is designed to determine the percentage of Columbia employees interested in receiving the vaccine on campus. Students will be surveyed at a later date. The email will be sent from the office of Institutional Effectiveness with the subject line, “COVID-19 Vaccination Survey.”

    Ron Sodini
    Associate Vice President of Security
    Co-Chair, Incident Assessment Task Force

    Laurent Pernot
    Chief of Staff
    Co-Chair, Incident Assessment Task Force

    ADDENDUM
     
    Below is an overview of phases provided by the City of Chicago, which is identical to the State’s phasing plan. 
     
    NOTE: Both the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois are defining “education” under Phase 1B as K-12 employees; higher education employees who are not 65 years old or more, and those not involved in security, are not included in Phase B. They are instead included in Phase 1C. Students with underlying conditions are included in Phase 1C. Other students are in Phase 2.

    Vaccine Phases

     

  • Important Campus Card information - January 21, 2021

    Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

    To ensure a safe community for everyone, we wish to remind you that a Campus Card is required to enter any Columbia owned building. If you have not received a Campus Card yet or you have lost your Campus Card, please read the instructions below to obtain a card.

    Campus Card distribution is currently open through February 5, 2021, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Campus Card distribution is located on the Wabash side of 33 E. Ida B. Wells Drive.

    No appointment is required during Campus Card distribution. We strongly encourage you to ensure you have a Campus Card while Campus Card distribution is open. After February 5, an advance appointment will be required to obtain a Campus Card and appointment times will be limited to maintain social distancing in the Campus Card Office.

    • If you are a new student, faculty member, or employeeYou should have received an email with the subject line “About Your Campus Card.” Use the link in the email to upload your Campus Card photo for review. You will be able to stop by Campus Card distribution one business day after you receive an email that your photo was approved. If you did not receive the “About Your Campus Card” email, please reach out to Columbia Central at columbiacentral@colum.edu.
    • If you were previously issued a Campus Card and misplaced itYou must pay the $25 replacement fee located under “What if I need to replace my card?” on the Campus Card webpage. Once you have paid your replacement fee, bring your payment receipt to Campus Card distribution to receive a new Campus Card.

    Please be aware that visiting Campus Card distribution requires you to comply with Columbia’s COVID-19 testing requirements.

    If you have any questions regarding your Campus Card, please contact Columbia Central at columbiacentral@colum.edu.

     

  • Revised Chicago Emergency Travel Order and Campus Testing Policy - January 21, 2021

    The City of Chicago has revised its Emergency Travel order related to anyone coming into Chicago from designated states with a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19. Under the city’s new system, a state will be placed in two color categories—Orange or Yellow—based on the status of outbreak in the state.

    Effective January 15, 2021, anyone arriving in Chicago from a state designated as Orange will be required to:

    • Test negative for COVID no longer than 72 hours BEFORE your arrival in Chicago; OR 
    • Test negative for COVID no longer than 72 hours AFTER your arrival in Chicago and quarantine while you wait to test and for the test result; OR
    • Quarantine for ten (10) days after your arrival in Chicago.

    This does not apply to individuals who live in states designated as Orange and regularly commute to Chicago for work or school. Students traveling from an Orange state will not be allowed to quarantine in their campus residence.
     
    The College’s testing site is located at 618 S. Michigan Ave. To make an appointment for testing, call 844-766-3775. 
     
    If you are not being tested at the College, you will need to provide your negative test result. Students can upload their negative test results to their MedProctor account and employees can submit their COVID-19 test results directly to Human Resources at humanresources@colum.edu.  
     
    Employees who are planning to travel should consult with their supervisors and HR to make necessary arrangements for returning to work and complete the College’s travel form prior to travel.

    The College’s Daily Pre-Check has been updated to reflect the City of Chicago’s latest modification to its Travel Order. Please be aware of the change to the Daily Pre-Check question upon entry to campus.

  • Student Forums with President Kwang-Wu Kim - January 15, 2021

    President Kwang-Wu Kim will host additional Zoom forums for students for the spring semester. The discussion will focus on plans related to hybrid instruction, updated COVID-19 testing and reporting guidance, and other topics. 

    Meeting capacity is limited, so to ensure that as many different voices as possible are heard in these conversations, we ask that individuals register for only one session. During registration, you will be given the opportunity to submit a question in advance of the conversation.
     
    Forum dates, times, and registration links are listed below:

  • Faculty and Staff Forums with President Kwang-Wu Kim - January 15, 2021

    President Kwang-Wu Kim will host additional Zoom forums for faculty and staff for the spring semester. The discussion will focus on plans related to hybrid instruction, updated COVID-19 testing and reporting guidance, and other topics. 
     
    Meeting capacity is limited, so to ensure that as many different voices as possible are heard in these conversations, we ask that individual staff and faculty members register for only one session. During registration, you will be given the opportunity to submit a question in advance of the conversation.
     
    Forum dates, times, and registration links are listed below:

  • REMINDER: All Students - New Return to Campus Testing Requirements - January 11, 2021

    Dear students, 

    Below are important announcements pertaining to COVID-19 testing, including some testing requirements on campus in January. 

    The College will implement testing as follows (see details further below): 

    Additional requirements apply if you are one of the following:

    Students not living in residence halls who arrive in Chicago from “orange” and “red” states: 

    • Mandatory testing and/or quarantine for students returning to Chicago from states designated as “orange” or “red” as required by the City of Chicago’s interim guidance for college students. 

    Residence Hall Students (details to follow in a separate email): 

    • All students returning to the residence halls will need to upload a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to the residence halls and will need to have quarantined for 10 days prior to return.
    • NOTE: Regardless of travel or symptoms, ALL residents who are currently in the dorms must get tested by 5:00 p.m., January 11.

    If you were not on campus in the fall, you will also need to do the COVID-19 training:  

    Individuals who are coming to campus for the first time this academic year must also complete the mandatory Together, Columbia training, quiz, and attestation before you are allowed to enter campus. Information on meeting this requirement can be found here. Individuals who did the training, quiz, and attestation in the summer and fall do not need to do it again. Note everyone who visits campus will need to complete the Daily Pre-check every time they visit campus. 

    Testing Everyone Returning to Campus 

    To continue promoting health and safety on campus, the College will require everyone with a presence on campus to be tested for COVID-19 after the holiday break and ahead of the beginning of in-person instruction.

    All students with in-person classes, all students in the residence halls, and all students who plan on visiting campus for another reason will need to be tested. 

    The CareStart rapid test by Access Bio will now be used for testing, which gives results within 30 minutes. Positive COVID tests will be confirmed with a PCR test, per CDC guidance and our consultation with COVID-19 experts at Rush University Medical Center and University of Chicago. 

    Depending on the timing of a person’s arrival and date of first class, a person may require two tests. Failure to comply with this safety requirement will make individuals subject to discipline. 

    All Student Testing 

    All students who plan to be on campus during the semester, regardless of where they live, and regardless of when they returned to Chicago, must produce a negative test prior to their first in-person class or campus visit of the semester. 

    All students with an in-person class or who plan on being on campus for other reasons must be tested no more than 5 days prior to their first in-person class or their visit to campus for another reason during the semester. 

    Students can satisfy this requirement in one of two ways: 

    • Upload a negative test to MedProctor that show a negative result for a test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of their first class. The test must be uploaded before the class takes place. PCR and antigen tests are acceptable. Antibody tests are not acceptable. Instructions on how to upload your negative test results can be found here or; 
    • Get tested on campus no more than 5 days before their first time on campus for the semester (that is, no more than 5 days before a student’s first in-person class of the semester, or, if they do not have an in-person class but plan on using campus facilities, no more than 5 before their visit to campus. For appointments, call 844-766-3775. 

    Students’ IDs will remain on (and therefore allow access to campus), but students with a record of being on campus without having complied with the testing requirement will be in violation and subject to discipline. 

    Students should plan ahead and make appointments; while the college will increase testing capacity, appointments will be on a first-come, first served basis. There are no walk-ins allowed. 

    Depending on your date of return, students coming from “orange” and “red” states, and students moving back to the dorms (regardless of where they come from) may need to be tested twice: once upon initial arrival and once prior to the beginning of class.  

    However, those students returning from a “red” or “orange” state may be able to satisfy the requirements by getting tested only once if the date of their required return test (either an uploaded test or a test on campus) is no more than 5 days before their first in-person class or visit on campus. See below for information on the City of Chicago’s requirements for students arriving from “orange” and “red” states. 

    Students moving back to Chicago from “orange” and “red” states but not living in residence halls must comply with the City of Chicago’s guidance for return.
     
    For those coming from “red” states as designated by City of Chicago’s Travel Order, the City’s requirements are:

    EITHER:

    • Quarantine for 10 days prior to coming to Chicago with a method of documenting adherence [the college will do this by students certifying compliance via the daily pre-check] and provide documentation of a negative diagnostic test (i.e., antibody tests not acceptable) taken within 72 hours prior to or, if the Illinois Higher Education institution (IHE) can provide or arrange for testing, within 72 hours after arrival to Chicago/campus [see below]. If test results are pending on arrival in Chicago, the student must quarantine until they can show documentation of their test result;

     
    OR

    • Quarantine for 10-days after arrival to Chicago.

     
    For those coming from “orange” states as designated by City of Chicago’s Travel Order, the City’s requirements are:
     
    EITHER:

    • Quarantine for 10-days after arrival to Chicago/campus.

    OR

    • Provide documentation of a pre-arrival negative diagnostic test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, or if IHEs can provide or arrange for testing, within 72 hours after arrival on campus. If tests results are pending on arrival in Chicago, the student must quarantine until they can show documentation of their negative test result.

     
    Students can satisfy the testing requirements above in one of two ways:

    • Upload a negative test to MedProctor that shows a negative result for a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to returning to Chicago. The test must be uploaded before you return. PCR and antigen tests are acceptable. Antibody tests are not acceptable. Instructions on how to upload your negative test results can be found below.


    OR 

    • Get tested on campus no later than 72 hours after return to Chicago. The test is free and conducted by appointment only at 844-766-3775. Students not living in residence halls who arrive in Chicago without having uploaded a negative test must quarantine until they get their on-campus test and the result of the test. Their test should be all they do outside their dwelling during that quarantine period; they should respect all precautions (wear a face covering, exercise social distancing) while traveling to campus for their test.

    If you have had COVID-19 previously: 90-day testing dispensation for people who previously had COVID-19 

    Per the CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health, individuals who have had COVID-19 may test positive again for 90 days even though they are no longer sick. If an individual has been cleared to return from COVID by the college, they are not required to be tested for 90 days. If a student or employee reported their prior COVID case to the college, they do not need to take any step, and they will not be found in violation of the testing rule if they last had COVID in the 90 days prior to their testing requirement. Someone who did not report their COVID case to the college must provide medical evidence to receive dispensation from the testing requirement for 90 days after they were sick. The 90 days is counted from the date of first symptoms, or the date of a positive test if the person was asymptomatic. This dispensation only applies to people who have remained and remain asymptomatic since their recovery. People experiencing new symptoms should seek medical attention. 

    Possible Additional testing in some academic departments 

    The college is currently evaluating whether mandatory testing should be instituted for certain departments, programs or courses. Information about any changes to testing regimens in departments will be announced in January. 
     

    To find information about testing locationsDaily Pre-check, voluntary testing, and how to upload test results to MedProctor, please visit the website

    If you have any questions, please contact covid19info@colum.edu.  

  • REMINDER: Employees - New Return to Campus Testing Requirements - January 11, 2021

    Dear faculty and staff, 

    Below are important announcements pertaining to COVID-19 testing, including some testing requirements on campus in January. 

    The College will implement testing as follows (see details further below): 

    Employees who traveled to an “orange” and/or “red” state for any reason over the break: 

    If you were not on campus in the fall, you will also need to do the COVID-19 training: 

    Individuals who are coming to campus for the first time this academic year must also complete the mandatory Together, Columbia training, quiz, and attestation before you are allowed to enter campus. Information on meeting this requirement can be found here. Individuals who did the training, quiz, and attestation in the summer and fall do not need to do it again. Note everyone who visits campus will need to complete the Daily Pre-check every time they visit campus. 

    Testing Everyone Returning to Campus 

    To continue promoting health and safety on campus, the College will require everyone with a presence on campus to be tested for COVID-19 after the holiday break and ahead of the beginning of in-person instruction. 

    All employees and contractors with any on-campus presence, all students with in-person classes, all students in the residence halls, and all students and employees who plan on visiting campus for another reason will need to be tested. 

    The CareStart rapid test by Access Bio will now be used for testing, which gives results within 30 minutes. Positive COVID tests will be confirmed with a PCR test, per CDC guidance and our consultation with COVID-19 experts at Rush University Medical Center and University of Chicago. 

    Depending on the timing of a person’s arrival and date of first class, a person may require two tests. Failure to comply with this safety requirement will make individuals subject to discipline. 

    Employee Testing 

    All employees will have to be tested the week during which they return to campus. While a negative test is not required prior to returning to campus, employees must get tested during the work week in which they return (e.g., someone returning Monday, January 4 must get tested by end of day on Friday, January 8, and someone returning Friday, January 8 must get tested on Friday, January 8 or before). 

    Employees may get tested on campus (by appointment at 844-766-3775). While IDs will stay “green” and employees will be allowed access to campus without having been tested first, the college will check records weekly to ensure employees have complied with the above requirements.  

    Contractor Testing 
    Third-party employees with regular on-campus presence will also be required to test by January 15. This applies, for instance, to contracted employees in IT, security, and facilities services. Contracted employees who need to be tested will be contacted by the relevant department. 

    If you have had COVID-19 previously: 90-day testing dispensation for people who previously had COVID-19 

    Per the CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health, individuals who have had COVID-19 may test positive again for 90 days even though they are no longer sick. If an individual has been cleared to return from COVID by the college, they are not required to be tested for 90 days. If a student or employee reported their prior COVID case to the college, they do not need to take any step, and they will not be found in violation of the testing rule if they last had COVID in the 90 days prior to their testing requirement. Someone who did not report their COVID case to the college must provide medical evidence to receive dispensation from the testing requirement for 90 days after they were sick. The 90 days is counted from the date of first symptoms, or the date of a positive test if the person was asymptomatic. This dispensation only applies to people who have remained and remain asymptomatic since their recovery. People experiencing new symptoms should seek medical attention.

    Reporting Travel 

    All employee travel should be reported even if the employee’s destination is not currently listed as restricted on the City of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order. To access the college's travel form, log in to MyC Self-Service and select "Time Reporting" then "Travel."  

    Possible Additional testing in some academic departments 

    The college is currently evaluating whether mandatory testing should be instituted for certain departments, programs or courses. Information about any changes to testing regimens in departments will be announced in January. 

    What about Students?

    • All students will be required to produce a negative test no more than 5 days prior to their first in-person class. 
    • Students in the residence halls will be require to provide a negative test prior to moving back in after the break. 
    • Students staying in the residence halls over the break will be required to be tested in early January. 
    • Students not living on campus who return form "orange" and "red" states will be required to quarantine and/or produce a negative test upon return to Chicago, per the city's order.


    To find information about testing locationsDaily Pre-check, and Voluntary Testing, please visit the website.  

    If you have any questions, please contact covid19info@colum.edu.

  • REMINDER: Residence Hall Students - January 4, 2021

    Dear Residence Hall Students:  

    Below are important announcements pertaining to COVID-19 testing, which are specific to students living in Columbia's residence halls.

    In addition to the previous message you received regarding testing everyone returning to campus and all student testing, below are additional requirements for students living in residence halls. 

    Additional requirements for students living in residence halls:  

    • All students returning to the residence halls will need to upload a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to the residence halls and will need to have quarantined for 10 days prior to return.
    • Students staying in the residence halls over the break will need to be tested in early January. 

    Residence Hall students moving out for winter break must upload negative test before return. 

    All residence hall students who leave their student residence for the winter break will be required to upload a negative test to their MedProctor account prior to returning. The negative test should be dated no more than three days prior to the student’s return. PCR and antigen tests are acceptable. Antibody tests are not acceptable. 

    Students with extenuating circumstances preventing them from taking the diagnostic test before arriving in Chicago should contact the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@colum.edu

    Please note: Residence Hall IDs will be turned off and will only be turned back on once the test upload requirement has been fulfilled. Students who were not able to upload a negative test to MedProctor must physically bring in proof of their negative test in order to move back in. 

    Students can satisfy the testing requirements above in one of two ways: 

    • Upload a negative test to MedProctor that shows a negative result for a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to returning to Chicago. The test must be uploaded before you return. PCR and antigen tests are acceptable. Antibody tests are not acceptable. Instructions on how to upload your negative test results can be found here

    OR 

    • Get tested on campus no later than 72 hours after return to Chicago. The test is free and conducted by appointment only at 844-766-3775. Students not living in residence halls who arrive in Chicago without having uploaded a negative test must quarantine until they get their on-campus test and the result of the test. Their test should be all they do outside their dwelling during that quarantine period; they should respect all precautions (wear a face covering, exercise social distancing) while traveling to campus for their test. 

    Students who remain in their campus residence over the break will test on campus the first week of January. 

    Residential students who remain in their rooms over the winter break are required to test on campus between January 6 and January 8. The test is free and conducted by appointment only at 844-766-3775.  

    If you have had COVID-19 previously: 90-day testing dispensation for people who previously had COVID-19 

    Per the CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health, individuals who have had COVID-19 may test positive again for 90 days even though they are no longer sick.  

    If an individual has been cleared to return from COVID by the college, they are not required to be tested for 90 days.  

    If a student or employee reported their prior COVID case to the college, they do not need to take any step, and they will not be found in violation of the testing rule if they last had COVID in the 90 days prior to their testing requirement.  

    Someone who did not report their COVID case to the college must provide medical evidence to receive dispensation from the testing requirement for 90 days after they were sick. 90 days is counted from the date of the first symptoms, or the date of a positive test if the person was asymptomatic. This dispensation only applies to people who have remained and remain asymptomatic since their recovery. People experiencing new symptoms should seek medical attention. 

     

    To find information about testing locationsDaily Pre-check, voluntary testing, and how to upload test results to MedProctor, please visit the website

    If you have any questions, please contact covid19info@colum.edu.   

  • REMINDER: All Students - New Return to Campus Testing Requirements - January 4, 2021

    Dear students, 

    Below are important announcements pertaining to COVID-19 testing, including some testing requirements on campus in January. 

    The College will implement testing as follows (see details further below): 

    Additional requirements apply if you are one of the following: 

    Students not living in residence halls who arrive in Chicago from “orange” and “red” states: 

    • Mandatory testing and/or quarantine for students returning to Chicago from states designated as “orange” or “red” as required by the City of Chicago’s interim guidance for college students. 

    Residence Hall Students (details to follow in a separate email): 

    • All students returning to the residence halls will need to upload a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to the residence halls and will need to have quarantined for 10 days prior to return.
    • Students staying in the residence halls over the break will need to be tested in early January. 

    If you were not on campus in the fall, you will also need to do the COVID-19 training:  

    Individuals who are coming to campus for the first time this academic year must also complete the mandatory Together, Columbia training, quiz, and attestation before you are allowed to enter campus. Information on meeting this requirement can be found here. Individuals who did the training, quiz, and attestation in the summer and fall do not need to do it again. Note everyone who visits campus will need to complete the Daily Pre-check every time they visit campus. 

    Testing Everyone Returning to Campus 

    To continue promoting health and safety on campus, the College will require everyone with a presence on campus to be tested for COVID-19 after the holiday break and ahead of the beginning of in-person instruction.

    All students with in-person classes, all students in the residence halls, and all students who plan on visiting campus for another reason will need to be tested. 

    The CareStart rapid test by Access Bio will now be used for testing, which gives results within 30 minutes. Positive COVID tests will be confirmed with a PCR test, per CDC guidance and our consultation with COVID-19 experts at Rush University Medical Center and University of Chicago. 

    Depending on the timing of a person’s arrival and date of first class, a person may require two tests. Failure to comply with this safety requirement will make individuals subject to discipline. 

    All Student Testing 

    All students who plan to be on campus during the semester, regardless of where they live, and regardless of when they returned to Chicago, must produce a negative test prior to their first in-person class or campus visit of the semester. 

    All students with an in-person class or who plan on being on campus for other reasons must be tested no more than 5 days prior to their first in-person class or their visit to campus for another reason during the semester. 

    Students can satisfy this requirement in one of two ways: 

    • Upload a negative test to MedProctor that show a negative result for a test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of their first class. The test must be uploaded before the class takes place. PCR and antigen tests are acceptable. Antibody tests are not acceptable. Instructions on how to upload your negative test results can be found here or; 
    • Get tested on campus no more than 5 days before their first time on campus for the semester (that is, no more than 5 days before a student’s first in-person class of the semester, or, if they do not have an in-person class but plan on using campus facilities, no more than 5 before their visit to campus. For appointments, call 844-766-3775. 

    Students’ IDs will remain on (and therefore allow access to campus), but students with a record of being on campus without having complied with the testing requirement will be in violation and subject to discipline. 

    Students should plan ahead and make appointments; while the college will increase testing capacity, appointments will be on a first-come, first served basis. There are no walk-ins allowed. 

    Depending on your date of return, students coming from “orange” and “red” states, and students moving back to the dorms (regardless of where they come from) may need to be tested twice: once upon initial arrival and once prior to the beginning of class.  

    However, those students returning from a “red” or “orange” state may be able to satisfy the requirements by getting tested only once if the date of their required return test (either an uploaded test or a test on campus) is no more than 5 days before their first in-person class or visit on campus. See below for information on the City of Chicago’s requirements for students arriving from “orange” and “red” states. 

    Students moving back to Chicago from “orange” and “red” states but not living in residence halls must comply with the City of Chicago’s guidance for return.
     
    For those coming from “red” states as designated by City of Chicago’s Travel Order, the City’s requirements are:

    EITHER:

    • Quarantine for 10 days prior to coming to Chicago with a method of documenting adherence [the college will do this by students certifying compliance via the daily pre-check] and provide documentation of a negative diagnostic test (i.e., antibody tests not acceptable) taken within 72 hours prior to or, if the Illinois Higher Education institution (IHE) can provide or arrange for testing, within 72 hours after arrival to Chicago/campus [see below]. If test results are pending on arrival in Chicago, the student must quarantine until they can show documentation of their test result;

     
    OR

    • Quarantine for 10-days after arrival to Chicago.

     
    For those coming from “orange” states as designated by City of Chicago’s Travel Order, the City’s requirements are:
     
    EITHER:

    • Quarantine for 10-days after arrival to Chicago/campus.

    OR

    • Provide documentation of a pre-arrival negative diagnostic test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, or if IHEs can provide or arrange for testing, within 72 hours after arrival on campus. If tests results are pending on arrival in Chicago, the student must quarantine until they can show documentation of their negative test result.

     
    Students can satisfy the testing requirements above in one of two ways:

    • Upload a negative test to MedProctor that shows a negative result for a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to returning to Chicago. The test must be uploaded before you return. PCR and antigen tests are acceptable. Antibody tests are not acceptable. Instructions on how to upload your negative test results can be found below.


    OR 

    • Get tested on campus no later than 72 hours after return to Chicago. The test is free and conducted by appointment only at 844-766-3775. Students not living in residence halls who arrive in Chicago without having uploaded a negative test must quarantine until they get their on-campus test and the result of the test. Their test should be all they do outside their dwelling during that quarantine period; they should respect all precautions (wear a face covering, exercise social distancing) while traveling to campus for their test.

    If you have had COVID-19 previously: 90-day testing dispensation for people who previously had COVID-19 

    Per the CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health, individuals who have had COVID-19 may test positive again for 90 days even though they are no longer sick. If an individual has been cleared to return from COVID by the college, they are not required to be tested for 90 days. If a student or employee reported their prior COVID case to the college, they do not need to take any step, and they will not be found in violation of the testing rule if they last had COVID in the 90 days prior to their testing requirement. Someone who did not report their COVID case to the college must provide medical evidence to receive dispensation from the testing requirement for 90 days after they were sick. The 90 days is counted from the date of first symptoms, or the date of a positive test if the person was asymptomatic. This dispensation only applies to people who have remained and remain asymptomatic since their recovery. People experiencing new symptoms should seek medical attention. 

    Possible Additional testing in some academic departments 

    The college is currently evaluating whether mandatory testing should be instituted for certain departments, programs or courses. Information about any changes to testing regimens in departments will be announced in January. 
     

    To find information about testing locationsDaily Pre-check, voluntary testing, and how to upload test results to MedProctor, please visit the website

    If you have any questions, please contact covid19info@colum.edu.   

  • REMINDER: Employees - New Return to Campus Testing Requirements - January 4, 2021

    Dear faculty and staff, 

    Below are important announcements pertaining to COVID-19 testing, including some testing requirements on campus this month. 

    The College will implement testing as follows (see details further below): 

    Employees who traveled to an “orange” and/or “red” state for any reason over the break: 

    If you were not on campus in the fall, you will also need to do the COVID-19 training: 

    Individuals who are coming to campus for the first time this academic year must also complete the mandatory Together, Columbia training, quiz, and attestation before you are allowed to enter campus. Information on meeting this requirement can be found here. Individuals who did the training, quiz, and attestation in the summer and fall do not need to do it again. Note everyone who visits campus will need to complete the Daily Pre-check every time they visit campus. 

    Testing Everyone Returning to Campus 

    To continue promoting health and safety on campus, the College will require everyone with a presence on campus to be tested for COVID-19 after the holiday break and ahead of the beginning of in-person instruction. 

    All employees and contractors with any on-campus presence, all students with in-person classes, all students in the residence halls, and all students and employees who plan on visiting campus for another reason will need to be tested. 

    The CareStart rapid test by Access Bio will now be used for testing, which gives results within 30 minutes. Positive COVID tests will be confirmed with a PCR test, per CDC guidance and our consultation with COVID-19 experts at Rush University Medical Center and University of Chicago. 

    Depending on the timing of a person’s arrival and date of first class, a person may require two tests. Failure to comply with this safety requirement will make individuals subject to discipline. 

    Employee Testing 

    All employees will have to be tested the week during which they return to campus. While a negative test is not required prior to returning to campus, employees must get tested during the work week in which they return (e.g., someone returning Monday, January 4 must get tested by end of day on Friday, January 8, and someone returning Friday, January 8 must get tested on Friday, January 8 or before). 

    Employees may get tested on campus (by appointment at 844-766-3775). While IDs will stay “green” and employees will be allowed access to campus without having been tested first, the college will check records weekly to ensure employees have complied with the above requirements.  

    Contractor Testing 
    Third-party employees with regular on-campus presence will also be required to test by January 15. This applies, for instance, to contracted employees in IT, security, and facilities services. Contracted employees who need to be tested will be contacted by the relevant department. 

    If you have had COVID-19 previously: 90-day testing dispensation for people who previously had COVID-19 

    Per the CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health, individuals who have had COVID-19 may test positive again for 90 days even though they are no longer sick. If an individual has been cleared to return from COVID by the college, they are not required to be tested for 90 days. If a student or employee reported their prior COVID case to the college, they do not need to take any step, and they will not be found in violation of the testing rule if they last had COVID in the 90 days prior to their testing requirement. Someone who did not report their COVID case to the college must provide medical evidence to receive dispensation from the testing requirement for 90 days after they were sick. The 90 days is counted from the date of first symptoms, or the date of a positive test if the person was asymptomatic. This dispensation only applies to people who have remained and remain asymptomatic since their recovery. People experiencing new symptoms should seek medical attention.

    Reporting Travel 

    All employee travel should be reported even if the employee’s destination is not currently listed as restricted on the City of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order. To access the college's travel form, log in to MyC Self-Service and select "Time Reporting" then "Travel."  

    Possible Additional testing in some academic departments 

    The college is currently evaluating whether mandatory testing should be instituted for certain departments, programs or courses. Information about any changes to testing regimens in departments will be announced in January. 

    What about Students?

    • All students will be required to produce a negative test no more than 5 days prior to their first in-person class. 
    • Students in the residence halls will be require to provide a negative test prior to moving back in after the break. 
    • Students staying in the residence halls over the break will be required to be tested in early January. 
    • Students not living on campus who return form "orange" and "red" states will be required to quarantine and/or produce a negative test upon return to Chicago, per the city's order.


    To find information about testing locationsDaily Pre-check, and Voluntary Testing, please visit the website.  

    If you have any questions, please contact covid19info@colum.edu.  

  • Residence Hall Students: New Return to Campus Testing Requirements - December 23, 2020

    Dear Residence Hall Students:  

    Below are important announcements pertaining to COVID-19 testing, which are specific to students living in Columbia's residence halls.

    In addition to the previous message you received regarding testing everyone returning to campus and all student testing, below are additional requirements for students living in residence halls. 

    Additional requirements for students living in residence halls:  

    • All students returning to the residence halls will need to upload a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to the residence halls and will need to have quarantined for 10 days prior to return.
    • Students staying in the residence halls over the break will need to be tested in early January. 

    Residence Hall students moving out for winter break must upload negative test before return. 

    All residence hall students who leave their student residence for the winter break will be required to upload a negative test to their MedProctor account prior to returning. The negative test should be dated no more than three days prior to the student’s return. PCR and antigen tests are acceptable. Antibody tests are not acceptable. 

    Students with extenuating circumstances preventing them from taking the diagnostic test before arriving in Chicago should contact the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@colum.edu

    Please note: Residence Hall IDs will be turned off and will only be turned back on once the test upload requirement has been fulfilled. Students who were not able to upload a negative test to MedProctor must physically bring in proof of their negative test in order to move back in. 

    Students can satisfy the testing requirements above in one of two ways: 

    • Upload a negative test to MedProctor that shows a negative result for a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to returning to Chicago. The test must be uploaded before you return. PCR and antigen tests are acceptable. Antibody tests are not acceptable. Instructions on how to upload your negative test results can be found here

    OR 

    • Get tested on campus no later than 72 hours after return to Chicago. The test is free and conducted by appointment only at 844-766-3775. Students not living in residence halls who arrive in Chicago without having uploaded a negative test must quarantine until they get their on-campus test and the result of the test. Their test should be all they do outside their dwelling during that quarantine period; they should respect all precautions (wear a face covering, exercise social distancing) while traveling to campus for their test. 

    Students who remain in their campus residence over the break will test on campus the first week of January. 

    Residential students who remain in their rooms over the winter break are required to test on campus between January 6 and January 8. The test is free and conducted by appointment only at 844-766-3775.  

    If you have had COVID-19 previously: 90-day testing dispensation for people who previously had COVID-19 

    Per the CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health, individuals who have had COVID-19 will test positive again for 90 days even though they are no longer sick.  

    If an individual has been cleared to return from COVID by the college, they are not required to be tested for 90 days.  

    If a student or employee reported their prior COVID case to the college, they do not need to take any step, and they will not be found in violation of the testing rule if they last had COVID in the 90 days prior to their testing requirement.  

    Someone who did not report their COVID case to the college must provide medical evidence to receive dispensation from the testing requirement for 90 days after they were sick. 90 days is counted from the date of the first symptoms, or the date of a positive test if the person was asymptomatic. This dispensation only applies to people who have remained and remain asymptomatic since their recovery. People experiencing new symptoms should seek medical attention. 

     

    To find information about testing locationsDaily Pre-check, voluntary testing, and how to upload test results to MedProctor, please visit the website

    If you have any questions, please contact covid19info@colum.edu.   

  • All Students: New Return to Campus Testing Requirements - December 23, 2020

    Dear students, 

    Below are important announcements pertaining to COVID-19 testing, including some testing requirements on campus in January. 

    The College will implement testing as follows (see details further below): 

    Additional requirements apply if you are one of the following: 

    Students not living in residence halls who arrive in Chicago from “orange” and “red” states: 

    • Mandatory testing and/or quarantine for students returning to Chicago from states designated as “orange” or “red” as required by the City of Chicago’s interim guidance for college students. 

    Residence Hall Students (details to follow in a separate email): 

    • All students returning to the residence halls will need to upload a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to the residence halls and will need to have quarantined for 10 days prior to return.
    • Students staying in the residence halls over the break will need to be tested in early January. 

    If you were not on campus in the fall, you will also need to do the COVID-19 training:  

    Individuals who are coming to campus for the first time this academic year must also complete the mandatory Together, Columbia training, quiz, and attestation before you are allowed to enter campus. Information on meeting this requirement can be found here. Individuals who did the training, quiz, and attestation in the summer and fall do not need to do it again. Note everyone who visits campus will need to complete the Daily Pre-check every time they visit campus. 

    Testing Everyone Returning to Campus 

    To continue promoting health and safety on campus, the College will require everyone with a presence on campus to be tested for COVID-19 after the holiday break and ahead of the beginning of in-person instruction.

    All students with in-person classes, all students in the residence halls, and all students who plan on visiting campus for another reason will need to be tested. 

    The CareStart rapid test by Access Bio will now be used for testing, which gives results within 30 minutes. Positive COVID tests will be confirmed with a PCR test, per CDC guidance and our consultation with COVID-19 experts at Rush University Medical Center and University of Chicago. 

    Depending on the timing of a person’s arrival and date of first class, a person may require two tests. Failure to comply with this safety requirement will make individuals subject to discipline. 

    All Student Testing 

    All students who plan to be on campus during the semester, regardless of where they live, and regardless of when they returned to Chicago, must produce a negative test prior to their first in-person class or campus visit of the semester. 

    All students with an in-person class or who plan on being on campus for other reasons must be tested no more than 5 days prior to their first in-person class or their visit to campus for another reason during the semester. 

    Students can satisfy this requirement in one of two ways: 

    • Upload a negative test to MedProctor that show a negative result for a test taken no more than 5 days prior to the date of their first class. The test must be uploaded before the class takes place. PCR and antigen tests are acceptable. Antibody tests are not acceptable. Instructions on how to upload your negative test results can be found here or; 
    • Get tested on campus no more than 5 days before their first time on campus for the semester (that is, no more than 5 days before a student’s first in-person class of the semester, or, if they do not have an in-person class but plan on using campus facilities, no more than 5 before their visit to campus. For appointments, call 844-766-3775. 

    Students’ IDs will remain on (and therefore allow access to campus), but students with a record of being on campus without having complied with the testing requirement will be in violation and subject to discipline. 

    Students should plan ahead and make appointments; while the college will increase testing capacity, appointments will be on a first-come, first served basis. There are no walk-ins allowed. 

    Depending on your date of return, students coming from “orange” and “red” states, and students moving back to the dorms (regardless of where they come from) may need to be tested twice: once upon initial arrival and once prior to the beginning of class.  

    However, those students returning from a “red” or “orange” state may be able to satisfy the requirements by getting tested only once if the date of their required return test (either an uploaded test or a test on campus) is no more than 5 days before their first in-person class or visit on campus. See below for information on the City of Chicago’s requirements for students arriving from “orange” and “red” states. 

    Students moving back to Chicago from “orange” and “red” states but not living in residence halls must comply with the City of Chicago’s guidance for return.
     
    For those coming from “red” states as designated by City of Chicago’s Travel Order, the City’s requirements are:

    EITHER:

    • Quarantine for 10 days prior to coming to Chicago with a method of documenting adherence [the college will do this by students certifying compliance via the daily pre-check] and provide documentation of a negative diagnostic test (i.e., antibody tests not acceptable) taken within 72 hours prior to or, if the Illinois Higher Education institution (IHE) can provide or arrange for testing, within 72 hours after arrival to Chicago/campus [see below]. If test results are pending on arrival in Chicago, the student must quarantine until they can show documentation of their test result;

     
    OR

    • Quarantine for 10-days after arrival to Chicago.

     
    For those coming from “orange” states as designated by City of Chicago’s Travel Order, the City’s requirements are:
     
    EITHER:

    • Quarantine for 10-days after arrival to Chicago/campus.

    OR

    • Provide documentation of a pre-arrival negative diagnostic test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival, or if IHEs can provide or arrange for testing, within 72 hours after arrival on campus. If tests results are pending on arrival in Chicago, the student must quarantine until they can show documentation of their negative test result.

     
    Students can satisfy the testing requirements above in one of two ways:

    • Upload a negative test to MedProctor that shows a negative result for a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to returning to Chicago. The test must be uploaded before you return. PCR and antigen tests are acceptable. Antibody tests are not acceptable. Instructions on how to upload your negative test results can be found below.


    OR 

    • Get tested on campus no later than 72 hours after return to Chicago. The test is free and conducted by appointment only at 844-766-3775. Students not living in residence halls who arrive in Chicago without having uploaded a negative test must quarantine until they get their on-campus test and the result of the test. Their test should be all they do outside their dwelling during that quarantine period; they should respect all precautions (wear a face covering, exercise social distancing) while traveling to campus for their test.

    If you have had COVID-19 previously: 90-day testing dispensation for people who previously had COVID-19 

    Per the CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health, individuals who have had COVID-19 will test positive again for 90 days even though they are no longer sick. If an individual has been cleared to return from COVID by the college, they are not required to be tested for 90 days. If a student or employee reported their prior COVID case to the college, they do not need to take any step, and they will not be found in violation of the testing rule if they last had COVID in the 90 days prior to their testing requirement. Someone who did not report their COVID case to the college must provide medical evidence to receive dispensation from the testing requirement for 90 days after they were sick. The 90 days is counted from the date of first symptoms, or the date of a positive test if the person was asymptomatic. This dispensation only applies to people who have remained and remain asymptomatic since their recovery. People experiencing new symptoms should seek medical attention. 

    Possible Additional testing in some academic departments 

    The college is currently evaluating whether mandatory testing should be instituted for certain departments, programs or courses. Information about any changes to testing regimens in departments will be announced in January. 
     

    To find information about testing locationsDaily Pre-check, voluntary testing, and how to upload test results to MedProctor, please visit the website

    If you have any questions, please contact covid19info@colum.edu.  

  • Employees: New Return to Campus Testing Requirements - December 23, 2020

    Dear faculty and staff, 

    Below are important announcements pertaining to COVID-19 testing, including some testing requirements on campus in January. 

    The College will implement testing as follows (see details further below): 

    Employees who traveled to an “orange” and/or “red” state for any reason over the break: 

    If you were not on campus in the fall, you will also need to do the COVID-19 training: 

    Individuals who are coming to campus for the first time this academic year must also complete the mandatory Together, Columbia training, quiz, and attestation before you are allowed to enter campus. Information on meeting this requirement can be found here. Individuals who did the training, quiz, and attestation in the summer and fall do not need to do it again. Note everyone who visits campus will need to complete the Daily Pre-check every time they visit campus. 

    Testing Everyone Returning to Campus 

    To continue promoting health and safety on campus, the College will require everyone with a presence on campus to be tested for COVID-19 after the holiday break and ahead of the beginning of in-person instruction. 

    All employees and contractors with any on-campus presence, all students with in-person classes, all students in the residence halls, and all students and employees who plan on visiting campus for another reason will need to be tested. 

    The CareStart rapid test by Access Bio will now be used for testing, which gives results within 30 minutes. Positive COVID tests will be confirmed with a PCR test, per CDC guidance and our consultation with COVID-19 experts at Rush University Medical Center and University of Chicago. 

    Depending on the timing of a person’s arrival and date of first class, a person may require two tests. Failure to comply with this safety requirement will make individuals subject to discipline. 

    Employee/Contractor Testing 

    All employees will have to be tested the week during which they return to campus. While a negative test is not required prior to returning to campus, employees must get tested during the work week in which they return (e.g., someone returning Monday, January 4 must get tested by end of day on Friday, January 8, and someone returning Friday, January 8 must get tested on Friday, January 8 or before). 

    Employees may get tested on campus (by appointment at 844-766-3775). While IDs will stay “green” and employees will be allowed access to campus without having been tested first, the college will check records weekly to ensure employees have complied with the above requirements.  

    Third-party employees with regular on-campus presence will also be required to be tested. This applies, for instance, to contracted employees in IT, security, and facilities services. Contracted employees who need to be tested will be contacted by the relevant department. 

    If you have had COVID-19 previously: 90-day testing dispensation for people who previously had COVID-19 

    Per the CDC and Chicago Department of Public Health, individuals who have had COVID-19 will test positive again for 90 days even though they are no longer sick. If an individual has been cleared to return from COVID by the college, they are not required to be tested for 90 days. If a student or employee reported their prior COVID case to the college, they do not need to take any step, and they will not be found in violation of the testing rule if they last had COVID in the 90 days prior to their testing requirement. Someone who did not report their COVID case to the college must provide medical evidence to receive dispensation from the testing requirement for 90 days after they were sick. The 90 days is counted from the date of first symptoms, or the date of a positive test if the person was asymptomatic. This dispensation only applies to people who have remained and remain asymptomatic since their recovery. People experiencing new symptoms should seek medical attention.

    Reporting Travel 

    All employee travel should be reported even if the employee’s destination is not currently listed as restricted on the City of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order. To access the college's travel form, log in to MyC Self-Service and select "Time Reporting" then "Travel."  

    Possible Additional testing in some academic departments 

    The college is currently evaluating whether mandatory testing should be instituted for certain departments, programs or courses. Information about any changes to testing regimens in departments will be announced in January. 

    What about Students?

    • All students will be required to produce a negative test no more than 5 days prior to their first in-person class. 
    • Students in the residence halls will be require to provide a negative test prior to moving back in after the break. 
    • Students staying in the residence halls over the break will be required to be tested in early January. 
    • Students not living on campus who return form "orange" and "red" states will be required to quarantine and/or produce a negative test upon return to Chicago, per the city's order.


    To find information about testing locationsDaily Pre-check, and Voluntary Testing, please visit the website.  

    If you have any questions, please contact covid19info@colum.edu.  

  • End of Fall Semester and Looking Ahead

    December 11, 2020

    As we near the end of the fall semester, I am writing with my thanks and appreciation for your individual and collective fortitude in these challenging times. This year, finishing the semester feels like a particularly notable collective accomplishment. While we started the term with solid plans and protocols in place, we could not know whether external and internal circumstances might upend our best efforts. Thanks in large part to everyone’s commitment to our mutual safety, we have been able to minimize the negative impact of COVID-19 on Columbia.

    This of course did not happen without many adjustments along the way. Inevitably, some members of the community did become ill; the college remains committed to supporting them to the best of our ability and to continue doing everything possible to limit COVID-19 in our midst and maximize the safety of our campus environments. Although COVID-19 remains a fact of life and some community spread a chronic hazard, I am proud that the college did not witness the needless and large-scale risk-taking that made headlines at other institutions. That is more important than any precaution that we might put in place, and it stems from the respect for one another and the thoughtfulness that are hallmarks of the individuals who work, study, and reside here.

    Having said that, we realize that the current way of doing things is not what comes naturally to us, and in most instances is not the best way to deliver our academic programs or co-curricular offerings. Our goal is to gradually and safely restore as much as possible of the quintessential Columbia experience in every facet of campus life. We realize that COVID-19 will be a fact of everyday existence in our country, city, and campus for some time yet. But we are looking ahead to 2021, confident that we will soon have additional means of managing the coronavirus and that we will be able to make careful strides toward a resumption of familiar activities and routines. In particular, the apparently successful development and impending rollout of vaccines for COVID-19 gives us reason to hope that some expanded in-person activities, events, and (perhaps) performances can resume, on a modest scale, as early as the latter part of this coming spring semester - pending, of course, appropriate government approval and guidance and an improvement in the general public health situation.

    In the interim, in January the college plans to implement a new rapid COVID-19 test that will help us identify and isolate cases even more quickly than we did this semester. The new test can be more easily deployed in programs and courses whose classroom activities carry more risk of exposure and cannot be contemplated without a rapid, same-day test. This will allow us to expand certain in-person course offerings and experiences beyond what was possible in the fall semester. We will have more information to share about this as the spring semester nears.

    At the same time, and notwithstanding our hopes for the gradual resumption of smaller-scale activities, it seems clear at this point that the local and national health situation will still not be conducive to holding large in-person events this spring. Therefore, I must regretfully announce that we will not hold in-person Commencement exercises in May. We have the advantage this year of a longer time frame in which to design and execute a more complete virtual ceremony than we were able to offer in May 2020. A campus team is already planning such a virtual Commencement, in our usual multi-ceremony format, and with special ceremonies dedicated to the class of 2020 as well as 2021 graduates. Again, we will have more to say about this as our plans develop.

    As we plan for spring and fall semester, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community and to build on everything we have learned to date about how to work through COVID-19. Looking ahead to the fall, we plan to capitalize on the availability and distribution of the vaccine to offer an in-person fall 2021 class schedule on a par with pre-COVID offerings. Of course, this will be predicated on immunizations proceeding as forecast by experts, on the circulation of the vaccine having the hoped-for impact on case numbers, and on the subsequent lifting of current social distancing guidelines. We should all expect that regardless of the success of vaccines, some COVID precautions will remain in place in the fall and even beyond.

    Of course, we will be ready to adjust our plans as needed to take into account the public health situation and the complications that it creates for you and your families. We will continue to coordinate with public health agencies, consult with our experts at Rush University Medical Center and the University of Chicago, and closely monitor developments at Columbia and externally.

    Once again, I offer you my thanks and my hopes that you are well. Here’s to a rest-filled holiday season and to a new year full of renewed hope and possibility. Please stay safe.

    Sincerely,

    Kwang-Wu Kim
    President and CEO

  • Students returning to campus: How to upload your negative COVID test

    December 4, 2020

    If you are a student who is planning to return to campus next week from a city-designated COVID Orange or Red state, you will be required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago.

    This mandate, issued for higher education institutions by the City of Chicago, is effective immediately. It comes in addition to the existing Columbia requirement that everyone coming back to campus from an Orange and Red state must have completed a two week quarantine prior to returning.

    Students who are returning to campus next week should upload their negative COVID-19 test results to their secure Med Proctor account by following the instructions below.

    If there are extenuating circumstances preventing you from taking the diagnostic test before arriving in Chicago, please contact the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@colum.edu.

    All members of the community who travel to a restricted state will be expected to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine before returning to campus. All employee travel should be reported even if the employee’s destination is not currently listed as restricted on the City of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order. To access the college's travel form, log in to MyC Self-Service and select "Time Reporting" then "Travel." 

    Instructions for Uploading test results to MedProctor

    Visit https://secure.medproctor.com.

    If you’ve already registered with MedProctor to upload your required immunization documents:

    1. Log in with your existing username and password. Your username is your colum.edu email address (do not use your ID number, use the email assigned to you based on your name. For example, jdoe1@colum.edu, not 123456@colum.edu).
    2. Upload an image of your test results to MedProctor using the “Covid 19 Lab Results” option in the drop-down menu.

    If you haven’t used MedProctor before and need to register:

    1. Click “register” and create an account in MedProctor using your colum.edu email address (do not use your ID number, use the email assigned to you based on your name. For example, jdoe1@colum.edu, not 123456@colum.edu).
    2. Complete your MedProctor profile.
    3. Upload an image of your test results to MedProctor using the “Covid 19 Lab Results” option in the drop-down menu.

    If you have difficulty using MedProctor:
    You may contact MedProctor between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday:

  • New City Of Chicago Requirements For Campus Residents Returning From Restricted States

    December 2, 2020

    Based on new guidance issued for higher education institutions by the City of Chicago, all students returning from a city-designated COVID Orange or Red state are now required to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Chicago. This comes in addition to the existing requirement that everyone coming back to Columbia from an Orange and Red state must quarantine for two weeks prior to coming to campus.

    The College is putting in place a process to comply with the new City of Chicago documentation requirement. We will communicate further details explaining how students will need to submit test results to the college. If you are unable to take a diagnostic test before arriving in Chicago, please contact the Dean of Students Office at deanofstudents@colum.edu.

    All members of the community who travel to a restricted state will be expected to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine before returning to campus. All employee travel should be reported even if the employee’s destination is not currently listed as restricted on the City of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order. To access the college's travel form, log in to MyC Self-Service and select "Time Reporting" then "Travel." 

  • Update to City of Chicago Travel Order and Daily Pre-Check

    November 12, 2020

    The City of Chicago has revised its Emergency Travel order related to anyone coming into Chicago from designated states with a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19. However, Columbia will maintain its existing precautions requiring those who traveled to Chicago from such states, now defined as Red or Yellow states, to quarantine.

    Under the city’s new system, a state will be placed in one of three color categories— Yellow, Orange, or Red—based on the status of outbreak in the state and how it compares to Chicago’s data.

    Effective November 13, 2020, anyone arriving in Chicago from a state on the Red or Orange list will be required to quarantine for a 14-day period and must refrain from coming to campus. This does not apply to individuals who live in states designated as Red or Orange and regularly commute to Chicago for work or school.

    While the city’s Emergency Travel Order allows travelers from states designated as Orange to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result, Columbia will not. Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and security of our campus community, the College will be not be accepting a negative test result as an alternative means for entry to campus.

    Additionally, students traveling from a Red or Orange state will not be allowed to quarantine in their campus residence. Employees who are planning to travel should consult with their supervisors and HR to make necessary arrangements for returning to work and complete the College’s travel form prior to travel.

    The College’s Daily Pre-Check has been updated to reflect the City of Chicago’s latest modification to its Travel Order which goes into effect tomorrow. Please be aware of the change to the Daily Pre-Check question upon entry to campus.

  • Things You Need to Know About the Spring Semester

    November 2, 2020

    Dear Students:

    It’s time to start planning for spring semester! This message is about the upcoming registration process.

    • Take a look: the Spring 2021 course schedule is now available for everyone to view in MyColumbia.
    • Get ready: Registration opens for continuing students on November 9.
    • What’s in the mix: A blend of hybrid and remote instruction will continue; offering a mix of instructional modalities for students.
    • Timing matters:
      • All classes will be taught remotely the first week of the spring semester, January 25-30, and access to campus will be limited.
      • Campus will open for on-campus learning beginning February 1, the second week of the spring semester.
    • Not your typical ‘spring break’: Classes will be held during the week of March 29. Instead of a spring break week we are instituting “Making Week,” which will happen later in the semester. 
    • So what and when is Making Week? Making Week is a time for reading, study and creative work in preparation for end-of-semester critiques, productions, and performances, and it will happen May 3-8, before the final week of the semester. There will be no classes during Making Week, but all campus facilities will be open for independent student work.
    • When will the spring semester end? The last week of classes will continue to be May 10-15.

    More Details about Spring Semester Planning:
    Our planning for the spring is first and foremost informed by our expectations for the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessons learned from our own reopening planning. We anticipate that COVID-19 will continue to disrupt operations into the spring, and our course offerings will continue to prioritize on-campus learning in classes where campus access is either necessary to achieving learning outcomes or otherwise important to the learning experience. We will continue to offer a mix of courses and modalities that allows students to stay on track to program completion and graduation while adhering to our safety protocols.

    Adjustments to the Spring Calendar
    We expect that Chicago will continue to impose health restrictions on travel, including the requirement to quarantine if traveling from states of concern. Students living on campus will continue to need to meet Residence Hall protocols, and all students, faculty and staff will need to be in compliance with City health protocols to access campus.

    To facilitate full compliance with City health protocols, all classes will be taught remotely the first week of the spring semester, January 25-30, and access to campus will be limited. Campus will open for on-campus learning beginning February 1, the second week of the spring semester.

    We are also adjusting the spring schedule by eliminating the mid-semester spring break week. Classes will be held as normal during the week of March 29. Instead, we are instituting “Making Week,” a time for reading, study and creative work in preparation for end-of semester critiques, productions, and performances. Making Week will happen May 3-8, before the final week of the semester. There will be no classes during Making Week, but all campus facilities will be open for independent student work. The last week of classes will continue to be May 10-15.

    The Spring Schedule
    The schedule that is being released today includes some classes that require in-person experiences and many that are fully remote. We will continue to offer courses with and without required on-campus elements:

    • FULLY REMOTE (“WEB”): No required in-person activities. You still have access to campus facilities, but you can complete all course activities without utilizing them. If synchronous, you should expect that your class holds required meetings ONLY at the times listed on the course schedule. Asynchronous classes allow you to work at your own schedule.
    • HYBRID/FACE-TO-FACE: Some of the learning outcomes of your course require you to meet in person – to complete activities that can’t be done remotely, to use specialized equipment or facilities, or to complete the course experiences designed by your instructor. If you sign up for a HYBRID or FACE-TO-FACE class, you should plan to be in Chicago and on campus on the days and times designated in your course syllabus.

    Please visit the Columbia Central website for more information on course modalities and how to read the course schedule.

    In multi-section courses, where it is pedagogically appropriate there are both remote and in-person courses offered. Students should choose class sessions based on the modality that best fits their needs and comfort levels. Requests for accommodations for health reasons should be addressed to the SSD office (SSD@colum.edu).

    I encourage you to explore the schedule in preparation for registration. If you have questions, please connect with academic advising or your faculty – we are here to help!


    Sincerely,

    Marcella David
    Senior Vice President and Provost


     

  • Election Day

    November 2, 2020

    Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is Election Day. The campaign, compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic’s disruption of familiar routines and personal interactions, has been polarizing and, for some, emotionally stressful. It is therefore especially important at this time for the members of the Columbia community to be mindful of their own physical and emotional well-being, as well as that of others.

    Columbia will offer the following support services and programs over the course of the upcoming week:
     
    Counseling and Emotional Support for Students
     
    Columbia also recognizes this year’s election is a stressful time emotionally. Members of Counseling Services and Student Relations are available to support you:

    • Counseling Services (312-369-8700) and Student Relations (312-369-8595) can be reached between 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday.

    When calling Counseling Services or Student Relations, please leave a message with your name, MyColumbia ID number, the best phone number at which to reach you, a brief description of the reason for your call, and your availability during business hours to receive a call back.
     
    College dialogues
     
    Columbia’s Student Relations, Counseling Services, and Student Diversity and Inclusion offices will host the following events on Zoom to facilitate healthy dialogue related to the election:
     
    Monday, November 2, 3:00-4:00p.m.: Election Self-Care and Coping

    The 2020 presidential election has been divisive and challenging for many. As you prepare for Election Night and beyond, we are here to support you. Join us for a discussion about how to develop a pre-election plan for self-care.
     
    Staying Grounded in the Midst of Election Distress and Uncertainty: A Coping Plan and Self-Care Group

    This group will help you to:

    • Reflect on current and upcoming anxieties
    • Anticipate what may come in the days and weeks ahead
    • Develop a plan for managing Election Day stress
    • Develop general self-care practices to help with anxieties 
    • Create practical, emotional, and supportive preparation practices

    Wednesday, November 4, 4:00-5:30 p.m.: Processing the Election 

    REPEATED Friday, November 6, 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.

    Campus safety
    There has been speculation that the election results could spur demonstrations, protests, and celebrations.  In this uncertain moment, Columbia affirms its mission as an institution that prepares students “who will communicate creatively and shape the public’s perceptions of issues and events and who will author the culture of their times.”
     
    Columbia’s Safety and Security team will closely monitor the campus and neighborhood environment prior to, on, and after Election Day in the event that some off-campus gatherings and demonstrations are not peaceful.  Security is adding extra personnel and is in communication with the City of Chicago’s emergency operations center regarding necessary coordination and response.
     
    Please consider utilizing these support services, and contacting Safety and Security should the need arise at securitycommand@colum.edu

    For questions related to COVID-19 health and safety, please visit the Together, Columbia website

  • Chicago Curfew and Campus Building Hours

    October 23, 2020

    Due to a recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the city, the City of Chicago is reinstating its curfew on non-essential business in the city between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
     
    Based on the city's order no member of the Columbia campus community is allowed to enter a campus building after 10 p.m. To comply with the city’s order, campus community members are also encouraged to vacate campus buildings by 10 p.m. if possible, but can remain in a building until its regularly scheduled closing time if needed for work or classwork reasons.

  • COVID-19 Cases on Campus

    October 21, 2020

    We are writing to update you about some positive COVID-19 cases in the CTVA department that underscore the need for continued vigilance across campus on all our parts, and to update you on some additional measures that will be implemented by the college.
     
    Last week, an individual who participated in two different CTVA classes later became symptomatic and tested positive for COVID-19. They were in these classes during their infectious period. Our contact tracing process determined everyone was masked during those classes. Six individuals across these two classes were found through contact tracing interviews to have been close contacts of the positive case. This means that some participants, over the duration of the classes, spent more than 15 minutes in total closer than six feet of the person who was infectious. While we understand inadvertent contact closer than six feet can happen, this is the type of situation we must endeavor to avoid.
     
    The contact tracing team made all notifications, and close contacts went into quarantine. Per our regular process, the campus IDs belonging to those identified as close contacts have been turned off for the duration of their quarantine.
     
    Yesterday, we learned that one of these close contacts has tested positive for COVID-19, and it is possible the case stems from the exposure in one of the Cinema classes.
     
    This marks the first time we suspect a possible, positive on-campus transmission of the disease. This newest case will appear on the dashboard, but we wanted to make the possible connection to the earlier case in the department clear to everyone.
     
    The events of the past week have highlighted the need to remind ourselves of some important precautions and the need to introduce new ones:

    • Mask wearing is a critical component of our safety measures. No exceptions can be made to this, for any duration, in any instructional setting; this applies to both students and campus visitors.
    • Maintaining six-foot distancing is equally important. While there may be reasons to come closer than six-feet for practical or pedagogical reasons, such instances must be limited, and can never add up to more than 15 minutes. There must be a clear plan drafted in advance that is pre-approved by the department and the Office of the Provost for any class where there is an anticipated need for individuals to be closer than six feet (except when entering and exiting a room or incidental contact).
    • It is critical to note that the “15-minute within 6 feet” criterion in determining a close contact to a positive individual (where health authorities say the risk increases significantly) is a cumulative one. In other words, if someone is within 6 feet of someone else for a series of short or long intervals, they are still a potential close contact if those intervals add up to 15 minutes or more. Put another way: if, within a period of an hour or a few hours, you are within six feet of someone else for 2 minutes, then go apart, and are again within six feet for 8 minutes, then go apart, and then come within six feet of each other for 5 minutes, you will be considered a close contact if the other person is later determined to have been infectious. Importantly, you will be considered a close contact of a positive case even if you are wearing a mask.
    • While our enhanced air controls help us improve the safety of some spaces, they should not lull us into a false sense of security. Systems like Ultra-Violet Germicidal Irradiation are not intended to prevent contagion in a close-contact situation; the combination of masks and six-foot distancing are the best precautions for that.
    • Employees and students should always notify securitycommand@colum.edu if they are diagnosed or have been (or think they have been) a close contact of a positive case. This notification triggers contact tracing, the process in which you will help us to identify others who may have been exposed to you while you were on campus and may have been contagious. Please read more about who else you should notify and other rules pertaining to notification here.

    In addition, given this service is available to the college and that it is now becoming industry standard in such settings as film locations, we are, starting this week, requiring that all film production participants get tested once a week as a condition of continued participation in class production projects.

    The college is reviewing other classes where this requirement may also be instituted.

    Please note that testing never constitutes a sufficient precaution on its own, and that six-foot distancing and mask-wearing remain the most important barriers against COVID spread.

    Since the beginning of the semester, we have experienced relatively few on-campus positive cases of COVID-19. There have been 12 on-campus cases since August 24. Six have come in the past week. This comes in the context of growing infection numbers in Chicago, the region and the rest of the country. It is our belief that, with continued adherence with safety precautions and the ongoing consideration for each other that characterizes Columbia, we can successfully complete the fall semester.

    Thank you for your continued efforts and care.

    Sincerely,

    Marcella David
    Senior Vice President and Provost

    Laurent Pernot
    Chief of Staff, Co-Chair Incident Assessment Task Force

  • Update: Planning for Thanksgiving and the End of the Fall 2020 Semester

    October 20, 2020

    We are at the halfway mark to what is so far a successful fall semester. As the weeks have progressed, students have been able to use our campus to learn and create. With faculty guidance, they have participated in in-person study of dance techniques, come together as music ensembles, learned how to use specialized film and television production equipment and facilities, and accessed studio spaces necessary for creative learning. In short, our students are making important progress towards achieving course learning outcomes.
     
    As the City of Chicago continues to adapt to increased cases and positivity rates, and as our number of cases on campus remains low, we are optimistic that, if we remain vigilant and adhere to our safety protocols, we will continue to be able to offer on-campus instruction for some number of the remaining weeks of the semester. At the same time, the national conditions and the City’s Emergency Travel Order create challenges related to the Thanksgiving holiday, which will bring people together in groups and may involve travel.
     
    Because of these complications, and particularly the complications associated with the Emergency Travel Order, the College has determined that, with some exceptions noted below, instruction will be fully remote in weeks 13-15 (Nov. 30-Dec. 19). The residence halls will remain open, and residents should expect to receive specific information in the upcoming week. Academic facilities will also remain open, subject to the current safety protocols, throughout the end of the semester and into the new year. More information about facility hours in weeks 13-15 will be forthcoming.
     
    In a small number of courses listed here, we have determined that fully remote instruction will prevent successful delivery of course learning outcomes. In these few courses in cinema, dance, photography, television and theatre, in-person activities will be required in weeks 13-15, and all students who do not otherwise have an accommodation on file will be expected to participate. 
     
    However, anyone traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday will be expected to adhere to the city’s quarantine rules. Before returning from a restricted state, students living in the residence halls will need to quarantine, either at home or elsewhere in Chicago, as was required at the start of fall semester. All members of the community who travel to a restricted state will be expected to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine before returning to campus.
     
    Students who are registered for courses requiring in-person activities in weeks 13-15 are strongly encouraged to make plans for Thanksgiving that will make an interruption to studies less likely: avoid travel, continue to practice social distancing, and avoid group celebrations. Students in those classes will receive information directly from their department and faculty about the expectations for the remainder of the semester, and from the Registrar about the circumstances under which an incomplete may be available for students unable to complete required classwork.
     
    In the coming two weeks students will receive information about registration for spring semester, as we continue to plan creatively in response to the ongoing challenge.

    Sincerely,

    Marcella David
    Senior Vice President and Provost

  • Starting Today COVID-19 Testing Available Monday-Friday

    October 16, 2020

    Beginning today, the college is expanding availability of COVID-19 testing on campus to Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. through the end of the semester.

    Testing is available on a voluntary basis to employees and students on campus who are symptoms-free but would like to be tested for COVID-19. If you are asymptomatic, on-campus testing is available by appointment only. Employees and students should call CareATC at 844-766-3775 to make an appointment. The testing site is located on the first floor of 618 S. Michigan.

    Testing is limited to one test per week and is reserved for asymptomatic individuals who fall into one of the following categories:

    • Students living in the residence halls
    • Employees working on campus for at least part of the week
    • Students taking in-person and/or hybrid classes
    • Students and employees coming to campus for other reasons

    This testing service is not intended for the following situations:

    • Students and employees who experience COVID-19 symptoms
    • Students and employees who have been informed they were the close contact of someone with COVID-19

    If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:
    Employees or students with COVID-19 symptoms should stay home, self-isolate, and seek medical attention.

    Students with symptoms should contact the Student Health Center at 312-369-6830. Students must call to schedule an appointment; no drop-ins are allowed. The Student Health Center is equipped to provide testing to students with COVID-19 symptoms if determined advisable after a consultation with Student Health Center medical staff.

    For employees with symptoms, testing is available via health care providers, or at public health sites and some commercial locations like CVS, which do not require health insurance. Please check with these providers.

  • Update on the Fall Semester instruction

    October 7, 2020

    Dear students, 

    I want to start this message by thanking all of our students and faculty who have helped make the first few weeks of our fall semester re-opening safe and successful, by showing it is possible to learn and engage in creative practice while maintaining safety protocols. I speak for the entire campus leadership when I say thank you, and it is so good to be back together.

    As you may know from campus updates and local news, some on-campus learning has been postponed, first by the delayed installation of some safety equipment, and as the College and the part-time faculty union continued to negotiate some aspects of in-person instruction protocols. I am happy to report the College and our part-time faculty colleagues jointly reached an approach to continuing in-person instruction because we appreciate that our ability to be on campus together is invaluable to effective learning and, in many of our classes, required to achieve course goals.

    The agreement developed with the part-time faculty union allows some of those faculty scheduled to teach on campus this fall to request to change their courses to WEB-only format. This applies to a limited number of courses; we agreed that courses for which shifting away to WEB would be difficult or impossible to deliver key experiences and learning outcomes must remain in person. As a result, we anticipate that, with the union’s approval of our fall safety planning, most remaining classes will begin or continue on-campus instruction this week. The College will be in direct contact with any students in classes where modality is shifting to fully WEB later this week to notify you of the change. If you are notified about a change to fully WEB and have questions about how your class will proceed remotely, talk to your instructor. If you have questions about your revised course schedule, please reach out to college advising.

    Please stay tuned for further news, and please continue to stay safe.


    Sincerely,

    Marcella David
    Senior Vice President and Provost

     

  • Campus Facilities and In-Person Instruction Update

    September 25, 2020

    Here is an update on the announcement sent last week regarding the installation of the Ultra-Violet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) and air assessment in spaces scheduled to house certain activities that may create a higher potential COVID-19 risk than regular instruction.

    This extra precaution for certain higher-risk activities follows guidance of our COVID-19 experts from Rush University Medical Center and the University of Chicago, who recommend the best barriers against spread of the disease are enhanced cleanings and hygiene, reduced room capacities, six-foot distancing, and masks.

    Air Assessment
    The mechanical systems and HVAC expert retained by the college, RAM Mechanical Services Inc, has completed its air assessment. There were two components to RAM Mechanical’s analysis:

    Examination of 135 air handling units at Columbia
    These represent the totality of the HVAC units that serve all occupied (non-IT or non-mechanical spaces) spaces on campus. RAM experts inspected and surveyed all units to verify fresh air ductwork and volume dampers were present in each of the listed pieces of equipment. All dampers were verified to be functional and operational, and filters inspected to be properly installed and clean. In 1014 S. Michigan, one unit, which only serves part of the fourth floor and two instructional spaces, had a lower performance and was flagged for remediation. A second unit in the same building, which does not serve instructional spaces, also had a lower performance and will be remediated.

    Air assessment of spaces slated for higher-aerosol activities
    CDC guidance encourages organizations to review standards published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in assessing ventilation. ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2019 (“Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality”) establishes recommended thresholds, taking into account room size, occupancy, and planned activities.

    On the advice of our epidemiology and infection control experts from Rush University Medical Center and the University of Chicago, the college decided, as an added precaution, to conduct an additional air assessment for some campus spaces. This assessment focused largely on rooms that are home to activities that bring higher potential risk for COVID-19 spread.

    RAM Mechanical determined that all of the more than 70 instructional spaces examined exceed the ASHRAE standards, with the exception of the two rooms at 1014 S. Michigan noted above. These rooms are served by the same air handling unit and will be addressed.

    UVGI installation
    UVGI installation has been completed in the dance building (1306 S. Michigan), the theatre building (72 E. 11th), as well as the movement spaces at 916 S. Wabash. Installation is expected to be complete at the Media Production Center (1600 S. State) before the end of the weekend. UVGI installation has already begun in the music building (1014 S. Michigan) and will be followed by the lower level Audio Arts & Acoustics facilities at 33 E. Ida B. Wells. Because some spaces at 1104 S. Wabash, 618 S. Michigan, and 754 S. Wabash were only included in UVGI because of possible use for performances in future semesters, that work will take place last.

    The Provost and chairs will communicate shortly about next week’s course schedule.

    We appreciate everyone’s patience as we finalize these last elements of our COVID-19 safety plan and proceed with in-person instruction knowing these extra precautions have been implemented. For additional information, here is a copy of the Air Assessment report.

    Jerry Tarrer
    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Ann P. Kalayil
    Associate Vice President Facilities and Construction

  • Campus Update 

    September 19, 2020

    The college announced some updates yesterday, regarding the installation of Ultra-Violet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) and the assessment of our HVAC systems in certain spaces. Below, is an FAQ regarding the precautions the College is taking with this effort.
     
    Why is the college doing an air assessment?
     
    A team of college personnel have been working all summer to implement safety protocols and other plans for returning to in-person instruction in the fall. We have followed the COVID guidance from the CDC, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Chicago Department of Public Health, having several consultations with the latter. In addition, the college engaged health care experts from Rush University Medical Center—including Dr. John Segreti, Rush’s head of epidemiology and infection control, and consulted with Dr. Emily Landon, chief epidemiologist at the University of Chicago Medical Center, who has informed both the State of Illinois and City of Chicago Departments of Public Health COVID-19 response, as well as numerous other institutions across the country, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and other organizations.
     
    All of the experts were briefed on the College’s reopening plans, and the Rush group also did an in-person walk-through and personally assessed a variety of spaces.  
     
    These experts, who also met with faculty and staff leadership last week, have been clear that the most important things we should be doing—indeed, what they themselves are doing in their respective hospital and work spaces—is reducing density, physical distancing, mask-wearing, promoting good hygiene and sanitizing our spaces
     
    We also replaced our air filters with the highest-rated filters our systems could accommodate, as recommended by OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. From the onset of the pandemic, Columbia’s Facilities team has proactively assessed our infrastructure across campus. A detailed chart of those efforts can be reviewed here
     
    Even though neither the state nor city public health guidance recommend air assessments or UVGI, we asked our experts about ventilation. Their consistent answer was that, while important, ventilation was not a proven barrier like masks, distancing, cleaning and reduced capacity, and that the college was going beyond what they would recommend in installing UVGI.
     
    That is because the epidemiologists at Rush and University of Chicago have stressed COVID-19 is overwhelmingly primarily spread at close distance, in real-time, through heavier droplets that come out of the mouths of people who are not wearing masks, and the droplets quickly fall to the ground within 3 to 6 feet of the sick person. The part-time faculty union raised the issue of aerosolized spread of COVID-19 and those concerns were shared with our experts who have advised us that the primary concern for transmission of the virus is via large respiratory droplets.
     
    The Rush and University of Chicago experts have repeatedly emphasized that, at Columbia, air considerations are an added precaution to our social distancing, mask, hygiene and sanitizing measures, and only recommended for those spaces where certain droplet-producing activities take place, like singing and playing wind instruments, dancing, and certain aspects of theater and CTVA.
     
    What is it the air assessment is looking at?
     
    The college retained mechanical experts at Ram Mechanical Inc. to verify there is sufficient fresh outside air being brought into our systems, which they have done. They also are looking at airflows and air replacement rates in spaces like music, dance, theater and CTVA. That assessment is ongoing. Rooms in those spaces won't be cleared for use for certain activities (high-exertion, high-projection activities like singing and dancing or performing stage combat) until a room has been assessed and meets standards.
     
    Why isn’t the ventilation in all spaces being assessed by the college?
     
    Our medical experts from Rush and University of Chicago’s medical centers have been explicit that classroom activities like sitting and speaking is not the cause for potential concern, especially because we have drastically reduced room capacities, put in place six-foot distancing protocols, and required masks. The concern associated with other activities is remote, especially because of the precautions already in place. But in spaces where certain activities take place, like singing and playing wind instruments, dancing, and certain aspects of theater and CTVA, we are taking additional measures out of an abundance of caution.
     
    Our experts focus on how COVID-19 is spread, and on the ways we have reduced room capacities, and implemented cleanings, social distancing and masks, which they say are the key to prevention. Based on their infectious disease experience generally and with COVID-19 specifically, they have concluded that the scientific evidence about aerosolization does not require additional measures.
     
    The Campus Reopening Task Force, which includes leaders from the faculty senate, staff union and part-time faculty union were briefed on this by the experts themselves last week. In addition to hearing from our medical experts, they heard the view of a ventilation expert presented by the part-time faculty union. Our path forward remains grounded in the opinion of our experts that the key steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are reducing density, physical distancing, mask-wearing, promoting good hygiene, and sanitizing our spaces, supplemented by special attention to spaces where high-exertion, high-projection creative activities take place.

     

  • Reminder of Campus Safety Procedures

    September 18, 2020

    Dear campus community,
     
    We are very excited to be opening for in-person instruction Monday, September 21. As a reminder, before entering campus buildings, you are required to complete the campus training, quiz, and attestation and the Daily Pre-Check.
     
    Training, Quiz, and Attestation
    To complete the training, quiz, and attestation:

    • Go to: https://training.knowbe4.com/login and log in using your credentials.
    • Navigate to the upper right corner and click on “My Training”.
    • You will need to click on the Attestation and Quiz by clicking review.
    • When you click on the Attestation, you will need to click Accept and Submit to complete the training.
    • When you have passed the quiz, you can close out the window.

    If you require any further assistance, email Technology Services at ts@colum.edu
     
    Daily Pre-Check
    Visit colum.edu/precheck or scan the code below to complete the screening on your mobile device.

     

    Face Coverings
    Columbia requires everyone on college property to wear a face covering, including at all times in classrooms, shared workspaces, or common areas. Persons without a face covering will not be allowed to enter campus buildings. Bandanas, neck gaiters, knitted masks, and exhalation vent masks are not permitted on campus.

    Have you received your two free masks?

    Columbia Face Covering Distribution
    916 S. Wabash, South Door


    Students: Please show your Campus Card to receive two free reusable face coverings from Columbia.

    Faculty and Staff: Two free reusable face coverings were mailed to your address on file with Columbia. If you did not receive your face coverings, you can stop by face covering distribution with your Campus Card to pick them up.

    For additional information about the campus reopening, visit colum.edu/reopening.


     

  • In-person Instruction and Additional Campus Updates

    September 18, 2020

    As everyone gears up for the beginning of in-person instruction next week, we are coming to you with an update on additional preparations by the college, and some temporary modifications to our re-opening plan – including where some classes are held and when in-person instruction starts for them – resulting from our ongoing commitment to place safety first and adhere to the guidance we have received from the Chicago and Illinois department of public health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
     
    The outside guidance we have received has been supplemented with ongoing consultations with a team of epidemiology and infection-control experts at Rush University Medical Center as well Dr. Emily Landon, executive medical director of infection prevention and control at the University of Chicago.
     
    The guidance continues to be that source controls (limited occupancy/social distancing, sanitation and masks) are the most effective barrier against the spread of COVID-19. These sources controls are the cornerstone of the college’s plans.
     
    As recommended by our health consultants, we have gone beyond local health guidance by conducting an air assessment of some campus spaces. We also committed to adding ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) to HVAC systems in spaces where there is activity that is more likely to generate aerosolized particles of COVID-19. These aerosols are generated in greater quantities from activities like singing, playing musical instruments or exerting oneself as is the case in dance and some aspects of theater and film/TV production. Our ventilation assessment and enhancements are not yet complete and this will impact some classes next week as noted below.
     
    Air assessment
    We retained RAM Mechanical Services, a full-service mechanical contracting firm, to conduct an air assessment in those spaces where specialized instruction takes place that goes beyond a regular socially distanced, masked college classrooms where the main activity is sitting and speaking. This scope of the assessment was validated with the experts at Rush and University of Chicago.

    These spaces include music, theater and CTVA, with some photo spaces.
     
    The assessment is still ongoing. The team of outside air experts have been measuring what are called Cubic Feet per Minute per Square Foot (CFM/ft2), Air Changes per Hour (ACH), and Fresh Air Intake (FAI).

    • Fresh Air Intake measures how much outside air is brought into our systems and our spaces.
    • Cubic Feet per Minute per Square Foot (CFM/sq. ft.) measures how much air the HVAC system pushes into each space.
    • Air Changes per Hour (ACH) measures how long it takes for the air to be “recycled” in a room, indicating how long it takes to remove more than 99 percent of particles from a room.

    RAM Mechanical so far has confirmed that our systems are functioning as designed. In some instances, they have recommended adjustments to ensure operations meet our safety goals.  Their work on these spaces will be completed in the coming week.
     
    Ultra-Violet Germicidal Irradiation equipment
    Earlier this summer, the college announced that it would also install Installation of Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation in ventilation ducts in these specialized spaces where high-projection, high-exertion activities, such as music, dance and theater, take place that might generate higher level of aerosols circulating.
     
    We also ordered some portable UVGI units as an added precaution in the event there may be a need for them.
     
    Even though such precautions go beyond the recommendations of local health authorities, the college committed to these systems out of an abundance of caution, even though masks and social distancing are known to be effective barriers.
     
    Due to both COVID-19 itself and increased demand for COVID-related equipment, production for the in-duct UVGI equipment was delayed. While behind schedule, the UVGI equipment is slated to arrive on campus late this week.
     
    Our vendor is slated to begin installing these as soon as they arrive. This does mean, however, that not all UVGI units will be installed by September 21 as planned.
     
    Impact of Delays
    Our ventilation assessment and UVGI installation project are meant to ensure maximum safety for certain types of creative learning activities that our experts have identified as more likely to generate high levels of aerosols.
     
    Accordingly, for classes where activities involve high-exertion, high-projection activities, if UVGI is not in place, we are adjusting the start of in-person instruction. This may mean delaying the start of in-person activities, changing the class location for next week, or adjusting the planned activities.
     
    The Office of the Provost and the Facilities and Operations team have reviewed the relatively small number of impacted courses with deans and department chairs. Department chairs will communicate directly with faculty teaching courses where adjustment is necessary, and faculty members will communicate with students about any schedule changes for week 3. For all other courses, on-campus activities will begin in campus buildings next week as planned.
     
    We realize this news comes late into your preparations. However, we are working diligently to complete this assessment for high-exertion and high-projection spaces.
     
    We very much look forward to seeing our campus come back to life with the creative pursuits and instruction that make Columbia such a wonderful institution, and thank everyone for your help as we continue to finetune our COVID precautions to help promote the health of our campus community.

    Jerry Tarrer
    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

    Ann P. Kalayil
    Associate Vice President Facilities and Construction

     

  • Specialized Facilities Hours and Access

    September 17, 2020

    Beginning September 21, students will be able to access a wealth of academic facilities across campus, including labs, studios, equipment cages, maker spaces, and additional individual study spaces. In most cases, these facilities have implemented some new protocols in order to limit in-person traffic or better plan for social distancing and overall capacity limitations.

    You can find a list of specialized facility hours and protocols here. The links on this site provide more detailed information about the services available at each location.

  • 5 Questions for the Infection Control Experts from Rush University Medical Center
    September 11, 2020

    A team of epidemiology experts from Rush University Medical Center has been consulting with Columbia College Chicago on COVID-19 precautions as the college finalizes preparations for the reopening of campus and the resumption of in-person instruction on September 21.
     
    The Rush team is led by Dr. John Segreti, M.D., Medical Director of Infection Control and Prevention. He is joined by Tiffany Wiksten, a Master of Nursing Practice, certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology and Manager of Infection Control and Prevention, and Alexandra Seguin, nurse epidemiologist.
     
    You have been briefed on Columbia’s COVID-19 plans and have walked much of the campus to see what’s planned in classrooms and offices. What are your impressions?
     
    Dr. Segreti: We were impressed with the college’s plans, which are very much in line with the guidance provided by local health officials as well as what we have found to be effective at Rush in controlling spread of the virus. We have also been impressed with how well the campus, and especially the classroom spaces, have been clearly marked to promote social distancing, mask wearing, and hand hygiene. The college has varied facilities, and the low planned occupancies will serve the community well. We did find instances in which departments were planning some activities in courses that we thought might be a cause for concern. Columbia responded by eliminating those activities and/or revising those plans to afford greater protection. While no one can fully eliminate the risk of COVID-19, we think Columbia has done a very good job positioning itself for the fall semester by emphasizing and requiring the most effective methods of control: mask wearing, physical distancing and reduced density, and proper hygiene.
     
    There is a lot of information available about the science of preventing the spread of COVID-19, and sometimes we are presented with varying or even opposing scientific viewpoints. What for you rises to the top?
     
    Dr. Segreti: We all have a lot to learn still about COVID-19, but there is no question about what’s been proven to work to stem the spread: frequent hand sanitizing or hand washing, keeping six feet part as much as possible, and wearing masks, which we now know protects both the wearer and those around them. We call these precautions “source control” and they are far and away the most effective measures to keep people from getting and transmitting COVID.
     
    You have managed through COVID-19 at both your hospital and university and have consulted with a variety of organizations. From your perspective, what is the biggest risk to “reopening”?
     
    Ms. Wiksten: We all need to adhere to the guidance from health officials, and we have found that sound implementation of the source control measures such as masking and social distancing noted above is critical. The biggest challenge is people getting too relaxed away from work or in less formal settings with people they think are “safe” (like lunch breaks, break rooms, etc.). Continuous communication is important so that members of the community do not let their guard down on campus and off.
     
    What about air quality and ventilation?
     
    Dr. Segreti: Air quality is important but the best way to control against spread is for people to wear masks, keep room occupancies low and maintain adequate distancing. Any organization needs to make sure its HVAC systems are functioning as designed. It’s well documented that some small aerosolized COVID-19 particles are generated by human activities and can linger in the air (as opposed to the heavier droplets that quickly fall down). The best preventive measures are still masks and distancing. It’s also important to note that most activities (like talking) generate very low amounts of aerosols. Some activities can generate higher amounts of aerosols, such as some of Columbia’s specialties: singing, playing certain instruments, and, to a lesser extent, dance and some aspects of theater and film production. Columbia opted to install supplemental ultraviolet air filtration systems as an added precaution, which is commendable. But it’s just that: an added precaution. The best weapon against both droplets and aerosols remains mask-wearing, social distancing, and proper hand hygiene.
     
    On the topic of hand hygiene, what is best: hand-washing or using hand sanitizer?
     
    Ms. Wiksten: Both are effective, and should be performed as often as possible, but for different reasons. Hand sanitizer doesn’t remove soil or debris but will kill any virus that is on the hands. Handwashing, on the other hand, removes organisms such as bacteria and viruses as well as dirt. That is why handwashing has to be long, at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer can be less effective if hands are dirty or grimy, so both methods are important.
  • Welcome to the Start of the Fall Semester

    September 8, 2020

    To the Columbia College Chicago community:

    The beginning of a new academic year is an occasion for celebration as our incoming students begin their academic and creative journeys and as we embark together on another year of discovery. This year is no exception, and I hope that you share my sense of excitement about the possibilities of what lies ahead.

    That said, we are starting this particular semester in a climate of uncertainty that would have been unimaginable just one year ago.

    We are experiencing a global pandemic -- the greatest public health challenge any of us have faced in our time. To be responsible in the face of our new COVID-19 realities, we have had to rethink the ways in which we interact, work, and celebrate with one another. For now, spontaneous, casual interaction has been replaced by carefully planned, choreographed encounters, a test of our patience and our adaptability.

    Following George Floyd’s brutal killing in May, we have experienced a summer of turmoil; across the country and indeed the world, protesters continue to demand social and racial justice, a reckoning with the history of police brutality against Black people and communities of color, and an undoing of the crushing legacy of structural racism that lies at the heart of our country’s history.

    In the lead-up to this year’s national elections, we continue to witness the extreme polarization and division that has become our political reality, accompanied by an ugly rhetoric of hate and fear and even sporadic episodes of violent confrontation, as individuals become more deeply entrenched in their political allegiances.

    At such a time, I believe we must look to our commonly held values for guidance, clarity, and strength.

    As a college for creatives, Columbia College Chicago understands that a vibrant educational community requires a multiplicity of creative practices and voices. Such diversity is antithetical to any hierarchical privileging of experiences, perspectives, value systems, narratives, or histories based on false assumptions of cultural or racial superiority. While we may witness and experience hatred of the Other in the world around us, our collective and individual response must continue to be, “Not at Columbia.”

    We also know that in order to achieve their full potential, our students must develop an authentic awareness of who they are and how they define themselves in relation to the world. As I have said on many occasions, this is difficult work: it requires them to constantly challenge and question their assumptions and to engage deeply with other individual and communal identities and expressions of self with which they may be unfamiliar. Only then, however, will they be truly able to realize the promise of a creative education that is intended to prepare them, in the words of our mission statement, to “author the culture of their times.”

    In 2014, we placed our commitment to valuing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) at the core of our strategic plan. Since then, we have made significant progress in advancing this commitment. Seventy percent of our faculty and staff have attended Undoing Racism workshops led by the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond as a basis for a college-wide discussion of racism. We have put DEI at the center of revised faculty recruiting and hiring practices, successfully recruited more students of color, allocated more resources to students in need, expanded the Columbia Core curriculum to highlight DEI issues, and built a staff and committee infrastructure to support this work. Still, there is still much to be done and many have asked: What’s next and how can I be a part of it?

    Today, I am pleased to announce two new initiatives which I believe will advance our college’s purpose at this critical moment in our history.

    1. Over the summer, twenty-four faculty, staff, and administrators, led by Rocky Monroe and Folayemi Wilson, co-directors of academic diversity, equity, and inclusion, worked with staff from Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training (CROAR) to develop a plan for moving the college towards our goal of becoming an anti-racist institution. I have formally approved the plan and Rocky, Folayemi, and members of the planning group will announce it shortly, providing further context for what we mean by anti-racist and how we define the work necessary for the college to become an anti-racist institution.
    2. To convene the college around our collective efforts to connect creative practice to a commitment to social justice, I have asked Provost Marcella David to design and implement a college-wide initiative that will allow students, faculty, and staff to actively explore social justice issues. While she will also be making an announcement soon, I know that she has been envisioning curriculum, special events and exhibitions, student and faculty work, guest speakers, and symposia as possible vehicles for this initiative. I have also asked her to work with Sharon Wilson-Taylor, Vice President for Student Affairs, to assess where the college needs to invest new resources to support the success of students who begin their college experience at heightened risk of not persisting to graduation.

      At Columbia, we affirm that Black Lives Matter. As a community, we denounce all systems of oppression and inequity. Now is the time for our college to publicly declare its values and to join those voices calling for a more just, equitable future. This social justice initiative will seek to provide our college community with this much-needed opportunity.

    Facing a challenging year together, let us remember that embracing uncertainty and ambiguity is who we are and what we do as creatives. If there were ever a time to be bold, surely it is now. When are we likely to have a better opportunity to test ourselves as creatives and to truly participate in shaping what’s next?

    Let us also take heart that we are members of a caring, supportive community. I ask that we each fully accept the challenge of taking responsibility, not just for ourselves but for each other. That is how we will guarantee our success.

    Welcome to the first day of the fall semester. Here’s to a great year!

    Sincerely,

    Kwang-Wu Kim
    President and CEO

  • Campus Access and Student Support

    September 7, 2020

    Dear students, faculty, and staff,

    We are excited to welcome you back to campus for the fall semester and the 2020-2021 Academic Year!

    As you know, classes will begin as scheduled on Tuesday, September 8, but with online instruction only for the first two weeks of the semester. In-person instruction will begin on September 21. The purpose of this message is to share the campus access policies in place until September 20.

    Faculty and Staff may access all campus buildings (in compliance with our safety protocols). Since we are using our campus differently, you might find it helpful to check with your department or EMS about new usage patterns or different room assignments.

    Faculty and Staff may find it helpful for their planning to note the information for students below.

    Students are invited to campus to use the Student Center (including the Fitness Center), Columbia Library, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Digital Print Center, Shop Columbia and Bookstore. Please note that the operating hours and policies for these buildings have changed due to the pandemic; there may be new occupancy limits, services may have changed, or an appointment may be required. You should visit the websites listed below for information. Additionally, please make sure you have completed the mandatory training and quiz, and Daily Pre-check before coming to campus.

    Any student needing access to a computer in order to participate in an online course meeting can use the 1st and 2nd floor computers at the Columbia College Chicago Library at 624 S. Michigan Ave. Additional workstations are available by reservation. Keyboards and mice can be checked out at the first floor Service Desk. For information about hours, access, and reservations, visit library.colum.edu.

    Students are invited to campus to receive student services, including academic advising, health, counseling and other services. In many instances an appointment is necessary. Please see the list below for information about services, hours, and appointments.

    There will be no equipment or material pickup, nor student access to labs or maker spaces until on-campus instruction resumes on September 21. We will share a message outlining the hours and access policies for all equipment cages, labs, studios, maker spaces and other specialized facilities next week. Students currently in possession of equipment should contact the responsible department to arrange for equipment return.

    We hope you are prepared and excited to learn, create, and engage safely with our college community. We want you to know that the college remains committed to helping you stay connected and supported to meet your personal, academic, and career goals.

    Campus Resources

    Student Center – 754 S. Wabash Ave. 
    The Student Center has temporary fall hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. (closed weekends), and the Fitness Center is open Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Please visit studentcenter.colum.edu for more information or email studentcenter@colum.edu with any questions. 

    Columbia Library (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
    The Columbia Library offers many virtual services and resources for students to address any research needs, and assist students needing access to a computer in order to participate in an online course meeting. Assistance is available via chat on this website or by email at library@colum.edu. The library can provide access to many e-books, streaming media, research guides, as well as College Archives and Special Collections. Visit the website and schedule an online chat to learn more.
     
    Museum of Contemporary Photography - 600 S. Michigan Ave.
    Prior to visiting, you must reserve a ticket. Please visit mocp.org for more information on hours and ticket reservations.
     
    Digital Print Center – 623 S. Wabash Ave.
    To submit orders online or make an appointment, visit the DPC website.
     
    ShopColumbia - 619 S. Wabash Ave.
    Visit shop.colum.edu for opening hours.
     
    Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore – 624 S. Michigan Ave.
    Visit the Campus Bookstore website for opening hours.

    Student Services
    We are here to answer your questions or provide support as you navigate these unprecedented times. Please refer to the following list of campus resources and support services. Some of these services will be offered in-person and others will be online or remote. These resources are always just an email or phone call away. We are here to help.

    Technology Support for Remote Learning (Monday-Friday, 8am–6pm)
    If you need technology support, visit this website for a list resources and to assist with accessing Office 365, finding your classes on Canvas, requesting technical support, and many other technology-based questions. In addition to this website, you can also email clientservices@colum.edu, call 312-369-7001, or submit a ticket on Team Dynamix for tech-support.
     
    Columbia Central (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
    If you have questions or need support with financial or enrollment services, visit this website for more information. Most Columbia Central services will be offered remotely, however, students can make an appointment for in-person support. Check the website for more information.
     
    Academic Services and Advising (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
    If you need support with the registration process, declaring your major, or understanding your graduation requirements, make sure you are in regular contact with your assigned academic advisor. View this website to learn more about Academic Advising, Student Persistence, TRIO, and Academic Coaching. During the fall semester, advising appointments will primarily be remote, but there will be some in-person support as well. Check the website for details, email collegeadvising@colum.edu, or call 312-369-7645 for more information.
     
    Services for Students with Disabilities (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
    The Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office coordinates support services for students with temporary or permanent disabilities. Staff members also assist in providing equal access to successful educational experiences at Columbia College Chicago. To contact the SSD staff, send an email to ssd@colum.edu or call 312-369-8296, or visit this website for more information.
     
    Counseling Services (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
    Counseling Services continues to support students remotely. Students can make appointments and talk to therapists via email, phone, and now a secure telehealth platform. On-call therapists are available during regular business hours, and Counseling Services continues to update this website with resources and tips for coping. To contact Counseling Services, email counselingservices@colum.edu or call 312-369-8700 for support.
     
    Student Relations (Monday-Thursday, 9am-6pm, Friday 9am-5pm)
    In collaboration with Counseling Services and Academic Affairs, Student Relations is available to provide therapeutic support as well as address a variety of challenges which can impact student success. Student Relations can help students make connections with support services, and many staff and faculty will refer students to Student Relations for assistance. To contact Student Relations directly, call 312-369-8595, and if necessary, leave a voicemail with your contact information and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
     
    Student Health Center (Monday-Friday, 9am-5:30pm / closed from 1:00-1:40pm)
    During the fall semester, the Student Health Center will remain open by appointment at 916 S. Wabash. Unfortunately, walk-in visits are not an option at this time, but telemedicine is available by phone. To make an appointment, please call 312-369-6830. The receptionist will answer or return calls promptly, and please be prepared to answer several questions before an office visit is scheduled.

    The Career Center (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
    If you need career advising, internship support, student employment, or general career guidance, you should work directly with the professionals in our Career Center. Please use this website to learn more about all our career services. You should also check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ColumCareer for updates, ideas, and virtual events. Students are encouraged to contact the Career Center directly by email at careercenter@colum.edu.
     
    Columbia Library (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm)
    The Columbia Library offers many virtual services and resources for students to address any research or access needs. Assistance is available via chat on this website or by email at library@colum.edu. The library can provide access to many e-books, streaming media, research guides, as well as College Archives and Special Collections. Visit the website and schedule an online chat to learn more.
     
    Academic Center for Tutoring (ACT)
    During the fall semester, the ACT will be offering tutoring options both in-person and remotely. Limited online appointments will be offered Monday-Thursday from 10am-7pm and on Friday from 10am-4pm. On-campus tutoring appointments will begin on September 21st, on the 5th floor of 33 E. Ida B. Wells Drive and they will be available between 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday. To make an appointment for tutoring, email tutoring@colum.edu or visit this website for more details and information.
     
    If you have questions about any of these services, or other campus resources not listed in this email, do not hesitate to email studentpersistence@colum.edu and they will be happy to support you and make a campus connection.
     
    Have a great fall semester!

  • Welcome to the 2020-21 Academic Year

     

    September 3, 2020

    As we begin a new semester and return to in-person and remote instruction, President Kim speaks to the campus community in this welcome video about what you need to do before you come back and the measures the college has taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Campus Notification Process for Positive COVID-19 Cases
  • Neck Gaiters, Bandanas, Knitted Masks, and Masks with Exhalation Vents Are Not Permitted as Face Coverings on Columbia’s Campus
  • Starting the fall semester, and navigating our financial challenges

    August 14, 2020

    To the faculty and staff of Columbia College Chicago:

    As the new academic and fiscal year approaches, we continue to navigate the highly fluid landscape created by the COVID-19 pandemic. On the positive side, the partial campus re-opening that began on June 26, including the delivery of several summer session courses with some in-person instruction, has gone well, and student recruitment and registration numbers for the fall are encouraging. On the other hand, external circumstances have introduced added complexity and costs to our preparations for the more extensive resumption of instruction and re-opening of campus at the end of August. I would like to review the latest modifications to the start of the fall semester and to announce steps that we are taking to stabilize the college’s financial situation going forward.

    Starting the fall semester
    The city of Chicago’s recent Emergency Travel Order, which among other things directs people traveling to Chicago from states experiencing a surge in new COVID-19 cases to quarantine for fourteen days, has necessitated a modification of the logistics and schedule for students’ moves into college residence halls and the start of fall semester instruction. The new measures will also give us more time to assess the initial campus re-opening and to modify policies and protocols as needed prior to beginning in-person instruction:

    We are also introducing additional measures to help protect the health and safety of the college community this upcoming semester. You may have already seen the announcement that we are updating portions of the HVAC systems in nine campus buildings with Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation technology to complement other measures in specialized spaces that are home to high-exertion, high-projection activities that can generate aerosolized COVID particles that UV light addresses. The technology will be contained inside elements of the HVAC system and thus will not bring with it some of the health concerns that direct exposure to UV light can cause.

    We are developing plans to make COVID-19 testing available to students in the residence halls shortly after their arrival, and to other students and employees who are on campus in person. We also are studying the possibility of instituting temperature checks pending the outcome of a pilot program using new temperature-check equipment. All of these are supplementary to the foundational behaviors (based on health authorities’ guidance) that all members of the Columbia community are required to follow to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on campus:
    Navigating our financial challenges
    We are moving ahead with the preparation of a fiscal year 2020-21 operating budget for review and approval by the Board of Trustees. This work is occurring against a backdrop of extraordinary financial pressures brought about by necessary but costly decisions to address the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19.

    To be clear: We face a severe financial shortfall in 2020-21, but that shortfall does not threaten the existence of our institution in the near term. If we do not take precautionary steps to cut expenses now, however, we could face existential threats over the medium term, especially if COVID-19 persists. The silver lining is that, because of rising enrollment at Columbia, we head into a challenging year from a stronger position than was true in the past.
    To protect the financial health of the college today, we find ourselves having to divert resources that would otherwise have gone to future programmatic and operational support. I accept this tradeoff because of the unprecedented moment in which we find ourselves. But we must be clear-eyed about the fact that the college will have some difficult institutional rebuilding to do once the pandemic is behind us.

    Making our way forward
    For all the uncertainty that we face, I remain confident that we have the capacity as an institution to weather the immediate and longer-term challenges posed by COVID-19 and the economic downturn it has engendered. Individuals from offices across the college have put in remarkable efforts over the past few months to ensure that we can re-open safely and deliver a high-quality academic experience for our students. We have the summer session to draw on as a guide to what the fall might look like, and we will continue to review and refine our plans in response to our internal observations and changes in the external environment.

    As we have learned from the experience of the country at large, however, the success of our re-opening will also depend on our willingness as individuals to embrace behaviors that shield us and others from risk. You should therefore familiarize yourself with the expectations that will govern our interactions in a campus setting for the foreseeable future by reviewing the campus re-opening plan. If you have not yet done so, remember to complete the COVID-19 training and accompanying quiz that is required before you access the campus for the first time. Remember too that in order to enter college buildings, you will have to complete the daily pre-check on days when you travel to Columbia. Above all, if you feel unwell or are showing symptoms of COVID-19, do not “tough it out” and go to class or the office; stay in your residence, seek medical help, and notify the appropriate campus entity. Preventing any COVID-19 cases on campus may not be possible; containing their spread is an achievable objective if we all do our part and support each other’s well-being.

    Like all other institutions of higher education, we are facing previously unimaginable existential challenges. But I believe if we stand together as a community and hold firm to our values and our mission, we will get through this and emerge stronger and better-positioned for that brighter future towards which we aspire.

    Thank you as always for all that you continue to do for the college. Here’s to the beginning of the fall semester.

  • Message to Faculty and Staff

    August 10, 2020

    Friends, we are a week away from the All Campus Meeting, the official kickoff to the fall semester. I write today to share important updates to the schedule and the beginning of the fall semester.

    The Fall Schedule: Last week I provided the opportunity for chairs to update the fall schedule to make changes in light of current conditions, best pedagogical practices, our commitment to re-opening our campus for creative practice, the need to provide balanced options for our students, and faculty teaching requests.

    Those schedule changes are now being input, and we are inviting our students to review their schedules and make adjustments. The additional schedule changes mean that we will continue to be able to offer a programming mix for our students, combining WEB, hybrid, and face-to-face learning opportunities. We will continue to offer a significant number of classes with on-campus components. Importantly, we are confident that the expected attendance in our on-campus classes will allow us to operate safely, and provide rich access to creative spaces, study and workstations, and our library resources.

    Students will understandably appreciate more details about what to expect this fall. At this moment, I encourage faculty to reach out to students, to share with them specific details about how your course will operate whether the format is WEB, hybrid or fully face-to-face. Please connect with your chairs about suggested content or connect with Academic Technology if you need any assistance.

    Shift in Timing: Our dedicated Residence Life staff have been working tirelessly to plan to safely welcome students to our residence halls this fall. We have reduced the occupancy of our suites so that every student will have a private bedroom and extended and streamlined move-in to reduce contact. Guest access will be limited, and students will be expected to maintain social distancing protocols when in public spaces of the residence halls. 

    The City of Chicago has established a quarantine protocol for those traveling to Chicago from identified states experiencing a surge in COVID-19 infections. Under that protocol, students from affected states are able to isolate at home before coming to Chicago; in addition, we are inviting them to sign up for move-in slots beginning a week earlier than typical, to facilitate their transition.

    In order to allow all our students, whether living in off-campus housing or in our residence halls, the time to comply with the City quarantine protocol, all classes will be taught online only for the first two weeks of the semester, with hybrid and face-to-face classes starting on-campus components beginning September 21. Student access to campus will be limited until September 21.

    I believe this phased start will enable us all to settle in, create new rhythms and patterns, and get our semester off to a successful start. 

    Thank you all for your continued nimbility – ability to be nimble – as we safely navigate the next steps together.
     

    Sincerely,

    Marcella David
    Senior Vice President and Provost

  • Important Information for International Students

    July 9, 2020

    Earlier this week the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that international students will not be allowed to be or stay in the country if they are solely taking courses online this fall. International students must take a mix of face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses to comply with the new regulation; those students who fail to comply with this guidance may face deportation. We are currently assessing how this new regulation impacts our international students, and contacting students to confirm their schedules, update their schedules as necessary, and update their immigration documentation. If you are an international student and have immediate questions, please reach out to our International Student and Scholar Services.

    Columbia values our international students and we are committed to supporting them wherever they are. We have online options for students who are unable to get to Chicago, and we will offer face-to-face courses for as long as it is allowed by the city and the state.

    Importantly, we support ongoing efforts to reverse the new regulations and restore the full range of options allowing international students visiting this country to chart the current educational environment on their own terms, according to their individual health concerns and scholarly interests. Their planning should not depend upon circumstances beyond their control: the varying programmatic choices made by educational institutions to respond to the evolving pandemic.

    Columbia College is coordinating with our state and national educational associations advocating for reversal of this rule. We are closely monitoring legal actions being pursued to stop the implementation of the new rule. We encourage community members to also consider contacting their Congressional representatives to urge them to act.

    In the meantime, we will meet this new challenge as we always do: with creative solutions that reflect our compassion for our students and dedication to our mission.

    Sincerely,

    Marcella David
    Senior Vice President and Provost

  • 2020-21 Academic Year Tuition Update

    July 2, 2020

    To Columbia College Chicago students and their families:

    I am pleased to announce that the Columbia College Chicago Board of Trustees has approved lowering tuition for the 2020-21 academic year back to its 2019-20 level. The trustees took this action in recognition of the fact that students and their families are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying economic downturn. Your financial aid package for 2020-21 will be unaffected by this change, which applies to undergraduate and graduate tuition.

    Please note that it may take a couple of weeks to adjust student accounts and update the information that is published on the MyColumbia portal. Your next e-bill will reflect the new 2020-21 tuition rate.

    In a related matter, the Chicago Transit Authority has made participation in the Ventra U-Pass program optional for the fall 2020 semester. Columbia Central will remove the automatic $153 U-Pass charge for fall 2020 from eligible full-time students’ accounts and will issue instructions to those students about how to enroll in the program if they wish.

    Columbia’s buildings have re-opened on a limited basis, the first step in a phased process that will culminate when you are welcomed on campus in the fall - with everyone wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing, of course. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to review and become familiar with the college’s re-opening plans and to complete the Together, Columbia campus re-opening training that is now required of all members of the Columbia community before they enter the campus for the first time. (You should have received a link to the training module via your Columbia email account.)

    I wish you a safe and healthy summer and I look forward to seeing you in the fall.

    Sincerely,

    Kwang-Wu Kim
    President and CEO

  • Get Ready: Summer Classes Begin July 6

    July 2, 2020

    Dear Columbia College Chicago community, 

    We’re excited to welcome the college community back to campus. We’ve compiled a list of things you must do and be aware of before entering campus buildings for the summer semester, on July 6.

    Things You Must Do Before Returning to Campus

    • Training and Quiz– All employees and students are required to take the mandatory training, attestation, and quiz before entering campus. Please check your email for the Together, Columbia training and your unique quiz link.

    Should you experience any difficulty completing your training, please contact Technology Services at ts@colum.edu.

    • Required Daily Pre-Checks–In addition to the Together, Columbia training, everyone will be asked to perform a daily pre-check on their mobile device and show it to security. The daily pre-checks are a simple acknowledgement that you do not have symptoms of COVID-19.

    While on Campus

    • Face Covering Distribution and Pickup
      • On your first day back on campus, you can pick up your face coverings at the entrance of 916 S. Wabash (South Door) or 1104 S. Wabash (North Door). You must scan your Campus ID to receive your two face coverings.
      • Should you forget your Columbia or personal face covering throughout the semester, you can purchase one at the campus bookstore (624 S. Michigan).
      • Faculty and staff returning for the summer were mailed a face mask and a second one will arrive to you through campus mail.
    • Face Covering Etiquette on Campus
      • Wear your cloth face covering at all times while on campus.
      • Make sure your face covering fits securely over your mouth and nose.
      • Face coverings with exhalation vents or valves will not be permitted on campus property.

    Individuals who are unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition should contact Human Resources (for employees) at humanresources@colum.edu or Services for Students with Disabilities (for students) at SSD@colum.edu.

    Additional Information

    • A Campus ID is required to Get into All Buildings– If you need a new Campus ID, please visit Columbia Central (600 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 303) between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • COVID-19 Classroom Resources and Policies– Important information about classroom policies and expectations for students from the reopening campus plan.



    
Welcome back! We look forward to seeing you soon.

  • Campus COVID-19 Response Protocol Policy

    June 26, 2020

    To Columbia College Chicago faculty, staff, and students:

    The college is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for its students, faculty and staff. As such, the college has established a Campus COVID-19 Response Protocol Policy. This policy outlines guidelines that have been adopted in the Campus Reopening Plan and are included in the mandatory, Together, Columbia training.

    These new guidelines include but are not limited to: face coverings, disinfection and cleaning, elevator capacity, classroom and meeting room capacity, social distancing, foot traffic flows, and health screenings.

    The guidelines incorporate input from local and national health authorities, including the Chicago and Illinois departments of public health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and best practices from various resources.

    The college has also formalized an International and Domestic Travel Policy.

    A few items to note within this policy:

    • The definitions of college related travel for students, faculty and staff
    • Approval requirements for international travel
    • Requirement to register all college related travel through World Aware
    • Travel restrictions

    Please note that the college is currently restricting all college related travel. Exceptions may be made for travel related to key academic programs and partnerships, essential recruitment activities, and other mission-specific travel. Exceptions must be approved by the traveler's functional Vice President.

    Please login to the college’s policy site to review these policies in their entirety. Please reach out to Kristi Perito with any questions.

  • Important Things to Do Before Returning to Campus

    June 25, 2020

    Dear Columbia College Chicago community,

    We are excited to be reopening campus June 26 to designated employees, on a full-time or part-time basis, in anticipation of welcoming back students for in-person instruction on Monday, July 6, for the summer session.

    Please watch a short video welcome message from President Kwang-Wu Kim. A Campus Reopening website has been created and includes everything you will need to know about our campus reopening plans, new procedures, policies, helpful links, and more.

    As a reminder, here are a few things you will need to know as you return to campus:

    • Training and Quiz – All employees are required to take the mandatory training, attestation, and quiz before entering campus. Please check your email for the Together, Columbia training and your unique quiz link.
    • Required Daily Pre-Checks – Before entering campus, you must certify daily that you are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. You can complete the Building Access Pre-Check questionnaire via the College’s website, mobile app, or QR code. Here are additional instructions.
    • A Campus ID is required to Get into All Buildings – If you need a new Campus ID, please visit Columbia Central (600 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 303) between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • New Summer Building Hours

    Additional Information:

    Facilities
    Facilities has provided each department a kit with cleaning supplies to supplement the daily cleanings that will be performed by staff. This kit includes hand sanitizers for individual staff working this summer. To replenish supplies, please submit a 360 request selecting type: COVID Supplies & Services. Read more details here.

    Facilities has applied social distancing models to determine room capacities and made adjustments in the space management system. When you go to reserve a room using the EMS system, the new space capacity will be visible on the request page, beginning next week.

    Student Health Center Hours
    Location: 916 S. Wabash, 5th floor
    312-369-6830

    Due to the current pandemic situation, hours are now 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will be no “Walk-In” hours until further notice. Students must call and answer several questions before visiting the office. Telehealth service is available.

    Digital Print Center
    The Digital Print Center will be available for online ordering. While the building will not be open, the DPC will be fulfilling orders. Please use this SharePoint link to place your print orders. The DPC will be open beginning July 6 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Any faculty, staff, and students not scheduled to be on campus this summer, please continue to communicate with your department head and campus security regarding your specific access needs. Remember, you must have completed the Together, Columbia training, attestation, and quiz, submitted the daily pre-check, and you must wear a face covering at all times.

    Welcome Back!

  • Required Daily Pre-Check Before Entering Campus

    June 25, 2020

    Dear Campus Community,

    Before entering campus, you must certify daily that you are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. For reference, here's the flyer you will see on campus with instructions, and for convenience, instructions are provided below.

    You can complete the Building Access Pre-Check questionnaire via the College’s website, mobile app, or QR code.

    You can also stand in line to complete the questionnaire upon arrival, but we strongly encourage you to Pre-Check. This will help to eliminate long waits in lines.

    Pre-Check Made Easy

    • From your home computer: Simply complete the Building Access Pre-Check on your home computer, print a copy of the page indicating you are cleared to enter campus buildings and bring it with you to show to Campus Security.
    • Using a mobile device: After completing the pre-check, take a screen shot of the page indicating you are cleared to enter campus buildings and show it to Campus Security.
    As a reminder, if you have any COVID-19 related symptoms:
    • Do not come to campus.
    • If you are a student, call the Student Health Center or your personal health care provider and notify Campus Security and Student Relations.
    • If you are an employee, call CareATC or your personal health care provider.
    Thank you,
    Columbia College Chicago