Important Information for GS Students Non-Compliant with Vaccine Mandate

On Tuesday, August 10,  all GS students received the following message regarding the Columbia University COVID-19 mandate. 

August 11, 2021
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Dear GS Students,

The deadline for uploading vaccination documentation or requesting a medical or religious exemption has now passed. For those who complied with this important University requirement, thank you. Columbia Health is now processing your paperwork and you should receive your updated status within the next two weeks. You can also see if your documentation was approved when you log into the Columbia Health Portal and view the “Medical Clearances” section in the left menu.

For students who have not uploaded vaccine documentation, received a medical or religious exemption, or completed the international students’ temporary authorization form, you are considered non-compliant. Read more about the effect this will have on your fall semester:

  • Non-compliant students living in Columbia Residential housing will be required to move out.
  • Classes will not be offered remotely and students who have not complied with the vaccine mandate will not be permitted to attend in-person classes; students who choose to remain unvaccinated should contact their academic advisor to explore a voluntary leave of absence.
  • Non-compliant students will be prevented from accessing all campus buildings.

As a reminder, your ability to attend classes, participate in student activities, and live in Columbia housing is based on your completion of  the below checklist items:

  1. Get your vaccine – unvaccinated students should still try to get the vaccine as soon as possible if they wish to remain enrolled this fall
  2. Upload vaccine documentation once vaccination is completed
  3. Complete the Safety Training required for all community members
  4. Sign the Columbia Community Health Compact by August 16 for this academic year, even if you have signed in the past
  5. Prepare to complete daily self-attestations once on campus, by downloading the ReopenCU App
  6. Complete the gateway testing requirement

As the conditions related to the Covid-19 pandemic continue to fluctuate, it is critical that Columbia strictly adheres to guidelines and requirements that will protect our community’s overall health, and also allow for the in-person residential and academic experience to go forward. Our success this fall depends on every student complying with University guidelines in a timely and cooperative manner.

We appreciate your commitment to our shared community.

Columbia University School of General Studies