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If you’re planning on staying on campus, here are some of the modified rules and resources available for the rest of the semester.

Updated Sunday March 15th at 10:17 a.m.

Columbia and Barnard and moved all course instruction online for the remainder of the semester, and many students have now evacuated campus to return home for the spring. With new updates coming in every day to a community that now spreads across multiple countries, Spectator has compiled all the vital information and news updates regarding the University’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. But if you’re planning on staying on campus, here are some of the modified rules and resources available for the rest of the semester.

Dining and food services

At Columbia, John Jay Dining Hall will continue to be open for spring break. After spring break, it will provide grab-and-go options from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ferris Booth Commons and JJ’s Place will be closed for the remainder of the semester. All coffee shops on the Morningside Campus, except Butler Blue Java, will be closed until further notice. Starting March 23, Butler Blue Java will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

At Barnard, Diana Center Café will be open throughout the course of spring break and throughout the semester. Peet’s Coffee, which is located in Milstein, will reopen after spring break and remain open throughout the semester. Hewitt Food Hall will be closed for the remainder of the semester.

The Food Pantry remains open during the week of spring break between March 16 and March 20. The pantry’s Lerner location will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of that week from 4 to 7 p.m.; the Barnard location will be open Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.; and the new Medical Center location will be open Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m.


Currently, the University does not allow any event or gathering with an attendance of more than 25 people. For all other events, the University highly encourages social distancing measures.Individuals should not be clustered into small locations, should keep at least six feet of distance whenever possible, and should avoid close contact like handshakes and hugs. At Barnard, all events and gatherings have been canceled for the duration of the semester.

Formerly scheduled visitor programs like campus tours, information sessions, special group tours, admitted student programming, and class visits will be suspended through the remainder of the semester. Barnard will hold online admissions tours on their website.

Libraries and facilities

All libraries will be closed for the rest of the semester. Currently, no student can request books through Interlibrary Loan, Borrow Direct, and materials held off-site at ReCAP. Students also cannot return library materials or mail items to campus to be returned.

For anyone who has library materials due to any of the Columbia libraries, they may receive a renewal on your items using My Account in CLIO. There will be no fines on overdue or recalled items until further notice.

Barnard students can book an online consultation with Jennie Correia, the social sciences librarian using her calendar. Personal librarians are available to help look into and purchase/license e-resources for research materials.

For now, Barnard is not making available physical materials from the collection but will work to make e-resources available to support research and course needs. Students can renew checked out materials through CLIO or through email at No holds are available while Milstein is closed.

Dodge Fitness Center will be closed effective March 15. Intramurals, group fitness programs, club sports, all spring sports team practices and competitions, and clinics have been canceled until the end of the semester. The Barnard Fitness Center will be closed for the remainder of the semester.

Health services

Columbia Health offices—Medical Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Disability Services, Sexual Violence Response, Alice Health! Promotion, Gay Health Advocacy Project, and the Insurance Office—will continue operation virtually at their previously-scheduled hours.

At Barnard, Primary Care Health Services will no longer provide walk-in or routine care appointments through March 27. No appointments can be scheduled online using Open Communicator, but pre-scheduled appointments will still be honored. Students who require medical assistance will be asked to call the office at 212-854-2091 and be triaged by a medical provider who will then determine whether you can be treated over the phone or be seen by PCHS. The Rosemary Furman Counseling Center will continue to be available to meet and speak with students.

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