CUIMC Campus Status

Updated: Friday, March 27 (3:30 p.m.)

Rapidly changing circumstances related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic require us to take additional measures around Columbia University Irving Medical Center to slow the spread of the virus while maintaining basic operations to support the medical center. Please see below for important campus operations updates.

For additional information and updates, please visit the CUIMC Coronavirus Resource Center

Information is updated frequently as the impact of the virus changes locally and nationally.

Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library

  • All Augustus C. Long Health Sciences library spaces are closed as of Monday, March 16, in accordance with Columbia University’s and CUIMC’s efforts to protect the health of students, faculty, and staff. 
  • Archives and Special Collections is closed, as well as all of the study spaces in Hammer Health Sciences Center.
  • Library staff members are committed to providing the services and resources needed to support teaching, learning, and research during this time. For additional information, visit the library’s website.

Building Access and Campus Operations

  • Only CUIMC essential personnel and approved members of the research community identified as essential are allowed to access CUIMC buildings; Columbia University IDs will be needed at all times. Please verify your ID card access with your supervisor and email if you are a member of the research community and have any questions.
  • Access to the William Black Building entrance (650 W. 168th St.) is restricted to CUIMC employees only; all CUIMC employees must present their ID to enter through the Black Building--no exceptions.
  • Entrances to the Vanderbilt Clinic and College of Physicians and Surgeons Building are closed until further notice. Please direct all deliveries to the William Black Building.
  • Patient entrances are located on Fort Washington Ave. and Broadway​. 
  • Before you leave campus, close and lock all windows and doors, and close blinds and curtains. Be sure to close all windows in spaces that are not normally occupied. Report any suspicious activity or unsafe practices by calling Public Safety at 212-305-8100.
  • The Bard Athletic Center is closed until further notice.
  • All events and meetings comprising more than 25 people on campus are strongly discouraged at least through Thursday, April 30.
  • The Santader branch located in the William Black Building is closed until further notice; ATM service will continue to be available.

Construction-related Activities

  • All on-campus construction activity is suspended, except where deemed as essential by the NYC DEP or otherwise an emergency work.
  • All job sites were cleaned and secured. To report any unsafe conditions, breaches of the entry, or damages, please contact Public Safety at 212-305-8100.


  • Custodial Services has increased the frequency of high-touch cleaning and disinfecting in all common areas in both academic and residential buildings, including doorknobs, handles, water fountains, elevator buttons, handrails, light switches, restroom dispensers, public computers, seating areas, and more. We encourage you to help us by regularly disinfecting high-touch surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, coffee makers, phones).
  • CUIMC Facilities Management will continue to monitor all critical HVAC equipment and respond to emergency and urgent situations, with all requests prioritized based on criticality for health, life, safety first.
  • All major utilities, emergency power, and life safety systems will operate as they do now.
  • To report any urgent Facilities-related issues, please call 212-305-HELP (4357), option 3. Please submit all non-urgent requests via the online work order system.

On-Campus Dining

  • The CUIMC Student Meal Plan is operating on its normal schedule but is only offering a “to-go” service. 
  • The Faculty Club lunch buffet is closed until further notice. View more information on the Faculty Club website
  • The Faculty Club catering is available for deliveries with some limitations. If you have any questions email 
  • Hours and availability of Hilltop Perk locations across campus have been modified by location, as follows:
    • Black Building: Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    • 83 Haven Ave: Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Hammer Health Sciences Building: the cafe is closed
  • Au Bon Pain at 1121 St. Nicholas Ave. will remain open Monday to Friday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. All service is limited to third-party delivery service (GrubHub) and takeout only. The Au Bon Pain kiosk in the School of Nursing building is closed until further notice.
  • The CUIMC Campus Bookstore is closed until further notice.

Parking and Alternate Transportation Information

Temporary parking will be available to CUIMC employees who need to commute to the medical center during this time.

  • Please email CUIMC Parking with the CUIMC employee name, employee email address, vehicle information (if known), and estimated duration parking will be needed.

    • If the employee is using a personal credit card, please indicate “personal credit card” as the payment type in the email. A representative from CUIMC Parking will follow up with the employee directly to collect and securely process their credit card information.

    • If the department is covering the parking expenses, please provide the chart string to be charged.

  • All requests will be processed immediately and confirmed via email.

  • All temporary parking requests will be assigned to 100 Haven Ave. Parking Garage, located at Haven Ave. and 171st St.

  • Temporary parking arrangements will continue to be assessed and updated as University guidelines change.

  • Temporary rate: $10 per day/person (not to exceed a monthly rate of $262/month/person).

  • To help limit the transmission of COVID-19, all parkers must self-park their cars in ALL CUIMC parking garages as space permits and retain their keys. Once space becomes unavailable, parking attendants will then valet any remaining cars. For questions or inquiries, please contact CUIMC Parking at

Additionally, CUIMC is partnering with Lyft and Citi Bike to offer free 30-day memberships for essential personnel. This free membership includes unlimited 45-minute rides on classic Citi Bike bicycles and e-bikes for a 30-day period. For additional information and to sign up, please contact Jeet Viswanathan, director of energy management and sustainability, at

Student Health Service

Student Housing

  • Columbia University must significantly reduce the number of students in our residential buildings at the medical center. From a public health perspective, buildings such as Bard Hall present a challenge not only because of the large number of students in residence but also because of the number of shared bathrooms, showers, and kitchens, which increase exposure and would limit our ability to self-isolate any who are exposed or become sick.
  • We continue to encourage any student who lives in any on-campus residential building who can leave to do so. Please take a moment to fill out the Office of Housing Services’ Residency of Intent form to indicate if you will be remaining on campus for the rest of the semester or if you will be moving out for the rest of the semester.
  • For more detailed information please read the FAQs on Student Housing and COVID-19 webpage and contact with further questions.