CUIMC Campus Status

Updated: Friday, May 15 (3:00 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.
  • While the Hammer Health Sciences Center loading dock continues to operate from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, please call the P&S Mailroom at 212-305-3497 and a representative from Facilities Management will be available to assist with accessing the loading dock.
  • 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 Santander 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 Transportation Information

  • Beginning June 1, 2020 CUIMC Parking will resuming collecting monthly parking fees from all monthly parkers.

    • Payroll deduction:Payroll deduction for your parking costs will start on June 1. There is nothing for your to do if you currently have this payment option.  
    • Via check: You will see a $262 charge on your June invoices and moving forward.
    • Via an automated bill paying service through your bank: Please update your banking service so payment is mailed to us starting in June.
    • For questions, please contact CUIMC Parking at
  • The free temporary parking currently available to CUIMC employees who need to commute to the medical center during this time will be ending on May 31, 2020.  If you wish to continue parking on-campus, you may register and apply for monthly commuter parking. The monthly parking fee is $262 per month. Due to limited capacity monthly parking applications are on first come first serve basis.

    In order to be eligible for monthly parking, you must:

    • Be CUIMC Faculty or Administrative staff job grade 106 or higher, and 
    • reside outside of Manhattan. 
    • A limited number of parking spaces will be available for daily guest parking based on parking lot capacity. If a department wishes to pay for guest parking for an employee, a guest parking request must be submitted 72 hours in advance with a valid chart string. We will send you an email confirmation 24 hours after you submit your request. The daily rate for guest parking is $35. 

      For questions or concerns, please contact CUIMC Parking at  

  • Additionally, CUIMC is partnering with Lyft and Citi Bike to offer free annual memberships for essential personnel. This free membership includes unlimited 45-minute rides on classic Citi Bike bicycles additionally, E-bikes fares will be waived through 6/30/202 for trips up to 45 minutes when rented through the Citi Bike app. For additional information and to sign up, please contact Jeet Viswanathan, director of energy management and sustainability, at 
  • As University operations have shifted in response to public health directives, Columbia Transportation is reducing shuttle bus service to be in line with current ridership. Visit the Columbia Transportation website for more information.

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.