COVID-19 Guidance for the Union Community

In an effort to inform the Union Community with the most current information regarding COVID-19, we will update this page regularly with announcements. The Union administration is working closely with our partners at Columbia University Office of Preparedness and Columbia Health to monitor the virus and will continue to assess the situation.

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause mild illness like the common cold to more serious respiratory illness like pneumonia. A new version called COVID-19 was detected in December 2019 and appears to be highly contagious. There is evidence that it is spread from person to person by droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms may show up 2 – 14 days later.

For immediate questions, call the Columbia Health Hotline at 212-854-9355. If any of you have any questions or concerns, please contact the following individuals:

Students should contact Dean of Students Charlene Visconti.
Faculty should contact Dean Pamela Cooper-White.
Staff should contact Diana Torres-Petrilli, Chief Human Resource Officer.

Academic and Community Life Plans for 2020-2021

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Dear Union Community, We are pleased to have you as a member of the Union family for the 2020-2021 Academic Year! We are truly a place where “faith and scholarship meet to reimagine the work of justice,” and the year ahead promises to be one where we live into this critical mission with even greater

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Union joins with interfaith partners and Lincoln Center for #MemorialForUsAll

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Memorial For Us All Community Remembrance Initiative Launches Sunday Union Theological Seminary and other Interfaith Partners Enlist Artists and Lincoln Center to Honor Those Lost During COVID-19 Pandemic Weekly Remembrances Beginning Sunday May 3 With a Tribute From Wynton Marsalis To honor and celebrate those lost to COVID-19, interfaith leaders have enlisted musicians and Lincoln

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COVID-19 March 21 Update: Emergency Student Fund

Saturday, March 21, 2020

This has been a challenging and anxious season for everyone—in our community, across our nation and around the world. Yet through it all there are glimpses of grace, especially in the support, care and concern that you so faithfully and tenderly show toward our Union community. I would like to thank those of you who

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COVID-19 March 17 Update: Message Recap

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

I hope you are all hanging in there. This past week has been extremely stressful and has required a great deal from every sector of the Union Community. As you know, we have taken aggressive steps to help ensure that we minimize exposure to COVID-19, and at every turn, you have responded with graciousness and

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COVID-19 March 15 Update: Dorm Housing

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Dear Union Community, I am writing to you this morning with a sense of urgency and out of deep compassion and concern for every member of our community. I have very important updates on the health risks of COVID-19 and Union’s response to it. Two important changes occurred since my last note, both of which

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PREVENTIVE MEASURES

People at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19 should follow the latest recommendations from the CDC.

Everyone should follow these preventive measures:

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