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.

Covid-19 October 16 Update: Remote Learning Extended through June 2021

Friday, October 16, 2020

Dear Union Community,   Let me offer yet another welcome to 2020 Fall Semester at Union.  We are glad to see our returning students and excited to welcome the new incoming class. Given all the pressures students are required to manage as they learn, it is remarkable to me that each of you has taken

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CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Allocation Summary and Grant Report

Friday, October 9, 2020

Report Date: October 10, 2020 Union Theological Seminary (Union) has received funding under the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. Union returned the signed Certification and Agreement to the Department and will use no less than 50% of funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial

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Covid-19 August 13 Update: Safety and Wellness Community Guide

Thursday, August 13, 2020

INTRODUCTION In planning for the Fall 2020 semester, a Return to Campus Committee was created in response to the COVID‐19 health crisis, tasked with ensuring that campus is ready to welcome students, faculty and staff in a safe manner according to state and New York City guidelines. As previously announced, Fall 2020 begins with a

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Covid-19 August 8 Update: Arriving on Campus Guidelines

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Dear students,   The faculty and staff at Union are looking forward to welcoming you to campus this fall, whether you are a new student, a current student returning to the residence halls, or living locally and planning to join us in the academic building for community activities. It is important for you to know

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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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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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