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, reach out to Columbia Health at 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 MAR 10 Update: Classes will be online through 4/13

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

As the situation regarding COVID-19 continues to evolve, I have been working with our team to respond to the challenges it presents. At this time, we do not have any confirmed cases or quarantines in our Union community. It is important, however, that we do all we can to try to maintain the health and

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COVID-19 MAR 9 Update: Online Classes Wednesday to Friday

Monday, March 9, 2020

In light of the rapidly changing environment regarding COVID-19, we ask for your patience as we make adjustments to classes and campus life.    As was noted in yesterday’s post, classes today and tomorrow have been suspended. Our plan for Wednesday through Friday is to have classes online. Faculty will be contacting students with information

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COVID-19 MAR 8 Update: Classes Cancelled Monday and Tuesday (3/9 | 3/10)

Sunday, March 8, 2020

We are actively monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and have been in close contact with Columbia Preparedness. Late this evening we received notice from Columbia University that a member of Columbia’s community has been quarantined as a result of exposure to the Coronavirus, but at this point, they do not have a confirmed case. Columbia

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COVID-19 MAR 5 Update: Notes from Columbia’s Office of Preparedness

Thursday, March 5, 2020

We continue to monitor information and expert recommendations regarding the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and work closely with Columbia’s Office of Preparedness. With Spring Recess upon us, we thought it important to remind you, that anyone- whether they travel over the break or not- who feels ill or believes they may have been in

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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: