Virtual Student Resources, Events and Important Information

Friday, March 27, 2020

Dear Students,

As Columbia “returns” from spring break, I am ever inspired by your resilience in adapting to our changing world. Please save this email, as it includes important information for you about resources, student community activities, and more.

  • University Life’s newsletter will arrive in your inbox early next week, with great virtual ways to connect across Columbia from wherever you are in the world – fitness classes, an online bake-off, cooking class, Trivia @ Noon on Instagram, and more.

  • Events Council Panel Mixer, Thu 4/2 @ 6:30 PM, on Zoom. Meet members of the University Life Events Council and discover what it's like to create University-wide social programs and events for all Columbia students. Register here. You may apply here for Events Council Leadership positions by April 5. 

  • Watch the University Life forum on COVID-19 and learn from Columbia experts about the virus, public health, mental health, and how to take care of yourself if you are not feeling well. 

  • Check out Columbia’s newly updated COVID-19 site for your questions and concerns.  

  • Protect yourself and others: Keep your social distance (6 feet away from others), wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily and stay home if you’re not feeling well.

  • If you’re in New York: The Governor’s order prohibits “non-essential” gatherings of any size.  This includes gatherings on campus, whether inside or outdoors.  

  • Columbia’s Religious Life offers you many opportunities to gather, learn and pray together, including a multi-faith fellowship salon, religious study, and coffee hours.  

  • Please see below for Columbia’s health and well-being resources for you, including information about after-hours care.  


Please know we are thinking of you whether you are here in New York or anywhere else in the world. As always, we welcome hearing from you at with your questions and suggestions.  

In community,

Professor Suzanne B. Goldberg
Executive Vice President for University Life
Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law



Morningside Campus

All services have Monday-Friday hours, and 24/7 call lines are bolded below. Visit for more information.   

  • Alice! Health Promotion: Virtual health education and BASICS appointments: Write to or call 212-854-5453.

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS): Virtual individual counseling and medication management plus assistance with referrals to local resources, for all students enrolled in Columbia Health. After-hours crisis intervention is available at all times, including days and nights this weekend. Call 212-854-2878 for all services.

  • Medical Services: For urgent, in-person medical needs, call 212-854-7426 to speak to a Columbia Health clinician. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Virtual appointments available on weekdays for routine and urgent medical care. After hours call 212-854-7426.

  • The Student Health Insurance Office: Virtual support for your insurance questions. Write to

  • Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP): Virtual individual sessions for sexual health-related concerns. Call 212-854-6655 or email

Medical Center Campus

Visit CUIMC Student Health Service for more information.

University-wide Resources for Students

  • Disability Services: Virtual support for academic and housing accommodations for students registered with Disability Services. Write to or call 212-854-2388.

  • Sexual Violence Response (SVR): Virtual trauma-informed, confidential support. Weekdays call 212-854-3500 or email SVR’s 24/7 year-round helpline: 212-854-HELP/4357.