CUMC Operations Status

Last Updated March 14, 2017, at 5:02 p.m.

Columbia University and Columbia University Medical Center will resume normal operations on Wednesday, March 15. While we expect to have normal operations tomorrow—including class schedules for the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the College of Dental Medicine—the weather conditions may slow your normal commute. Please allow extra time and exercise caution as you travel to the medical center tomorrow.

Campus Accessibility:

  • The medical center is accessible, and sidewalks and building entrances are clear. Please exercise caution when walking on the sidewalks. Report unsafe conditions—such as icy sidewalks or falling ice from nearby buildings and/or construction sites—to Facilities Management immediately at 305-HELP (305-4357), option 3.
  • The revolving entry doors at the Georgian Residence as well as the Hammer Health Sciences Center lower level entrance will remain temporarily closed until the winds have significantly reduced in speed. You can enter the Georgian building using the adjacent accessible doors. The Hammer building’s main entrance and access ramp—located at W. 169th Street and Fort Washington Avenue—will remain available.

ColumbiaDoctors and Clinical Operations:

  • ColumbiaDoctors practices, including the Dental Faculty Practice, will reopen tomorrow, March 15. However, we suggest that patients call their health care provider’s offices to confirm appointments.
  • The College of Dental Medicine teaching clinics will also reopen tomorrow, March 15.

Transportation:

  • All campus shuttles are expected to resume service tomorrow, March 15, but may experience delays due to road conditions. Please check the Transportation website for updates.
  • The Allan Rosenfield Building parking lot remains temporarily closed as CUMC Facilities continues its snow removal efforts. Individuals who park in the Allan Rosenfield Parking lot should continue to temporarily park at the 100 Haven Ave. parking garage, located at the intersection of Haven Avenue and 171st Street (please display your ARB parking hangtag to the parking attendant). Additional updates on the lot’s status will be communicated directly to affected individuals.

Please continue to check this page, the Columbia Preparedness website, and your University email for updates, should additional information become available. Students and faculty should also check their school’s website for any weather-related changes to class schedules and events.

CUMC Facilities Management, CUMC Public Safety, and Environmental Health and Safety are available to assist with campus, building, laboratory, or other issues that may arise. For Facilities Management, call 305-HELP (305-4357), option 3. For Public Safety, call 305-8100 for routine matters or 305-7979 for an on-campus emergency. For problems in research laboratories, call Environmental Health and Safety at 305-6780.


Last Updated March 14, 2017, at 10:10 a.m.

  • The Intercampus Shuttle is suspended due to road conditions. Please check the Transportation website for updates.
  • All of the Hilltop Perk locations (including the deli located at 83 Haven Ave.) are closed today.


Last Updated March 13, 2017, at 4:59 p.m.

Due to forecasted weather conditions, all classes in the College of Physicians and Surgeons and College of Dental Medicine are canceled tomorrow. (No classes are scheduled at the Mailman School of Public Health and the School of Nursing due to spring break.)  Only essential CUMC personnel are expected to report to work tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14, consistent with University Policy. CUMC senior management in each department and school determines which functions are essential, and how to staff those functions. Senior management in each department and school will communicate the information to all faculty and staff. If you have any questions, please contact your department or school.

Campus Operations:

  • CUMC Student Health Service—including Primary Care Medical Services, Mental Health Services, the Center for Student Wellness, and Administrative & Insurance Services—will be open tomorrow, March 14, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. If you are a CUMC student in need of urgent medical advice after 4 p.m. tomorrow, please call Student Health Services at 212-305-3400, and select option 7 for emergency telephone consultations.
  • The CUMC Student meal plan, managed by the Faculty Club, will operate as regularly scheduled, tomorrow March 14 from 5 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. in the Bard Hall Ballroom.
  • The Faculty Club lunch buffet will be closed tomorrow, March 14.
  • The Knowledge Center at the Augustus C. Long Health Sciences Library will remain open as a 24-hr study space; the information desk, however, will be open tomorrow, March 14, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • The Bard Athletic Center is tentatively scheduled to be open for normal operations tomorrow, March 14. However, guests should call the center directly at 212-304-7010 to confirm hours of operation.

 ColumbiaDoctors and Clinical Operations:

  • Most ColumbiaDoctors practices, including the Dental Faculty Practice, are closed Tuesday, March 14. We anticipate all practices reopening on Wednesday, March 15. If you have any questions, please speak with your manager.
  • Most patients have been contacted to rescheduled their appointments. If you are aware of a patient who has not received a rescheduling call, please ask him or her call the practice to confirm that the practice is open.
  • The College of Dental Medicine teaching clinics will be closed tomorrow, March 14. 

Campus Accessibility:

  • The revolving doors located in front of Hammer Health Sciences Center and the Georgian Residence will be temporarily closed. Entry will be available using the adjacent accessible doors. The Hammer Building lower level one entrance will also be temporarily closed. The building’s main entrance access ramp—located at 169th Street and Fort Washington Avenue—will remain available.
  • If you encounter any accessibility issues during this time, please contact Public Safety at 212-305-8100 for assistance.

Transportation:

  • The Intercampus Shuttle is expected to remain in operation with delays, with possible suspension due to road conditions. Please check the Transportation website for updates.

In preparation for the upcoming storm, please take the following precautions today before you leave:

  • Close and lock all windows and doors, and close blinds and curtains, especially in spaces that are not normally occupied. Leaving windows open in “forgotten” spaces wastes energy and can lead to damage to work areas, including floods, due to the increased wind speeds and snow accumulation.
  • Turn off computers, lights, and other equipment. Move electrical or valuable items off the floor and away from windows.
  • If your lab or experiments depend on electricity, make sure critical equipment is plugged into outlets that are backed up by emergency power. If you are not sure which outlets are on emergency power, contact Facilities Management at 305-HELP (4357), option 3.
  • Make sure all faucets are off.
  • Report unsafe conditions—such as icy areas, building floods, or flying debris from nearby buildings and/or construction sites—to Facilities Management immediately at 305-HELP (305-4357), option 3.

CUMC Facilities Management, CUMC Public Safety, and Environmental Health and Safety are available to assist with campus, building, laboratory, or other issues that may arise. For Facilities Management, call 305-HELP (305-4357), option 3, or email cumc.facilities@columbia.edu. For Public Safety, call 305-8100 for routine matters or 305-7979 for an on-campus emergency. For problems in research laboratories, call Environmental Health and Safety at 305-6780.

As the University continues to monitor the storm, members of the CUMC community are encouraged to check this page, the Columbia Preparedness website, and their University email for additional updates. For real-time weather information, visit the National Weather Service or on Twitter @NWSNewYorkNY. Stay informed by signing up for Notify NYC, the City’s official source for emergency information, or by visiting New York City’s Severe Weather website. You may also sign up for campus and building-specific alerts.

Campus snow removal crews are mobilized and prepared to begin snow removal as soon as the snowfall begins during the overnight. For those who must travel during this storm, please stay safe, exercise caution and allow extra travel time.


Last Updated March 13, 2017, at 12:45 p.m.

The National Weather Service has upgraded its Blizzard Watch to a Blizzard Warning for the New York City metropolitan area from late tonight into Tuesday evening. The current forecast calls for heavy snow and blizzard conditions, with snow accumulation of 12-20 inches, strong winds, and dangerous travel conditions. 

Columbia University Facilities and Operations anticipates that many events will be canceled due to the storm and advises members of the University community and event guests to check directly with event sponsors.

Essential personnel are expected to report to work tomorrow, Tuesday, March 14, consistent with University Policy. Please stay safe, exercise caution, and allow extra travel time. We will communicate any impact to non-essential personnel by 5:00 p.m. today. If you have a question about your “essential status,” please contact your department or school.

The Emergency Management Operations Team (EMOT) continues to actively monitor the situation. Please continue to check this page and the Columbia Preparedness website for updates as more information becomes available.


Last Updated March 13, 2017, at 8:30 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Watch for the New York City metropolitan area from Monday night through Tuesday evening. The current forecast calls for heavy snow and blizzard conditions, with snow accumulation of 12 to 18 inches, strong winds, and hazardous travel conditions. The Emergency Management Operations Team (EMOT) is actively monitoring the situation.

We urge all members of the Columbia community to stay informed about conditions as the storm progresses. Please continue to check this page and the Columbia Preparedness website for updates as more information becomes available. For real-time weather information, visit the National Weather Service or on Twitter @NWSNewYorkNY. Stay informed by signing up for Notify NYC, the City’s official source for emergency information, or by visiting New York City’s Severe Weather website.