COVID-19 Guidance for Barnard

What do I need to know?

  • Barnard has moved to virtual classes starting Wednesday, March 11, 2020 through the end of the spring semester, following the directive of Columbia University.
    • Barnard’s Center for Engaged Pedagogy and IMATS have partnered on training materials and other assistance for both students and faculty.
    • See Virtual Class Resources and Instruction for details
  • Only limited services and access to certain buildings are available on campus at this time.
  • Essential services are in place for students whose personal circumstances necessitate remaining in the residence halls. 
  • All events and gatherings are cancelled for spring semester 2020.
  • All formally scheduled campus visit programs, including campus tours, information sessions, special group tours and class visits, are suspended until further notice. In the meantime, we invite prospective students to view our website, follow us on Instagram, and explore our Barnard videos and student bloggers on YouTube.
  • An Incident Response Team is meeting regularly to guide the College’s continued response to the coronavirus and plan for possible disruptions related to the coronavirus.
  • For more information, please see the COVID-19 FAQs and Student Semester Completion FAQ.

Updated March 25, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

As we would expect at this time of year, we are seeing many cases of influenza and other common respiratory illnesses in our students, faculty, and staff. If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, or if you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you have recently traveled to an area with ongoing community spread, please call your health care provider.

Students: Call Primary Care Health Services at 212-854-2091
ask to speak to a provider

Faculty + Staff: Please contact your primary care provider

The College recommends following the CDC prevention guidelines, including: 

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds several times a day.
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the crook of your elbow when you sneeze or cough.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.