Barnard College continues to closely monitor the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and, together with the larger Columbia University community and other Institutions of Higher Education, is following the guidelines of the CDC and Health and Human Services, which recommend a 14-day period of self-isolation for anyone who has recently been in mainland China.

In total, 13 students who live on Barnard’s campus agreed to self-isolation, and all but four have already completed their 14-day precaution. The remaining four, none of whom have exhibited any symptoms, will have completed it by early this week. Barnard has and will continue to provide assistance and support to these students by offering food, mental health support, and in coordinating coursework. To be clear, none of our students have exhibited any symptoms whatsoever and none are suspected of having the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Barnard apologizes and regrets that an email went to two students suggesting there could be college disciplinary action for not being in their room. The College recognizes that the email was not accurate, appropriate, or acceptable. We recognize what a difficult time this is for students and our goal is to support them in any way we can.

Below you can find the emails that have been sent out to the Barnard community. You can also find an FAQ on the protocol Barnard is following as part of the larger Columbia University community.