Dear Barnard Community,
I write to make you aware of the note (below) that President Bollinger sent out this morning. Our thoughts are with the member of the Columbia community who has tested positive for COVID-19 and their family.
As I wrote to the community earlier this week, as classes will be virtual for the rest of the semester, we are urging students to move out of the residence halls - as soon as possible - because of the communal living, bathroom and dining facilities. Reducing the density of people in these spaces is essential to reducing the risk of virus spread for everyone on campus during this next critical phase of COVID-19’s evolution. We are asking students to make sacrifices here to help protect those in our community most vulnerable to infection.
The situation is rapidly changing in the Columbia community, NYC and across the globe. New restrictions on international travel (and possible restrictions on domestic travel) have led to increased urgency in Barnard’s response. Only students who have no other option but to be on campus should remain in the residence halls through spring semester (e.g., those who are not able to return home, have compromised immune systems that prevent travel, have housing insecurity).
All students must finalize their plans using the Housing Response Form no later than 5 p.m. Monday, March 16. As Dean Grinage outlined in a message to students Friday, financial assistance for students on need-based aid is available to leave campus.
Barnard staff should continue to work with managers of their units to determine if they can work remotely, based on responsibilities of positions. As I wrote to staff on Thursday, Barnard will be conducting a Remote-Work Pilot Test this coming week. The goal is to protect the well-being of our community while the educational work of Barnard continues.
These are certainly trying times for us all. We are working hard to provide you with the most up-to-date information (here on this site) we have and to uphold the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Please continue to take care of one another.
Sian Leah Beilock
Columbia University message
Dear member of the Columbia community:
Over the past week, I have sent messages setting forth our efforts to grapple with the health risks of COVID-19 while doing our best to keep the University functioning. Each one has asked for increasing levels of change in our operations in response to rising risks. Today is yet another. Two significant events have happened in the last 24 hours. The first involves the increased number of people in the surrounding region infected with the virus and, most immediately, the discovery that one of the members of our community has been infected. The second change is the announcement that the federal government is entertaining the prospect of imposing restrictions on domestic travel. Both of these now require us to take the following steps, and I ask everyone to help with implementing them.
We must significantly reduce the number of students in our residence halls. Any student who can leave must leave, by Tuesday, March 17. Some students will not be able to leave, and for us to care for them, in every sense, we need the space to do so. It is, therefore, a responsibility of those who can go home to do so. We recognize this is for almost everyone a major sacrifice, and we are prepared to, and are preparing ourselves to help in every way we can.
We must take steps to reduce our research activities to those that are “essential” — at this point a necessarily vague standard, but one that at least points us in a direction we must go and that can be implemented with careful thought and particularity by our respective Deans and Chairs.
At the Medical Center, we must continue to reduce the number of students in our dormitory, identify what research can be done remotely, and take other steps to suspend student clerkships and rotations. Here, especially, our efforts must be to aggregate our medical capacity to serve the patient needs likely to arise from the spread of the virus.
Lastly, we need to close various non-academic areas that bring people together in large groups, such as the gymnasium and our Chapel.
All of these actions will lead us to become an even more virtual community for the time being. As such, Columbia will remain our point of connection in teaching, research, and action, as well as emotionally. This is a time for everyone to help each other out as much as possible. As always, this communication will be followed by others with more details. I am sorry to convey these messages and actions.
Lee C. Bollinger
巴纳德学院校长，希恩·莉亚·贝洛克（Sian Leah Beilock）敬上
我们必须采取措施将我们的研究活动减少到“必要”的研究 — 在这一点上，这是一个模糊的标准，但至少可以指出我们必须走的方向，并且可以通过我们的认真思考和特殊性来实施，特别是院长和主席们。