Winter Storm Update, 3/14/2017

Updated 3/14/17 at 1:00 p.m.

Dear Columbia Community,

To ensure the safety of our community in light of the anticipated intensity of the approaching winter storm, only essential personnel are expected to report to work today, Tuesday, March 14, consistent with University Policy.  If you have a question about your “essential status,” please check in with your supervisor.

Given the limited activities on campus today, the University’s card access system will be operating on a more restricted ’holiday’ schedule. If you plan on being on campus today, please remember to bring your CUID to ensure access to University buildings and spaces that are controlled by the card reader system.

Campus snow removal crews are out in full force. For those on campus, please note the following updates to services for today, Tuesday, March 14:

Morningside Campus Updates

  • Butler Library will open as study space from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with Public Safety presence only. All services, including stack access and circulation are closed. All other libraries are closed.
  • Dodge Fitness Center will be open per its normal hours. Check for updates.
  • JJ’s Place (operating out of John Jay Dining Hall) will be open per its Spring Recess schedule
  • Health Services: Medical Services and Counseling & Psychological Services will be open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For all other operations, please check the Health website for updates. 
  • The following Morningside campus gates will be closed for snow removal and icy conditions:
    • College Walk pedestrian gates (both Broadway and Amsterdam)  
    • College Walk main gates will remain open
    • Chapel gate
    • Earl Hall gate
    • CEPSR 120th Street gate
    • The exterior staircase at the Northwest Corner Building will be closed due to hazardous conditions. Please use the interior route as an alternative.

Columbia University Medical Center Updates

  • All College of Physicians and Surgeons and College of Dental Medicine classes are canceled.
  • The CUMC Student Meal Plan, managed by the Faculty Club, will operate as regularly scheduled, today, March 14 from 5 p.m. until 7:15 p.m. in the Bard Hall Ballroom.
  • The Faculty Club Lunch buffet will be closed today, 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 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • The College of Dental Medicine teaching clinics will be closed today, March 14.
  • 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.
  • Any additional CUMC-related impacts will be sent in a separate message to the CUMC community.


  • The Intercampus Shuttle is suspended due to road conditions. Please check the Transportation website for updates.
  • Lamont-Doherty Shuttle service is suspended. 
  • The Ft. Lee/GWB Shuttle is suspended.
  • The Public Safety Evening Shuttle is expected to be suspended until road conditions allow service. 
  • The Arbor Shuttle is suspended. 
  • Currently, MTA subway and bus, and regional commuter rail lines and bus services are operating with some delays and reduction in service.  Metro-North will suspend service by noon. Check with your transportation provider for current service updates.

University Events

We anticipate that most, if not all events will be canceled due to the storm, but we advise members of the University community and event guests to check directly with event sponsors. 

Stay Informed 

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

We urge all members of the Columbia community to stay informed about conditions as the storm progresses. 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.

For essential personnel traveling tomorrow, please exercise caution and allow extra travel time. To everyone in the University community, please stay safe.