Classes canceled for March 21, 2018

Columbia University has canceled classes for March 21, 2018, in light of updated forecasts predicting snowfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour starting as early as the morning commute and total snow accumulation of 12 to 15 inches. We encourage students to check in with their professors, as some classes may be held virtually via web conference. 

Essential personnel are expected to report to work, consistent with University Policy.  Please stay safe, exercise caution and allow extra travel time.  Non-essential personnel who are able to travel safely to work are encouraged to do so, or should speak with a manager or supervisor about contingency plans if needed.  If you have a question about your “essential status,” please check in with your supervisor.

March 20, 2018

Please be aware of these additional operational changes related to the weather:

Morningside Campus Updates:

  • Butler Library is open as a 24-hour study space.  All other libraries will be closed tomorrow.
  • Dodge Fitness Center is open per its normal hours.
  • Columbia Dining facilities are operating, with some individual closures.  Check the Columbia Dining website or Facebook page for the latest updates prior to visiting a Dining facility to ensure that it is open before you go.
  • Counseling and Psychological Services main office in Lerner Hall is open until 4 p.m.  All other CPS locations are closed.  Students unable to reach campus or who require assistance after 4 p.m. can get help by calling the general CPS number at 212-854-2878.
  • The Student Mail Center will be open until 5 p.m.
  • The College Walk pedestrian gates (on both Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue), Earl Hall gate, 120th Street gate, Chapel gate, and exterior staircase at the Northwest Corner Building will be closed for snow removal.  All other gates and regular building entrances should be available to access campus. 

University Shuttle Buses:

  • The Intercampus, Manhattanville Loop, and Fort Lee shuttles will stop operating at 3:00 p.m. today due to worsening weather and road conditions. 
  • The Lamont Shuttle is not operating.
  • The Public Safety Evening Shuttle will operate this evening only if conditions allow.
  • The Arbor Shuttle operators will assess conditions and will communicate any service changes to Arbor residents.
  • Please check the Transportation website for additional impacts to the Intercampus, the Public Safety Evening Shuttle, Manhattanville Loop, Lamont, and Fort Lee shuttles prior to traveling by University shuttle.

University Events and Programs:

  • If you are planning to attend an event on campus, please reach out to the event organizer for the latest updates.

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

In Case of Emergency:
Campus Operations is available to assist with campus and building services. On the Morningside and Manhattanville campuses, contact the Facilities Services Center at 212-854-2222, 24 hours a day. At the Medical Center, contact Facilities Management at 212-305-HELP (4357), option 3, or after-hours call Public Safety at 212-305-8100. For any other emergencies, please contact Public Safety at 212-854-5555 (Morningside), 212-853-3333 (Manhattanville), 212-305-7979 (CUIMC), or 911 if appropriate.

Stay informed:
The EMOT team will keep you updated by email and/or text as well as via the University homepage, the Columbia Preparedness site and the Medical Center Operations site as new information becomes available that impacts you or our campus.  For real-time weather information, visit the National Weather Service. 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. 

Please stay safe and exercise caution when traveling.