Policies & Procedures

The Law School has put into place supplemental policies and procedures to safeguard our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines below are intended to supplement University protocols. 


To protect the health and safety of the Columbia Law School community, the following restrictions related to events and programming will be in place until further notice. This guidance applies to all Law School-related gatherings, including but not limited to those convened by faculty, research centers and programs, student organizations, and administrative offices.  

  • Organizers should plan for all co-curricular events and programs to take place virtually until further notice. 
     
  • The Law School will not provide funding or other support for in-person events held off campus, including reimbursement for meals and space reservation fees. 
     
  • Exceptions for events and gatherings that cannot reasonably take place virtually may be requested from the Office of Student Services (for student events) or the Dean’s Office (for all other events). In the event that an exception is granted, no food will be permitted and, wherever possible, efforts should be made to hold events outdoors or in large-well ventilated spaces. All other relevant University restrictions will apply, including the following:
    • Compliance with New York State regulations limiting the size of in-person gatherings
       
    • Adherence to the requirements set forth in the Columbia Community Health Compact, including face coverings, physical distancing, and the use of campus spaces and buildings
       
    • Advance registration and maintenance of attendance records for contact tracing purposes
       
    • Restriction of event attendance to CUID cardholders only
       
  • Law School space will not be available for rental or use by external parties. 

A note regarding scheduling events: Due to changes in the class schedule, the traditional lunch hour (12:10 to 1:10 p.m.) will be shortened and take place slightly later than in typical years, from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Event organizers should keep this in mind when scheduling and consider making use of the 4:40 to 5:40 p.m. time slot, in addition to the lunchtime slot. 

Access to Law School buildings will be limited to those with a valid CUID card until further notice.

  • Visiting faculty with active appointments and who are scheduled to teach will be permitted on campus as they are valid CUID cardholders.
     
  • Guests invited by instructors to speak during class sessions (even if the class is meeting entirely or partly on campus) should participate virtually.
     
  • Other visitors, including but not limited to event speakers and panelists, research collaborators, and workshop speakers, should participate virtually.
     
  • Vendors and other external parties coming to campus for essential business purposes must abide by the University’s Vendor Clearance Policy.
     
  • Faculty may seek an exception for in-class guests who are truly unable to participate remotely by contacting the Dean’s Office. No exceptions will be granted for non-class events.
     
  • All visitors must abide by relevant protocols for University affiliates, including: 
    • Testing for COVID-19 within 14 days before coming to campus
       
    • Completing the daily symptom self-check
       
    • Abiding by New York State quarantine restrictions for travelers from certain locations
       
    • Affirming and complying with the terms of the Columbia Community Health Compact