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COVID-19 Insights & Information

Whenever and wherever—Columbia will meet you both physically and intellectually, supporting you with incredible resources and a 30,000+ global alumni network.

Resources for the Columbia Community

Please visit the COVID-19 Resource Guide for the Columbia Community for updates to campus and academic operations.

Please know that there are many resources available to the entire Columbia community:

  • Coping with COVID 19 offers a library of resources to manage stress, anxiety, food insecurity and other concerns related to COVID 19
  • Guide for Grief & Loss provides information, tips and resources to support anyone who may be grieving and coping with loss.
  • NYC Well is available 24/7 for individuals to speak with a professional or peer counselor or confidential, non-judgmental emotional support, suicide prevention, crisis support, and help accessing mental health and substance abuse care.

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Student FAQ

Can students be trained (or a demo shared) to utilize Big Blue Button on Canvas?

Absolutely! Our Online Curriculum and Instruction team offers a comprehensive video tutorial which can be found by clicking here. Additionally, if students need more personalized assistance, they may submit a help desk ticket at 

Can the Career Design Lab build and host more workshops surrounding, “How to be Virtual” and virtual etiquette?

Yes! The Career Design Lab is actively offering educational programs to address the changes taking place in industry. As always, we encourage students to reach out to their career coaches who regularly address questions around virtual etiquette during weekly coffee chats as well as in individual coaching sessions.

Who are immediate points of contact if a student expresses that they are in crisis? 

If students are facing an emergency situation that needs immediate assistance, please contact local law enforcement at 911 or Columbia University Public Safety at 212-854-5555. In addition, please utilize the below campus resources. If this is a non-emergency situation, SPS students may contact their academic advisor or Danielle Pompili, Associate Director for Enrichment and Support at dmp2176 [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu ()

Medical Emergencies: If you are uncertain whether this is an emergency, contact Medical Services at 212-854-7426, available 24 hours a day. Urgent medical concerns are prioritized and will be assessed by a triage specialist, who will provide recommendations for care. Columbia University Emergency Medical Service, an ambulance service, is also available by calling 212-854-5555. This on-campus ambulance service is available 24 hours a day free of charge for the Morningside campus. It provides pre-hospital emergency medical care and transport to the Mount Sinai St. Luke's Hospital Emergency Room located at 1111 Amsterdam Avenue at 113th Street.

Mental Health: If you are experiencing an urgent mental health concern, please call Counseling & Psychological Services (CPS)  immediately at 212-854-2878, available 24/7. A clinician will assess your concern and recommend next steps for your care.

For immediate psychiatric care: Students may also go directly to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital Emergency Room located at 113th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, 212-523-3347.

Physical Safety: If you are being stalked or threatened, or have immediate concerns about your physical safety, contact Public Safety at 212-854-5555. Public Safety also provides an escort service; request an escort by calling 212-854-SAFE.

If you would like confidential non-emergency support and guidance around issues of personal safety—stalking, interpersonal harrassment and threats, or other issues of personal security—contact Sexual Violence Response (212-854-HELP/4357) and speak with a survivor advocate, available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Does SPS have an Emergency Relief Fund? 

Yes! We would like to remind students of our long-standing SPS Emergency Fund, and to let you know that we have made changes to the program in response to the rising levels of financial need among SPS students as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. 

To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in a Master of Science degree program, have completed at least 12 credits towards their degree and hold a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Additionally, students must have exhausted all other financial resources, including loans. Eligibility to apply does not guarantee and award. 

For more information on the fund and how to apply, please visit our website by clicking here. If you have questions about the fund please contact Danielle Pompili, Associate Director for Enrichment and Support at dmp2176 [[at]] columbia [[dot]] edu.

About the School of Professional Studies

In the evolving world of work, SPS innovates market-forward programs to close the gap between what employers demand and what graduates can deliver. The school offers 17 master’s degrees and a variety of flexible courses and formats in disciplines ranging from Applied Analytics and Nonprofit Management to Business and Human Rights. In addition, the school offers courses through Columbia Summer and Programs for High School Students, both of which are being offered fully online for the summer.