This Fall, SIPA is dedicated to fostering a vibrant academic and co-curricular experience on campus while also ensuring the health and safety of our community. The below procedures are designed to facilitate the school’s compliance with Columbia University’s Fall 2021 policies and guidance on events and gatherings (review the details here) and visitors to campus (review the details here).

Events & Gatherings

CU’s guidance on events and gatherings is based on Columbia’s Framework for COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Management Plan, which takes into consideration that circumstances remain fluid. All event hosts must be responsible for adherence to safety protocols associated with the levels and types of gatherings described.

CU’s guidelines for Fall 2021 state: 

  • All in-person events should be limited to CUID holders only (students, faculty, and staff only). 
  • Events or gatherings that wish to include non-CUID holders as speakers or participants should be held virtually (or in a hyflex format where outside participants join virtually). Non-CUID holders include alumni, donors, friends of SIPA, prospective students, etc. Exceptions to this will be rare and only considered only where it can be shown that an in-person format is necessary to advancing the mission of the sponsoring program.
  • Off-campus events and gatherings sponsored by Columbia are subject to the same considerations, restrictions, and approvals as those on campus.

SIPA’s Exceptions Pre-Approval Process

I. Faculty and Administrative-sponsored Events
Requests for exceptions for faculty-or administrative-sponsored events can be made using the Request for Exception form. These requests will first be reviewed by the Dean’s Office, and if approved, subsequently reviewed by the President’s Advisory Task Force on COVID-19. Therefore, please allow ample time (35 days prior to your event is recommended) for approval. Please submit requests to [email protected]Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and you will be notified in a timely manner of the status of your request.

II.  Student-sponsored Events
Student groups should continue using Campus Groups to submit their event proposals for approval by the Office of Student Affairs.

Guest Speakers & Visitors in Classes

In accordance with Columbia’s policies, guest lecturers, speakers, exchange students, or visitors in the classroom or academic setting should be virtual unless it is deemed necessary to a course, an academic program, or a research endeavor and must be approved by the DeanPlease submit your request for planned visitors via this form for approval review.  Requests should be received at least 21 days in advance in order to ensure timely review.  Questions can be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs ([email protected]). Please note that visitors may be subject to proof of vaccination, symptom attestation, and may be required to wear a mask.