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Spring 2021 Return Information for Students

December 23, 2020

Dear Columbia Nursing Students, 

As we prepare for holiday break, we write to provide some Spring term reminders on the University’s ongoing work to create a safe campus for our School of Nursing community. To access campus in the Spring term, students will need to complete Gateway Testing (again, if previously tested in the Fall). As members of the health care and public health community, it is critical that we all follow the below requirements as a community.

Requirements for Students Coming on Campus in the Spring Term (for classes, simulation labs, library use, SHS, etc.)

Below is the checklist of student requirements:

  • Complete Training. All students must complete the Keeping Our Community Healthy training.
  • Read and Sign the Columbia Community Health Compact. Students must sign the Compact on the attestation app/attestation website to gain access to campuses.
    • Signing the Compact ensures students understand the policy, University expectations, and student accountability. The University will handle Compact violations, and the School of Nursing will take all violations seriously (including but not limited to failure to wear a mask, failure to follow physical distancing requirements on or off campus, and failure to complete COVID-19 PCR test before coming on campus). The Student Accountability Plan contains full details, including possible sanctions for violations.  
  • Get Gateway Testing. All community members (faculty, staff and students) must get Gateway testing at the beginning of the Spring semester (if physically accessing the University). This includes students who were previously tested and on campus in the Fall term. Spring testing details are online here. Spring testing begins on 1/4/2021. Results can take 24-36 hours, and students must receive a negative result to enter campus, so plan your testing date accordingly.
  • Quarantine. All students must follow quarantine policies and procedures.
  • CUIMC Student Travel. State requirements may change, so students should review travel guidelines frequently.
  • Attestation App. To gain access to our campuses and centers, all community members must complete the daily attestation app.

The ReopenCU app is linked to campus building access. Please complete all above requirements so you do not find your access to campus restricted.   

We all share a responsibility to help keep our campus safe. We trust that our nursing students will act responsibly, and follow university and school guidelines. As guidelines can change rapidly, please continue to watch your email accounts for University updates or visit the COVID-19 resource website.

We wish you a safe, healthy, and joyful holiday season!


Tania Quispe, MSEd
Sr. Director of Student Services