Executive Education's COVID-19 Safety Plans

For programs and modules of 5 days or less

Updated Sept 28, 2021

Columbia Business School Executive Education will resume on-campus programs starting February 2022. Based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as university, government, and health entities, we have carefully established protocols designed to promote a healthy environment for our faculty, staff, participants, and visitors.

The current protocols require participants in our classroom programs to be fully vaccinated OR to have completed COVID-19 testing within 72 hours prior to arrival. Currently, everyone on campus is required to wear a mask in all indoor, public places on campus, except while actively eating or drinking.

We will continue to monitor all CDC guidelines and the protocols and requirements may be adjusted if conditions change. Please review this page and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) before your arrival on campus so you have the most current information. If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected].


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the health requirements to attend an on-campus executive education program?
A participant will need to provide proof of vaccination OR proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival on campus.

Which vaccines are acceptable?
All vaccinations that have been approved by the CDC are acceptable. The final shot of the vaccination series must have been completed at least two weeks prior to arrival.

What are the requirements for testing if I am unvaccinated or chose not to provide vaccination status?
Participants must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test that was done no more than 72 hours prior to arrival on campus. The participant is responsible for the cost of this test. Any positive test result will prohibit the participant from attending the program.

Which tests are acceptable?
Participants may submit an approved PCR test. A participant with a positive COVID-19 test prior to arrival on campus will not be permitted to attend the program. Any additional expenses incurred due to a positive test are the sole responsibility of the individual.

Do I need to wear a mask on campus?
Columbia Business School faculty, staff and Executive Education participants are required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccine status, in all indoor, public places on campus except while eating and drinking.

Faculty who are fully vaccinated and who are teaching in person may do so without a mask, provided they maintain appropriate distancing.

How far in advance do I need to submit my vaccination or testing documents?
We request that vaccination status is submitted 14 days prior to the program. The pre-arrival COVID-19 test result should be provided at least 12 hours prior to arrival.

What are the vaccination requirements for Columbia faculty and staff?
Columbia University requires vaccination for all faculty, staff, and enrolled students on campus. Any exceptions to the policy require University approval. Any outside vendors on campus are required to comply with the University’s masking requirement and their company’s health and safety requirements.

Are there any changes to live virtual programs?
We will continue to deliver programs in a live virtual format according to our published schedule. If you have any questions about your registration in an upcoming live virtual program, please email us at [email protected]