Visitor Guidelines

Visitor Guidelines

Current Guidance

Beginning August 18, 2022 visitors must:

  • Access campus through the Zankel Hall main entrance
  • Present proof of COVID-19 vaccination at the Public Safety desk. Proof of vaccination may include a CDC card, WHO booklet, country-specific COVID-19 vaccination card, Epic Connect record, Excelsior pass or other verifiable document will be accepted as proof of vaccination.
  • Present a government-issued photo ID

A visitor Daily Health Screening will not be required to enter campus after August 18. Visitors should adhere to TC’s face coverings requirements and health hygiene practices. Masks are currently optional on campus for fully vaccinated individuals

All visitors to campus must be vaccinated, including children ages 5 and older. Children under 5 years of age will only be permitted on campus if they are enrolled at the child care centers outlined below and/or serve as research participants. Additional guidance pertaining to minors on campus can be found in TC’s Policy for the Supervision of Minors on Campus

Additional guidance for specific categories of visitors is noted below. Exceptions to these visitor guidelines will rarely be made and must be approved by either the Provost, the Vice President for Finance and Operations, or the Vice President for Administration.

Categories of Visitors

Visiting and Exchange Students

Non-degree visiting students (domestic and international) will only be permitted to attend classes that meet in-person with approval of the Office of the Provost.

Guest speakers

Granting access to occasional guest speakers to attend a class must be done prudently and follows the visitor guidance outlined above. 

Visitors to residential buildings

Visitors to residential buildings are allowed. These guests will be asked to provide proof of vaccination to the resident or Public Safety Officer if there is one present. Residential Services guest passes are available for 2 or more days with a maximum of 7 consecutive days and may be obtained from the Office of Residential Services. Guest passes are limited to individuals who provide proof of vaccination. Guests must comply with all College and residential policies. Family members who accompany admitted students for the purposes of move-in at the beginning of each semester will be able to access residential halls for limited periods of time during these activities. All individuals assisting with the move-in and out of students during the year will need to comply with all visitor health and safety protocols.

Admission visitors

Prospective students are permitted on campus for specialty events coordinated through the Office of Admission. These events will require pre-registration and will be held at limited capacity. Visitors must comply with all health and safety protocols. Individual appointments will be conducted over the phone or virtually; those interested should contact the Office of Admission for information on scheduling.

Faculty and staff search candidates

Faculty and employee search candidates are allowed on campus and subject to the same protocols as other visitors.

Faculty, staff and students of affiliated institutions

Columbia University and Barnard faculty, staff and students may use their institution’s daily health checks (such as the CU ReOpen App) to access TC campus.

Minors for Child Care Centers and Research Participants

Minors and the individuals accompanying them to the Hollingsworth and Rita Gold Centers will follow strict protocols related to campus access and movement within campus. These protocols will be communicated directly to these individuals by the Centers.

Research Participants

The TC Institutional Review Board (TC IRB) office, in consultation with the Research Compliance & Safety Committee (RCSC), has developed requirements and phases to describe the gradual approach to re-starting in-person research. All research participants are expected to follow College policies related to proof of vaccination and health and safety protocols. Visits by minors under the age of 5 or an exception to any health and safety protocol for the purposes of research participation on campus must first be approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Additional guidance pertaining to minors on campus can be found in TC’s Policy for the Supervision of Minors on Campus

For COVID-19 research-related questions, please review Ethics Amid Uncertainty FAQs, TC IRB’s Updates page, or “Adapting Research in an Emergency” before contacting the IRB office (

Due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions, any research participation that can be conducted online or remotely should move forward with online procedures, and forgo in-person engagement.


Alumni are considered visitors and subject to the requirements contained within the above guidelines.

The safety of the entire TC community continues to be our top priority, and the policies and procedures detailed on this website are a critical part of TC’s plan for protecting our community against the spread of COVID-19. All individuals are expected to comply with any policies that apply to them. Individuals who do not comply may be subject to disciplinary action, including being restricted from campus. We thank you for your cooperation and compliance as we work to transition back to campus as a community.

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