Dear Colleagues,

First and foremost, thank you for your tireless efforts and your support for one another as we take on this new reality. We are especially grateful for our essential staff, whose commitment and dedication to the College is making a difference in the lives of the entire TC community.

We write today to inform you of the latest COVID-19 updates and guidance concerning workplace policies and pay continuation. 

Pay Continuation 

The College has extended the pay continuation program through May 31, 2020, for employees who are currently unable to work due to COVID-19 related circumstances. We will continue to review and revise workplace policies as the situation evolves. 

If you are receiving a paper check, we strongly recommend that you sign-up for direct deposit to limit disruptions in the payroll process. To sign up, please review the instructional document on the Payroll website.

COVID-19 Emergency Sick Days

As a reminder, full-time and regular part-time employees are allotted 14 emergency sick days to be used when an individual has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or under quarantine or isolation orders. This emergency sick time is separate from the pay continuation program available when employees do not have assigned work.

Technology Resources During COVID-19 

Working from home has been a big adjustment for many of use. TC has a number of resources to help you work efficiently and successfully from home. Visit the TCIT website to learn about the tools available to the TC community to create a successful remote work environment.

Health and Wellbeing

We recognize the sudden transition to remote work has been challenging and that social distancing measures have drastically altered our daily routines. Please know that there are many resources available to the Columbia University community. Visit the CU Office of Work/Life page for information on preventative measures and wellbeing resources during COVID-19. 

Come Together Virtually

Although we are all practicing social distancing, we can still laugh, learn, and connect virtually. Explore the many free virtual events and resources on the TC Come Together page — including arts and culture, music, fitness, and meditation.

Please reach out to if you have any questions or concerns and continue to visit the TC’s Preparedness site for campus updates and information regarding COVID-19.

Take care, 

Human Resources