Dear Residents,

As you are aware, Teachers College has sent emails updating the TC community regarding COVID-19. All updates and information can be found on the Teachers College Preparedness website: 
This is the best place to get up to date information regarding the Teachers College response to COVID-19.

We understand that you are not only students here at TC, but part of the residential community and we want to reassure residents that the Office of Residential Services is working closely with the College to plan for all likely scenarios in the residence halls.


At this time, Facilities staff is also taking action to enhance the cleanliness of our community. In addition to custodial staff continuing to clean all public spaces daily, they will also be disinfecting every community space multiple times a day.  This includes all community kitchens, community bathrooms, laundry rooms, lounges, elevators, etc. Hand sanitizer stations have also been placed near entrances of residence hall communities.


As classes have been moved on-line, please contact Privatel regarding any internet concerns.  You can email Privatel at or call them at 732-974-1502.

To make sure that you receive highest speed internet, please check to make sure your wi-fi is selecting the non 2.4ghz wi-fi associated with your unit.  For example, if you like in Whittier 107, you should see Whittier 107 2.4 and Whittier 107 for wi-fi.  Choosing 107 would provide you the fastest wifi.


Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, March 12, the Cafeteria will be closed until Monday, March 23.

Starbucks, first floor of Russell Hall, will be open from 8am-5pm for March 12 and 13, and from March 16 – 19.  Starbucks will have salads and sandwiches in addition to their normal offerings.


With Spring Break being next week, we know many of you may have made plans to be away, but some of you will still be here.  So that we can best plan campus services, we ask that each resident complete a quick questionnaire below by FRIDAY, March 13th at 12pm:  


As part of the TC residential community, we are encouraging all members of our community to:

  • Practice good hygiene and stay home if you are not feeling well.
  • Cancel all TC-related non-essential travel. If you need guidance as to whether or not your travel is considered essential, please contact Provost Stephanie Rowley, VPFA JoAnne Williams, or Chief of Staff Katie Conway. All faculty, staff, and students should avoid non-essential international travel for any reason and should exercise good judgment about all travel.  
  • If you have recently traveled in or through an area with CDC Level 2 or higher travel alert/warning (China including Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, Iran, South Korea) or have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19, please fill out this secure and confidential form so that TC staff can reach out and discuss next steps:
  • If you are currently experiencing any of the following symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or difficulty breathing, please call Morningside Medical Services at 212-854-7426 or CUIMC Medical Services at 212-305-3400 so they can provide medical guidance.  Students can also contact the Columbia Health hotline at 212-854-9355 to discuss symptoms.


COVID-19 Guidance for Columbia Community:

Columbia's Preparedness website:

TC Student Wellness website:

Please know that your safety is our top priority and our Residential Services staff is here as a support and resource for you.  If you have questions specific to housing, please call our office at 212-678-3235 or email

—The Office of Residential Services