Due to rapidly rising cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant and out of an abundance of caution, the college will begin its Spring Semester this Monday, January 10, under a partially virtual learning and working environment. This impacts both the traditional Day Program in Columbia and the college’s 39 locations around the country and is in effect through Friday, January 28. The college’s COVID-19 Taskforce will continue to monitor the situation daily. Any updates in policy will be communicated as soon as decisions are made.
Classes will be held virtually at all locations, with the exception of classes with labs, clinical experiences, student teaching or internships. These classes will continue in-seat and students are required to attend in person. Student-athletes and residential students in classes with in-seat requirements are required to return to residence halls. Limiting the number of people on campus to those who must be physically present will mitigate risk.
“Making this transition allows our students to begin the semester as safely as possible while working to reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19,” said Dr. David Russell, president of Columbia College. “We continue to strongly encourage all faculty, staff and students to become fully vaccinated as this has proven to be the best tool in fighting the virus.”
Founded in 1851 in Columbia, Missouri, Columbia College has been helping students advance their lives through higher education for more than 170 years. As a private, nonprofit institution, the college takes pride in its small classes, experienced faculty and quality educational programs. With nearly 40 locations across the country, including 20 on military installations, students may enroll in day, evening or online classes. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Columbia College has more than 95,000 alumni worldwide. For more information, visit ccis.edu.