Update, 6:11 pm: McShane sent out an email advising students “to continue to use caution and monitor information sources.” And good building-integrity news: “Facilities has checked all buildings on the Morningside campus and has determined that there are no significant problems.” Most importantly, CC and SEAS ’15 move-in is on for tomorrow! Full email after the jump.

Photo by Dan Weinstein

Irene’s gust knocked down a few tree branches, but the campus remains intact. Grab your galoshes to navigate the puddles.

At least Lerner was well-prepared:

VP of Public Safety James McShane updated the community earlier today, reporting that the campus is in “good shape with only minor leaks and damage in a few buildings.” In the end, we’ve probably seen similar things before.

Update, 1:40 pm: Chris Mulligan sent in this photo of the 1 train, still slumbering near 122nd St.

If you have reports or photos of the effects of Hurricane Irene, send them along to tips@bwog.com!

Dear Columbia Community,

As weather conditions outside improve following Hurricane Irene, we encourage students, staff and faculty to continue to use caution and monitor information sources. Facilities has checked all buildings on the Morningside campus and has determined that there are no significant problems.

As a result, the Emergency Operations Center at Lerner Hall is now closed. Essential facilities personnel continue to be available to assist with campus and building services. For issues with University buildings and housing, please call the Facilities Service Center at 212-854-2222. To report an emergency on campus, call Public Safety at 212-854-5555.

The University will be open on Monday, August 29, and personnel are expected to report to work. We recognize that travel conditions remain unpredictable for tomorrow. We are closely monitoring the operations of the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which will remain closed overnight. We will continue to post updates on www.columbia.edu as more information is known.

If you are delayed in your morning commute, please communicate directly with your supervisor.

Undergraduate housing move-in plans for Columbia College and Columbia Engineering will proceed Monday. Please check the Student Affairs page for updates: http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/orientation/preparing

Additionally, all students should check their individual school websites for other important updates.

Again, as the situation changes, we will continue to update the Columbia homepage, www.columbia.edu. The Columbia University Medical Center homepage, www.cumc.columbia.edu, will also be updated. Alternatively, you may call 212-854-1754 for the Morningside campus or 212-305-7300 for the Medical Center.


James F. McShane

Vice President

Columbia University Public Safety