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Columbia University bans 70 MBA students from classes after COVID-19 travel violation

The MBA students who traveled to Turks and Caicos are banned until Dec. 1.

The group of 70 MBA students had traveled to the island of Turks and Caicos on a trip that was not school-sponsored. None of the students have been suspended.

In its COVID-19 travel restrictions listed for the fall 2020 semester, the Columbia University website states, “All academic or work-related travel, domestic or international, is suspended.”

“Columbia faculty, staff and students are required to follow local, state and federal travel restrictions, and should consult with CDC guidance,” the website states.

PHOTO: In this file photo, a woman wearing a protective mask walks on the Columbia University campus on March 9, 2020 in New York.

On Sept. 29, the CDC released a report revealing there was an increase in COVID-19 infections from August to September among people ages 18 to 22 as some colleges and universities reopened in the United States. According to a recent New York Times survey of more than 1,700 American colleges and universities, there have been more than 320,000 cases and at least 80 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Cases across the U.S. now top more than 12 million, and more than 68,000 cases have been reported at colleges since early November, according to The Times tracker.

PHOTO: Maggie Martino helps prepare supplies as workers help build a medical facility for New York-Presbyterian at Columbia University's Baker Field on April 11, 2020, in New York.

In the state of New York, there have been more than 596,000 cases and at least 34,319 deaths as a result of the novel coronavirus.

Columbia’s MBA students who violated the international travel suspension are banned from campus until Dec. 1. They must fulfill their academic obligations by taking their courses remotely.

With Thanksgiving approaching, colleges and universities are strategizing game plans to minimize the spread of the virus if students travel home.

Dr. Anita Barkin, co-chair of the American College Health Association COVID-19 Task Force, spoke with “Good Morning America” as health experts urge students to either remain on campus or follow specific protocols in an attempt to stay safe and stop the spread of the virus.

“We would encourage students not to go home, and the reason is that we know with travel comes risk of exposure,” Barkin said. “So we would prefer students stay on campus and do a virtual Thanksgiving with their family.”

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Columbia University temporarily bans 70 MBA students from campus

Columbia University bans 70 MBA students from campus for two weeks after they traveled to Turks and Caicos for a vacation in violation of the school’s COVID policy

  • Columbia University temporarily banned 70 MBA students for violating its travel policies amid the pandemic
  • The students took a recreational trip to Turks and Caicos 
  • They will not be allowed on campus until December 1 and must attend all classes virtually
  • The CDC has recommended Americans don’t travel during the holiday season
  • Some areas in New York City have been declared clusters by officials 

Columbia University temporarily banned at least 70 MBA students from campus after they took a group trip to Turks and Caicos amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The vacation was in violation of Columbia University’s coronavirus travel policy, which suspended all domestic and international organized travel until further notice.

‘All academic- or work-related travel, domestic or international, is suspended,’ the university’s website states.  

Columbia University spokesman Christopher Cashman reiterated that point, telling CNN: ‘The Turks & Caicos trip was a group event that violated this policy and thus was met with disciplinary action.’

Officials at Columbia University (pictured) said at least 70 MBA students have been temporarily banned from campus after violating its travel policies

Officials at Columbia University (pictured) said at least 70 MBA students have been temporarily banned from campus after violating its travel policies

It’s unclear when the vacation took place or when students returned to the US. 

Columbia University follows New York state travel restrictions, which required individuals arriving to New York from outside the country to quarantine for 14 days.

From November 9-15, Columbia University recorded two positive coronavirus cases among students and five among university faculty after 3,784 people were tested.     

The week before that saw seven student cases and three faculty cases out of 3,230 people tested. 

CNN reports that the 70 MBA students are barred from campus until December 1 and must attend all classes virtually. 

The 70 MBA students will not be allowed on Columbia University campus (pictured) until December 1 and must do remote learning in the meantime 

‘All of this is being done to protect the broader health of our community and, thankfully, to date our positive case rate remains low,’ Cashman told CNN.  

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that Americans should avoid travel during this holiday season. 

But those who do travel were advised to follow health guidelines like wearing a face mask and  only participating in small gatherings. 

In New York City, several areas have experienced an uptick in cases and been declared a cluster by city officials.

New York City has recorded 278,956 confirmed cases and 19,537 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic this year. Pictured: A COVID-19 related instructional 'attention' sign is seen on Columbia University's campus

New York City has recorded 278,956 confirmed cases and 19,537 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic this year. Pictured: A COVID-19 related instructional ‘attention’ sign is seen on Columbia University’s campus 

As of Sunday, there have been 278,956 confirmed cases and 19,537 deaths.

Staten Island led the pack, as of Thursday, with a positivity rate of 4.75 per cent followed by the Bronx at 3.82 per cent and Queens

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Columbia University bans 70 students for Covid-19 travel violations

Columbia University says it has temporarily banned at least 70 students for violating the New York City school’s Covid-19 travel policy.



a group of people walking in front of a building: MBA students from Columbia University in New York City traveled to Turks and Caicos.


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MBA students from Columbia University in New York City traveled to Turks and Caicos.

The MBA students traveled to Turks and Caicos, according to Columbia University spokesman Christopher Cashman.

That violated the school’s Covid-19 health compact, a protocol which restricts any official or organized group travel until further notice, Cashman said.

“The Turks & Caicos trip was a group event that violated this policy and thus was met with disciplinary action,” Cashman said.

Coronavirus case counts are surging, with 2.7 million new infections since the beginning of November. Friday alone saw more than 195,500, the most in a single day yet. More than 250,000 Americans have died from Covid-19.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends that Americans should not travel for Thanksgiving, and has posted updated guidelines for safely celebrating the holiday.

Cashman said the students can’t enter campus until December 1. They must complete their academic obligations by attending class virtually.

If the students violate the policy again, they are subject to harsher discipline, Cashman said.

“All of this is being done to protect the broader health of our community and, thankfully, to date our positive case rate remains low,” Cashman said.

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New 5-story hotel proposed near Columbia’s downtown Vista entertainment district | Columbia Business

COLUMBIA — A new hotel could be coming to the Capital City’s busy Huger Street corridor.

Plans for the proposed five-story, 130-room property were submitted to the city’s Design/Design Review Commission by architect Craig Otto.

It would sit at the southwest corner of Huger and Senate streets, a couple blocks away from the Congaree River. It is expected to cost $10 million to build, according to city documents.

Real estate transactions for the land are still underway. Developers of the project could not be reached for comment Monday.

It is also a block away from the Kline Iron and Steel Co. site where developer Paul C. “Bo” Aughtry III earlier this year announced plans for a 250-room Marriot hotel.



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This is the second hotel proposed for downtown Columbia in recent months. A former National Guard armory in the Vista is being redesigned as a boutique hotel.

The new development all comes while South Carolina’s hospitality industry has been ravaged by the international coronavirus pandemic.


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Building industry experts say, despite virus-related setbacks, developers have been choosing to move forward with hotel plans, believing the economy will return to normal within the two years it often takes to construct hotels.

Before the pandemic, Columbia’s downtown hotels were enjoying hefty demand, with occupancy rates averaging about 73 percent — high by industry standards.



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Former armory in downtown Columbia becoming boutique hotel | Columbia Business

COLUMBIA — A building in downtown Columbia that served for almost 60 years as a National Guard armory is slated to be converted a boutique hotel, according to plans filed with the city.

The building at 1219 Assembly St. in the Vista is used as office space and a bank branch now, with the name of one tenant, the Hussey Gay Bell engineering and architecture firm, on the side. 



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From its construction in 1905 until 1964, however, it was a guard armory, where weapons and equipment were stored.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an example of a more modern armory building in a 20th century style, rather than the more medieval style used in other buildings.

The current plan would take the office building and make it into a 34-room boutique hotel called The Armory. The plans for the $7.7 million project were filed with the city as part of a Board of Zoning Appeals request.

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An addition to the building would be added on the back of the current structure. That would house additional rooms and suites, plus some infrastructure. Atop the addition would be the 1,000-square-foot terrace, featuring a bar and kitchen area.



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The project is being designed by Columbia’s LS3P architectural firm. 

The board is being asked to give the project a waiver on the amount of parking that will be available. The application cites the public parking lots and street parking near the site, along with plans to use valet parking, as reasons that the easement should be granted. 

Traffic to the hotel will share an alleyway with the adjacent Cola’s restaurant.

The zoning board should hear the parking request at its next meeting on Nov. 5.

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