Sabbath Observers

Text: COVID-19 Update

Columbia undergraduate students with a valid CUID may swipe into any undergraduate residence hall. Non-Columbia affiliate guests will not be permitted in the residence halls until further notice. This includes non-Columbia visitors, family members and significant others. This policy is subject to change as University public health guidance evolves.


Columbia Undergraduate Housing recognizes the religious diversity of the student body and has processes in place to accommodate students’ religious needs.

Jewish students who are Sabbath observant can request housing assignments in residence halls that have Sabbath-friendly accommodations, including assisted residence hall access on Sabbath and Jewish holidays.

Registration Procedure

Students who observe the Sabbath should register with Hillel so that accommodations can be made to meet their needs. Only CC/SEAS and Barnard students living in Columbia Housing are eligible to be placed on the roster.

Guest Procedure

If a resident expects Sabbath guests, they must submit a guest list to the Public Safety Officer at the building entrance. Each Sabbath or religious holiday requires a new guest list submission. The guest list must include each guest’s first name, last name, UNI (when the guest is a student), hometown, and zip code. Upon arrival, the guest should inform the Public Safety Officer that they are attending a Sabbath/religious meal. The guest must know the first and last name and suite number of the host.  

All guests of Sabbath observers must be met in the building lobby by the host and be signed in by the Public Safety Officer. The resident must be present to sign a guest into the building. If the guest is also a Sabbath Observer, they will not be required to leave an ID.