Art History and Archaeology COVID-19 FAQs

Last updated: Tuesday, July 6 **The information below is subject to change. Please stay tuned for more updates closer to Labor Day.**

This page is intended to address frequently asked questions specifically pertaining to the Art History and Archaeology community. For all official university and GSAS announcements and resources, please visit:

International students are strongly encouraged to consult the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) for the latest information and most accurate guidance on visa and immigration affairs. If you are on a Fulbright, we encourage you to get in touch with your country’s Fulbright liaison.

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Health Questions

What protocol do I need to follow if I plan to return to campus?

Returning to campus requires reading and signing the University Health Compact, taking the COVID-19 Safety Course, getting a gateway COVID-19 test, and completing the Daily Symptom Self-Check. Please review and follow the steps outlined by Columbia Health here:

What kind of mental health and wellness support is available to students?

Counseling and Psychological Services and the Center for Student Wellness provide resources for students during this time. Please visit the following pages for more information:

Use of offices and other Schermerhorn spaces

May students use the Stronach Center?

In the interest of safety and security, the Stronach Center will remain closed until further notice.

Will mail delivery continue to Schermerhorn?

Faculty may access the Campus Mail Room in Schermerhorn Hall, which is open from Mon-Friday 9-5:00 pm. Standard mail will be delivered to the main office on a regular basis, at least biweekly. We encourage you to have any documents sent to you electronically, and your mail and packages re-routed to your home address. For urgent questions about campus mail and packages please write to Sonia Sorrentini.


What kind of format will Fall 2021 courses have?

Courses will meet in person per the Provost’s announcement on June 17. Please see this page for more information:


Are in-person orals and defenses still permitted, or must all be done remotely?

Students should discuss with their committees whether or not they would like to conduct their exams/defenses in-person or remotely over Zoom. Please write to Nicole Meily for more information.


What services are available at Avery Library at this time?

As of June 28, seat reservations are no longer necessary. Social distancing remains in place; capacity in Avery will remain at 50% on its 300 level. 200 and 100 levels remain closed.

Starting on September 9, Avery will reopen at full capacity.For complete information and all updates, we encourage students to regularly check the following links:

AHAGA is also gathering a list of online resources here.

Graduation dates and requirements

What are the key MA/MODA thesis deadlines?

For the October 20, 2021 MA Degree:

—October 8, 2021: submit the final PDF version of your thesis and the thesis approval form signed by your advisor to Nicole Meily. Your advisor must submit a grade for GR9000 MA Thesis on SSOL by this date. Please work with your advisor to determine a timeline of submission that will allow them enough time to read and make any final comments.

What is the procedure for remotely submitting the MA/MODA thesis?

Instead of submitting a final bound copy of the thesis in person to Nicole Meily, as is normally required, students should email her a PDF version of their final thesis (i.e., the version that your advisor has approved). Once the department office reopens, Nicole will add these to the students’ files.

Students should also complete an MA Thesis Approval Cover Sheet and email this to their advisors. Once advisors have signed the sheet, they should email it to Nicole, CCing the student. Alternatively, they can write an email to Nicole, confirming that they have approved your thesis, CCing the student. All MA thesis advisors will be informed of the new procedure, so that they know what to do/expect.

Thesis advisors must submit grades no later than by a given deadline. Please work with your advisor to determine a timeline of submission that will allow them enough time to read and make any final comments.

Employment, Career Development, and Alumni Events

What support does GSAS offer with job searches during COVID-19?

There are targeted programs for both MA and PhD graduates by GSAS Compass.

Rachel Bernard, the Director of Graduate Career Development in GSAS and Associate Director, Francesca Fanelli are available to hold one-on-one meetings with recent graduates of GSAS (MA and PhD) to assist them in their post-graduate goals. Sign up will be through the GSAS Compass website.

CCE’s page on career exploration for Humanities PhDs:

Are there resources available to locate remote work opportunities during the pandemic?

Job boards for remote work: