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Columbia University During the Week of the Republican National Convention

The 2004 Republican National Convention is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 30, through Thursday, Sept. 2, at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, near Penn Station in midtown Manhattan. Some 50,000 delegates, politicians, public figures and journalists are expected to attend.

While the University is located more than four miles from the convention site, travel within the city and to and from campus may be affected by the influx of visitors, increased traffic and security provisions related to the convention.

To assist you in navigating the city during convention week, we have posted links on this web page to the most current information available about convention-related changes in traffic regulations, public transportation and security arrangements. The University has a long-standing relationship with city agencies, through which we will stay current on any developments related to the convention.

Information about convention-related developments also will be available at a number that Student Services has established: 877-905-4667. This number is now operational, and will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27, to Sunday, Aug. 29, and from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday, Aug. 30, to Thursday, Sept. 2.

Columbia University will remain open throughout the convention. It is an exciting time for new and returning students. Fall classes will already have begun for some students, while others will be undergoing orientation and moving in the week of the convention.

Check the Columbia University homepage for updates during the week of the Republican National Convention.

Additional resources for students, faculty and staff:


Information for Students and Parents:

Letter From Provost Alan Brinkley


Transportation and Logistics:

Travel Advisory for RNC

NYC Department of Transportation

Metropolitan Transit Authority

Letter From NYC Mayor Bloomberg on Street Closings

Information for CU Employees


Additional Information for Students:

CC/SEAS Undergraduate Housing Information

Graduate Housing Information

Student Orientations and Other University Events


Preparedness and Safety:

CU Public Safety Preparations

NYC Office of Emergency Management


Published: July 26, 2004
Last modified: Jan 10, 2005

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