Barnard College is open for normal operations.
With the worst of Hurricane Sandy over, the emergency management team reports that the Barnard campus weathered the storm relatively well -- no known injuries, minimal damage to facilities and no interruption of power.  The College was open on a limited basis on Wednesday, October 31 and Thursday, November 1. 

Beginning 5:00pm on Friday, November 2, Barnard College returned to normal operations.  Classes have resumed as scheduled and events are going forward as planned. 

Those with questions or concerns should contact the Provost's Office (faculty) or their supervisor (staff). Students should contact the Dean's Office at x4-2024.


President Spar's message to the community, sent on Tuesday, October 30th:

Dear members of the Barnard community,

As we all know by now, the effects of Hurricane Sandy have been devastating to New York City and much of the East Coast. We were fortunate at Barnard and in Morningside Heights to have weathered the storm fairly well, but the same cannot be said of many of our faculty, staff and students--as well as family members and friends--who live in other parts of the nation and Caribbean and are still flooded, without power, or otherwise suffering Sandy's effects. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

I want to express our collective thanks to the tireless staff members in Facilities, Public Safety, Residence Life, Dining Services and other departments who worked around the clock and away from their families, some sleeping for only a few hours on cots, to secure our campus and provide essential services to our students. Their professionalism is simply outstanding, and we couldn't be more appreciative. I'd also like to thank the members of our emergency management team, who monitored and responded to the storm diligently, and kept us all informed.

Barnard will be open tomorrow, October 31, and for the rest of the week on a limited basis. Classes will resume as scheduled to the extent that members of the faculty can get to campus, but events and activities are cancelled unless you receive notification otherwise. Because mass transit is not yet fully up and running, we ask that you remain flexible in case plans change at the last minute. Students, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Dean's Office at x4-2024.

All faculty and staff are encouraged to return to campus beginning tomorrow, but only if it is safe and reasonable to do so. Additional information for faculty and staff will be sent separately.

Please stay safe, and we thank you for your patience and cooperation as our city and country move forward.


Debora Spar

Dean Hinkson's message to students, sent on Tuesday October 30th:

Dear Students,

As we prepare to resume classes tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct 31st) following the disruption caused by Hurricane Sandy, I wanted to provide you with an overview of services and schedules for the next three days. Faculty have been asked to communicate with you if they will not be able to offer classes or labs due to transportation or other difficulties. Please work with your professors to make up all missed work. Concerns regarding any specific course should be addressed to your professor.

Dining Services will continue to operate this week on a limited basis.  The following locations will be available at the designated times only:

  •     Diana Cafe: 11:30am - 3:00pm
  •     Liz's Place: 8:00am-5:00pm
  •     Hewitt Cafeteria: Breakfast served from 8:00-9:00am.  Lunch served from 11:30am - 3:00pm.  Dinner served from 5:00-7:45pm.
  •     There will be no Hewitt Late Night for the remainder of this week.

The Primary Care Health & Rosemary Furman Counseling Services will be open for the remainder of this week from 9:00am - 5:00pm for urgent care matters only.  For more routine health and psychological matters, students should call the Clinician-On-Call at 866.966.7788.  The Clinician will recommend the appropriate course of action.  If you are experiencing any stress or loss due to the impact of the hurricane, please know that we wish to support you. Please don't hesitate to reach out to the staff in Furman Counseling Center, your Class Dean, the Residential Life Staff or me.

Dean Hinkson