Student Policies and Procedures on Non-Discrimination, Discrimination & Harassment, Gender-Based & Sexual Misconduct, and Consensual Romantic & Sexual Relationships

Student Policies and Procedures on Non-Discrimination, Discrimination & Harassment, Gender-Based & Sexual Misconduct, and Consensual Romantic & Sexual Relationships

Complaints Against Students | Complaints Against Employees & Third Parties
Consensual Romantic & Sexual Relationships
Non-Discrimination Statement | Confidential Resources

Columbia University is committed to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from discrimination, harassment, and gender-based and sexual misconduct. Consistent with this commitment and with applicable laws, the University does not tolerate discrimination, harassment, or gender-based or sexual misconduct in any form and it provides students who believe that they have been subjected to conduct or behavior of this kind with mechanisms for seeking redress.

All members of the University community are expected to adhere to the applicable policies, to cooperate with the procedures for responding to complaints of discrimination, harassment, and gender-based and sexual misconduct, and to report conduct or behavior they believe to be in violation of these policies to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action or the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy. For information on these policies and resources, please visit the Sexual Respect website.

Complaints Against Students

Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct

Complaints against students for gender-based misconduct are processed in accord with the Gender-Based Misconduct Policies for Students. Students who attend Barnard College, Teachers College, or Columbia University are covered by these policies. The use of the term "gender-based misconduct" includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, stalking, and intimate partner violence.

Other Forms of Discrimination and Harrassment

Complaints against students for other forms of discrimination and harassment should be filed with the Dean of Students Office of the school in which the accused student is enrolled.

Complaints Against Employees and Third Parties

Complaints against employees and third parties affiliated with the University for discrimination and harassment are processed in accord with the Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment. The use of the term "discrimination and harassment" includes discrimination, harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Consensual Romantic and Sexual Relationships

Columbia University maintains policies regarding consensual romantic and sexual relationships between faculty and students as well as and staff and students.

The Faculty-Student Relationship Policy states that o faculty member shall have a consensual romantic or sexual relationship with a student over whom he or she exercises academic or professional authority. It is also the University’s policy that no faculty member shall exercise academic or professional authority over any student with whom he or she has or previously has had a consensual romantic or sexual relationship.

The Staff-Student Relationship Policy states that staff member at Columbia should participate in supervision, employment actions, evaluation, advising or mentoring any Columbia University student with whom that staff member has or has had a consensual romantic or sexual relationship, except in unusual circumstances. In the event that a personal relationship of this kind does exist in a supervisory, advisory, or mentoring context, the supervisor must disclose the relationship and initiate arrangements to address any issues of conflict of interest.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Columbia University is committed to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment and to fostering a nurturing and vibrant community founded upon the fundamental dignity and worth of all of its members.

Consistent with this commitment, and with all applicable laws, it is the policy of the University not to tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment in any form and to provide those who feel that they are victims of discrimination with mechanisms for seeking redress.

Also consistent with this commitment, Columbia University prohibits any form of discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a victim of domestic violence, citizenship or immigration status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, unemployment status, partnership status, military status, or any other applicable legally protected status in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs and functions.

Nothing in this policy shall abridge academic freedom or the University's educational mission. Prohibitions against discrimination and discriminatory harassment do not extend to actions, statements or written materials that are relevant and appropriately related to course subject matter or academic debate.

This policy governs the conduct of all Columbia University students, faculty, staff and visitors that occurs on the University’s campuses or in connection with University-sponsored programs. This policy also governs conduct by Columbia University students, faculty, staff and visitors that creates, contributes to, or continues a hostile work, educational, or living environment for a member or members of the University community.

Inquiries or complaints regarding any form of discrimination or harassment may be directed to:

Marjory D. Fisher
Title IX Coordinator
Associate Vice President
202A Philosophy Hall
(212) 854-1276
mdf2166@columbia.edu

Heather Parlier
Associate Provost, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Section 504 Compliance Officer
103 Low Library
(212) 854-5918
hp2450@columbia.edu

Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights (New York Office)
(646) 428-3800
OCR.NewYork@ed.gov

Confidential Resources

Columbia offers a number of confidential resources to students who believe they were subjected to discrimination, harassment, or gender-based or sexual misconduct and who do not wish to report to the University.

Ombuds Office

Morningside and Manhattanville Campuses: (212) 854-1234
CUMC: (212) 304-7026

The Ombuds Office offers a confidential place to discuss workplace issues, academic concerns, issues relating to administrative paperwork and processes, explanation and interpretation of policies and procedures, and many other issues and concerns. The Ombuds Office is a confidential resource and not part of any formal university reporting processes.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS)

Morningside Campus: (212) 854-2878

Counseling and Psychological Services supports the psychological and emotional well-being of the campus community by providing counseling, consultation and crisis intervention—all of which adhere to strict standards of confidentiality. CPS offers students the opportunity to connect with mental-health clinicians based on areas of special interest, including Body Image issues/Eating Disorders, First Generation Students, Multicultural Concerns, Religious/Spiritual Concerns, Sexual and Gender Identity Issues, Trauma Support, and Veterans' Concerns.

Sexual Violence Response (SVR) & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center

Helpline: (212) 854-HELP/4357 (open 24 hours/day, 365 days/year)

Sexual Violence Response provides trauma-informed, confidential support through crisis counseling/intervention, advocacy, prevention, and outreach focused on interpersonal violence and harassment. The office mission is to eradicate all forms of gender-based violence, and it works to promote social change and create a culture of accountability through collective community action. SVR is a confidential resource.

Student Health and Medical Services*

Morningside Campus: (212) 854-2284
Morningside Campus Clinician-On-Call: (212) 854-9797
CUMC: (212) 305-3400
CUMC Clinician-On-Call: (212) 305-3400

Medical Services provides routine and urgent medical care, travel medicine, and immunizations, as well as sexual health services, reproductive and gynecological services, LGBTQ health care, and confidential HIV testing. Students are encouraged to schedule appointments online with their health care provider.

*Medical providers are considered confidential resources in the context of providing medical treatment to a patient.

Office of the University Chaplain Spiritual and Pastoral Counseling

Morningside Campus: (212) 854-6242

The Office of the University Chaplain provides spiritual and pastoral counseling, including faith-based support, identity-based counseling, on-campus worship services, and more. No personal religious affiliation is required, and on-call clergy are available.