School of General Studies Bias Response Protocol

School of General Studies Bias Response Protocol

Responding to Harassment, Discrimination, and Gender-Based Misconduct
Additional Resources | GS Dean of Students Office Response Team

Columbia University is committed to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from discrimination, harassment, and gender-based and sexual misconduct. Recognizing that no campus community is removed from the larger systemic issues that give rise to incidents of discrimination, the Dean of Students Office in the School of General Studies works to proactively promote awareness of, and respect for, difference. We have also worked with students and with other University stakeholders to develop a protocol for responding to acts of hate, bias, and discrimination in our community.

Responding to Harassment, Discrimination, and Gender-Based Misconduct

Students who have been impacted by harassment, discrimination, or gender-based misconduct are encouraged to file a report. Reports alert the University to the incident and allow the University to investigate and respond. The following reporting channels are available.

Public Safety
The Office of Public Safety works to ensure the University campus and its surrounding environs are safe and secure. Students who witness, hear of, or are victim to acts of bias and hate should immediately contact Public Safety at 212-854-5555.

Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards / Gender-Based Misconduct Office
Students who experience or have knowledge of incidents of discrimination, harassment, or gender-based misconduct also have the option to file a report directly with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS), which enforces the Community Standards for University students broadly and includes the Gender-Based Misconduct Office. SCCS reviews all reports to determine whether or not a Dean’s Discipline Process is appropriate, and refers reports to other offices as appropriate. The reporter does not participate in the hearing process, but may be contacted for additional information. To file a report, visit the Student Conduct and Community Standards website and choose “Report” from the top right corner.

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) has overall responsibility for the management of the University’s Employee Policies and Procedures on Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. Students who experience or have knowledge of incidents of discrimination, harassment, or gender-based misconduct concerning faculty or staff at the University can file a report directly with EOAA. To file a report, visit the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action website and choose “Report an Incident.”

Additional Resources

In addition to filing a report, Columbia University has available a number of confidential support resources.

GS Dean of Students Office Response Team

The GS Dean of Students Office Bias Response Team works to address the effects of discrimination, harassment, and/or gender-based misconduct in the GS community. This includes:

  • Creating dedicated programs and resources to support students from underrepresented communities, focusing especially on those that have experienced institutionalized and/or historical marginalization and/or vulnerability
  • Working with campus partners to streamline reporting processes and access to support
  • Tracking incidents and incorporating student feedback into strategic priorities for the Dean of Students Office, and more broadly, the School of General Studies
  • Developing community outreach and educational programming

In addition to these efforts, the Bias Response Team works directly with students who have been impacted by discrimination, harassment, or gender-based misconduct on campus to provide support and guidance. Team members can also work with individual students and/or student groups upon request to facilitate conversations and support community outreach and advocacy efforts.

Please Note: All staff in the Dean of Students Office are mandatory reporters, which includes staff members in the GS Academic Resource Center and GS Student Life.

Team Members

  • Ivonne Rojas, Senior Associate Dean of Students
  • Sean Trulby, Director of Student Life
  • Sara Remedios, Associate Dean of Students/Director of Academic and Learning Initiatives
  • Jawad Cipriani, Senior Assistant Director of Student Life
  • Amber Griffiths, Assistant Dean of Students

To contact the team, please email gsbiasresponse@columbia.edu.