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

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 Student Services for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct. 

Complaints by students against students for gender-based misconduct are processed in accord with the Gender–Based Misconduct Policies for Students.  Students who attend Barnard College and Teachers College as well as 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. 

Complaints by students against students for other forms of discrimination and harassment are processed in accord with the Student Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment and should be filed with the Dean of Students of the school in which the respondent is enrolled. 

Complaints by students against employees and third parties engaged in University business for discrimination and harassment are processed in accord with the Employment Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment. The use of the term “discrimination and harassment” includes discrimination, discriminatory harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. 

Under the University’s Consensual Romantic and Sexual Relationship Policy Between Faculty and Students, no  faculty member shall have a consensual romantic or sexual relationship with a student over whom he or she exercises academic or professional authority; further, 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. This policy covers all officers of instruction, research and the libraries, including student officers of instruction and research and teaching assistants.

Title IX Coordinator for Columbia University
Susan Rieger, Associate Provost
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 103 Low Library
sr534@columbia.edu, (212) 854-5511

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Staff and Faculty Concerns
Melissa Rooker, Executive Director,
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 103 Low Library
mrooker@columbia.edu, (212) 854-5918

Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Student Concerns
Melissa Tihinen, Senior Manager
Student Services for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct, 108C Wien Hall
mt2738@columbia.edu, (212) 854-1717

Columbia offers a number of confidential resources to students who believe they were subjected to discrimination, harassment or gender-based or sexual misconduct

Counseling Services
Columbia Morningside (212) 854-2878, CUMC (212) 496-8491

Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center, (212) 854-HELP

Office of the University Chaplain, 212-854-6242

Health Services
Columbia Morningside (212) 854-2284
Columbia Morningside clinician-on-call (212)854-9797
CUMC (212) 305-3400
CUMC clinician-on-call (212) 305-3400

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