Interfaith Resources

The Columbia Mailman School has an obligation to accommodate all students who need to be absent from classes or miss scheduled exams in order to observe religious holidays. Students are allowed to make up the outstanding work with no academic penalty. Students are required to inform their instructors of their plans to observe a religious holiday at the beginning of the semester, so that instructor and students have plenty of time to plan for any necessary alternative arrangements.

A useful guide to religious holidays in the coming academic year can be found at The Interfaith Calendar

Designated Prayer Spaces at CUMC

1. Chapel (enter from Vanderbilt building - 622 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032)

For daily prayers, there is a small room towards the front right of the chapel that has prayer mats placed.  

2. Milstein Chapel (622 W 168th St, New York, NY 10032) [Temporarily Closed]

Located on the 5th floor of Milstein, next to the main elevators (prayer rugs are there for use)

3. Hammer Health Sciences Building (701 W 168th St, New York, NY 10032)

In LL2 there is a prayer room that requires key card access. One must go to the ID Card Office or email them at to gain access.  

Office of the University Chaplain 

The Office of the University Chaplain designs and sponsors a variety of programs on matters of justice, faith, and spirituality for small and large campus groups. The Office of the University Chaplain fosters learning and personal growth through spiritual, ethical, religious, political and cultural exchange. The Office of the University Chaplain helps address issues of campus life in a diverse community of various religious backgrounds, beliefs, cultures, identities, and values.