Discrimination, Harassment, and Gender-Based Misconduct Reporting and Support

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.

Campus Resources in Times of Crisis

Many members of our community are personally affected by the crisis in Israel and Gaza and we are committed to doing everything possible to preserve our campus as a safe and welcoming place. Learn more about the different services and policies that may be relevant during this period.

Reporting Discrimination, Harassment, and Gender-Based Misconduct

Students who believe they have been subjected to discrimination, harassment or gender-based misconduct are encouraged to report these incidents. Upon receiving a report, the University will respond promptly, equitably, and thoroughly. In addition, the University will take steps to prevent the recurrence of discrimination or harassment and correct its effects, if appropriate.

If a student has a concern about a faculty member, the student is encouraged to approach that professor and have a discussion. If the student feels the grievance cannot be settled directly with the professor or does not want to file an official report, the student should seek advice from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

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

Marjory D Fisher
Associate Vice President and Title IX Coordinator

Laura Kirschstein
Associate Provost, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights (New York Office)