Discrimination, Harassment and Gender-based Misconduct

Columbia University is committed to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from discrimination, harassment, and gender-based misconduct, 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 applicable laws, Columbia has implemented policies and programs that seek to ensure that its employment and educational decisions are based on individual merit and not on bias or stereotypes. The University does not tolerate discrimination, harassment or gender-based misconduct in any form and it provides faculty, staff and students who believe that they have been the subject of discrimination, harassment or gender-based misconduct with mechanisms for seeking redress. 

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) has overall responsibility for the management of the University’s policies on discrimination and harassment. This office has been designated as the University’s Compliance Office for Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and affirmative action laws. Students, faculty, and staff may contact the EOAA Office to inquire about their rights under University policies, request assistance, seek information about filing a complaint, or report conduct or behavior that may violate these policies.  Melissa Rooker, Associate Provost (EOAA) is designated as the University’s Compliance Officer for Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and affirmative action laws.  To contact this office, please visit their website at: http://eoaa.columbia.edu or email mrooker@columbia.edu
 
In addition to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, there are other mechanisms for students, faculty, and staff to seek redress in the event of any concerns, grievances, or perception of misconduct in the workplace.
 
Gender-Based Misconduct Office: This office has been established for students to report gender-based misconduct. It is an expanded version of the office previously known as the Student Services for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct. It conducts investigations and coordinates disciplinary processes for gender-based misconduct cases involving students. To contact this office please visit their website at: http://sexualrespect.columbia.edu
 
Columbia Compliance Hotline: This hotline is for employees to report any unethical, illegal, inappropriate, or suspicious behavior, or if they feel threatened, harassed, or discriminated in any way. An employee may submit a report anonymously - however anything submitted will become part of the permanent record for that case. To contact this office please visit their website at: http://www.compliance.columbia.edu/hotline.html
 
Ombuds Office: This office addresses any workplace related concerns or grievances. It is an independent and neutral office that offers informal counseling, mediation and negotiation. This office operates independently of CU administration. They do not offer legal advice and also do not have the authority to enforce any disciplinary action. To contact this office please visit their website at: http://ombuds.columbia.edu.
 
 
Note: Any member of the Columbia University community (faculty, staff, student, researcher) who learns of any instance of gender-based misconduct is under obligation to report the information immediately either to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, or the Gender-Based Misconduct Office. Additionally, for members of the Lamont Community (LDEO, DEES, IRI, CIESIN, AFSC), this information should be reported to Kuheli Dutt, Assistant Director, Academic Affairs and Diversity at kdutt@ldeo.columbia.edu
To report an emergency please dial 911 or call Public Safety at any of the following numbers:
 
Morningside: 212-854-5555
Medical Campus: 212-305-7979
Lamont Campus: 845-359-2900
 
Members of the Lamont Campus: You may also dial 555 from any campus phone to reach Campus Security. To contact 911, you can either dial 911 or 9-911 from a campus phone. If you choose to dial 911 you might experience a slight delay (approximately 5-7 seconds of complete silence) as your call gets transferred – do not hang up.
 
 
Relevant Policies and Links:
 
Employment Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment:
 
 
 
CU Gender-Based Misconduct Prevention and Response Document:
 

Note: While all the offices listed on this page take confidentiality seriously, they cannot always guarantee confidentiality if they suspect that the activity or incident in question is illegal in any way or poses some sort of imminent risk or threat to anyone.