Policies

Columbia University is committed to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from 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 applicable laws, the University does not discriminate against any person in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs or permit the harassment of any student or applicant for admission on the basis of membership in a Protected Class as defined below.  The University provides students who believe that they have been the subject of discrimination or harassment with mechanisms for seeking redress.

 

Nothing in this policy shall abridge academic freedom or the University’s educational mission. Prohibitions against discrimination and harassment do not extend to statements or written materials that are germane to the classroom subject matter.

 

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 and harassment, 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.   

 

Management and supervisory personnel have a duty to act as defined below; they are responsible for taking reasonable and necessary action to prevent discrimination and harassment and for responding promptly and thoroughly to any such claims. Management and supervisory personnel include any officer having formal supervisory responsibility over employees. For the purpose of these policies, faculty are supervisors of other faculty when they are acting in a supervisory role as department chair, dean, academic vice president, institute director, center director, or similar position. Faculty and officers of research who are the principal investigators on a grant or contract act in a supervisory capacity over the individuals in the lab they lead.  A manager or supervisor who fails to act may be found to have violated Columbia’s policies even though the underlying event does not constitute discrimination or harassment.

 

University officers who learn of an allegation of gender-based misconduct, discrimination or harassment have a duty to report as defined below.  An officer who fails to report may be found to have violated Columbia’s policies even though the underlying event does not constitute gender-based misconduct, discrimination or harassment.

 

All students are protected from retaliation for filing a complaint or assisting in an investigation under Columbia's Student Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment.  Appropriate disciplinary action may be taken against any student or employee who violates these policies.

 

You may download a copy of the complete Student Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment here:  http://eoaa.columbia.edu/resources/documents.