Sexual Assault and Other Gender-Based Misconduct

Introduction

Columbia University is committed to providing a learning, working, and living environment free from discrimination, harassment and gender-based misconduct. The University encourages everyone to become familiar with the types of behaviors that constitute misconduct and with the University’s policies and procedures which are listed below.

Any member of the Columbia community who believes that she or he has experienced discrimination, harassment or gender-based misconduct is encouraged to report the incident to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action or Student Conduct and Community Standards. Upon receiving the report, these offices are charged with responding promptly and thoroughly in accordance with University policies. Columbia also offers confidential resources to community members who believe they have been subjected to any form of discrimination, harassment or gender-based misconduct. A list of these resources is provided below.   

Complaints against students for gender-based misconduct are processed in accordance with the Gender–Based Misconduct Policies for Students. The use of the term “gender-based misconduct” under these policies and procedures includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, stalking, and intimate partner violence. Students who attend Barnard College are subject to Barnard Colleges Grievance Procedures for Gender-Based Misconduct, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking. Any complainants may file a report by contacting the Title IX Coordinator or via online report.

Complaints against students for other forms of discrimination and harassment are processed in accordance with the Columbia University Non-Discrimination Statement ("Statement") and should be filed through Student Conduct and Community Standards. Complaints against students are investigated under the appropriate Dean’s Discipline procedures as prescribed by the Statement.

Complaints against employees and third parties doing business with the University for discrimination and harassment are processed in accordance with the Columbia University's EOAA Policies and Procedures. The use of the term “discrimination and harassment” under these policies and procedures includes discrimination, discriminatory harassment, gender-based harassment, sexual harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Complainants may file a report by contacting EOAA at (212) 854-5511, [email protected], or via online report.

University Sexual Respect Website

The University Sexual Respect website is a resource for Columbia students and employees for important information about discrimination, harassment and gender-based misconduct at Columbia.

Sexual Violence Response

The University makes available a number of confidential and non-confidential resources, including Sexual Violence Response (SVR) which provides confidential trauma-informed support and prevention programs focused on ending gender and power-based violence. Services include prevention-focused training and education programs, crisis counseling/intervention, advocacy, connection to resources, online orders of protection, and accompaniment for survivors and co-survivors of violence. By partnering with community members, SVR is creating an accountable, compassionate community at Columbia and beyond. Sexual Violence Response is available telephonically, virtually, and in-person for all Columbia University community members. Additionally, Housing staff and your Resident Advisor are also available should a student need help but they are required to report disclosed sexual assaults or other related incidents.

Sexual Violence Response, a unit of Columbia Health

Helpline: (212) 854-HELP (4357)

For support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round

 

Locations:

Main Office - Morningside Campus

2920 Broadway, 700 Alfred Lerner Hall, New York, NY 10027

Barnard College

3009 Broadway, 105 Hewitt Hall, New York, NY 10027

Columbia University Medical Center

60 Haven Avenue, Suite 206, New York, NY 10032