Countdown To Columbia

In This Newsletter

  • Student Insights on Creating a Safe and Healthy Community
  • Essential Policies for the Columbia Community
  • School-Specific Policies
  • Residential Community Standards
  • Sexual Respect at Columbia
  • Sexual Violence & Gender-Based Misconduct Workshop
  • Sexual Violence Response (SVR): Advocacy. Prevention. Outreach.
  • Call 4-HELP/4357 for Support and Advocacy
  • Responsible Community @ Columbia (RC@C)
  • Bias/Discrimination Response Protocol
  • Community Principles
  • Peer Resources: NSOP and Beyond
  • Upcoming Events
  • Important Dates

We are excited that you have chosen to become a member of the Columbia family—Welcome!

We hope you will embrace this new role and its associated responsibilities as you transition into our community, and we encourage you to help your peers do the same.

A number of sessions will be offered during NSOP to aid you in understanding our expectations and standards and to prepare you for decision-making while navigating new and sometimes difficult situations on campus and in the city. Columbia's staff and student leaders will also be on hand to provide guidance. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Cristen Kromm
Associate Dean of Residential Life

Jeri Henry
Associate Dean of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards

portrait of Kristen Gonzalez

Kristen Gonzalez CC '17, Academic & Educational Programming Coordinator for NSOP

Student Insights on Creating a Safe and Healthy Community

Student-facilitated conversations, such as Responsible Community @ Columbia, Step Up!, the Sexual Violence and Gender-Based Misconduct Workshop, and Under1Roof, are crucial to making Columbia a safe and healthy community.

Students here are invested in making sure that we each do our part to be responsible members of this community. By doing so, we work to spread awareness about the many resources our campus has to offer and the role we all have in shaping it.

News & Announcements

Essential Policies for the Columbia Community

Policies pertain to campus safety (including harassment and discrimination), the confidentiality of student records, drug and alcohol use, student leaves, and political activity, and more. All students, faculty, staff, affiliates, and visitors to the University should know and are governed by these.

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School-Specific Policies

In addition to the policies of the University, it is also your responsibility to know and abide by school-specific policies. The Office of Judicial Affairs and Community Standards provides links to school-specific resources, including the academic bulletins, and provides examples of policy violations.

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Residential Community Standards

After moving in, roommates and hallmates will work to establish community standards together. When necessary, your Residential Adviser (RA) or other Residential Life staff will assist with resources, referrals, mediations, and confrontations regarding policy violation.

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Sexual Respect at Columbia

Columbia University is committed to providing an environment free from discrimination, harassment, and gender-based misconduct. These types of behaviors include discrimination, discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, gender-based harassment, stalking, and intimate partner violence.

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Sexual Violence & Gender-Based Misconduct Workshop

This mandatory session during NSOP will cover your rights, protections, and responsibilities under the University’s policies, facts about coercion and alcohol-involved sexual violence, and the components of consent. Sexual violence and gender-based misconduct can be prevented with community involvement.

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Sexual Violence Response (SVR): Advocacy. Prevention. Outreach.

A part of Columbia Health, SVR is a confidential service that's available 24/7. Whether you want to create a safe environment for friends, are a survivor of sexual violence, or are a student who needs related resources, SVR and the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center will always be here for you.

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Call 4-HELP/4357 for Support and Advocacy

SVR has offices at the Morningside, Barnard, and Medical Center campuses. Reach a staff member at any time at 212-854-HELP/4357 ("4-HELP" on a campus phone). Our staff, including survivor advocates, peer advocates, peer educators, and prevention coordinators, is trained and certified to support you.

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Responsible Community @ Columbia (RC@C)

During NSOP you will take part in RC@C, a peer-facilitated program that allows honest dialogue about alcohol and other drugs and establishes and supports a normative community of smart, safe, and responsible decision-making. Year-round, RC@C provides information, resources, and support to all students.

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Bias/Discrimination Response Protocol

No campus community is removed from larger systemic issues, such as racism, homophobia, religious intolerance, sexism, and classism. Undergraduate Student Life and its partners worked with students and key administrative offices to develop a protocol for responding to acts of hate and bias/discrimination.

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Community Principles

Students and staff from Columbia's four undergraduate schools developed this statement in spring of 2006 during a series of leadership summits, to outline the principles of healthy community interaction. In keeping with the spirit of the authors, let these guide you in all that you do.

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Peer Resources: NSOP and Beyond

Your RA and OL are knowledgeable resources. In your one-on-one Connect Conversation, your RA will discuss your transition, community resources, and getting involved in campus life in the first weeks of the semester. He or she will continue to provide support throughout the year.

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Upcoming Events

Aug
2
New Student Send-off: Staten Island, NY
Aug
2
New Student Send-off: Dalian, China
Aug
2
New Student Send-off: Tampa, FL
Aug
3
New Student Send-off: Dallas, TX
Aug
6
New Student Send-off: New York City
Aug
7
New Student Send-off: Palm Beach, FL
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: Costa Mesa, CA
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: Atlanta, GA
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: Long Island, NY
Aug
9
New Student Send-off: San Antonio, TX
Aug
10
New Student Send-off: Phoenix, AZ
Aug
10
New Student Send-off: Cincinnati, OH
Aug
14
Hillel Summer Welcome: Engelwood, NJ
Aug
15
New Student Send-off: San Marino, CA
Aug
12
Hillel Summer Welcome: New York City
Aug
17
Hillel Summer Welcome: Miami Beach, FL
Aug
17
Hillel Summer Welcome: Newton, MA
Aug
17
New Student Send-off: Morristown, NJ

Important Dates

Aug
1
Submit proof of MMR immunity (30 Days Before Class Registration)
Aug
1
Certify Your Meningitis Vaccination Decision (30 Days Before Class Registration)
Aug
1
Submit Photo for University ID Card
Aug
8
Deadline to Sign Up an Authorized Payer
Aug
12
First Fall Tuition Bill Generated
Aug
17
CUE Pre-orientation Move-in
Aug
20
COÖP and ISOP Pre-orientation Move-in
Aug
24
Move-in Day One
Aug
25
Move-in Day Two
Aug
25
New Student Orientation Program Begins (through 9/1)
Aug
25
Family Orientation and Convocation
Sep
2
First Day of Fall Semester
Sep
12
First Fall Semester Tuition Bill Due
Sep
19
Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan: Confirm, Upgrade, or Request a Waiver

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