Messages From EVP Goldberg

January 11, 2021

Welcome to the Spring Term from University Life! ZOOMba Fitness, Speed Friending, and More

Welcome to 2021 and the start of the Spring term!

December 21, 2020

Warmest Wishes from University Life

As we reach the end of 2020, we want to wish you happy holidays and a happy new year from the University Life team.

December 15, 2020

Anti-Racism at Columbia – Fall Term Reports

We write today to share two important reports: Columbia's Commitment to Anti-Racism - A Midyear Progress Report (Fall Term 2020) and the Report of the Inclusive Public Safety Working Group.

December 13, 2020

Responding to the Shooting at St. John the Divine

An armed individual who was firing weapons outside of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine after a Christmas concert earlier today was fatally shot by police who were nearby. Thankfully no one was harmed by the gunman.

November 24, 2020

Giving Thanks This Season for All That You Do

This Fall Break as we pause in gratitude and reflect upon this semester, we write to share our deep appreciation for all of you in our student community.

November 23, 2020

Annual Reports: EOAA and Student Gender-Based Misconduct Prevention and Response

We write today to share two important annual reports from the Offices of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) and Student Conduct and Community Standards.

November 17, 2020

Anti-racism Mini-grants, Inclusive Public Safety — Seeking Your Views

Here are two important opportunities for you to get involved in ongoing anti-racism work at the University, following on President Bollinger’s call to action to address the destructiveness of racism, and of anti-Black racism specifically.

October 9, 2020

Commemorating Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Columbia

We write to mark the first anniversary of the University Senate resolution to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Columbia and share opportunities with you to get involved in commemorative events happening across our community. 

October 7, 2020

Inviting You: Awakening Our Democracy on the 2020 Election, Thurs. 10/15 at Noon | Voting Abroad Info Session on 10/9

Please join us for Awakening Our Democracy: Voters, Access and the 2020 Election on Thursday, Oct. 15 from noon to 1:15 PM EST on Zoom, featuring a lively conversation with experts on political participation, access and the power of the vote.


October 7, 2020

Rejecting Antisemitism and Standing Strong in Support of our Community

Late yesterday, the University received a report that a swastika had been drawn on the steps in front of Low Library. We condemn this expression of antisemitism and are investigating the incident. 

September 29, 2020

The Columbia Community Citizenship Initiative Starts Today!

I write to add a warm welcome to the year from University Life. There is no shortage of pressing issues to discuss as a University community and we will be inviting you to campus forums, our Awakening our Democracy series and other opportunities for University-wide conversation.

September 8, 2020

Welcome to Columbia’s 267th academic year

I write to add a warm welcome to the year from University Life. There is no shortage of pressing issues to discuss as a University community and we will be inviting you to campus forums, our Awakening our Democracy series and other opportunities for University-wide conversation.

September 8, 2020

Welcome, and Welcome Back – Student Voices Videos, Tips for Getting Involved, and Events 9/8 to 9/18

Welcome, and welcome back to the start of the new academic year! Whether you are near or far from campus, University Life has wonderful opportunities to help you connect with other students across the University and to find resources you may need.

August 17, 2020

This Wednesday: University Life Forum: Returning to Campus – What You Need to Know, 8/19 at 11 AM EST

You’ll hear updates on Columbia’s COVID-19 testing requirements, the Columbia Community Health Compact and symptom self-check app, mental health and self-care during quarantine and more. 

July 29, 2020

Wed Aug. 5: Repairing our Voting Infrastructure + Civic Engagement Opportunities for You

Civic engagement is always important, and even more so in the midst of a global pandemic, ongoing anti-racist protests, and an upcoming U.S. presidential election. Join a webinar to learn about the unprecedented challenges facing the 2020 elections due to COVID-19, plus find out about other opportunities for civic engagement at Columbia or elsewhere.

July 20, 2020

This Wednesday: University Life Forum for Students on Returning to Campus, 11 AM EST

I write to remind you about our University Life Forum for Students on Returning to Campus, this Wednesday, July 22 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM (EST) on Zoom, where you can learn about Columbia University’s plan to return to campus and get answers to your questions. 

July 17, 2020

University Life Forum for Students on Returning to Campus, Wed 7/22 at 11 AM

Join a special University Life Forum for Students on Returning to Campus on July 22 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM (EST) on Zoom. You’ll hear updates on COVID-19 transmission, campus facilities health enhancements, testing requirements, the Columbia Community Health Compact and strategies for managing stress – and we’ll have plenty of time for your questions.

June 26, 2020

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride in our Community

As New York City heads into a virtual LGBTQ+ Pride weekend, we mark this Pride Month by inviting you to join a global discussion: Pride Without Prejudice: The Moral Arc of LGBTQ+ Law & Justice, cosponsored by Columbia’s Global Centers and University Life, on Tuesday, June 30 at 11 AM Eastern Standard Time.

June 22, 2020

In Response to a Racist Email Sent to Members of our Community

On Sunday, some Columbia affiliates, as well as others from beyond our community, received an email bearing the subject line “Pre-Qualification Request.” The message contained virulent anti-black language. We write to alert you to this email and to make clear our disgust with its abhorrent content.

June 18, 2020

Columbia Applauds the US Supreme Court Ruling Upholding DACA Program

We are so pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program can remain in place and that the Trump administration’s rescinding of DACA was impermissible.

June 15, 2020

Racial Justice Resources for Students

As protests calling for an end to anti-black violence and systemic racism continue across the nation, I want to share a new resource page from University Life, curated in partnership with Columbia Libraries, that features books, articles, videos and other media focusing on systemic racism in this country.

June 5, 2020

Addressing Racial Injustice as a Community

We know many of you are focused on how you can contribute your energy and talents to a more just society. This is especially so amidst historic national and international protests for racial justice and against anti-black violence, and as COVID-19 has amplified racial and other disparities within communities. 

June 8, 2020

University Life Forum on Black Lives Matter, Protest and Creating Change, Thurs. 6/11 at 4 pm

June 8, 2020 - Featuring experts from across Columbia, this is the first of two important virtual summer convenings from University Life about race, injustice and efforts to achieve transformative change. Registrants can submit a question for our experts to answer.

May 29, 2020

Standing Together in the Wake of Anti-Black Violence

As protests and understandable outrage unfold across the nation over the recent killings of unarmed African Americans, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, we want to acknowledge the tremendous pain this violence has caused to many in our own community.

May 15, 2020

A Personal Video Note, a Pop Quiz from University Life, COVID-19 Testing Info, Commencement, and More

Warmest congratulations to our soon-to-be-graduates, and to every Columbia student for your tremendous accomplishments this semester and this year.

May 8, 2020

Study Breaks, Columbia Welcome Ambassadors, Resources and new Title IX Regulations

As you’re now in finals, I’ll keep this email shorter than usual, with news, study break ideas and reminders about help for whenever you need it.

May 6, 2020

New Title IX Regulations From the U.S. Department of Education

We are reviewing the regulations carefully and will revise Columbia’s policies as needed and in keeping with our strong commitment to addressing, investigating and adjudicating gender-based misconduct reports fairly and with sensitivity to the issues, and the people involved.

May 1, 2020

Economic Recovery Forum, COVID-19 Student Service Corps, Summer Info, Writing Help, PK-12 Resources for Student Parents

As classes wind down and you turn toward final papers and exams, all of us in University Life are sending encouragement your way, wherever you are in the world.

April 24, 2020

Updates on Student Financial Services, ISSO, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, CovidWatcher, Food Assistance and More

With just over a week of classes remaining, I want to recognize with appreciation your active participation in community events and volunteer activities, and your support for each other and yourselves from all parts of the world.

April 22, 2020

University Life Forum on COVID-19 and Economic Recovery, Wed. April 29, 4:30 pm

You are invited to join a University Life Forum: COVID-19 and Economic Recovery, next Wednesday, April 29, 4:30-5:30 pm on Zoom.

April 17, 2020

Important Student Information | SFS Updates, Face-Coverings, COVID-19 Archives, New Events and Writing Center Resources

As we end another week, I hope you are finding new ways to connect with Columbia friends and classmates and perhaps to join an event or volunteer from wherever you are in the world.

April 10, 2020

Virtual Student Events next week, Student Resources and Volunteer Opportunities

As our world suffers so many losses to COVID-19, I know some of you are experiencing personal losses of family and friends, as well as in our own Columbia community as President Bollinger wrote yesterday. Many of you may be facing other types of loss as well — of routines, relationships, or peace of mind. Please know that you are all in our thoughts.

April 8, 2020

University Life COVID-19 Forum Monday, April 13

We invite you to join a University Life Forum: Your Questions Answered on COVID-19 this Monday, April 13 at 12:15 pm on Zoom.

April 3, 2020

Your COVID-19 Questions, Mask Information, Resources and Volunteer Opportunities for You

I hope you have found moments of inspiration and reprieve this week amidst the stress and challenges in our nation and our world. I am glad to share that we had a great turnout for our first virtual fitness event and that many students are participating in online activities, groups and community spaces (more below).

March 27, 2020

Virtual Student Resources, Events and Important Information

As Columbia “returns” from spring break, I am ever inspired by your resilience in adapting to our changing world. Please save this email, as it includes important information for you about resources, student community activities, and more.


March 23, 2020

University Life Forum on COVID-19 — This Wednesday 4-5:30 pm

I write to invite you to a special opportunity to learn from Columbia experts about the coronavirus pandemic, with a focus on public health, scientific advances and our community’s mental health and well-being.


March 20, 2020

Support for you (Including This Weekend) and Update on New York State Restrictions

As this week comes to a close, it may feel hard even to remember life as it was last Friday. Just a few hours ago, New York’s governor announced new restrictions on daily life in New York City and state, and you heard from President Bollinger about changes to classes, grading and the University-wide ceremony surrounding commencement.


March 15, 2020

New COVID-19 Update for Students (Sunday)

I want to recognize that these are extraordinarily stressful times for many of you. In just a week, it may seem that everything familiar has changed — online classes, housing for some of you, new health concerns, and a need to navigate social distance, even with your friends and family. We want to help you find ways to stay connected, safely, and also get the support you need.


March 13, 2020

Important COVID-19 Update for Students 

Starting next week, many Columbia staff and faculty will work remotely to help reduce density on our campuses, in keeping with public health guidance and directives. If you are on campus, here is what you need to know. Your school will follow up with more, too.


March 13, 2020

Pay Continuation for Student Employees

We know many of you have questions and concerns regarding your ability to work on campus, including those of you who are funded by federal work-study.


March 12, 2020

Important: Student Information for Remainder of Spring Semester

I want to recognize that these are challenging times, with each day bringing new information and new questions. For many students, there is also a great sense of concern as the semester changes in ways no one anticipated even a few weeks ago. One certainty is that your health and well-being are at the heart of every difficult decision we are making.


March 10, 2020

Important Update for the Next Two Weeks (March 14-29)

This message contains important information about classes, travel registry, and campus resources for Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 29. 


March 10, 2020

Online Instruction: Resources for Students

We write to share resources and tools for online instruction, which starts for most classes tomorrow on Wednesday, March 11. Please review this email carefully before Wednesday morning.


March 8, 2020

Important COVID-19 Update for Students

This email contains important information for this coming week. As President Bollinger informed you, in light of new developments related to COVID-19, classes are suspended on Monday and Tuesday, March 9-10, as we prepare to move to an online format for instruction for the rest of this week. Please read to the end of this message.


March 5, 2020

Campus Events and COVID-19 (Morningside and Manhattanville)

An update for students, faculty and staff about campus events as part of Columbia’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

February 3, 2020

In Response to the US Government’s New Travel Restrictions on Six Nations

The U.S. government on Friday announced new restrictions on immigration to the United States by people from Nigeria, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Sudan and Tanzania, all nations with substantial Muslim populations. Student visas and other non-immigrant travel remain unaffected. Still, as an educational institution committed to the free exchange of ideas irrespective of national boundaries, bans on immigrants because of their nationality are deeply concerning. 


December 29, 2019

On Last Night's Attack at a Hanukkah Gathering in Monsey, NY

We learned late last night about the horrific stabbings at a Hanukkah party in Monsey, New York, and we are keenly aware of the significant increase in hate crimes against Jewish communities in New York more generally. 


December 12, 2019

Mourning the Tragic Death of a Barnard Student

Dear Columbia Community, We write to share profoundly sad news about the death of a Barnard student, Tessa Majors, who was fatally injured during an armed robbery on Wednesday evening in Morningside Park. 


December 11, 2019

On Yesterday’s Shootings at a Kosher Market in Jersey City, New Jersey

Three people inside a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, New Jersey, were killed yesterday, and multiple reports have indicated that two of them were members of the Jewish community in Jersey City and the third an immigrant from Ecuador. The attackers also killed a longtime Jersey City police detective. Early reports in the ongoing investigation indicate a link between the attacks and antisemitic and anti-police views expressed in writings of one of the assailants.


December 2, 2019

Reaffirming Columbia’s Commitment to DACA and Undocumented Students

Columbia’s commitment to our undocumented students and our students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status remains as strong as ever, even as the DACA program is being debated at the U.S. Supreme Court.

November 12, 2019

Read Columbia’s Supreme Court Brief in Support of Our DACA Students

As the Supreme Court hears the legal challenge to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), we want to be sure our community has the opportunity to see the amicus brief that Columbia submitted to the Court along with 17 other major colleges and universities.

October 25, 2019

Sexual Respect: It’s Time to Take the Initiative

As we head into the last days of the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative, I find myself thinking a lot about the number of students in our community who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or stalking. I’m also thinking about the knowledge that our community has gathered in our ongoing efforts to understand and prevent the spread of all forms of gender-based misconduct.


October 10, 2019

Standing Together Against Antisemitism

Yesterday in Halle, Germany, a heavily armed gunman attempted to enter a synagogue during Yom Kippur services, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. When his effort was thwarted, he killed two people nearby. The attacker’s aim to massacre Jews at worship, recorded on livestream, was intended to create a “worldwide effect,” according to Germany’s chief prosecutor. We stand with the Jewish community in Halle and around the world to denounce this and all other acts of antisemitism, and we mourn the loss of life at the hand of intolerance and hatred.


September 27, 2019

Anti-Semitism and free speech: 4 points in response to the Malaysian prime minister

When Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad responded to a student’s question about his anti-Semitic comments during his World Leaders Forum appearance yesterday, he said that he was exercising his right to free speech.

August 5, 2019

On the Tragedy in El Paso and Dayton

It is with heavy hearts that we write regarding two mass shootings within 24 hours in our nation in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. We share our condolences with all those affected by these events, and reaffirm our commitment to sustaining a safe and inclusive campus at Columbia.



July 11, 2019

Resources for DACA and Undocumented Students

In light of recent announcements that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will soon be conducting large-scale nationwide raids intended to arrest people who are in the United States without immigration documentation, University Life wants to remind all Columbia community members of the resources available on campus for DACA and undocumented students.

June 1, 2019

In Response to a Racist Message Sent to Members of the Lamont-Doherty Community

Yesterday, graduate students on Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory campus received an email from an individual espousing racist, anti-black views. We write to alert you to this occurrence and to reinforce that Columbia’s diversity, including our racial diversity, is an essential source of our strength as an institution.

May 1, 2019

In light of the shooting at University of North Carolina - Charlotte

We want to remind you that Columbia Public Safety has important information for you about safety and emergency protocols on and off campus, especially in light of yesterday's tragic shooting at University of North Carolina-Charlotte.



April 28, 2019

In Response to an Antisemitic Attack in San Diego

Yesterday, the last day of Passover, a Jewish community gathered peacefully in their place of worship in Poway, California. While participating in religious services, they faced a shooting that took the life of at least one member of their community and injured others.

April 22, 2019

In the Wake of the Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka

It is with great sadness that we write to you about the violence during Easter services and at other sites in Sri Lanka yesterday. We know that many in our community who identify as Christian or who hold close ties to this region of the world may be particularly distressed by these tragic events.

March 15, 2019

On the Terrorist Attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand

We are deeply saddened by the horrific terrorist attacks that took place yesterday at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. We condemn this devastating violence against the Muslim community and grieve for the many people slain and injured.

March 4, 2019

Resources for support in light of the Tornadoes in Alabama, Across the Southeast

The Columbia community is thinking of those of you with family and friends who may have been affected by the catastrophic tornadoes across parts of Alabama and the Southeast yesterday. 


January 31, 2019

In Response to the Department of Education's Title IX Proposal

Throughout Columbia’s extensive work on gender-based misconduct prevention and response, the University is deeply committed to supporting all of our students and providing a process for responding to reports of gender-based misconduct that is fair to all students and sensitive to the issues involved. 


January 22, 2019

Welcome to the new semester - here's what's happening on campus!

Welcome to the Spring 2019 semester! I look forward to seeing you around campus and invite you to the many great events and activities hosted by the Office of University Life including:


December 10, 2018

Affirming Columbia’s commitment to an inclusive community

Public declarations of hostility and intolerance cut against core values of our community, even when they are within someone’s rights to express. It is important to restate in the strongest terms Columbia’s deep commitment to a community and a living and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender and other aspects of identity. 


November 29, 2018

Denouncing Antisemitism and Supporting Our Community

A Jewish faculty member’s office at Teachers College was vandalized yesterday afternoon with swastikas and an antisemitic slur spray-painted on her office walls. The University strongly denounces this antisemitic act that seeks to create fear and to intimidate members of our community.

November 28, 2018

Student Privacy and the Gender-Based Misconduct Process

The University takes very seriously our commitment to student privacy, and we will not generally share information about individual cases other than with the students who are parties (complainants and respondents) in a case. Here's why...

November 21, 2018

Proposed Title IX regulations and Columbia’s commitment to gender-based misconduct prevention and response

As we review the newly proposed regulations on Title IX from the U.S. Department of Education, I want to affirm Columbia’s commitment to creating a community free from gender-based misconduct and to responding to incidents that occur with support and processes that are fair to all members of our community and sensitive to the issues involved.

November 12, 2018

Expressing concern and sharing resources during CA fires

The Columbia community shares concern for those of you with family and friends who may be impacted by the wildfires in California. Our thoughts are with you, affected residents and all first responders facing emergency conditions in several counties. 

November 8, 2018

Expressing concern after the tragic shooting in California

We are saddened by the news of a fatal shooting last night at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, and write to share concern for those of you who may have family and friends in the area. The Columbia community joins with all who mourn victims of gun violence. 

November 7, 2018

Let’s Talk Elections – Student-Led Discussion & Awakening Our Democracy

I write to invite you to two University-wide discussions of yesterday’s elections – 11/8 at 2 pm and Tuesday, 11/13 at noon:

October 28, 2018

On yesterday's tragedy in Pittsburgh

We are deeply saddened by the horrific antisemitic attack on Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday morning. Violence in our nation’s houses of worship is an affront to the freedoms our community holds dear. We stand strongly against yesterday’s violent attack on the Jewish community and against other efforts to create fear and terror.

October 23, 2018

Affirming protection for Columbia's transgender students, faculty and staff

In light of recent news reports about a proposed federal policy that would restrict the rights of transgender individuals, it is important that we reiterate Columbia's commitment to our transgender and gender non-binary students, faculty, staff and other community members.

October 10, 2018

Resources for Support in light of Hurricane Michael

The Columbia community is thinking of those of you with family and friends who may be affected by Hurricane Michael. There are several on-campus resources that can offer help during this difficult time.

October 4, 2018

Supporting all of our students on campus

The safety and well-being of all of our students at Columbia is fundamentally important, together with the exchange of ideas and a deep commitment to diversity of both identity and viewpoint. 

September 25, 2018

Sexual Respect in the #MeToo Landscape

As the new academic year begins, sexual respect is front and center in discussions on- and off-campus, as allegations regarding sexual misconduct pervade the news in all sectors, from media and the arts to government and academia. 

September 14, 2018

Resources for support in light of Hurricane Florence

I write to express concern for those of you with friends and family who may be affected by Hurricane Florence. Below are resources available that may offer help during this difficult time.

June 26, 2018

On immigration policies and community support

In light of today’s Supreme Court ruling related to a ban on immigration that primarily affects individuals from Muslim-majority countries, and recent disturbing news of fraught situations involving immigra

May 7, 2018

Offering support in light of Kilauea

I write to express concern for those of you with friends and family who may be affected by continuing news of earthquakes and safety evacuations related to Kilauea Volcano’s recent eruptions on Hawaii's Big Island.

April 16, 2018

Free yoga, Well-Being Survey prizes, Events Council applications, and Race, Ethnicity and Inclusion Task Force update

In these last days of classes, here are four things you can do for yourself and for our community.

March 26, 2018

Take the Columbia Student Well-Being Survey!

Today begins the Columbia Student Well-Being Survey, an important way for you to contribute to what we know about campus life, mental health and gender-based misconduct. By sharing your knowledge and experiences, we can work toward specific changes to help inform and strengthen resources, programs and campus life for all Columbia students.

March 5, 2018

An Update on Columbia's Support for our DACA Students and the DACA program

In this time of uncertainty about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection against deportation, I am writing to reiterate Columbia’s support both for our own students with DACA and for the DACA program. 

February 26, 2018

Join us: Beyond #MeToo; Exploring Race with Claudia Rankine, Whitney Dow and Joy Reid; and Much More

Ever wonder how you can connect with other students from all Columbia schools, together with faculty and staff? Join us this Wednesday and next to find out.

February 12, 2018

Watch “Get Out” with us Thursday @ 6pm. And a Campus Conversation leadership opportunity!

Whether you’re eager for bold conversations, provocative film, or listening in, the Office of University Life offers two great opportunities for everyone this week.

January 29, 2018

Wellness Days events – all week long! Plus join our student survey leadership team

Winter Wellness Days @Columbia have begun! Check the full schedule for freebies, playtime with dogs, a personal story from Professor Goldberg, and much more.

January 29, 2018

On Sitting, Walking and Winter Wellness Days

I think we can all relate to the need to slow down, at least every once in a while, and that taking steps, whether by sitting, walking or just taking a deep breath, can make a real difference in how we feel. Wellness Days at Columbia provide a jumpstart, with many paths for fun, relaxation and learning. 

January 25, 2018

Winter Wellness Days start Monday!

Winter Wellness Days – in support of mental health, well-being and community at Columbia – kick off next week! Get the full schedule including the events listed here and drop-in snack/study breaks all week long.

January 17, 2018

Welcome back! Winter Wellness Days and more

Welcome to the spring semester and to all the possibilities of the new year! Get ready for Winter Wellness Days, organize your own well-being event, come to the Community Citizenship Film Screening, join the Student Survey Leadership team, and welcome Columbia’s new Muslim Life Coordinator.

January 16, 2018

A Conversation about the Rules of University Conduct and Invited Speakers on Campus

This post shares highlights from many conversations I have had this year with students and faculty about the Rules of University Conduct and their application to campus events with invited speakers. I have prioritized questions about student involvement in protests, though the Rules apply to other contexts as well. 

December 17, 2017

Expressing concern about the wildfires

I am writing to express concern for all of you who may be impacted by the fires in Southern California. Please know that the Columbia community is thinking of you, your families and friends, in light of these conditions and hope that all remain safe. As a reminder, in addition to individual school deans of students, there are university-wide resources available.

November 6, 2017

Expressing concern after the tragic shooting in Texas

We are saddened by yesterday's news from Southeast Texas, and share concern for those of you who are from or may have loved ones in the area of Sutherland Springs/San Antonio. We want to remind you of supportive resources available for you on campus, in addition to your dean of students.

October 16, 2017

Responding to Speaker Disruptions on Campus

How does Columbia respond to disruptions of speakers who have been invited to our campus?  Because I have recently heard a wide variety of responses to this question from students on campus, I want to help clarify what our rules are, and are not.

October 10, 2017

Contentious speakers on our campus

Here’s an abbreviated explanation of why the University allows student organizations to invite speakers whose views conflict so directly with our institutional values: It is foundational to Columbia’s learning and teaching missions that we allow for the contestation of ideas. This includes expression of ideas that are deeply unpopular, offensive to many in our community, contrary to research-based understandings, and antagonistic to University tenets.


October 10, 2017

Expressing concern during California wildfires

The Columbia community shares concern for those who may have loved ones facing evacuations and urgent conditions in several Northern California counties and in Orange County in Southern California.  In addition to individual school deans of students, there are university-wide resources are available to offer support and assistance.

October 2, 2017

In the Wake of Violence in Las Vegas

The Columbia community shares in the shock of this senseless tragedy and expresses profound condolences to the many families affected by the attack and its aftermath. Our hearts are with the Columbia students, faculty and staff who have connections to the area and with all who are affected nationally. Today at noon, the bells of St. Paul's Chapel will ring to honor the victims. In addition, spaces for reflection are available throughout the week from 9 am until 9 pm at St. Paul's Chapel and in Earl Hall. 

September 29, 2017

Affirming Columbia’s commitment to our global community

With a new immigration executive order that imposes profound and indefinite restrictions on entry to the United States for citizens from six Muslim-majority nations as well as North Korea and Venezuela, it is important to reiterate Columbia’s fundamental commitment to welcoming students, faculty and staff from around the world.


September 19, 2017

In Light of Hurricane Maria

The Columbia community is thinking of those whose loved ones and hometowns may be affected by Hurricane Maria. In addition to support from individual school deans of students, there are immediate resources are available.

September 5, 2017

Supporting Our DACA Students

Columbia unequivocally opposes the ending of DACA and is working with others in higher education to urge Congress and federal officials to reinstate DACA’s protections and protect the rights of those with DACA status. The Office of University Life will continue its working group that focuses on the needs of undocumented students and is also available to help individual students access information and resources.  

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August 28, 2017

Expressing concern about Hurricane Harvey

The Columbia community is thinking of those who are contending with flooding and related emergencies. Immediate resources on campus are available.

August 14, 2017

Rejecting Violence and Hatred

Our responsibility on a university campus is to face the depth and breadth of this hostility directly. At Columbia, we reject the white supremacist violence and hatred that are at odds with our core values and our commitment to a diverse, inclusive community here and in society at large.   

April 5, 2017

Being Well at Columbia

How do we also recognize and strengthen the support culture that is such a strong part of our community? Inspired and encouraged by many conversations across the University, the Office of University Life and partners across campus introduce: Wellness Days @Columbia.

March 6, 2017

Our Global Community

With a new immigration executive order that continues to restrict entry to the United States for most citizens from six Muslim-majority nations, it is important to reiterate Columbia’s fundamental commitment to welcoming students, faculty and staff from around the world.

February 24, 2017

Affirming protection for transgender students and other Columbia community members

At a time when the federal government has withdrawn important protections for transgender students, it is ever more important to reiterate Columbia’s own policy:  All students, faculty, staff and visitors should use whichever restroom is most consistent with their gender identity.

February 16, 2017

Reminder of Resources – and Support – for DACA and Undocumented Students

Services and support for undocumented students at Columbia will continue for as long as circumstances require, and will be updated as conditions change.

February 11, 2017

Speech, Protest and the Rules of University Conduct

As issues related to speech on campus are being discussed and debated around the country, a post from last spring on speech and public debate at Columbia under our Rules of University Conduct. To share your ideas on these issues with the University community, please write to

February 2, 2017

Mental Health and Wellness at Columbia

A meaningful response to student mental health needs requires excellence in many ways – service provision, collaboration among students, faculty and administrators, resources dedicated to awareness and a supportive environment, and continuous research to seek effective ways to intervene and provide support.

January 23, 2017

Responding to loss

We have extensive resources for support, counseling (including addiction and depression) and wellness at Columbia, marshaling deep expertise and profound compassion, to provide support, service and hope to all in our community.

November 9, 2016

Reflecting Forward

Whatever your views, whether you supported any or none of the candidates, this is a time – both right now and in the days and months ahead –  to pause and affirm our shared commitment to learning and discovery, to our diversity as a strength, and to inclusive community as a core Columbia value.

September 19, 2016

Why Sexual Respect?

The Sexual Respect Initiative is about understanding and responding to the links among us and doing what we can to create change, not just in this moment but throughout the year and beyond. 

June 16, 2016

Love and Light for Orlando - Remarks

When so many now feel vulnerable – in houses of worship, in schools, on the street and, now, in places of joy and celebration – it is ever more important that we come together as a University community. This is a community drawn together to pursue knowledge and learning at the highest level – and a community with a shared interest in achieving understanding across our differences, valuing justice and peace in the world. - Love and Light for Orlando - a Columbia University Remembrance Event and Show of Solidarity (Watch here, and view our album on Facebook.)

April 12, 2016

Addressing Gender-Based Misconduct: Support, Policies and Practices

On support, policies and practices in place - points from Sexual Violence Response, Counseling and Psychological Services, Public Safety and the Gender-Based Misconduct Office.

March 31, 2016

Staffing Columbia’s Rape Crisis Center @ Sexual Violence Response: Important Data, Analysis and Reflections on Trauma-Informed Best Practices

SVR’s professional survivor advocates are available 24-hours/7 days a week/365 days a year for immediate crisis counseling, accompaniment to on and off-campus resources including the hospital, NYPD, District Attorney’s office, courts, medical services, etc.  In short, SVR offers comprehensive rape crisis services. 

March 8, 2016

An early update from the Rules Administrator about the Rules of Conduct

The Rules of Conduct "are intended to ensure that all members of our community may engage in our cherished traditions of free expression and open debate."

February 10, 2016

Office of University Life 101 – Your Spring Semester Survey Course

...a little of this and a little of that about what's happening now in the Office of University Life.

February 1, 2016

Q&A with "99 Homes" Writer/Director, Columbia Associate Professor Ramin Bahrani

I often found myself on the set of 99 Homes thinking of lessons I learned from working with my students and the other professors in my department. An added bonus of teaching at Columbia are the great minds you befriend...

November 24, 2015

Race, Ethnicity and University Life: Next Steps

The energy of these conversations reinforces our potential to make this not only a pivotal moment but also a shift toward sustained change in our community. The unprecedented coming together of 60 student organizations, centers and institutes, administrative groups and schools who cosponsored also affirms our collective capacity and our potential for progress.

November 13, 2015

Race, Conversation, and Columbia

In a University community, finding ways to listen, as well as talk, across differences, including differences related to race and ethnicity, is essential if we are to create a place in which all can have some sense of belonging.

October 20, 2015

Introducing the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative for 2015-16

Sexual respect is a commitment. It is a commitment to communicating and acting with integrity and respect for others. And it is about having an ethic of care in our own University community, even with our differences, to challenge and reject sexual and gender-based misconduct.
The Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative is one part of this commitment.

September 15, 2015

Community Citizenship and University Life: A Message from Suzanne Goldberg

Welcome to Columbia – and to the Office of University Life.

March 8, 2015

How it’s going: An update on the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative (deadline Mar. 13!)

“Join the Conversation.”  This is what the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative poster urges.  Hopefully you have seen it on College Walk or in buildings around campus.

February 25, 2015

Welcome to the new Office of University Life

Four weeks into my new role as executive vice president for University life at Columbia, I want to use this Spectrum post to share a bit about my background as well as some initial thoughts about the new Office of University Life, its philosophy, goals, and possibilities for student involvement.  

September 26, 2014

Gender-Based Misconduct Prevention & Response: Special Advisor Update, Sept. 26

The University has embraced our community’s attention to our campus climate and, in particular, to issues of sexual violence and other gender-based misconduct as an opportunity for meaningful discussion and action.

February 11, 2015

Office of University Life on the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative

When I began as special advisor to University President Lee Bollinger on sexual assault prevention and response last July, I had spent the past couple of decades as a social justice advocate...