From the University

August 28, 2020

California Wildfires: Resources and Support for You

There have been and continue to be destructive wildfires in California. This situation may be causing stress, and you, your family and/or friends may be directly affected by these fires. Your safety and well-being are important to us, and we want to make sure you are connected to campus resources to support you.

August 28, 2020

Student Accountability for Upholding the Columbia Compact – What You Need to Know

I write with important information about your responsibility for keeping the Columbia Community Health Compact. Even if you are not on campus, we are all part of one University community, and this Compact, and your commitment to it, will help keep you, our neighbors, and the Columbia community across the globe stay healthy.

August 24, 2020

Important Checklist for On-Campus Students

I am writing to share important information to assist you in fulfilling all the requirements you’ll need to meet if you’re coming to campus this Fall. Plus, find additional information about ways to connect whether you’re here in person or online.

August 6, 2020

Become a Student Ambassador to Help Keep Our Community Healthy

I am writing to share an exciting opportunity to become a Student Ambassador to help keep our community healthy during COVID-19. Student Ambassadors will receive specialized training about the Columbia Community Health Compact, COVID-19 prevention and bystander intervention methods, along with the opportunity to engage with campus experts.

July 9, 2020

Columbia to Participate in Litigation Against ICE Restrictions on International Students

Columbia, together with other leading colleges and universities, is currently at work on a friend-of-the-court brief to be filed in the legal challenge to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s newest federal rules, which pose significant limitations on international students.

April 28, 2020

Virtual Student Events to Close an Extraordinary Semester

April is quickly coming to a close and we wanted to share some upcoming virtual events that are open to all Columbia students. We hope you can join us.

April 22, 2020

Staying Connected: Virtual Community Events

Staff from across the University have been working diligently to plan fun and interesting virtual community events, understanding that we need to connect as a community now more than ever. We are highlighting a few of these events in this message. 


February 10, 2020

Coronavirus and Maintaining an Inclusive Campus Community

In recent weeks as the Coronavirus has spread, there has been an increase in reported experiences of hostility and bias directed toward Chinese, Chinese-American and other Asian students and community members, both on and off our campus. We write to ask you to keep closely in mind our core value at Columbia — of treating all in our shared community with respect and recognizing the dignity and humanity of each individual here.


January 21, 2020

Welcome Back and a Safety Update

As we begin the new semester, we write to welcome you back and share updates on the University’s ongoing work to support the safety of our campuses and our community.

December 26, 2019

A Message Regarding a Racist Robocall Voicemail

We have become aware that robocall messages from a white supremacist group were received on many faculty and staff landlines at Barnard and may have been received by a small number of Columbia faculty and staff as well.  The contents of this message, related to Tess Majors’ recent death, are abhorrent and viciously racist. 

December 12, 2019

Yesterday's Attack in Morningside Park

It is with deep sadness that I write regarding the tragic death of Barnard student Tessa Majors. As many of you may be learning this morning, Tessa was attacked while walking through Morningside Park yesterday evening. Despite the efforts of the doctors and nurses at St. Luke’s Hospital, Tessa succumbed to the injuries she sustained in the attack.


November 24, 2019

Update on the Columbia College Student Council Divestment Referendum Vote

The Columbia College Student Council tonight agreed to hold a referendum for the College student body in the spring on whether the University should divest from companies profiting from or otherwise supporting Israeli policy toward the Palestinian people.

September 25, 2019

A Message on the Columbia World Leaders Forum Event with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir

Columbia’s World Leaders Forum provides our University community with an opportunity to hear about issues facing other nations and our world directly from individuals in positions of authority and responsibility.  In response to concerns expressed by several student organizations about the Forum event scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, President Lee C. Bollinger shared these comments...

April 13, 2019

Sharing a message from Columbia's Undergraduate Deans: Addressing Racism on Our Campus

While the incident took place at Barnard, we know that incidents like this can be concerning and upsetting for those not directly impacted. And, we want to acknowledge that they serve as potent reminders of the work remaining to ensure that all members of our community feel included and safe.

April 10, 2019

Columbia joins the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

Columbia University joins the Action Collaborative as part of our commitment of fostering an environment free from gender-based discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault and all other forms of gender-based misconduct.  We recognize that this work is essential to our mission of advancing learning and producing knowledge at the highest levels.  


February 1, 2019

Important message from Columbia Health

Please check the Columbia Health website for an important community health message about bacterial meningitis. 

January 25, 2019

Announcement to Students and Families Financially Impacted by the Partial Government Shutdown

While we welcome today’s news that the U.S. federal government has been re-opened until February 15, 2019, Columbia University understands this remains a highly stressful time for those students or families who are experiencing financial challenges due to being unpaid or furloughed federal employees.

April 25, 2018

DACA Update: Federal court rules in favor of DACA program

We join with students, scholars, advocates and all who are heartened by recent news that DACA protections for undocumented students must remain and that the U.S. federal government must resume accepting new applications.

December 11, 2017

Reminder of resources in light of Port Authority Explosion

For many, the news of an explosion in the city can be unsettling. We express our appreciation for the first responders who helped aid those who were directly impacted. In addition to support from individual school deans of students, there are immediate resources are available.

December 6, 2017

Updates on the Immigration Executive Order (a.k.a. the “travel ban”)

Columbia remains concerned about the federal executive order that restricts travel to the United States by citizens of Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.  On Monday of this week, the United States Supreme Court permitted the ban to take effect while legal challenges are ongoing. We encourage students and other community members affected by the ban to contact to contact David Austell, Director of the International Students and Scholars Office.


November 27, 2017

Expressing concern regarding the recent attack in Egypt

The Columbia community is thinking of you and your families at home, and the ISSO team stands ready to assist you in any way during this time. In addition to support from individual school deans of students, there are immediate resources are available.

October 31, 2017

Expressing concern after tragic attack in NYC

When events in our world and country result in fatal tragedy, Columbia University - a global community - feels and mourns the loss of life. We express profound grief and condolences to the families who lost loved ones today, and hope for those injured to experience a full recovery. We also share appreciation for the first responders who helped prevent further casualties. Resources are available to support Columbia students.


October 30, 2017

Our Community, Our Values

Make no mistake that Columbia rejects racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, white supremacy, bigotry, misogyny. But beyond statements, can we show up as members of one community, especially when we are in a particularly challenging place?


October 17, 2017

Statement on Disrupting Speakers from Provost John Coatsworth

The University is committed to defend the right of all the members of our community to exercise their right to invite, listen to, and challenge speakers whose views may be offensive and even hurtful to many of us. It is the duty of every member of the community to help preserve freedom of speech for all, including protesters.


September 19, 2017

Support for Students with Ties to Mexico

The Columbia community is thinking of you and your families at home, and that the ISSO team stands ready to assist you in any way during this time. In addition to support from individual school deans of students, there are immediate resources are available.

September 6, 2017

On Hurricane Irma

The Columbia community is thinking of those and their loved ones who may be contending with urgent conditions.  Immediate resources on campus are available.

August 31, 2017

Support for International and Other Students with Ties to India, Bangladesh and Nepal

The Columbia community is thinking of you and your families at home, and that the ISSO team stands ready to assist you in any way during this time.

January 29, 2017

Response to Executive Order on Refugee and Immigration Policy from Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger

We join with many peers in decrying this action as discriminatory, damaging to America’s leadership in higher education, and contrary to our nation’s core values and founding principles.

January 28, 2017

Columbia's International Students & Scholars Office Outreach on the President's Immigration Executive Order

Columbia's International Students & Scholars Office has shared this message with all Columbia community members from countries that are the focus of President Trump's new executive order on immigration.  

November 16, 2016

Resources for Students and Other Columbia Community Members

Important resources for our students and others in the Columbia community who may have concerns about immigration, mental health, harassment and violence.

September 22, 2016

Disturbing Losses and Fresh Challenges

While it is increasingly difficult to repeat and relive what many of us may be feeling – anger, sorrow, disbelief or profound frustration – there are multiple resources for community and support on campus, including tonight's (9/22) Space for Students to Connect, Reflect and Heal with the Office of Multicultural Affairs. 

September 18, 2016

Reminder of Resources in Light of Chelsea

For many, the recent news of an explosion in the city in which dozens were injured can be unsettling.

July 8, 2016

On Racial Disparities, Police Violence and Tragic Loss

Our hearts go out to those who have lost family members and friends from police shootings, and we mourn with the communities reeling from the fatal shootings of police officers during otherwise peaceful protests in Dallas. We also recognize that this comes amidst recent massive violence in the world, and that it will take a sustained mix of education, research, advocacy and activism to bring about change, all of which are central to the work of a leading university like Columbia. 

June 12, 2016

Support After Orlando

We are deeply saddened by the horrific attack at Pulse Orlando, a gay nightclub in Florida. See more from Columbia's remembrance and show of solidarity here.

April 13, 2016

In Remembrance of Public Safety Officer Martin Nelles

Public Safety Officer Martin Nelles served Columbia for more than 30 years. 

January 20, 2016

The Attack at Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, Pakistan

We write to decry this violent loss of life in an institution of learning and knowledge – and to extend support to those for whom these events hit too close to home, including students and other community members.


December 9, 2015

In Support of Racial Diversity in Higher Education Admissions

Columbia University is prominent among the leading colleges and universities that filed amicus briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court Nov. 2 in support of racial diversity in higher education admissions.

December 4, 2015

From Southern California to Chennai to Cairo

While we cannot easily account for or remedy the root of these and other tragic situations that we learn of so upsettingly often, we can provide support to members of our community who are directly or emotionally affected by these events.

November 21, 2015

On the Attack in Bamako, Mali

After yesterday’s attacks in Bamako, Mali, our thoughts and condolences are with the victims' families, as well as with those on our own campus who have experienced such horrific events.  A Columbia alum, Anita Ashok Datar, was among those killed.

November 16, 2015

Message from President Bollinger

We join in mourning the innocent lives lost and in decrying the violent attacks in Paris, as well as in other cities in recent weeks, just as the world mourned and stood together with New Yorkers after 9/11.  The University Chapel’s bells will toll at noon today, as we pause to reflect on these horrifying events.  

November 14, 2015

Statement Regarding Paris

Statement from Columbia University regarding the events in Paris.

October 2, 2015

On the Tragedy at Umpqua Community College

Important information and resources

September 21, 2015

Message to the Columbia University Community Regarding the AAU Survey

A message from Suzanne Goldberg regarding the AAU Survey

January 21, 2015

President Bollinger Names Suzanne B. Goldberg as Columbia’s First Executive Vice President for University Life

Law professor, a gender law expert, served as University President’s Special Advisor on Sexual Assault Prevention and Response