Rejecting Antisemitism and Standing Strong in Support of our Community  

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Dear Columbia 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. 

The divisions that now roil our nation and the world have given rise to increasing acts of bias and hate in far too many communities. Antisemitism does not have a place at Columbia, as our community strives every day to remain a welcoming and inclusive place where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

We want to be sure you're aware of how to report incidents and concerns, and how to seek help for yourself or a friend:

Report an Incident

You can contact Public Safety or use University Life's "report an incident" link to report a potential bias incident:

  • Contact Public Safety if you have a safety concern or to report a potential bias incident or crime. 
    • If you’re on the Morningside campus, call 212-854-5555.
    • If you’re on the Medical Center campus, call 212-305-7979.
    • If you have an emergency, call 911 right away.
    • Public Safety's website also has more information on hate crimes, including vandalism.

Coping Resources

We always encourage you to make use of these resources whenever you need:

If you have questions or concerns, please also don't hesitate to contact us at universitylife@columbia.edu.

At Columbia, our work is rooted in the fundamental belief in the dignity and value of every human life. I am grateful to be a member of such an extraordinary community.

In community, 

Professor Suzanne B. Goldberg
Executive Vice President for University Life
Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law