Columbia University Student Services for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct
The below information was created to help students' supporters. The information is a supplement and does not constitute Columbia University policy. The full text of the Gender-Based Misconduct Policies for Students can be found on the policy and procedure
Who Can Be a Supporter?
- Both the respondent and the complainant are entitled to have a supporter present during the hearing.
- The supporter must be a current member of the Columbia University community.
- The supporter may be a student, faculty member or staff member, but should not be someone who has a current formal role with either student (i.e., advisor, professor, coach, etc).
- The supporter may not be a witness.
- The supporter may not serve as legal representation for the student.
- Family members are not permitted to serve as supporters.
Guidelines for Supporters
- The sole function of a supporter is to provide support for the student.
- Supporters may not participate in the proceedings.
- The supporter may talk quietly or pass notes to the student who she/he is supporting in a non-disruptive manner during the hearing.
- The proceedings are confidential. Information revealed in the hearing should not be discussed with others.
- Supporters should refrain for communicating with others (parents, witnesses, etc) on the student's behalf.
How Can a Supporter Assist a Student?
- Provide moral support to the student during the hearing.
- Review and become familiar with the policy and the procedure.
- Assist with the preparation of the opening and closing statement.
- Encourage the student to contact the appropriate office if questions arise or if the student is in need of additional support.
Resources for Supporters
- Questions about the role of a supporter can be directed (212) 854-1717 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Ombuds Office is also available to provide resources to supporters. The Ombuds Office can be contacted at (212) 854-1234 or email@example.com.
|Student Services for Gender-based and Sexual Misconduct
||212 854 1717
|Counseling and Psychological Services
||212 854 2878
|Furman Counseling Center
||212 854 2092
|Peer Advocates (24hours/7days)
||212 854 WALK
|Peer Counselors (8pm-11pm/7days)
||212 854 HELP
|New York City Police Sex Crime Unit
||212 267 7273