Columbia University joins the global community in mourning the victims of the recent Indian Ocean tsunami. We extend our deepest sympathy to the millions of families worldwide affected by the tragedy, which has caused great loss of life, injury and incomprehensible destruction throughout a large swath of South and East Asia. The University's thoughts are also with regional governments and the international community now struggling to meet the needs of the survivors and to rebuild over the long term.
Columbia is reaching out to the members of our community from Indian Ocean Rim nations, as well as students, faculty and staff who might have been traveling to the area during the winter break. To date, we have not received reports of injury or hardship among members of our community, but working through our deans and student affairs offices, we will continue this outreach.
The Health Services Department stands ready to assist the Columbia community. Health information and counseling is available to all students, staff and faculty. For more information, or to schedule an appointment at Counseling & Psychological Services, please call ( 212) 854-2284 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . For students with related insurance questions who are covered under Columbia 's student medical insurance plan, please contact our insurance office at (212) 854-7210 or email email@example.com .
In addition, student groups and other organizations are encouraging donations to reputable organizations involved with the relief efforts. The University will continue to assess ways to assist on the ground and will be updating this information as it becomes available. Below is list of several nonprofits active in the region.
New York City Web site: www.nyc.gov
Columbia University International Students and Scholars Office: (212) 854-2284 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Office of the University Chaplain: (212) 854-1493 or email@example.com
Columbia University Office of Public Safety: (212) 854-2796 or firstname.lastname@example.org (For emergencies only, call (212) 854-5555)