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                                               COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY 

                                 POLICY ON THE RESPONSE TO INCIDENTS OF BIAS































Bias crimes, also known as hate crimes, are criminal activity motivated by the perpetrator’s bias toward certain actual or perceived personal characteristics of the victim. University policy and federal and state law prohibit crimes motivated by bias on the basis of race, color, sex or gender, age, ancestry, national origin, religious belief or practice, disability, sexual orientation, or political persuasion.   The University is required to report annually on the statistical incidence of bias crimes on or around campus as part of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crimes Statistics Act (the ”Clery Act”)


Federal Law

The Clery Act defines hate crimes as any of the crimes otherwise reportable under the Clery Act or any bodily injury to any person in which the victim is intentionally selected because of the actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability of the victim.


New York State Law

New York Penal Law specifies that a person commits a hate crime, when he or she commits a specified offense and either intentionally selects the person against whom the offense is committed or intended to be committed in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception regarding the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of the person, regardless of whether the perception or belief is correct, or intentionally commits the act or acts constituting the offense in whole or in substantial part because of a belief or perception with respect to the categories enumerated above. 

The specified offenses are assault in the third degree; assault in the second degree; assault in the first degree; aggravated assault upon a person less than eleven years old; menacing in the first degree; menacing in the second degree; menacing in the third degree; reckless endangerment in the second degree; reckless endangerment in the first degree; manslaughter in the first degree; manslaughter in the second degree; murder in the second degree; stalking in the fourth degree; stalking in the third degree; stalking in the second degree; stalking in the first degree; rape in the first degree; criminal sexual act in the first degree; sexual abuse in the first degree; aggravated sexual abuse in the second degree; aggravated sexual abuse in the first degree; unlawful imprisonment in the second degree; unlawful imprisonment in the first degree; kidnapping in the second degree; kidnapping in the first degree; coercion in the second degree; coercion in the first degree; criminal trespass in the third degree; criminal trespass in the second degree; criminal trespass in the first degree; burglary in the third degree; burglary in the second degree; burglary in the first degree; criminal mischief in the fourth degree; criminal mischief in the third degree; criminal mischief in the second degree; criminal mischief in the first degree; arson in the fourth degree; arson in the third degree; arson in the second degree; arson in the first degree; petit larceny; grand larceny in the fourth degree; grand larceny in the third degree; grand larceny in the second degree; grand larceny in the first degree; robbery in the third degree; robbery in the second degree; robbery in the first degree; harassment in the first degree; aggravated harassment in the second degree; or any attempt or conspiracy to commit any of the foregoing offenses.

hen a person is convicted of a hate crime where the specified offense is a violent felony offense, the hate crime shall be deemed a violent felony offense.  When a person is convicted of a hate crime where the specified offense is a misdemeanor or a class C, D or E felony, the hate crime shall be deemed to be one category higher than the specified offense the defendant committed, or one category higher than the offense level applicable to the defendant’s conviction for an attempt or conspiracy to commit a specified offense, whichever is applicable.


University Policy and Procedure

An individual, who believes he/she may have been the victim of a hate crime or may have witnessed a hate crime, should contact the Columbia University Department of Public Safety immediately.  The Department of Public Safety can be reached at the Morningside Campus, located in room 111 Low Library by calling 212-854-2797 or Ext. 4-5555 from any Rolm telephone on campus. Our office at the Columbia University Medical Center is located in 109 Black Building, telephone number 212-305-8100.

When Public Safety receives a report of a hate crime, an investigator will interview witnesses, collect evidence and make any and all notifications.  Depending on the seriousness of the matter, the Department of Public Safety may refer the matter immediately to the New York City Police Department, may conduct an investigation, or may refer the matter to the appropriate dean or supervisor for Dean’s Discipline or other action.

There are times when an individual may believe that he or she has been victim to or witnessed an act of bias activity but there has been no apparent crime committed.  In those incidents, victims or witnesses may contact the Department of Public Safety or may choose one of the other resources listed below.

Additionally, students who become aware of bias activity or hate crimes may choose to notify the deans of their respective schools.



Columbia University and the surrounding community have a variety of resources available to victims of hate crimes.  Counseling and Psychological Services on the Morningside Campus is staffed with professional counselors.  St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center and the New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center Campus provide medical attention and emotional support for victims of violent crimes.  In addition, the following is a listing of specific Columbia University resources that are available:


Columbia University

     Resources in the Event of a Bias Incident / Hate Crime


          I.)   University Wide Resources


Department of Public Safety:


            M.S. Campus
            111 Low Library
            Tel: (212) 854-2796
            Emergency:  Ext. 4-5555 or (212) 854-5555

           CUMC Campus          
           109 Black Building
           On-Campus Tel: 7-7979 
           Off-Campus Tel: (212) 305-8100 
           For non-emergencies at CUMC, DIAL: (212) 305-8100

The mission of the Department of Public Safety is to enhance the quality of life for the entire Columbia community by maintaining a secure and open environment in which the safety of all is balanced with the rights of the individual.

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

          Susan Rieger, Associate Provost for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

          M.S. Campus 
          535 West 116th Street 
          103 Low Memorial Library

          CUMC Office 
          50 Haven Avenue 
          101 Bard Hall 

          Tel: (212) 854-5918 
          Fax: (212) 854-1368 
          E-mail: mailto:sr534@columbia.edu 

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EO&AA) is responsible for managing and coordinating University policies, procedures, and programs governing equal opportunity and affirmative action concerns--from employment to education and from applications to treatment of termination.  The Office handles complaints of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran.

    Ombuds Office:

            Dr. Marsha Wagner, Ombuds Officer

M.S. Campus
            660 Schermerhorn Extension
            Tel: (212) 854-1234
            Fax: (212) 854-6046

            CUMC Office
            50 Haven Avenue 
            101 Bard Hall

            Tel: (212) 304-7026
            Fax: (212) 854-6046
            E-mail: mailto:ombuds@columbia.edu


The Ombuds Office offers confidential and neutral complaint handling. The Ombuds Office helps callers assess options and makes referrals to appropriate University resources. It is an independent resource for conflict resolution. It serves all members of the University community—students, faculty, and employees.

  University Chaplain:

            Chaplain Jewelnel Davis
            710 Lerner Hall
            Tel: (212) 854-1493

The mission of the Office of the University Chaplain is to help respond to the individual and collective needs of the Columbia community. It does so by collaborating with other University departments to provide and foster pastoral care and counseling, by sponsoring diverse programming initiatives and organizing University-wide ceremonies, and by assisting in the development of University policy.

Office of Disability Services:

            M.S. Campus
            Lerner Hall, 8th Floor

            CUMC Office
            50 Haven Avenue 
            101 Bard Hall

            Tel: (212) 854-2388
            E-mail: mailto:disability@columbia.edu

The Office of Disability Services surveys and determines the specific needs of students with disabilities, and develops and implements programs and policies to meet those needs by enabling these students to achieve their academic and personal potential, and facilitates their integration into all aspects of campus life.

Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program:

           Director: Maura Bairley
           301 Lerner Hall
           Tel: (212) 854-3500
           E-mail: mailto:mb1106@columbia.edu

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program provides comprehensive and integrated education, support and advocacy about sexual and relationship violence.  This program oversees the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center.

Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center:

100 Brooks Hall (Barnard Quad)           
            Tel: (212) 854-HELP Peer Counseling (7:30-10:30pm, 7-nights-a-week during academic 
            Tel: (212) 854-WALK Peer Advocacy (24-hours-a-day, seven-nights-a-week during 
            the academic year)

The Barnard Columbia Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center (RC/AVSC) offers a safe and supportive place for survivors of sexual assault and other forms of violence, including bias crimes, in addition to disseminating important information to the University community.  The Center provides peer counseling and 24-hour advocacy services to survivors and co-survivors.

The Disciplinary Procedure for Sexual Misconduct:

            Helen V. Arnold, Administrative Coordinator

MS Campus Office
            703 Lerner Hall 
            Tel: (212) 854-1717
            Fax: (212) 854-2728

CUMC Office 
            50 Haven Avenue 
            101 Bard Hall, Tues & Thurs from 10am-4pm
            Tel: (212) 304-7028 

E-mail: mailto:hva2002@columbia.edu  

Disciplinary action for violations of the Sexual Misconduct Policy by Columbia students is conducted through either the University’s mechanism of Dean’s Discipline or the Disciplinary Procedure for Sexual Misconduct.  This office oversees policy adjudication for the Columbia University community with regard to sexual misconduct.  The Sexual Misconduct Policy applies to all students in all schools of the University.  The Disciplinary Procedure for Sexual Misconduct applies to these same students with the exception of the Law School, but including the students of Teachers College and Barnard College and the Health Sciences Campus.  

II.)     Morningside Campus Only

  • Office of Multicultural Affairs (C.C. & S.E.A.S. Students only):  

        401 Lerner Hall
        Tel: (212) 854-0720
        E-mail: multicultural@columbia.edu 

The newly established Office of Multicultural Affairs seeks to strengthen and enhance the richly diverse fabric of the Columbia community by providing and supporting programs and services in the following areas: Diversity Education and Training; Cultural Student Organization Advising; Advocacy; Intercultural Community Programming; Leadership Development and Training; Mentoring.

  Housing and Residential Life:

  •   Office of Residential Programs:

101 Carman Hall
            Tel: (212) 854-6805
            E-mail: corp@columbia.edu

The staff of the Office of Residential Programs strives to enhance the quality of residential life by cultivating an atmosphere conducive to educational pursuits and the development of community within the student body. These contributions form an integral part of a Columbia education by stimulating mutual understanding and by fostering an atmosphere based on the appreciation of the differences and similarities characterizing our diverse cultural community.

  Health Services:


  •   Primary Care Medical Services

John Jay Hall, 3rd & 4th Floors
            Tel: (212) 854-2284
            Fax: (212) 854-3372

Primary Care Medical Services provides urgent, routine, and follow-up medical care. They also offer wellness and self-care programs, as well as laboratory tests, immunizations, and the monitoring of certain health conditions. Primary Care also provides well-woman care, lesbian health care, contraception, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, referral for prenatal care and abortion, and other assistance to women with health problems.


  •   CAVA (Emergency Medical Services):

            Tel: (212) 854-5555 or x4-5555 from any campus phone

During the school year, CAVA operates 24 hours a day to handle medical emergencies. Certified student emergency medical technicians provide all necessary assistance while transporting injured parties to hospital.


  •   Counseling and Psychological Services:

      Lerner Hall, 8th Floor
            Tel: (212) 854-2878
            Fax: (212) 854-9473

CPS offers free psychological counseling to all undergraduate and graduate students who have paid the Health Service fee.  Emergency consultations and crisis intervention are provided to students in acute distress.


  •   Gay Health Advocacy Project:  

John Jay Hall, Room 424
            Tel: (212) 854-7970 / (212) 854-6655
            E-mail: mailto:ghap@columbia.edu

The Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP) promotes the health and civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on campus. In addition to providing HIV testing, counseling and treatment, GHAP's staff and volunteers provide services concerning sexuality, sexual health and LGBT support.


  •  Nightline – Barnard-Columbia Peer-counseling and Referrals:

           Tel: 212-854-7777 
           Nightly from 10pm-3am 

Nightline counselors are trained Columbia and Barnard undergraduates offering anonymous, confidential peer counseling on any topic to all Columbia and Barnard students.

  •   International Students and Scholars Office:

524 Riverside Drive, Suite 200
            Tel: (212) 854-7461

ISSO staff assists international students and scholars with their questions about University policies and practices, admission and placement, regulatory and documentation matters, social and cultural activities, adjustment to a new academic and cultural environment, and personal and family services and needs.


III.)  Medical Center (CUMC) Campus Only


  Housing and Residential Life:


  • Health Sciences Housing Assignment Office

    Bard Hall, 50 Haven Avenue 
          Tel: (212) 304-7000 
          Fax: (212) 544-1900 
          E-mail: mailto:rrr3@columbia.edu 


  Student Health Services (SHS):


  • Medical Center

         60 Haven Avenue, Lobby Floor
         Tel: (212) 795-4181 (For Appointments and After-Hours Emergencies) 

The SHS delivers health care to enrolled members on the CUMC Campus. Physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses provide primary care services, including general health maintenance and routine gynecological exams, and are available throughout the day for urgent and acute health problems. Patients may be examined by appointment or on a walk-in basis, Monday through Thursday, 8 AM to 7 PM, and on Friday, 8AM - 4PM. Emergency care after hours is coordinated through the physician on call.



  • Mental Health Services

          Dr. Burton Lerner, Director, Mental Health Services       
          Tel: (212) 496-8491 
          Fax: (212) 873-3739 
          E-mail: mailto:bal2@columbia.edu

Professional mental health staff is available to assist CUMC students with a broad range of mental health issues that may interfere with their personal and educational goals while at Columbia University Medical Center. Services are available throughout the year for issues large or small, new or recurring.

For urgent or emergency situations on evenings or weekends, the Mental Health Clinician on Call can be reached at: (212) 795-4181.

  • Psychoanalytic Center:

         1051 Riverside Drive,
         Room 1710


         722 West 168th Street
         Tel: (212) 927-0112


  • Pastoral Counseling:

          Fr. David V. Morrissey, O.P.
          50 Haven Avenue
          102 Bard Hall
          Tel: (212) 305-3989 / (212) 740-2423        
          E-mail: mailto:dwm3@columbia.edu          


  • Center for Student Wellness:

          50 Haven Avenue
          107 Bard Hall

          Tel: (212) 304-5564            
          Fax: (212) 544-1967 
          E-mail: mailto:wdk2002@columbia.edu   

The Center for Student Wellness (CSW) provides individual, solution-based, confidential consultation to all Health Sciences students to enhance physical, emotional, social, professional, and academic well being. Students seeking assistance from the Center for Student Wellness may call or email to make an appointment, or simply stop by the Center during regular daily walk-in hours. All services provided by the CSW are free to CUMC students.

  • International Affairs Office (IAO):

         Kathleen C. McVeigh, Director 
         126B Black Building         
         Tel: (212) 305-5455 / (212) 305-8165 
         Fax: (212) 305-5208 
         E-mail: mailto:: kcm1@columbia.edu

The International Affairs Office (IAO) serves the immigration-related needs of students and scholars on the Health Sciences Campus (with the exception of students in the Mailman School of Public Health and GSAS who must report to the International Students and Scholars Office on the Morningside Campus).

  Off-Campus Resources in the Event of a Bias Incident / Hate Crime


  • All Emergencies
    Dial 911


  • New York Police Department – 26th Precinct
    520 West 126th (between Amsterdam & Old Amsterdam)
    Tel: (212) 678-1311 (24 hrs)


  • NYPD Special Victims

          Tel: (212) 694-3010, from 8am-1am

          Safe Horizon

                  ·   Crime Victims Hotline

         Tel: (212) 577-7777 (24 hrs)


  • NYS Crime Victim Board

         Tel: (800) 579-0689 
         (888) 289-9747 (TTY) 
         (718) 923-4325


  • NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project

          240 West 35th Street, Suite 200 
          Hotline: (212) 714-1141 
          TTY: (212) 714-1134 
          Office: (212) 714-1184 
          Fax: (212) 714-2627 
          E-mail: mailto:webmaster@avp.org 

The nation's largest crime-victim service agency for the lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and HIV-affected (LGTBH) communities, AVP assists thousands of crime victims every year from all five boroughs of the city, providing free and confidential advocacy, counseling, referrals and training.


  • New York Presbyterian Hospital: Domestic and Other Violent Emergencies Program

          622 West 168th Street, HP2 
          Tel: (212) 305-9060 
          Fax: (212) 305-6196 
          Mon to Fridays from 9am-5pm by appointment

Provides medical services, advocacy, counseling, referral services and community and professional training for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence and physical assault. Insurance is billed and CVB reimbursement is utilized when applicable.


  • Crime Victims Treatment Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center

          411 West 114th Street 
          Tel: (212) 523-4728 
          Fax: (212) 523-4781 
          E-mail: cvtc@cvtc-slr.org

Provides medical services, advocacy, counseling, referral services and community and professional training for survivors of any crime with an emphasis on rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence. CVB reimbursement is utilized when applicable, and / or fee is waived.