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”)
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.
W 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.
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. 99 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:
Resources in the Event of a Bias Incident
/ Hate Crime
University Wide Resources
Department of Public Safety:
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
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.
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.
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
Office of Disability Services:
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
Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program:
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.
Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center:
100 Brooks Hall (Barnard
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
The Disciplinary Procedure for Sexual Misconduct:
Helen V. Arnold, Administrative Coordinator
MS Campus Office
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
401 Lerner Hall
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;
and Residential Life:
101 Carman Hall
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.
John Jay Hall, 3rd
& 4th Floors
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.
(212) 854-5555 or x99 from any ROLM 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.
Hall, 8th Floor
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
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 counselors are
trained Columbia and Barnard undergraduates offering anonymous,
confidential peer counseling on any topic to all Columbia and Barnard
524 Riverside Drive, Suite
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
Haven Avenue, Lobby Floor
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.
Dr. Burton Lerner, Director, Mental Health Services
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.
1051 Riverside Drive,
722 West 168th
50 Haven Avenue
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.
Kathleen C. McVeigh, Director
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).
Resources in the Event of a Bias Incident / Hate Crime
Resources in the Event of a Bias Incident / Hate Crime
Tel: (212) 694-3010, from 8am-1am
Crime Victims Hotline
Tel: (212) 577-7777 (24 hrs)
Tel: (800) 579-0689
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.
622 West 168th
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.
411 West 114th
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.