Columbia University

WORK/LIFE Benefits and Resources

Overview of Human Resources

Includes an A-to-Z topic index, helpful quick links, and other resources.

Human Resources
New Faculty & Staff Checklist
Casual Employment Guidelines
Working at Columbia

Benefits overview and helpful quick links.

Benefits at Columbia
Benefits in Brief (PDF)

Overview of retirement benefits and policies.

Retirement in Brief

Update personal information or review your paycheck, tax, or benefits information.

Personal and Payroll Information (myColumbia)

Useful forms and brochures.

HR Documents

HR contact for the Morningside Campus.

Phone: (212) 851-0617
Fax: (212) 870-7025 (*secure*)
Fax: (212) 870-3399

615 West 131st Street
Studebaker Building, 4th Floor
New York, NY  10027

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The Work/Life Office affirms the University's commitment to an environment that allows us to achieve excellence in our work and to have an abundant life outside of our professional endeavors. Ongoing evaluation and improvement of Columbia’s Work/Life policies, benefits, services, programs, practices, and culture are intended to enhance our experience of Columbia as an employer.

Current Work/Life offerings include:

Current initiatives include increasing childcare availability and options, enhancing retirement planning, and developing housing assistance and building a Work/Life Web site that will be a one-stop source for work/life information at Columbia. 

Officers of Instruction should consult the Faculty Handbook for details on eligibility.  For additional information, please contact or visit the website at

International Students and Scholars Office
Information about regulatory and documentation matters (including visas), as well as other services for our international community.

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Faculty Resources and Programs


For additional information about faculty relocation, please contact Audrey Rosenblatt, Associate Director for Budget Operations, at or (212) 854-6108.


The University Apartment Housing division provides information about faculty housing.

For additional information about faculty housing, please contact Sue Mescher, Deputy Vice President of Strategic Planning, at or (212) 854-6192.

With questions in regard to the Arts and Sciences Housing Assistance Program (PDF), please contact Sue Mescher, Deputy Vice President of Strategic Planning, at or (212) 854-6192.


The University maintains a limited amount of commuter and 24-hour parking for faculty. The University Parking Allocations Committee makes all decisions on parking requests. Requests for parking must comply with University Parking Policy, and should be made through the University Parking Office.

For additional information about parking, please contact Sue Mescher, Deputy Vice President of Strategic Planning, at or (212) 854-6192.


Retirement in Brief
Human Resources offers a retirement overview.

The Faculty Handbook
The Faculty Handbook provides further information about faculty retirement.

Under appropriate circumstances the Arts and Sciences negotiates for time and agreements with faculty on an individual basis in order to accommodate the needs and interests of the faculty member, within budgetary constraints. The Vice President signs all retirement agreements for faculty in the Arts and Sciences.


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