Columbia University, Barnard College, and Teachers College are committed to fostering an environment that is free from gender-based discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault and all other forms of gender-based misconduct. The University recognizes its responsibility to increase awareness of such misconduct, prevent its occurrence, diligently investigate reports of misconduct, support students and others who experience gender-based misconduct, and respond fairly and firmly when students violate University policy. The University is also committed to supporting students accused of gender-based misconduct who go through the disciplinary process. In addressing issues of gender-based misconduct, all members of the University must respect and care for one another in a manner consistent with our deeply held academic and community values.
The Policies set out here reflect the University’s commitment to a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment, consistent with Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act (“VAWA”), and New York State Education Law 129-B. They define gender-based misconduct and explain Title IX, highlight available resources for students, and set procedures for addressing gender-based misconduct involving students.
In May of 2020, the U.S. Department of Education issued new regulations for colleges and universities that address sexual assault and other gender-based misconduct. These regulations cover certain specific forms of gender-based misconduct. To comply with these regulations, the University has revised its existing policy for those types of misconduct (the “Interim Title IX Policy”). In addition, the University maintains the “Gender-Based Misconduct Policy” for other types of gender-based misconduct that are not covered by the new regulations. Both policies are important to creating and supporting a University community that rejects all forms of gender-based misconduct.
Under both the Gender-Based Misconduct Policy and the Interim Title IX Policy, the University remains committed to diligently investigating reports of misconduct, supporting students and others who experience gender-based misconduct, and responding fairly and firmly when students violate University policy. The University’s Gender-Based Misconduct Policy and the Interim Title IX Policy and Procedures are administered by Student Conduct and Community Standards (“SCCS” or the “Office”) under the leadership of the Associate Vice President3 for SCCS, Deputy Title IX Coordinator.