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At a time when the federal government has withdrawn important protections for transgender students, it is ever more important to reiterate Columbia’s own policy:  All students, faculty, staff and visitors should use whichever restroom is most consistent with their gender identity.

Services and support for undocumented students at Columbia will continue for as long as circumstances require, and will be updated as conditions change.

As issues related to speech on campus are being discussed and debated around the country, a post from last spring on speech and public debate at Columbia under our Rules of University Conduct. To share your ideas on these issues with the University community, please write to universitylife@columbia.edu.

We have extensive resources for support, counseling (including addiction and depression) and wellness at Columbia, marshalling deep expertise and profound compassion, to provide support, service and hope to all in our community.

Whatever your views, whether you supported any or none of the candidates, this is a time – both right now and in the days and months ahead –  to pause and affirm our shared commitment to learning and discovery, to our diversity as a strength, and to inclusive community as a core Columbia value.

A guest post from the Native American Council at Columbia, on their organization and an historic plaque on campus: "The Lenape plaque is one small yet permanent way in which we as a community here at Columbia hope that Native people, specifically those who still call this island their traditional home, can be centered." View photos on our Facebook!

The Sexual Respect Initiative is about understanding and responding to the links among us and doing what we can to create change, not just in this moment but throughout the year and beyond. 

Community is something we create, each day, through vigorous exchange of ideas and through how we treat each other, both when we agree and when we do not.  It also poses a question to each of us:  How will you participate in creating and sustaining our shared community? Here is your invitation to join us in creating community.

When so many now feel vulnerable – in houses of worship, in schools, on the street and, now, in places of joy and celebration – it is ever more important that we come together as a University community. This is a community drawn together to pursue knowledge and learning at the highest level – and a community with a shared interest in achieving understanding across our differences, valuing justice and peace in the world. - Love and Light for Orlando - a Columbia University Remembrance Event and Show of Solidarity (Watch here, and view our album on Facebook.)

On support, policies and practices in place - points from Sexual Violence Response, Counseling and Psychological Services, Public Safety and the Gender-Based Misconduct Office.

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