Resources for Students and Other Columbia Community Members
Here are important resources for our students and others in our community who may have concerns about immigration, mental health, harassment and violence.
Students can always go to student affairs staff and academic advisors for help and for more information on available resources.
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University Statements on Immigration Executive Orders and Undocumented Students
March 6th Message from President Lee C. Bollinger Responding to Second Executive Order on Immigration and Refugee Policy
As we have said many times and on many occasions, we will continue to support students, faculty, and visiting scholars from the now six designated countries, and all others in our community who may be harmed by this policy.
Read the full message here.
Columbia Joins Amicus Brief Opposing Executive Order
On February 13th, Columbia filed a friend-of-the-court brief with 16 other universities in a challenge to the immigration executive order issued in late January. The brief argues that “safety and security concerns can be addressed in a manner that is consistent with the values America has always stood for, including the free flow of ideas and people across borders and the welcoming of immigrants to our universities.”
Read the full message here.
January 29th Message from President Lee C. Bollinger Responding to Executive Order on Refugee and Immigration Policy
We join with many peers in decrying this action as discriminatory, damaging to America’s leadership in higher education, and contrary to our nation’s core values and founding principles.
Read the full message here.
Related: read President Bollinger's message to the community regarding the 2016 presidential election here.
Message from Provost John Coatsworth
Information about relevant policies and the University's plans for ensuring that every person at Columbia feels safe, is able to proceed unimpeded with their studies and their work, and understands beyond question that Columbia’s dedication to inclusion and diversity is and will remain unwavering.
Read the full message here.
Private Small-Group Advisory Sessions
If you are directly affected by the recent executive action on immigration, we welcome you to join private information and discussion sessions facilitated by the Office of University Life and the International Students and Scholars Office on Friday afternoons, 3:30 – 5 pm. No registration required. For location and more information, contact Don Harrison, executive assistant in the Office of University Life, firstname.lastname@example.org, or (212) 854-7658.
Guidance for International Students
Columbia has advised community members and visiting scholars from the countries designated in the Jan. 27 executive order to suspend plans for international travel. Please contact the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) for further guidance.
The International Students and Scholars Office provides advisory and documentation services on issues including— but not limited to—visas, employment, travel, and tax-filing obligations.
- Morningside & School of Public Health Students -- International House North, 1st Fl. (524 Riverside Dr.) 212-854-3587
- Morningside Professors, Researchers, & Scholars -- Nash Building, 5th Fl. (3280 Broadway) Directory
- CUMC Except GSAS Doctoral & School of Public Health Students -- 650 W. 168th St., Rm. 126B (1st Fl.) 212-305-8165
Columbia’s Counseling & Psychological Services (Morningside) and Mental Health Services (CUMC) offer ongoing support for international students. Morningside students can contact: Dr. Carolina Franco, email@example.com, (212) 854-2878; CUMC students contact: Dr. Claire Haiman, firstname.lastname@example.org, (212) 305-3400.
For a brief overview of DACA, click here.
Liaison for DACA/Undocumented Students
- Associate Vice President for Student Life Ixchel Rosal serves as a liaison for DACA and undocumented students across the University. AVP Rosal is available to meet with students individually and convenes the DACA/Undocumented Students Working Group, which is a committee of students, faculty and staff from across the University working to identify and develop initiatives to support DACA and undocumented students. Email: email@example.com. Office hours are Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 - 2:30 p.m.; additional appointments available.
Pro Bono Legal Representation and Assistance
The University has arranged for pro bono legal representation for DACA and undocumented students on immigration-related matters. Undocumented students can work directly with a lawyer at no cost to explore options and, if appropriate, apply for other immigration relief. Students interested in connecting with attorneys can contact Don Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (212) 854-7658.
- Small-group information sessions for Columbia students who are undocumented or who are DACA recipients can be arranged with Columbia Law School professor and immigration expert Elora Mukherjee, who will discuss legal concerns about being undocumented.The Office will not be keeping records of who attends these sessions. To inquire about future sessions, call or email Don Harrison (contact information above).
Support from Counseling & Psychological Services (Columbia Health)
- Students who are concerned about immigration policies affecting DACA and undocumented students can join a support group for mutual support and stress management strategies. The group also provides a safe, unstructured space for students to voice their thoughts and feelings about these issues. To join, please email Dr. Carolina Franco, email@example.com or call, (212) 854-2878. Dr. Franco specializes in the immigrant experience and new American/first generation identity development, and many other psychological and social concerns.
Admissions and Financial Aid Policy at Columbia College
- Recently, Columbia College publicly announced their need-blind admissions policy for DACA and undocumented students. Information about the policy can be found here.
- Related resources, FAQ and information that may be educational for undocumented students and others in our community are available here.
Jan. 28 @ 1:30 p.m. | National Association of Muslim Lawyers Legal Strategy
- At Columbia Law School -- the National Association of Muslim Lawyers convenes speakers from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Center for Constitutional Rights, the Council on American Islamic Relations, and The Intercept, for strategy, networking, and information on how to advocate for and meet the challenges facing Muslim communities in the years ahead. Free; registration required. Details here.
Dec. 6 @ 5 p.m. | Know [Y]our Rights Teach-in/Learn-in
- Previously, Columbia Law School's Rose Cuison Villazor, Elora Mukherjee and Jason Parkin, along with speakers from community-based organizations and support from the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Office of Multicultural Affairs hosted a discussion and information session for students, faculty, staff and the local community on how to protect, support and advocate for the rights of immigrants, including those currently protected under DACA, those who are undocumented, and those subject to racial and religious profiling. More details here.
Columbia Public Safety is available 24/7/365. Call (212) 854-5555 for emergency response, security escorts, reporting incidents or threats on or near campus, or assistance with law enforcement.
Get short-term counseling, including trauma support, referrals for ongoing mental health services, and/or join student support groups.
Report an Incident Online
- Use this form to report a general concern about violations of Columbia policies.
- Use this form to report discrimination, harassment or gender-based misconduct or related concerns about violations of Columbia policies.