On the Terrorist Attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand

Friday, March 15, 2019

Dear Columbia Community,

We are deeply saddened by the horrific terrorist attacks that took place yesterday at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. We condemn this devastating violence against the Muslim community and grieve for the many people slain and injured.

For many in our community, witnessing this anti-Muslim attack and other hateful violence directed at people based on faith and identity, here and abroad, can provoke fear and insecurity. In these challenging times it is especially important that we affirm our community as one that values the fundamental dignity of all. 

There will be a vigil at 2:30 pm today in Earl Hall to support one another and honor those lost in this tragedy. All are welcome.  

We also want to remind you of supportive resources for all students on campus:


 Students on the Morningside campus who would like to speak with a counselor can call Counseling and Psychological Services at (212) 854-2878.

For students on the CUIMC campus, call Mental Health Services at (212) 305-3400.

Columbia Health

Students on the Morningside campus can find additional support from Columbia Health through http://health.columbia.edu.

CUIMC students can contact Student Health Service at http://cumc.columbia.edu/student-health.

Office of the University Chaplain

Please find more information at http://ouc.columbia.edu/ouc-chaplain-and-staff.

If you have safety concerns, you can always contact Public Safety at:

· 212-854-5555 (Morningside)

· 212-305-7979 (Columbia University Medical Center)

· 212-853-3333 (Manhattanville)

or consult the University’s emergency protocols.

Any students in need of assistance in the coming days can contact their dean of students, any of the above resources, or the Office of University Life (universitylife@columbia.edu) without hesitation. 


Suzanne B. Goldberg 
Executive Vice President for University Life 
Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law



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