Annual Reports: EOAA and Student Gender-Based Misconduct Prevention and Response

November 23, 2020

Dear Columbia Community,

We write today to share two important annual reports from the Offices of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) and Student Conduct and Community Standards. The reports provide insight into the University’s efforts to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, sexual assault and other gender-based misconduct as well as discrimination and harassment prohibited by University policy.

The EOAA Annual Report highlights EOAA’s prevention and response efforts, including faculty and staff training, briefing and education initiatives that you can learn more about on EOAA’s website. The Report also includes data about the resolution of reports made to EOAA under Columbia’s discrimination, harassment and romantic and sexual relationship policies

The Student Gender-Based Misconduct Prevention and Response Annual Report similarly includes data on the University’s extensive training and resources for students, including Columbia’s Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative. The report also includes data on gender-based misconduct reports and resolutions.

As part of the University’s commitment to foster an environment free from discrimination and harassment, Columbia continues as a sponsoring member of the National Academies of Sciences Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education. The Collaborative’s aim is to develop and refine evidence-based strategies for reducing the incidence and effects of sexual harassment in academia on people of all genders. For more information, please see Columbia’s Action Collaborative Year One report. Our Action Collaborative work at Columbia links sexual-harassment prevention to other efforts, including on anti-racism, to support an inclusive environment across the University.

We appreciate your taking the time to review these reports and hope you find them informative.

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

Ira Katznelson
Interim Provost
Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History