Messages From EVP Goldberg

August 5, 2019

On the Tragedy in El Paso and Dayton

It is with heavy hearts that we write regarding two mass shootings within 24 hours in our nation in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. We share our condolences with all those affected by these events, and reaffirm our commitment to sustaining a safe and inclusive campus at Columbia.


July 11, 2019

Resources for DACA and Undocumented Students

In light of recent announcements that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will soon be conducting large-scale nationwide raids intended to arrest people who are in the United States without immigration documentation, University Life wants to remind all Columbia community members of the resources available on campus for DACA and undocumented students.

June 1, 2019

In Response to a Racist Message Sent to Members of the Lamont-Doherty Community

Yesterday, graduate students on Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory campus received an email from an individual espousing racist, anti-black views. We write to alert you to this occurrence and to reinforce that Columbia’s diversity, including our racial diversity, is an essential source of our strength as an institution.

May 1, 2019

In light of the shooting at University of North Carolina - Charlotte

We want to remind you that Columbia Public Safety has important information for you about safety and emergency protocols on and off campus, especially in light of yesterday's tragic shooting at University of North Carolina-Charlotte. 


April 28, 2019

In Response to an Antisemitic Attack in San Diego

Yesterday, the last day of Passover, a Jewish community gathered peacefully in their place of worship in Poway, California. While participating in religious services, they faced a shooting that took the life of at least one member of their community and injured others.

April 22, 2019

In the Wake of the Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka

It is with great sadness that we write to you about the violence during Easter services and at other sites in Sri Lanka yesterday. We know that many in our community who identify as Christian or who hold close ties to this region of the world may be particularly distressed by these tragic events.

March 15, 2019

On the Terrorist Attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand

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.


March 4, 2019

Resources for support in light of the Tornadoes in Alabama, Across the Southeast

The Columbia community is thinking of those of you with family and friends who may have been affected by the catastrophic tornadoes across parts of Alabama and the Southeast yesterday. 


January 31, 2019

In Response to the Department of Education's Title IX Proposal

Throughout Columbia’s extensive work on gender-based misconduct prevention and response, the University is deeply committed to supporting all of our students and providing a process for responding to reports of gender-based misconduct that is fair to all students and sensitive to the issues involved. 


January 22, 2019

Welcome to the new semester - here's what's happening on campus!

Welcome to the Spring 2019 semester! I look forward to seeing you around campus and invite you to the many great events and activities hosted by the Office of University Life including:


December 10, 2018

Affirming Columbia’s commitment to an inclusive community

Public declarations of hostility and intolerance cut against core values of our community, even when they are within someone’s rights to express. It is important to restate in the strongest terms Columbia’s deep commitment to a community and a living and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender and other aspects of identity. 


November 29, 2018

Denouncing Antisemitism and Supporting Our Community

A Jewish faculty member’s office at Teachers College was vandalized yesterday afternoon with swastikas and an antisemitic slur spray-painted on her office walls. The University strongly denounces this antisemitic act that seeks to create fear and to intimidate members of our community.

November 28, 2018

Student Privacy and the Gender-Based Misconduct Process

The University takes very seriously our commitment to student privacy, and we will not generally share information about individual cases other than with the students who are parties (complainants and respondents) in a case. Here's why...

November 21, 2018

Proposed Title IX regulations and Columbia’s commitment to gender-based misconduct prevention and response

As we review the newly proposed regulations on Title IX from the U.S. Department of Education, I want to affirm Columbia’s commitment to creating a community free from gender-based misconduct and to responding to incidents that occur with support and processes that are fair to all members of our community and sensitive to the issues involved.

November 12, 2018

Expressing concern and sharing resources during CA fires

The Columbia community shares concern for those of you with family and friends who may be impacted by the wildfires in California. Our thoughts are with you, affected residents and all first responders facing emergency conditions in several counties. 

November 8, 2018

Expressing concern after the tragic shooting in California

We are saddened by the news of a fatal shooting last night at Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, and write to share concern for those of you who may have family and friends in the area. The Columbia community joins with all who mourn victims of gun violence. 

November 7, 2018

Let’s Talk Elections – Student-Led Discussion & Awakening Our Democracy

I write to invite you to two University-wide discussions of yesterday’s elections – 11/8 at 2 pm and Tuesday, 11/13 at noon:

October 28, 2018

On yesterday's tragedy in Pittsburgh

We are deeply saddened by the horrific antisemitic attack on Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday morning. Violence in our nation’s houses of worship is an affront to the freedoms our community holds dear. We stand strongly against yesterday’s violent attack on the Jewish community and against other efforts to create fear and terror.

October 23, 2018

Affirming protection for Columbia's transgender students, faculty and staff

In light of recent news reports about a proposed federal policy that would restrict the rights of transgender individuals, it is important that we reiterate Columbia's commitment to our transgender and gender non-binary students, faculty, staff and other community members.

October 10, 2018

Resources for Support in light of Hurricane Michael

The Columbia community is thinking of those of you with family and friends who may be affected by Hurricane Michael. There are several on-campus resources that can offer help during this difficult time.

October 4, 2018

Supporting all of our students on campus

The safety and well-being of all of our students at Columbia is fundamentally important, together with the exchange of ideas and a deep commitment to diversity of both identity and viewpoint. 

September 25, 2018

Sexual Respect in the #MeToo Landscape

As the new academic year begins, sexual respect is front and center in discussions on- and off-campus, as allegations regarding sexual misconduct pervade the news in all sectors, from media and the arts to government and academia. 

September 14, 2018

Resources for support in light of Hurricane Florence

I write to express concern for those of you with friends and family who may be affected by Hurricane Florence. Below are resources available that may offer help during this difficult time.

June 26, 2018

On immigration policies and community support

In light of today’s Supreme Court ruling related to a ban on immigration that primarily affects individuals from Muslim-majority countries, and recent disturbing news of fraught situations involving immigration enforcement at U.S. borders, we reiterate Columbia’s fundamental commitment to welcoming students, faculty and staff from around the world.

May 7, 2018

Offering support in light of Kilauea

I write to express concern for those of you with friends and family who may be affected by continuing news of earthquakes and safety evacuations related to Kilauea Volcano’s recent eruptions on Hawaii's Big Island.

April 16, 2018

Free yoga, Well-Being Survey prizes, Events Council applications, and Race, Ethnicity and Inclusion Task Force update

In these last days of classes, here are four things you can do for yourself and for our community.

March 26, 2018

Take the Columbia Student Well-Being Survey!

Today begins the Columbia Student Well-Being Survey, an important way for you to contribute to what we know about campus life, mental health and gender-based misconduct. By sharing your knowledge and experiences, we can work toward specific changes to help inform and strengthen resources, programs and campus life for all Columbia students.

March 5, 2018

An Update on Columbia's Support for our DACA Students and the DACA program

In this time of uncertainty about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection against deportation, I am writing to reiterate Columbia’s support both for our own students with DACA and for the DACA program. 

February 26, 2018

Join us: Beyond #MeToo; Exploring Race with Claudia Rankine, Whitney Dow and Joy Reid; and Much More

Ever wonder how you can connect with other students from all Columbia schools, together with faculty and staff? Join us this Wednesday and next to find out.

February 12, 2018

Watch “Get Out” with us Thursday @ 6pm. And a Campus Conversation leadership opportunity!

Whether you’re eager for bold conversations, provocative film, or listening in, the Office of University Life offers two great opportunities for everyone this week.

January 29, 2018

Wellness Days events – all week long! Plus join our student survey leadership team

Winter Wellness Days @Columbia have begun! Check the full schedule for freebies, playtime with dogs, a personal story from Professor Goldberg, and much more.

January 29, 2018

On Sitting, Walking and Winter Wellness Days

I think we can all relate to the need to slow down, at least every once in a while, and that taking steps, whether by sitting, walking or just taking a deep breath, can make a real difference in how we feel. Wellness Days at Columbia provide a jumpstart, with many paths for fun, relaxation and learning. 

January 25, 2018

Winter Wellness Days start Monday!

Winter Wellness Days – in support of mental health, well-being and community at Columbia – kick off next week! Get the full schedule including the events listed here and drop-in snack/study breaks all week long.

January 17, 2018

Welcome back! Winter Wellness Days and more

Welcome to the spring semester and to all the possibilities of the new year! Get ready for Winter Wellness Days, organize your own well-being event, come to the Community Citizenship Film Screening, join the Student Survey Leadership team, and welcome Columbia’s new Muslim Life Coordinator.

January 16, 2018

A Conversation about the Rules of University Conduct and Invited Speakers on Campus

This post shares highlights from many conversations I have had this year with students and faculty about the Rules of University Conduct and their application to campus events with invited speakers. I have prioritized questions about student involvement in protests, though the Rules apply to other contexts as well. 

December 17, 2017

Expressing concern about the wildfires

I am writing to express concern for all of you who may be impacted by the fires in Southern California. Please know that the Columbia community is thinking of you, your families and friends, in light of these conditions and hope that all remain safe. As a reminder, in addition to individual school deans of students, there are university-wide resources available.

November 6, 2017

Expressing concern after the tragic shooting in Texas

We are saddened by yesterday's news from Southeast Texas, and share concern for those of you who are from or may have loved ones in the area of Sutherland Springs/San Antonio. We want to remind you of supportive resources available for you on campus, in addition to your dean of students.

October 16, 2017

Responding to Speaker Disruptions on Campus

How does Columbia respond to disruptions of speakers who have been invited to our campus?  Because I have recently heard a wide variety of responses to this question from students on campus, I want to help clarify what our rules are, and are not.

October 10, 2017

Contentious speakers on our campus

Here’s an abbreviated explanation of why the University allows student organizations to invite speakers whose views conflict so directly with our institutional values: It is foundational to Columbia’s learning and teaching missions that we allow for the contestation of ideas. This includes expression of ideas that are deeply unpopular, offensive to many in our community, contrary to research-based understandings, and antagonistic to University tenets.


October 10, 2017

Expressing concern during California wildfires

The Columbia community shares concern for those who may have loved ones facing evacuations and urgent conditions in several Northern California counties and in Orange County in Southern California.  In addition to individual school deans of students, there are university-wide resources are available to offer support and assistance.

October 2, 2017

In the Wake of Violence in Las Vegas

The Columbia community shares in the shock of this senseless tragedy and expresses profound condolences to the many families affected by the attack and its aftermath. Our hearts are with the Columbia students, faculty and staff who have connections to the area and with all who are affected nationally. Today at noon, the bells of St. Paul's Chapel will ring to honor the victims. In addition, spaces for reflection are available throughout the week from 9 am until 9 pm at St. Paul's Chapel and in Earl Hall. 

September 29, 2017

Affirming Columbia’s commitment to our global community

With a new immigration executive order that imposes profound and indefinite restrictions on entry to the United States for citizens from six Muslim-majority nations as well as North Korea and Venezuela, it is important to reiterate Columbia’s fundamental commitment to welcoming students, faculty and staff from around the world.


September 19, 2017

In Light of Hurricane Maria

The Columbia community is thinking of those whose loved ones and hometowns may be affected by Hurricane Maria. In addition to support from individual school deans of students, there are immediate resources are available.

September 5, 2017

Supporting Our DACA Students

Columbia unequivocally opposes the ending of DACA and is working with others in higher education to urge Congress and federal officials to reinstate DACA’s protections and protect the rights of those with DACA status. The Office of University Life will continue its working group that focuses on the needs of undocumented students and is also available to help individual students access information and resources.  

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August 28, 2017

Expressing concern about Hurricane Harvey

The Columbia community is thinking of those who are contending with flooding and related emergencies. Immediate resources on campus are available.

August 14, 2017

Rejecting Violence and Hatred

Our responsibility on a university campus is to face the depth and breadth of this hostility directly. At Columbia, we reject the white supremacist violence and hatred that are at odds with our core values and our commitment to a diverse, inclusive community here and in society at large.   

April 5, 2017

Being Well at Columbia

How do we also recognize and strengthen the support culture that is such a strong part of our community? Inspired and encouraged by many conversations across the University, the Office of University Life and partners across campus introduce: Wellness Days @Columbia.

March 6, 2017

Our Global Community

With a new immigration executive order that continues to restrict entry to the United States for most citizens from six Muslim-majority nations, it is important to reiterate Columbia’s fundamental commitment to welcoming students, faculty and staff from around the world.

February 24, 2017

Affirming protection for transgender students and other Columbia community members

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.

February 16, 2017

Reminder of Resources – and Support – for DACA and Undocumented Students

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

February 11, 2017

Speech, Protest and the Rules of University Conduct

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

February 2, 2017

Mental Health and Wellness at Columbia

A meaningful response to student mental health needs requires excellence in many ways – service provision, collaboration among students, faculty and administrators, resources dedicated to awareness and a supportive environment, and continuous research to seek effective ways to intervene and provide support.

January 23, 2017

Responding to loss

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

November 9, 2016

Reflecting Forward

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.

September 19, 2016

Why Sexual Respect?

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. 

June 16, 2016

Love and Light for Orlando - Remarks

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.)

April 12, 2016

Addressing Gender-Based Misconduct: Support, Policies and Practices

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

March 31, 2016

Staffing Columbia’s Rape Crisis Center @ Sexual Violence Response: Important Data, Analysis and Reflections on Trauma-Informed Best Practices

SVR’s professional survivor advocates are available 24-hours/7 days a week/365 days a year for immediate crisis counseling, accompaniment to on and off-campus resources including the hospital, NYPD, District Attorney’s office, courts, medical services, etc.  In short, SVR offers comprehensive rape crisis services. 

March 8, 2016

An early update from the Rules Administrator about the Rules of Conduct

The Rules of Conduct "are intended to ensure that all members of our community may engage in our cherished traditions of free expression and open debate."

February 10, 2016

Office of University Life 101 – Your Spring Semester Survey Course

...a little of this and a little of that about what's happening now in the Office of University Life.

February 1, 2016

Q&A with "99 Homes" Writer/Director, Columbia Associate Professor Ramin Bahrani

I often found myself on the set of 99 Homes thinking of lessons I learned from working with my students and the other professors in my department. An added bonus of teaching at Columbia are the great minds you befriend...

November 24, 2015

Race, Ethnicity and University Life: Next Steps

The energy of these conversations reinforces our potential to make this not only a pivotal moment but also a shift toward sustained change in our community. The unprecedented coming together of 60 student organizations, centers and institutes, administrative groups and schools who cosponsored also affirms our collective capacity and our potential for progress.

November 13, 2015

Race, Conversation, and Columbia

In a University community, finding ways to listen, as well as talk, across differences, including differences related to race and ethnicity, is essential if we are to create a place in which all can have some sense of belonging.

October 20, 2015

Introducing the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative for 2015-16

Sexual respect is a commitment. It is a commitment to communicating and acting with integrity and respect for others. And it is about having an ethic of care in our own University community, even with our differences, to challenge and reject sexual and gender-based misconduct.
The Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative is one part of this commitment.

September 15, 2015

Community Citizenship and University Life: A Message from Suzanne Goldberg

Welcome to Columbia – and to the Office of University Life.

March 8, 2015

How it’s going: An update on the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative (deadline Mar. 13!)

“Join the Conversation.”  This is what the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative poster urges.  Hopefully you have seen it on College Walk or in buildings around campus.

February 25, 2015

Welcome to the new Office of University Life

Four weeks into my new role as executive vice president for University life at Columbia, I want to use this Spectrum post to share a bit about my background as well as some initial thoughts about the new Office of University Life, its philosophy, goals, and possibilities for student involvement.  

September 26, 2014

Gender-Based Misconduct Prevention & Response: Special Advisor Update, Sept. 26

The University has embraced our community’s attention to our campus climate and, in particular, to issues of sexual violence and other gender-based misconduct as an opportunity for meaningful discussion and action.

February 11, 2015

Office of University Life on the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative

When I began as special advisor to University President Lee Bollinger on sexual assault prevention and response last July, I had spent the past couple of decades as a social justice advocate...