Messages From EVP Goldberg

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.  

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...

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.