Expressing concern regarding the recent attack in Egypt

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The following message was sent from International Students and Scholars Office Director and Associate Provost David Austell to students from Egypt:

I am reaching out to you to express concern regarding the recent attack on Egypt's al Rawda Mosque, and the effect this may be having on you.  Please know that the Columbia community is thinking of you and your families at home, and that the ISSO team stands ready to assist you in any way during this time.
On Wednesday, November 29th at 7:00pm, the Muslim Student Association in collaboration with the Office of the University Chaplain and other Columbia offices and organizations are co-sponsoring "A Vigil in Memory of Terror Victims in Egypt" which will be held on the steps of Earl Hall on the Morningside Campus.
Also, in addition to your own school-based Dean of Students, here are just a few of the immediate resources available to you at Columbia:


Columbia Counseling and Psychological Services:

  • Students based at the Morningside Campus who are interested in meeting with a counselor should call Counseling and Psychological Services at (212) 854-2878.   
  • Students at the CUMC Campus, call Mental Health Services at (212) 305-3400.  
  • Students currently abroad, call International SOS and ask to speak to an Enhanced Emotional Support Counselor at (215) 942-8478

Columbia Health:

Columbia International Students and Scholars Office: Contact  Please also note that I can be reached 24/7 via my iPhone at (917) 833-9635

Columbia Office of the University Chaplain


Columbia University Department of Public Safety:  

  • Students currently abroad should call the local equivalent of 911, and then call International SOS at (215) 942-8478.

If you have any need for assistance in the coming days, please reach out to us without hesitation.  

Kindest regards,