Community Principles & Bias Response
Community Principles Statement
This statement was developed by the Community Principles working group composed of undergraduate students and staff from CC, Barnard, SEAS and GS. The statement was informed by feedback from student leaders across the undergraduate community through a series of leadership summits starting in the spring of 2006.
Columbia University is a community of students, faculty, alumni, staff and visitors. As members of this community we understand that our actions as individuals impact not only our own lives but also those of our community. Through these principles we can continually engage each other in order to understand our differences and similarities.
We believe that intellectual discourse in all forms is essential to the University; as such it is vital that we give all perspectives a place to be expressed.
We are all responsible to this community and affirm that we treat each other with respect and dignity.
Members of our community act with honesty by accepting accountability for their words and actions, and maintaining the integrity of the community as a whole.
As members of the University with different experiences and ideas, we actively engage each other to understand, appreciate and accept our various identities.
We participate in a free and open community and ask that all those who come within our gates act in accordance with these principles.
Bias Response Protocol
As members of Columbia College and Columbia Engineering, we share the University’s commitment to creating a learning environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. Unfortunately, we acknowledge that no campus community is removed from larger systemic issues, such as racism, homophobia, religious intolerance, sexism, and classism.
The Division of Student Affairs has worked with students and key administrative offices to develop a protocol, outlined in the Bias Protocol Brochure brochure, responding to acts of hate and bias in our community in order to better create a safe and secure environment for all of our students.
Students who witness, hear of, or are victim to acts of bias and hate should immediately contact Public Safety at 212-854-5555. Once Public Safety is notified, the Bias Response Team, which consists of deans across Student Affairs, is alerted, and several steps are taken to respond to the needs of our community.