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Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

 

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) has overall responsibility for the University's Employment Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment and Student Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment, and for coordinating compliance activities under these policies and the applicable federal, state and local laws. Students, faculty, and staff should contact the EOAA Office to inquire about their rights under the University's policies, request assistance, seek information about filing a complaint, or report conduct or behavior that may violate these policies. 

All members of the University community are expected to adhere to the applicable policies, to cooperate with the procedures for responding to complaints of discrimination and harassment, and to report conduct or behavior they believe to be in violation of these policies to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action.  Management and supervisory personnel have a duty to act; they are responsible for taking reasonable and necessary action to prevent discrimination and harassment and for responding promptly and thoroughly to any such claims. University employees who learn of an allegation of gender-based misconduct, discrimination or harassment have a duty to report.  An employee who fails to report may be found to have violated Columbia's policies even though the underlying event does not constitute gender-based misconduct, discrimination or harassment.

Complaints against employees and third parties engaged in University business, for discrimination and harassment are processed in accord with the Employment Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment which are printed here and available online at: http://eoaa.columbia.edu/employment-policies.  The use of the term "discrimination and harassment" under these policies and procedures includes discrimination, discriminatory harassment, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.

Complaints against students for gender-based misconduct are processed in accord with the Gender-Based Misconduct Policies for Students which are available online at: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/dpsa/docs/policy/index.html. The use of the term "gender-based misconduct" under these policies and procedures includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, stalking, and intimate partner violence.  Students who attend Barnard College and Teachers College as well as Columbia University are covered by the Gender-Based Misconduct Policies.

Complaints against students for other forms of discrimination and harassment are processed in accord with the Student Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment which are available online at: http://eoaa.columbia.edu/student-policies.

Violations of the University's Employment Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment and the Student Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment are prohibited.  Appropriate disciplinary action may be taken against any employee or student who violates these policies.

The Associate Provost, Susan Rieger, heads the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and has been designated as the University's Compliance Officer for Title IX, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and affirmative action laws. 

The Associate Provost heads the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and designated as the University’s Title IX Coordinator, Compliance Officer for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and affirmative action laws. The Assistant Director, Student Services for Gender Based and Sexual Misconduct and the Dean of Students, Columbia Law School serve as Deputy Title IX Coordinators.

For further information and assistance, contact:
Melissa Rooker, Associate Provost
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
103 Low Library, MC 4333
212-854-5511
http://eoaa.columbia.edu/
eoaa@columbia.edu