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Standards of conduct for all interactions between members of our community and minors including reporting suspected abuse and maltreatment of minors, registration of programs involving minors, and training for individuals of programs involving minors.



Effective Date: March 2013 

Latest Revision: April 2020


Policy Statement

This policy creates Standards of Conduct for all interactions between members of our community, and all volunteers, contractors, and consultants who interact with, supervise, chaperone, or otherwise oversee minors in programs or activities at the University. 

This policy creates an independent duty for those who interact with, supervise, chaperone, or otherwise oversee minors in University sponsored programs, activities, and/or residential facilities to be trained by the University. It also requires an independent duty to report suspected cases of abuse and maltreatment of individuals under the age of 18 immediately. Any member of the University community may report a concern if they have reasonable suspicion that a child has been abused or maltreated, either by a caregiver at home, or by any other person they believe could be responsible for abuse.  


Reason(s) for the Policy

Columbia welcomes minors to our campuses every day. They are part of our academic programs and activities, athletic programs, summer camps, The School at Columbia, medical clinics and practices, and affiliated childcare centers. 

Although some University employees, as “New York State (NYS) Mandated Reporters,”  are required by law to report suspected child abuse and maltreatment, we have implemented this policy to ensure that we protect minors who are on our campuses or who are participating in University programs and activities.

Primary Guidance to Which This Policy Responds

1. Title 6 of Article 6 of the New York State Social Services Law, §§411-428 defines child abuse and maltreatment.

2. Article 10 of the New York State Family Court Act, §1012 further defines child abuse, maltreatment and other key terms.

3. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX ”) is a Federal Civil Rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and gender in any education program or activity receiving federal funds. The “Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence,” dated April 2011, emphasizes that sexual violence is the most egregious form of sexual harassment under Title IX.

4. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. §1092(f) (the “Clery Act”) requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their campuses with penalties for infractions.

University Office and Officer

1.   Responsible University Office and Officer 

1. Office of University Compliance (

2. Department of Public Safety, 212-854-5555 (Morningside), 212-853-3333 (Manhattanville), 212-305-7979 (Medical Center).

3. Marjory Fisher, Associate Vice President & Title IX Coordinator, 212-853-1276,

4. Ursula Bollini, Director HR Compliance & Protection of Minors, 212-851-9636,

5. Office of the Provost

6. Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action


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