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Student Life and Student Services

Teachers College

Teachers College is located in New York City, one of the most important and dynamic cultural and educational centers in the world. Our student population is very diverse and includes international students, scholars and faculty from over 75 countries. TC combines a large number of part-time and full-time students who are very active in professional education circles and either commute or live on campus. There are a variety of student services and organizations at TC designed to support students’ programs of study, provide professional development opportunities, foster community and celebrate diversity. 

Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs

Janice S. Robinson, Esq.

Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs

Associate Professor in Higher Education, Department of Organization and Leadership

Teachers College Title IX Coordinator

128 Zankel, (212) 678-3391


Melissa Rooker, Esq.

Executive Director for Equity

128 Zankel, (212) 678-7508


Juan Carlos Reyes, M.A.

Associate Director for Diversity and Community Affairs

128 Zankel, (212) 678-8410


Important Websites: &

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs leads the President’s and College’s initiatives concerning community, diversity, civility, equity, harassment prevention, and anti-discrimination. The philosophy is to encourage the College community to listen, learn, educate, and work together in collaborative and positive ways. Working collaboratively and in broadly overlapping areas to weave the Teachers College community together, we endeavor to unify the diverse constituencies, serving the students and alumni, full-time and adjunct faculty, and professional and union staff that comprise the TC community. The Office continues to lead and implement the diversity and community vision by engaging the entire College community academically, administratively and culturally. The areas of focus are diversity, community, equity, anti-discrimination, harassment prevention, retaliation and due process concerns, as well as collaboration with the Ombuds which is an independent office. As Title IX Coordinator, Janice Robinson has primary responsibility for compliance to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination and gender-based misconduct in education.

Simultaneously, the Office focuses on systemic issues by addressing policy and procedural concerns. The Vice President serves as a member of the President’s Senior Staff. She chairs the College’s Discrimination Laws Compliance Working Group and the President’s Committee for Community and Diversity, the only cross-college multi-constituent committee. The Associate Director and Executive Director are also members of the Committee, and their responsibilities coincide with all of the initiatives of the Office as it continues to lead and implement the diversity, community and equity vision at Teachers College.


Office of the Ombuds

The Office of the Ombuds

Erwin Flaxman, Ph.D.

College Ombuds

280 Grace Dodge Hall

(212) 678-4169


Riddhi Sandil, Ph.D.

Ombuds for Gender-Based Misconduct Concerns

Program Director, Psychological Counseling Program



The Teachers College Office of the Ombuds is a resource available to students, faculty and staff for resolving problems and conflicts when they need advice or after other efforts have not been successful.

The Ombuds:

  1. Listens to concerns, clarifies the issues in a problem and evaluates a range of solutions and options.

  2. Offers coaching in how to deal with a problem.

  3. Creates ways for those involved in a problem to communicate, including setting up meetings when necessary; and helps mediate a solution.

  4. Provides information about other resources and makes referrals.

  5. Identifies issues and trends in common issues and concerns.

Discussions with the Ombuds are confidential, as permitted by law, except in matters of imminent or actual physical or mental harm. In such matters the Ombuds considers the interests and safety of all involved parties in maintaining confidentiality.

The Ombuds is an advocate for the solution of a problem, not for any particular party, and gives equal attention to the rights and responsibilities of all concerned.  Individuals seeking a confidential resource with whom to discuss Gender-Based Misconduct may contact either the Ombuds, or the Ombuds for Gender-Based Misconduct Concerns, Dr. Sandil.   Individuals with concerns about faculty, staff or students in the Department of Clinical and Counseling Psychology should contact TC’s Ombuds officer.

The use of the services of the Office of the Ombuds does not substitute for a formal grievance procedure.

Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) includes three major areas: Graduate Writing Center, Insurance and Immunization Records, and Student Development & Activities. The Office strives to enhance the quality of life and academic experience for students by providing services and programs designed to engage students in the College and University communities. There is a strong commitment to promote professional, co-curricular, recreational, social, cultural, and wellness programs. Events, such as the Casual Conversation Series, and Doctoral Students Programs, provide students with the opportunity to learn about College resources and hear faculty and administrators share their research interests and professional experiences. Other co-curricular programs sponsored by OSA include: Broadway shows, sporting events and NYC trips. Students can also participate in more than thirty student organizations which provide additional opportunities to network with all members of the College community. Student organizations varies from special interest groups to honor societies to local chapters of national organizations.

Some of the active organizations are:

  • African Studies Working Group
  • Black Student Network (BSN)
  • Coalition of Latino/a Scholars (CLS)
  • Kappa Delta Pi (national honor society)
  • Korean Graduate Student Association
  • Organization and Human Development Consulting Club (OHDCC)
  • Peace Education Network
  • Queer TC
  • Society of Economics and Education
  • Society for International Education
  • Student Advocates for the Arts (SAA)

 For more information, please contact Student Affairs at (212) 678-3690 or email

Columbia Health Fee & Health Insurance

All students living in Teachers College residence halls are assessed the Columbia Health fee. Additionally, all students registered for 12 or more billable credits in the fall or spring semester and all international students (regardless of credit status) are assessed the Columbia Health fee. The fee covers primary care, counseling and psychological services, health education, support for survivors of sexual assault, as well as the public health services provided to the University community. Additional coverage for medications, lab costs, visits to medical specialists, and hospitalizations are covered by the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan available through Teachers College. Students living in Teachers College residence halls and/or taking 12 or more billable credits and all international students (regardless of credit status) are required to enroll in the Columbia  Student Medical Insurance  Plan or provide proof of comparable insurance coverage in order to waive. Information is available at Insurance & Immunization Records, (212) 678-3006, or email

Immunization Records

New York State requires that all students born on or after January 1, 1957 provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). In addition, New York State requires all students to provide documentation of their decision to be immunized against meningitis within 30 days, opt not to be immunized, or provide documentation that they have received the meningitis vaccination within the past 5 years. The meningitis vaccination is not required for attendance; however, completion of the meningitis response form is mandatory and can be submitted electronically via the myTC portal.  Both the meningitis response and the required immunization form, which is available on the Admitted Student website, is to be completed and submitted to Insurance and Immunization Records prior to the first day of class.

Teachers College Student Senate

The Teachers College Student Senate is composed of elected student body representatives from academic departments and positions at large. The Senate advocates for student voice on campus and participates in College-wide committees which impact the decision-making process and enhances communication amongst students, administration and faculty. For more information please contact the Student Senate via email

Graduate Writing Center

The Graduate Writing Center, a branch of the Office of Student Affairs, offers a variety of writing services to the Teachers College community. During private consultations, writers have the opportunity to focus on any aspect of their writing with one of our qualified advisors. The types of assistance often sought are on both the micro and macro levels, including brainstorming, organizing, drafting, and writing coaching and instruction. The Graduate Writing Center also offers workshops throughout the year on topics that meet the wide-reaching needs of the Teachers College population. The mission of the Graduate Writing Center is to support visitors' development as writers, rather than serve as a proofreading or editing service.

For more information please contact the Graduate Writing Center at (212) 678-3789 or email

International Services

Teachers College has a long history of welcoming international students, scholars and faculty to our academic and social community. Currently, over 950 students from 85 countries are enrolled at all degree levels and in every department. The Office of International Services (OIS) provides extensive orientation and intercultural programs throughout the year; information on responsibilities, benefits and alternatives under immigration laws and regulations; counsel on personal, financial, cultural, academic and other concerns; and campus-wide international awareness events. The OIS staff also assists students in contacting campus and community resources when appropriate. In addition, OIS provides visa and orientation services for international visiting scholars, visa services for non-immigrant staff, resources for delegations of international visitors and assistance to the College community on regulatory compliance and other international issues and concerns. The office is located in L5 Whittier Hall; (212) 678-3939. Interested individuals can contact the staff by email at In addition, prospective, admitted and current students are encouraged to go to for up-to-date information.

Individuals with Disabilities

The Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities ensures that programs and services at Teachers College are physically, programmatically, and attitudinally accessible to members of the TC community. Equal access is achieved through individualized responses addressing the needs of persons with conditions including but not limited to vision impairments, mobility impairments, deafness/hearing loss, medical conditions or learning disabilities that affect one or more academic activities.  A full-time Director, an Associate Director/Program Director of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, and an Assistant Director, are available to meet with students, to facilitate accommodations, and to advocate on behalf of students with disabilities. For more information call (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 (V/TTY), (646) 755-3144 (video phone), email, or visit our website at


Recreation and Fitness

Directly across the street from Teachers College is the Columbia University Marcellus Hartley Dodge Physical Fitness Center, an indoor sports and exercise facility open to our students. The center features two full-size gymnasiums, a swimming pool, 16 squash and handball courts, fully equipped exercise and weight rooms, a judo-karate room, fencing room, wrestling room, indoor track, and saunas.

Career Services

Teachers College Career Services (TCCS) is committed to guiding all TC students and alumni throughout the different phases of the career development process. Whether you are entering a new field, advancing within your current profession, or changing directions, we will help you identify and develop the skills and resources needed to achieve your career goals.

  • CAREER COUNSELING AND ASSESSMENT: TCCS offers individual counseling appointments, either in person or by phone, to assist TC students and alumni with their career development needs.  TCCS also offers the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to help assess career interests and skills (nominal fee charged).
  • TCCS LINK (ONLINE CAREER DEVELOPMENT RESOURCE & JOB DATABASE): Promotes career opportunities and recruitment initiatives to TC students and alumni.  Search full and part-time job openings, internships, volunteer and fellowship opportunities; view and register for career programs, career fairs, on-campus interviews and employer information sessions; receive messages regarding upcoming career services events, and create job agents. Access TCCS LINK through My TC Portal.
  • TCCS on My TC Portal: Within the portal, select the TC Services tab.  The TCCS Career Services section is located on the right hand side of the page.  The following resources are available within this section: Go to TCCS LINK, as well as Vault, Going Global, and Online Career Development Resources.
  • DOCUMENT REVIEW: TC students and alumni can have their cover letter/resume/curriculum vitae (CV)/personal statement reviewed either in-person or by phone. Those individuals applying for further graduate education may also utilize services for application document review.
  • WALK-IN HOURS: A first-come, first-serve service providing TC students and alumni with a "quick" (15 minute) counseling appointment.
  • MOCK INTERVIEWS: This videoed session provides TC students and alumni with a forum to practice their interview skills and receive feedback about how to improve their performance for the actual employer interview.
  • PROGRAMS AND EVENTS: Offerings include career development workshops and panels, career fairs, networking events and employer information sessions and/or showcases.
  • VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS: Virtually participate in  TCCS’s core workshops (Resume/Cover Letter Writing, CV/Cover Letter Writing, General Interviewing, Job Search/Networking/Social Media, Salary Negotiation and How to Work a Career Fair/Networking Event) during live broadcasts presented by TCCS Staff!
  • TCCS WEBSITE: Learn about the services and resources offered, programs and events, industry specific websites and key professional associations; access job search, interview, industry, salary negotiation, and social media guides and tip sheets as well as resume, CV and cover letter writing guides and samples; and review the TC Graduate Survey Report.  Visit our website at
  • SOCIAL MEDIA: Learn the benefits of using social media such as LinkedIn and Facebook for networking and job search.  Follow TCCS on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • TEACHERS COLLEGE CAREER SERVICES (TCCS), COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY LINKEDIN GROUP: Join this group and create a professional network with TC students and alumni, learn about programs and events, and pose industry questions and comments.
  • CREDENTIALFILES: With Interfolio Inc., students can manage their credential files (e.g., letters of recommendation) online.

We encourage you to come visit our office so that you can start your career development journey. Career Services is located in 44 Horace Mann, (212) 678-3140,


Office of Public Safety

Teachers College maintains a full service proprietary Office of Public Safety charged with providing a safe and secure environment in which College community members can enjoy the Teachers College experience.  Public Safety staff members work 24 hours a day, seven days a week providing security for both the academic and the residential buildings on campus.

The administrative offices for the Office of Public Safety are located in Whittier Hall, Suite 1A.  The office is open during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.  The phone number for the administrative office is (212) 678-3340.

The Public Safety Central Information Center (CIC) is located in the Whittier Hall lobby and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The phone number for the CIC is (212) 678-3220.

The Office of Public Safety enforces laws, rules and regulations on campus; controls access to the campus; deters and investigates crime (in cooperation with the New York City Police Department); maintains a Lost and Found; supervises special events; and provides general information for visitors and members of the College community.  The Office provides community education in crime prevention, personal safety, and fire safety.  The Office manages a technically advanced system of electronic access control, closed circuit television cameras, and emergency alarm systems.  Members of the Office of Public Safety provide emergency medical assistance, and emergency response to conditions of fire and smoke.

Uniformed Public Safety Officers are licensed by the State of New York, certified as New York City Fire Safety Directors, and certified in First Aid, CPR, and in the operation of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED).  The Office is led by an Assistant Vice President for the Offices of Public Safety and Environmental Health & Safety, three  Associate Directors of Public Safety, and four Assistant Directors of Public Safety, and is supported by a Secretary.

The Office of Public Safety works in partnership with the Office of Environmental Health & Safety, and the two Offices share resources and responsibilities to promote a safe and healthful environment for all members of the College community. The Office of Environmental Health & Safety supports the community by providing technical assistance, education, training and hazard assessments.

The Teachers College Offices of Public Safety, and Environmental Health & Safety, prepare an Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report.  This report contains important information for the Teachers College Community and is prepared in accordance with the federal Campus Security Act, and the New York State Education Law Article 129A.  The most current version of the Teachers College Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report may be found at:  Paper copies of the Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report are available from the administrative office of the Office of Public Safety, in Suite 1A, of Whittier Hall.


Office of Public Safety Directory:

John DeAngelis

AVP Offices of Public Safety, and Environmental Health & Safety


Phone: 212-678-4180


Patrik Mathelier

Director, Office of EH&S


Phone: 212.678.6640


Yeremy Chavez

Senior Associate Director for Administration & Systems, Office of Public Safety


Phone: 212-678-3335


Hoi-Ming So

Associate Director of Public Safety for Operations, Office of Public Safety


Phone: 212-678-8359


Michael Porter

Associate Director of Public Safety for Emergency Management, Office of Public Safety


Phone: 212-678-7469


Robert Wilson

Associate Director of Public Safety, Investigations, Office of Public Safety


Phone: 212-678- 7468


Edward Kurzum

Assistant Director, Office of Environmental Health & Safety


Phone: 212.678.4017


Steve Doyle

Assistant Director, Office of Environmental Health & Safety, Fire and Life Safety

Email: sd2945

Phone: 212.678.3064


Joseph Rinaldi

Assistant Director of Public Safety, Operations, Office of Public Safety


Phone: 212-678-4081


Thomas Ottina

Assistant Director of Public Safety, Operations, Office of Public Safety


Phone: 212-678-7462


Charles Barr

Assistant Director of Public Safety, Operations, Office of Public Safety


Phone: 212-678-3064


Malissa Garner

Secretary/Coordinator for the Office of Public Safety


Phone: 212-678-3340



EH&S Website:


Other Services

Additional services available to students include the Teachers College Cafeteria, Security Information Desk, Psychological Counseling Services, the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center, and ATM.