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Community English & Community Language Programs



    - Anyone who has reached the age of 18 and presents a valid photo ID is eligible to register for classes. 
    - The CLP does not require any visa documents for registration or enrollment.
    - Class size is limited.  Students are accepted only during the designated registration periods. 
    - All new students have to take a placement exam. The testing dates are available on the registration page. 
    - CLP students are not considered Teachers College students, nor are they considered students of Columbia University.
     - The CLP is a non-degree program and credits are not offered. 
    - Completion of CLP courses cannot be a basis for obtaining an F1 student visa.
    - We issue letters of attendance and course completion certificates. We do not issue diplomas to students.
    - The CLP reserves the right to cancel any classes.

    - ABSENCES:  If a student misses 5 classes, he/she cannot pass the course.  
    - LATENESS:  If a student is late for 10 classes, he/she cannot pass the course.
    - New students are tested during registration and placed in levels before the first day of class. 
    - All student transfers to different levels and classes within the program must be approved both by the students' teachers and the CLP administration. 
    - Students may not transfer classes after the transfer deadline, which is the last day of the first week of classes. For more information, please contact our main office at (212) 678-3097.
    - Continuing students are not eligible to transfer to another level. 


    - CLP Students have limited access only to the Teachers College campus and do not have 
        access to other Columbia University buildings and facilities. 
    - CLP Students do not have access to the Teachers College Library. 
    - CLP Students should present CLP identification at the main entrance to enter.

    - Students may request a refund for any reason during the second week of class. 
    - If you registered and paid online, these refund requests must be sent by email to our office: Please include a copy of your registration confirmation or payment 
    - If you paid for your course in person at the Student Accounts Office, you must come in 
        person to receive your refund. You must first obtain a refund slip from the CLP staff (46E 
        Horace Mann), then proceed to Student Accounts (133 Thompson) during their regular hours 
        of operation. Receipts must be presented in order to receive a refund.
    - Refunds will not be issued after the second week of class. 
    - For more information on our refund policy, please contact our main office.

Before classes begin, you will be emailed your class information, detailing the level to which you have been assigned, your class(es), the class materials you will need to purchase, the dates and times your classes will meet, the location of your classrooms and your instructors' names.  
    - You should purchase your textbooks before classes begin.  
    - You should go to your classrooms on the first day of classes at the appointed time. If you 
        cannot find your classroom, please call (212) 678-3097or come to the CLP main office, 
        Horace Mann 46E at least 15 minutes before the first meeting.
    - ALL STUDENTS MUST SHOW proof of registration on the first day of class.

Although CLP students are not students of Teachers College or of Columbia University, because the program is located on the campus of Teachers College, several of its policies are applicable in part to CLP students, with some revisions.  Specifically, the following policies apply as indicated. 

    - Non Discrimination Policy
              -   Continuing its long-standing policy to support active equality for all persons, neither 
                   Teachers College nor the CLP discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, 
                   sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, 
                   veteran status, disability, pregnancy, gender expression or any other criterion specified by federal, state or local laws.
              -   See

    - Student Conduct Code 
              -   This policy, as applied to CLP students, requires respectful and cooperative behavior 
                   during class and while in and around campus.  Those students who behave 
                   disrespectfully or disruptively will be subject to dismissal from all CLP programs.
              -   Abbreviated procedures will apply to CLP students.
              -   See       
                  Academic Integrity and General Misconduct 

    - Protection from Gender Based Harassment and Gender Based Misconduct Policies for 
              -   This policy is designed to prevent harassment and gender-based misconduct and 
                   provide help for those who may experience it.
              -   Abbreviated procedures will apply.
              -   See
              -   See 

    - Student Records and Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
              -   This policy is designed to assure that your records remain private. In most cases, it 
                   requires your permission for records to be released to third parties.  It also allows for 
                   correction of errors in your records.
              -   CLP records will be maintained by the CLP, not the Registrar.
              -   See 
                   Student Records and Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Statement

    - Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available for your review in the policy
              -   This annual report is available to allow you to assess campus safety.
              -   See

    - Disabilities Services
              -   CLP students with disabilities are entitled to the same protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other relevant laws as for-credit students.  
              -   For information about registering with the Office of Access and Services for 
                  Individuals with Disabilities, please visit the Office's web site, 

    - All applicable policies are available online in the TC Policy Library.  
I understand that the CLP is a lab school where teachers-in-training teach classes and 
where student performance is observed, photographed and audio and/or video recordings are made for purposes of teacher training and research. By registering for CLP classes, I authorize the CLP to observe, photograph and record my class work.  I understand that these recordings, my written class work, exams, and my placement tests will be used not only to help me learn another language but also for teacher training and research and that they may be shared with other Teachers College faculty and students either in the classroom or electronically. I further authorize the CLP and Teachers College to use the recordings, photographs and written work in all media for any other non-profit educational purpose.

The Community Language Program reserves the right to send me email correspondence about my classes, level, placement and other related topics. In addition, the Community Language Program may also send me promotional materials about future events and courses.