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Legal Notices

Owner: General Counsel

URL: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/policylibrary/Legal Notices

Non Discrimination

Continuing its long-standing policy to support active equality for all persons, Teachers College does not 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, in the administration of its admissions, employment and educational policies or scholarship, loan, athletic and other school-administered programs. Rather, Teachers College affirms that it admits students and selects employees regardless of their 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 and thereafter accords them all the rights and privileges generally made available to students or employees at the school.

Students with concerns about the application of civil rights laws (including Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Age Discrimination Act) may wish to speak with

  • Vice Provost Katie Embree, 113 Zankel, (212) 678-3991
  • Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs Janice Robinson, 128 Zankel, (212) 678-3391
  • Executive Director for Equity and Section 504 Compliance Officer, Melissa Rooker, 128 Zankel, (212) 678-7508 or
  • Ombuds Officer Erwin Flaxman, 280 Grace Dodge, (212) 678-4169.  

Students with Title IX concerns may also contact the Ombuds for Gender-Based Misconduct, Riddhi Sandil, 325 Horace Mann, (212) 678-4016.

Faculty and staff

 Faculty and staff with concerns about the application of civil rights laws (including the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Age Discrimination Act) may wish to speak with

  • Associate Vice President for Human Resources Randy Glazer, 120 Whittier Hall, (212) 678-3175
  • Vice Provost Katie Embree, 113 Zankel, (212) 678-3991
  • Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs Janice Robinson, 128 Zankel, (212) 678-3391
  • Executive Director for Equity and Section 504 Compliance Officer, Melissa Rooker, 128 Zankel, (212) 678-7508  or
  • Ombuds Officer Erwin Flaxman, 280 Grace Dodge, (212) 678-4169.  

Faculty and staff with Title IX concerns may also contact the Ombuds for Gender-Based Misconduct, Riddhi Sandil, 325 Horace Mann, (212) 678-4016.

Individuals with disabilities

Individuals with disabilities who seek reasonable accommodations or information concerning accommodations should contact the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (OASID), 166 Thorndike, (212) 678-3689 (voice/TTY).

Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the TC Title IX Coordinator, Janice Robinson, at (212)-678-3391 or JRobinson@tc.columbia.edu.   Individuals who wish to seek assistance outside of the College community may contact the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, (New York Office), (646) 428-3900OCR.NewYork@ed.gov.

Annual Safety Report

Teachers College prepares an Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report which contains important information for the TC community and is prepared in accordance with the Campus Security Act (Clery Act), as amended by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and New York State Education Law Articles 129A and 129B. The current version is available at: www.tc.edu/policylibrary/CampusSecurityReport.

Consumer Information for Students

Consistent with the Higher Education Opportunity Act and other federal and state laws, Teachers College provides consumer information to its students.  Links to relevant policies and information are available at http://www.tc.edu/office-of-student-affairs/consumer-information.

Policies

Current versions of significant College policies and procedures are kept in the Policy Library, www.tc.edu/policy-library.  While most policies are available to all, some are accessible only to relevant community groups.

Disclaimers

Information on Teachers College web pages is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement. Teachers College will not be liable for damages of any kind, including without limitation any special, indirect, incidental, or consequential damages, even if the College has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

This website may inadvertently contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Information may be changed or updated without notice. Teachers College reserves the right to make changes to the programs and policies described on its website at any time without notice. Teachers College assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions on its website or in documents that are referenced by or linked to this website.

Responsibility for the content of personal home pages resides solely with the author(s). The views and opinions expressed on student and faculty personal pages are the views and opinions of the authors and do not represent the views of Teachers College. Teachers College does not impose any restraints on, nor make any effort to monitor the content of, communications other than those imposed by applicable Federal, State or local laws, including laws regarding the right to privacy and laws which prohibit defamatory material. Teachers College can accept no responsibility for the content of personal web pages.

Privacy

Teachers College is committed to protecting the privacy and accuracy of confidential information of users who visit our web pages, to the extent possible, subject to state and federal law. The College collects certain kinds of data from users as they browse the Teachers College site. This privacy statement details the nature of this information, how this information is used, and what rights the College assures users regarding this information.

This general privacy statement applies to Teachers College-owned websites and services users may encounter. However, individual Teachers College departments or service providers may have their own privacy statements that address unique data practices. Users should read these supplemental privacy statements to stay informed about how the individual Teachers College departments or service providers use their information.

Information gathering

Teachers College may collect personal information such as name, address, e-mail address, telephone number(s) and educational interests. Such personal information may be requested by the College for research, public service or teaching programs, or for administrative purposes. Additional personal information, such as credit card account information, may be requested for payment purposes.

Teachers College gathers some kinds of information from users as they browse our web pages. For example, a user’s IP address, browser used, referring web page, page requested, and date and time may all be logged when a user loads a page. The College may collect statistics identifying particular IP addresses from which College websites are accessed. This information is non-personal or will be de-identified; it will not identify users.

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file that is stored on a computer or device to provide data to a website. Teachers College uses cookies to help customize users’ browsing experiences, save site settings, and identify registered users. These cookies do not automatically store personal information, and they cannot be read by other websites. The College uses them only to provide relevant web content and services specific to individual user’s interests or site activity. Declining cookies from Teachers College will not affect a user’s access to our web pages, but it may prevent a user from taking full advantage of some features offered by the College.

Information use and distribution

  • Teachers College may use personal information collected from websites for the purpose of future communication about upcoming events or available programs, offers, updates, and reminders. A user may opt-out of these mailing lists at any time.
  • Teachers College may use personal information collected in connection with a specific function only to support that function. For example, a user may opt to complete and submit a newsletter mailing list, an application form, or a registration form. Requests for information and private communications submitted through Teachers College services will not be monitored.
  • User non-personal and/or de-identified information (such as a user’s browser software or the page a user requested) may be distributed to third parties to facilitate site analytics. This information is generally used to improve web presentation and utilization. Additionally, the College may use this information for system administration (e.g., troubleshooting) purposes.

The College will not distribute a user’s personal information to third parties unless a user provides explicit consent to have their information shared with an identified third party or the University has a good faith belief that access, use, preservation or disclosure of the information is reasonably necessary to:

  • satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request;
  • enforce applicable College policies, including investigation of potential violations of College policies or procedures;
  • detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; or protect against harm to the rights, property or safety of the College, the College’s employees, faculty and staff, students, users or the public as required or permitted by law.

Teachers College will not sell, rent, or lease mailing lists or personal information to third-party organizations. Contact information provided to the College is kept confidential and used only for the purposes specified when it was collected.

Third-party sites

The College’s web pages may link to third-party websites. The College does not monitor the privacy policies of external organizations, and its privacy policies do not apply to non-Teachers College websites. Although the College will make efforts to ensure that it provides links only to trustworthy third-party web pages, it does not guarantee the security of those pages. Users access these links at their own risk.

Copyright Notice

All graphics, photographs and text appearing on the College home page and subsequent web pages are protected by copyright. Redistribution or commercial use is prohibited without express written permission.  See: www.tc.edu/policylibrary/intellectual-property

For more information about use of College graphics, photographs and text, contact of the Office of External Affairs, ExternalAffairs@tc.columbia.edu.

Copyright Infringement (Digital Millenium Copyright Act)

To report alleged electronic copyright infringements originating at Teachers College, please notify:

George Schuessler
Director of Academic Computing
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street, Campus Box 43
New York, NY 10027

Dr. Schuessler is the agent designated under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
All infringement claims must include the following:

  • a physical or electronic signature;
  • identification of the infringed work;
  • identification of the infringed material;
  • contact information for the complaint, e.g. address, telephone number, electronic mail address;
  • a statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner or the law;
  • a statement that the information contained in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

Logos, Photography & Licensed University Marks

Logos and graphics relating to the College are registered and are subject to licensing agreements. If you have questions about legal use of these items or are interested in using or obtaining images, contact the Office of External Affairs (ExternalAffairs@tc.columbia.edu).

Developing and Adding Pages to www.tc.columbia.edu

To develop pages for the Teachers College web site, start by consulting the college's Web Reference site, http://www.tc.columbia.edu/webref. All websites developed for the College should be hosted in the college Content Management System and adhere to the college's specific branding and content standards. Teachers College requires that all web sites and pages makes all efforts to meet current Web accessibility standards in order to allow Web content and assistive technologies to convey appropriate information to persons with disabilities. In cases where a site must be hosted outside the college's content management system, please contact the Office of the Web at 212-678-3118 or pa117@tc.columbia.edu to discuss your site-specific needs.

Questions & Comments?

Please visit: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/contact-us