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Guides and Tips

What to Do, If you are a Victim of a Sexual Assault

Sexual assault victims are urged to take the following steps:

1. Get Medical Treatment

To get immediate medical treatment, call Public Safety at Ext. 3333 or 911.

It is important that a person who has been recently assaulted receive prompt medical attention to ensure that he/she is medically well. Because physical injury is not always noticeable at first, it is important to receive a medical examination and treatment as soon as possible. This may include screening and/or treatment for sexually transmitted infection and emergency contraception if appropriate.  
Health Services

Columbia (Morningside) 212-854-2284

Columbia Clinician on-call 212-854-9797

Columbia Medical Center Clinician on-call 212-305-9060  

Barnard Clinician on-call 212-666-5838

2. Report the Sexual Assault

The safety and well-being of survivors are of paramount importance. The University strongly encourages survivors to contact trained professionals for emotional support, medical services, and advocacy with reporting and or the criminal justice system.

Contact options include:  

Public Safety

TC Public Safety 212-678-3333

CU Public Safety (Morningside) 212-854-5555        

Barnard 212-854-3362

New York City Police Department

Community Assistant or Area Director of TC Residential Services

TC Director of Student Relations

TC Office of the Associate Vice-Provost

The CU Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center

A medical treatment facility

A trusted friend, adviser, or faculty member

The College urges victims to consider contacting the New York City Police Department to report the assault. Public Safety and/or Residential Services personnel will assist and accompany the victim every step of the way through the process. Although the College strongly encourages pressing criminal charges, it respects the victim’s choice.

3. Seek Counseling

Columbia and the community offer a variety of counseling resources to victims of a sexual assault. For more information on the full range of supportive services, contact the CU Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program at 212-854-3500 

Counseling and Psychological Services

Columbia 212-854-2468

Columbia (Medical Center) 212-795-4181
Barnard 212-854-2092

4. File an Internal Complaint within the College

If the individual accused of a violation of the College’s Sexual Assault Policy is a Teachers College or Columbia University student, an internal complaint may be filed. Reports of an alleged sexual assault by a student of Teachers College or Columbia University should be filed with:

Student Services for Gender-based and Sexual Misconduct

Melissa Tihinen, Senior Manager (

Columbia University

108C Wien Hall


The full policy and procedure can viewed on line at:

If the individual accused is a faculty member, staff member or administrator of Teachers College the complaint should be filed with:

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs

128 Zankel Hall


The full policy and procedure can viewed on line at:

Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program, Health Services at Columbia University. 


Barnard/ Columbia Rape Crisis/

Anti-Violence Support Center

Peer Counseling (Tues.–Sun. 7 p.m.–11 p.m.) 212-854-HELP

Peer Advocacy (24-hour number) 212-854-WALK

Business Line 212-854-4366
Please refer to the TC  Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report  (page 32) for more information.and a complete list of counseling and support services.