Student Life and Student Services
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, J.D.
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
128 Zankel, 212-678-3391
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. By encouraging the College community to listen, learn, educate, and work together in positive ways. 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.
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 and the New York State Sexual Assault Enough is Enough Law.
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
Stephen Peverly, Ph.D.
Program Director, School Psychology Ph.D. Program
280 Grace Dodge Hall
Riddhi Sandil, Ph.D.
Ombuds for Gender-Based Misconduct Concerns
Program Director, Psychological Counseling Program
328B Horace Mann Hall
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.
Listens to concerns, clarifies the issues in a problem and evaluates a range of solutions and options.
Offers coaching in how to deal with a problem.
Creates ways for those involved in a problem to communicate, including setting up meetings when necessary; and helps mediate a solution.
Provides information about other resources and makes referrals.
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 Dr. Peverly. Individuals with concerns about faculty, staff or students in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies should contact Dr. Sandil.
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) 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.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 with peer advisors, writers have the opportunity to focus on different aspects of the writing process. The types of assistance often sought include support with brainstorming, organizing, drafting, and revising. The Graduate Writing Center also offers workshops throughout the year on topics such as academic writing, concept mapping, outlining, and researching and writing literature reviews. 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 email@example.com.
Teachers College has a long history of welcoming international students, scholars and faculty to our academic and social community. Currently, over 1300 students and scholars from over 80 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, prospective, admitted and current students are encouraged to go to www.tc.edu/international for up-to-date information.
Individuals with Disabilities
The Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (OASID) strives to ensure that programs and services at Teachers College are physically, programmatically, and attitudinally
accessible to members of the TC community with disabilities. Equal access is achieved through an individualized response addressing the needs of persons with conditions including but not limited to vision impairments, mobility impairments, deafness/hearing loss, chronic medical conditions and/or learning disabilities that affect one or more academic activities. Members of OASID staff are available to meet with, 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 email@example.com, or visit our website at www.tc.edu/oasid.
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 Education & Professional Development
Teachers College Career Education and Professional Development educates students and alumni utilizing an integrated learning experience to prepare students/alumni for diverse lives in local and global communities. All professional staff at CEPD embrace TC student Affairs Core Values which include Accessibility, Accountability, Community, Diversity, Excellence, Inclusion.
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: CEPD offers individual counseling appointments, either in person or by phone, to assist TC students and alumni with their career development needs.
CANVAS CAREER COURSE: Virtually participate in CEPDs core workshops (Resume/Cover Letter Writing, CV/Cover Letter Writing, General Interviewing, Job Search/Networking/Social Media, Salary Negotiation), available 24/7!
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.
CEPD on My TC Portal: Within the portal, select the TC Services tab. The Career Education & Professional Development section is located on the right hand side of the page. The following resources are available within this section: Go to TCCS LINK, 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.
PEER LABS: Collaborative student review sessions supervised by members of the CEPD staff, providing TC students and alumni with an opportunity to have questions answered and documents peer reviewed.
MOCK INTERVIEWS: These sessions provide 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/nights and employer information sessions.
CEPD 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 www.tc.edu/careereducation
SOCIAL MEDIA: Learn the benefits of using social media such as LinkedIn and Facebook for networking and job search. Follow CEPD on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
LINKEDIN GROUP: Follow our page and create a professional network with TC students and alumni, learn about programs and events, and pose industry questions and comments.
We encourage you to come visit our office so that you can start your career development journey. Career Education & Professional Development is located in 44 Horace Mann, (212) 678-3140, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office of Public Safety
Office of Public Safety and Environmental Health & Safety
Teachers College maintains a full service proprietary Office of Public Safety and Environmental Health & 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. Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) staff members work extended business hours and are on-call for special projects and events.
The administrative office for the Public Safety Team is 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 phone number to report campus emergencies is 212.678.3333, or 3333 from any on-campus phone line.
The administrative office for the Environmental Health & Safety Team is located in the Zankel Building, Room 31. The office is open extended business hours Monday through Friday, from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. The phone number for the administrative office is (212) 678-8164.
The Public Safety Team 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); leads the College Crisis Management Plan; leads the College Campus Safety Advisory Committee; coordinates key provisions of the College Business Continuity Plan; leads the College Policies and Guidelines for the Supervision of Minors on Campus; supervises special events; leads the College Behavioral Threat Assessment Team; and provides general information for visitors and members of the College community. The Team provides community education in crime prevention, personal safety, and fire safety. The Team manages a technically advanced system of electronic access control, closed circuit television cameras, and emergency alarm systems. Members of the Public Safety Team 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; certified in First Aid, CPR, in the operation of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED), and in administering naloxone for opiate overdose. The Public Safety Team works in partnership with the Environmental Health & Safety Team, and the two teams share resources and responsibilities to promote a safe and healthful environment for all members of the College community.
The Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Team assists the Teachers College Community in promoting a safe and healthful environment. The EH&S Team provides critical expertise, technical assistance, education, and hazard assessments for the community.
The EH&S Team offers a broad range of services and actively partners with faculty, staff, and students to ensure a safe work and study environment, and compliance with College policy and with applicable regulations of local, State, and federal regulatory agencies covering a wide range of environmental and workplace safety best practices. Teachers College is proud of its excellent safety record and is committed to continuing to provide a safe and healthful environment for its students, staff, faculty, and guests.
The Teachers College Office of Public Safety and Environmental Health & Safety, prepares 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 Articles 129A and 129B. The most current version of the Teachers College Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report may be found at: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/security/AnnualReport. Paper copies of the Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report are available from the administrative office of the Public Safety Team, in Suite 1A, of Whittier Hall.
Office of Public Safety and Environmental Health & Safety Directory:
Emergency – extension 3333 from any on-campus phone, or 212.678.3333 from any phone
AVP Office of Public Safety, and Environmental Health & Safety
Director, Environmental Health & Safety Team
Senior Associate Director, Administration & Systems, Public Safety Team
Senior Associate Director of Public Safety, Investigations, Public Safety Team
Phone: 212-678- 7468
Associate Director, Operations, Public Safety Team
Associate Director, Emergency Management, Public Safety Team
Assistant Director, Environmental Health & Safety Team
Assistant Director, Fire & Life Safety, Environmental Health & Safety Team
Assistant Director, Operations, Public Safety Team
Assistant Director, Operations, Public Safety Team
Assistant Director, Operations, Public Safety Team
Secretary/Coordinator for the Office of Public Safety and EH&S
Lieutenant, Operations, Public Safety Team
Public Safety Officers
Public Safety Team Website: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/administration/security/
EH&S Team Website: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/environmentalhealth/
Additional services available to students include the Teachers College Cafeteria, Security Information Desk, Psychological Counseling Services, the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center, and ATM.