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College Communication

Owner: Vice Provost for Student Affairs

URL: Communication

Teachers College, recognizing the increasing need for electronic communication with students, has established email as an official means of communication with students. In order to ensure effective communication with students, students are required to activate and use the email address provided by the College. Information on how to do that is located at

Teachers College expects that every student will receive email at his or her Teachers College email address and will read email on a frequent and consistent basis. A student’s failure to receive Teachers College and read College communications in a timely manner does not absolve that student from knowing and complying with the content of such communications. Students may elect to redirect (auto-forward) email sent to their 

Teachers College email address. Students who (auto-forward) redirect email from their official College email address to another address do so at their own risk. If email is lost as 
a result of forwarding, it does not absolve the student from the responsibilities associated with communications sent to their official University email address. All use of email will 
be consistent with other Teachers College and Columbia University policies including 
the Acceptable Use Policy at


Information concerning emergencies or school closing is published in several ways:


• WINS at 1010 on AM radio;

• WCBS at 880 on AM radio;

• the TC Web homepage at; and

• the main telephone number, (212) 678-3000.


In addition to the communication methods above, emergency notifications are made through public address systems in most campus buildings and through TCAlert. All members of the TC community are strongly encouraged to sign up for TCAlert via the portal at to receive text or voice messages on their cellphones. Use of this system is limited to urgent messages. The College does not charge for it, although some wireless phone carriers may charge a fee for receiving SMS text messages.


Responsible Office: Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Updated: September 2017