Health & Safety Information

Selected Health & Safety Information

The sale, service, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages at Teachers College is governed by the New York State Alcoholic Control Law and by other laws of the State of New York.

For the complete and most current version of the Alcohol Policy, refer to the TC Policy Library here.

Teachers College (the “College”) is committed to creating and maintaining an environment for its students, staff, and faculty that is free of illicit drug and alcohol use. The College recognizes that the abuse of drugs and alcohol is a potentially strong threat to the College, to its educational mission and programs, and to the safety and well-being of the community as a whole. Accordingly, while several offices of the College are prepared to assist individuals seeking corrective help for drug or alcohol-related problems, it is the College’s policy that the unlawful manufacture, possession, use, or distribution of drugs and other controlled substances on or about the campus or any site of a College-sponsored or sanctioned activity is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.

Teachers College is committed to adopting and implementing programs, including awareness campaigns and counseling programs that may be needed to prevent the unlawful manufacture, possession, or use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by all students and employees on campus or as part of any of our activities.

Federal, state and local laws address the unlawful manufacture, possession, use or distribution of drugs and other controlled substances, determine when drug and alcohol use is illegal, and set the legal sanctions for such laws.  The College and all of its members are subject to these laws as well as College disciplinary policies which also prohibit such illegal behavior.

For the complete and most current version of the Drug Free Campus Policy, refer to the TC Policy Library here. Review the TC Alcohol Policy here.

Teachers College seeks to promote student academic progress and personal well-being. We face the reality that suicide is a leading cause of death for college and university students. In addition, suicide, attempted suicide, and suicidal threats may have a significant detrimental effect not only on the involved student, but on others in the campus community.

The College opposes, and strives to eliminate, all forms of personal abuse and violence, whether directed at oneself or others. This Student Psychological Wellness Policy outlines an approach to educate and promote discussion about threats, disruption, self abuse, and violence. It also outlines procedures for crisis intervention and response. All members of the College community are expected to promote a violence-free environment and to observe these policies and procedures.

To access the complete and most current version of the policy on Student Psychological Wellness, refer to the TC Policy Library here.

Teachers College is committed to the education of its students regarding the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. While vigorously enforced policies and sanctions are essential to protect the safety and well-being of the community as a whole, we believe that the best way to achieve and maintain the objective of a drug-free campus and community is through compassionate attention and preventive education. To that end, the College provides on-campus support programs and referral services for those who may require help with alcohol and drug-related problems. For any member of the College community who may have developed an alcohol or drug-related problem, who suspects that they are at risk of developing such a problem, or who seeks information about illegal or controlled substances, several support programs and services are provided on a voluntary and confidential basis.


Campus Drug & Alcohol Counseling Programs

Columbia University Health Services
John Jay Hall, Morningside Campus
New York, NY 10027
(212) 854-7498; (212) 854-9797
Dean Hope Center for Educational & Psychological Services
Teachers College
New York, NY 10027
(212) 678-3262


Helpline Resources

Alcoholism Council of NY - (212) 252-7022

Alcoholics Anonymous of NY – (212) 647-1680;

Alcoholic Anonymous (To Request Materials) - (212) 870-3400

Alice! Health Promotion - (212) 854-2284

American Foundaition for Suicide Prevention - (800) 273-8255

Cocaine Anonymous – (877) 958-8012

LIFENET - (800) 543-3638

LIFENET En Español – (877) 298-3373

Narcotics Anonymous – (212) 929-6262

National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence - (800) 622- 2255

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism – (301) 496- 4000

Pills Anonymous – (212) 874-0700

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