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

Teachers College is committed to creating and maintaining an environment for its students, staff, and faculty that is free of drug and alcohol abuse. The College recognizes that the abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol is a potentially grave 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 illicit 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.

Federal, state and local laws 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. 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. Review the TC Alcohol Policy here.

For the complete and most current version of the Drug Free Campus Policy, refer to the TC Policy Library 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, Thorndike Hall (6th Floor)
New York, NY 10027
(212) 678-3262

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