As a TC student, the pressures of academics, family, finances, and more can lead to difficulty coping with stress and everyday life. Our offices and departments are available to support you in wellness throughout your time at Teachers College!
Below you will find contacts available to offer support in their specific areas of action both at TC and Columbia University.
The College Ombuds is a resource available to students, faculty, and staff for resolving problems and conflicts. The Office provides information and explains options for resolving a wide range of problems and rectifying many situations affecting the academic or work life of members of the College community. The Ombuds responds to all concerns and continually works for a satisfactory outcome for all parties involved in a situation.
The work of the Office is confidential, impartial, independent, and informal.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education: “No person in the United States shall on the basis of sex be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance”.
While often understood to apply to athletics programs, Title IX applies broadly at Teachers College and Columbia University. Title IX officers are a confidential resource for you at TC.
The Office of Student Affairs encourages TC students to become familiar with programs and services designed to enhance the graduate student experience. Alongside academic studies in the classroom, TC students have many out-of-class opportunities to engage with peers and persons with diverse cultural experiences, as well as examining new philosophies, developing new interests and skills, and preparing for active participation in a rapidly changing global society. All of which are aligned with the Student Affairs mission and core values set forth by the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Dr. Thomas P. Rock. In this regards , OSA stands ready to assist our students in these endeavors.
The Office for Diversity and Community Affairs leads the President's and College's initiatives concerning community, diversity, civility, equity, and anti-discrimination. The Office, working with others in the College, addresses issues from faculty, staff, students, and alumni. These concerns may overlap with equity, anti-discrimination, retaliation and due process concerns, sexual assault and other gender-based misconduct concerns. The philosophy is to encourage the College community to listen, learn, educate, and work together in positive ways. At the same time, the Office focuses on systemic issues by addressing policy and procedural concerns.
OASID works with all academic departments, faculty members, and administrative offices in an attempt to ensure that individuals with disabilities can participate fully and equally in the Teachers College community.
OASID’s primary areas of concern include:
Teachers College is dedicated to inclusion and equality for all. Our commitment to providing a safe and welcoming environment extends to students and scholars of every sexuality and gender identity. We offer every LGBTQ student and ally opportunities to study and conduct relevant scholarship, to avail themselves of an array of specialized support services, to socialize openly, and to become leaders of LGBTQ communities on and off campus.
Part of the Office of Student Affairs, Insurance and Immunization Records is responsible for:
The Office of Residential Services at Teachers College strives to create a multicultural campus community that supports students in their academic endeavors and personal growth. The residence halls bring together graduate students from all over the world in an environment that provides a unique opportunity to establish new friendships, explore other worldviews, and take advantage of all that New York City offers. Living close to the campus affords students easy access to the library, classrooms, gymnasium, and other Columbia University facilities. Students may choose to take advantage of a wide range of planned residence hall activities, club meetings, departmental lectures, and cultural events.
The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is committed to providing services and programs that support the growth, development, and welfare of international students and scholars on multiple levels -– immigration regulatory advising and processing, cultural adjustment, social enrichment, and assistance with practical matters related to living in the U.S. The OISS also acts as a center for cultural and educational programming that advances cross-cultural understanding and interaction between U.S. and international students and scholars and promotes cultural competency across the College.
From cultural showcases to national competitions to local and global service projects, student organizations at TC present an opportunity for students to relate and belong to a specific community, express passion, reflect on experiences, and understand diverse voices and perspectives. The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) proudly supports and advises all recognized Student Organizations at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Counseling and Psychological Services provide Individual counseling, Support Groups, Psychological evaluations and much more to students who have paid the Columbia Health Fee. Students requesting an appointment for services for the first time will be scheduled for a phone interview with a clinician, usually within one to two business days. These calls are intended to facilitate access to appropriate treatment options. Please view their website for more information.
Sexual Violence Response provides trauma-informed, confidential support through crisis counseling/intervention, advocacy, prevention, and outreach focused on interpersonal violence and harassment. Our mission is to eradicate all forms of gender-based violence. Through collective community action, SVR is committed to social change and creating a culture of accountability. SVR is a confidential resource for you, operative 24/7.
The Office of Religious Life offers resources such as prayer rooms, religious life advisors, activities, and organizations for the many different faith traditions of the diverse community at Columbia University, while promoting interfaith and intercultural understanding.