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Welcome to the Columbia University Human Resources (CUHR) website. If you are new to the University, please read and follow the New Officers & Support Staff checklist.

This site contains important news and information about the University's competitive benefits, our learning and professional development offerings, workplace policies, and other important HR initiatives.

If you have questions or need more information, please feel free to contact us

William Innes — Vice President, Columbia University Human Resources (Interim)

News Highlights

  • It Is Easy Being Green

    You don’t have to build solar panels and buy a windmill to be green. Habits such as recycling, bringing tote bags to the grocery store, and keeping your car tuned (or biking instead!) are simple ways to help the planet. April’s feature highlights information on living green, including resources on:

    Shopping green
    Driving green
    Eating green
    Going green at home

    Our featured monthly webinar is Simple Ways to Go Green. You don’t have to move into a forest to go green. There are simple and important steps you can take in your own home and office to make a difference to our planet. This webinar discusses many of them.

    To learn more and view this month's featured webinar, log on to www.hriworld.com. (Username: Columbia Password: eap)

  • The schedule of 2014 University Holidays for all campuses is now available.
  • As permitted by recent guidance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), we are changing our Healthcare FSA  to allow you to roll over up to $500 in unused  funds remaining in your account at the end of the calendar year. 

    If you currently have a Healthcare FSA, no action is needed to roll over up to $500 from 2013 to 2014. Any balance up to $500 at the end of 2013 will automatically roll over and be added to your 2014 Healthcare FSA account.

    Any 2013 balance in excess of $500 will be forfeited, so be sure to use your account balance above $500 for eligible expenses between now and December 31, 2013.

    If you have a 2013 Healthcare FSA balance and you did not elect a Healthcare FSA for 2014, we will automatically establish a 2014 Healthcare FSA for you, and your 2013 fund balance up to $500 will roll over to your 2014 account.

    Please remember that you have until March 31, 2014 to request reimbursement from your Healthcare FSA for eligible healthcare claims incurred in 2013. If you deplete the balance of your 2013 account, no roll-over will be necessary.

    Due to the introduction of the roll-over provision, we are allowing employees to change their 2014 Healthcare FSA elections or newly elect a 2014 Healthcare FSA at this time.  If you wish to change your 2014 election or newly elect a Healthcare FSA, please send an email to the Columbia Benefits Service Center at hrbenefits@columbia.edu on or before December 30, 2013.  


Manager Toolkit

  • Once a year, the University takes the opportunity to recognize the achievements of our administrative employees and begin the conversation about new and ongoing individual performance goals, as well as engaging employees in the broader goals of the department.

    Writing performance appraisals allows you to support your staff by documenting their strengths, areas of development, and opportunities for career growth. These appraisals also build employees' relationships with their direct supervisor, which elevates performance. It's proven that this dialogue helps reinforce target goals for the individual, team, department and University at large.

    To help guide you through these conversations and provide resources for leading the Performance Management process, we encourage managers and supervisors to review our Guide to Performance Management, available in the HR Manager Toolkit at http://managers.hr.columbia.edu/managing-performance.

    For information on classroom training opportunities related to performance management, please contact hrlearning@columbia.edu.

    It is University policy that Officers of Administration and Non-Union Support Staff receive a written performance appraisal once per year. The completion of year-end performance appraisals generally occurs between May 1 and June 30. However, some schools and departments may use their own form or timeline. Please confer with your local HR representative or HR Client Manager for more information on the process and timeline for your school or department, while using the information in the Manager Toolkit for tips and guidance.