Resolving Workplace Issues

Ombuds Office

Whether you are a student, faculty member, staff, or member of the alumni, the Ombuds Office offers a confidential place to discuss workplace issues, academic concerns, issues relating to administrative paperwork and process, explanation and interpretation of policies and procedures, and many other problems. Please see the Ombuds Office website for more information or to set up an appointment.


Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

As an institution, Columbia University is committed to the principles of equity and excellence.  It actively pursues both, adhering to the belief that equity is the partner of excellence.  Columbia University's goal is a workforce and student body that reflects the diversity and talent of New York City, the larger metropolitan area, and the nation.  In furtherance of this goal, Columbia has implemented policies and programs which seek to ensure that its employment and educational decisions are based on individual merit and not on bias or stereotypes.

The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) has overall responsibility for the management of the University’s Student Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment and the Employment Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment.

Members of the faculty, staff and student body may contact the office to inquire about their rights under the University's policies, request mediation or counseling, or seek information about the application of the policies to specific situations. Please see the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action website for more information.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The EAP is a network of services, including short-term counseling, to help you and your household members cope with everyday issues. Humana's professional counselors are available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Please see the Employee Assistance Program website for more information.