As an Institution and community, 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. Its goal is a workforce 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 that seek to ensure that all employment decisions are based on individual merit, and not on bias or stereotypes, and to remove any barriers which may have limited the opportunities for employment and advancement of qualified members of groups underrepresented in the workforce.
Columbia’s Equal Employment Opportunity, Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy (EEO Policy) applies to all its Human Resources decisions, including recruitment, hiring, training, development, promotions, compensation, benefits, transfers, terminations and layoffs. It also applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including work schedules, hours, and physical facilities.
For more information about how Columbia’s commitment to equal opportunity affects its duty to recruit and hire a diverse workforce, please visit the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action website.
Columbia University Non-Discrimination Statement and Policy
Columbia University is committed to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment and to fostering a nurturing and vibrant community founded upon the fundamental dignity and worth of all of its members.
Consistent with this commitment, and with all applicable laws, it is the policy of the University not to tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment in any form and to provide those who feel that they are victims of discrimination with mechanisms for seeking redress.
Also consistent with this commitment, Columbia University prohibits any form of discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a victim of domestic violence, citizenship or immigration status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, unemployment status, partnership status, military status, or any other applicable legally protected status in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs and functions.
Nothing in this policy shall abridge academic freedom or the University's educational mission. Prohibitions against discrimination and discriminatory harassment do not extend to actions, statements or written materials that are relevant and appropriately related to course subject matter or academic debate.
This policy governs the conduct of all Columbia University students, faculty, staff and visitors that occurs on the University’s campuses or in connection with University-sponsored programs. This policy also governs conduct by Columbia University students, faculty, staff and visitors that creates, contributes to, or continues a hostile work, educational, or living environment for a member or members of the University community.
Inquiries or complaints regarding any form of discrimination or harassment may be directed to:
Heather N. Parlier
Associate Provost, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
103 Low Library
Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights (New York Office)