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Welcome to the Columbia University Human Resources Website

For more than 250 years, Columbia has been a leader in higher education in the nation and around the world. At the core of our wide range of academic inquiry is the commitment to attract and engage the best minds in pursuit of greater human understanding, pioneering new discoveries and servce to society.

News Highlights

  • After a rigorous evaluation of the capabilities of our healthcare plan vendors, the University has selected UnitedHealthcare (UHC) as the single medical plan vendor for the faculty and staff medical plans, effective January 1, 2015. Faculty and staff eligible for healthcare were notified of this change on Monday, July 28, 2014.

    UHC was selected for several reasons, including the fact that their network of physicians and facilities most closely matches the providers that our employees and their dependents use. This provider match aspect of the transition to UHC as our single medical plan vendor is likely to be of the greatest importance to you and your dependents.

    We are working closely with UHC to have as many as possible of the Cigna in-network clinicians our employees visit available to you at UHC's in-network benefit level. The University recognizes this is especially important in the behavioral health sector.

    In addition, we are working closely with the Columbia University Medical Center and the Faculty Practice Organization to ensure that you and your dependents have access to in-network services from the vast majority of the ColumbiaDoctors.

    We have developed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to help you understand the effects of this change:

    FAQ for Officers
    FAQ for Support Staff

    In addition, we understand you may have individual  questions about the transition of care process and finding a provider; to help you with these issues, a representative from UnitedHealthcare will be on site to answer your questions in person from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

    • Monday, August 4: Studebaker, 4th Floor (Please check-in at the desk in the 4th floor lobby.)
    • Tuesday, August 5: Morningside, Uris Hall, Room 303
    • Wednesday, August 6: CUMC, Hammer Health Sciences Center, Room 301
    • Thursday, August 7: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Geoscience Building, Conference Room 113  

    To reserve a 10-minute time slot, please contact one of our Benefits Service Center Specialists at 212-851-9740 or jf2906@columbia.edu. Walk-ins are welcome; however, they may be subject to some wait time.

  • Columbia Benefits is pleased to announce that a new savings option will be added to the Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan (VRSP): Roth contributions. On and after July 1, 2014, you will be able to make Roth contributions, pre-tax contributions or a combination of Roth and pre-tax contributions.

    If you contribute to the VRSP today, you know that your current contributions are made on a pre-tax basis. This means the money you contribute is not taxed as part of your pay, but it will be taxable when paid out to you in the future.

    The new Roth contribution feature gives you another savings option. Roth contributions will allow you to contribute after-tax dollars from your pay to the VRSP and, so long as you meet certain criteria, these contributions and their investment earnings will be tax-free when paid to you from the plan.

    To help you learn more about the VRSP and Roth contributions, we have prepared a brief video:

    Roth VRSP Viedeo

    On April 23, 2014, all eligible faculty and staff receieved at your Columbia email address an overview of how Roth contributions work, and features to consider when deciding whether to save on a Roth basis, a pre-tax basis or both.

  • The schedule of 2014 University Holidays for all campuses is now available.

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