Essential Policies for the Columbia Community

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ON DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT

EMPLOYEE POLICY AND PROCEDURES ON DISCRIMINATION, HARASSMENT, SEXUAL ASSAULT, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, DATING VIOLENCE AND STALKING

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
103 Low Library, MC 4333
212-854-5511
http://eoaa.columbia.edu/

The University’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA) has overall responsibility for the management of the University’s Employee Policy and Procedures on Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking; coordinates compliance activities under these policies and the applicable federal, state and local laws; and is designated as the University’s Compliance Office for Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other equal opportunity, nondiscrimination and affirmative action laws.

Employee Policy and Procedures on Discrimination,  Harassment, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking

This Policy sets forth the University’s position on discrimination and harassment, specifies prohibited conduct, and delineates other duties and obligations of University employees and other members of the University community.  This Policy then describes reporting options and available resources, including the availability of accommodations and interim measures.  The Procedure section spells out the investigation and disciplinary process for matters in which employees or third parties are accused of misconduct and includes supplemental procedures for certain types of claims.  Following the Procedures are additional sections with definitions of key terms, a list of resources for those affected by conduct prohibited by this Policy, and a list of applicable discrimination laws and contact information.

The Policy and Procedures are available online at: http://eoaa.columbia.edu/eoaa-policies-and-procedures. Please also see the Notice of Nondiscrimination. For information, contact EOAA, 212-854-5511 or eoaa@columbia.edu.

Consensual Romantic and Sexual Relationship Policy Between Faculty and Students

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
103 Low Library, MC 4333
212-854-5511
http://eoaa.columbia.edu/

It is the policy of the University that no faculty member shall have a consensual romantic or sexual relationship with a student over whom he or she exercises academic or professional authority. It is also the University’s policy that no faculty member shall exercise academic or professional authority over any student with whom he or she has or previously has had a consensual romantic or sexual relationship.  This policy applies to all officers of instruction, research and the libraries, including student officers of instruction and research and graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants.  You may download a copy of this policy here: http://eoaa.columbia.edu/resources/eoaa-documents-downloading.

Should a romantic or sexual relationship with a student lead to a charge of sexual harassment or sexual assault against a faculty member, the University is obligated to investigate and resolve the charge in accordance with the Columbia University Employee Policy and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking, a copy of which may be found online at: http://eoaa.columbia.edu/. Questions regarding the Consensual Romantic and Sexual Relationship Policies or the Employee Policy and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking should be directed to the Associate Provost, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 103 Low, 212-854-5918, mrooker@columbia.edu.  

Consensual Romantic and Sexual Relationship Policy Between Staff and Students

Dianne L. Kenney, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, dkenney@columbia.edu
Columbia University Human Resources
Studebaker, 615 West 131 Street, 4th Floor
212-851-0623
http://hr.columbia.edu/

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
103 Low Library, MC 4333
212-854-5511
http://eoaa.columbia.edu/

No staff member at Columbia should participate in supervision, employment actions, evaluation, advising or mentoring any Columbia University student with whom that staff member has or has had a consensual romantic or sexual relationship, except in unusual circumstances.  In the event that a personal relationship of this kind does exist in a supervisory, advisory or mentoring context, the supervisor must disclose the relationship and initiate arrangements to address any issues of conflict of interest. A staff member who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. The University will take all necessary steps to protect a student in such a relationship against academic, professional or financial hardship. You may download a copy of this policy here: http://eoaa.columbia.edu/resources/eoaa-documents-downloading.  For further information, contact EOAA, 212-854-5511, or Human Resouces at 212-851-7008.

Consensual Romantic and Sexual Relationship Policy Between Staff Members

Dianne L. Kenney, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, dkenney@columbia.edu
Columbia University Human Resources
Studebaker, 615 West 131 Street, 4th Floor
212-851-0623
http://hr.columbia.edu/

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
103 Low Library, MC 4333
212-854-5511
http://eoaa.columbia.edu/ ">http://eoaa.columbia.edu/

Staff members at Columbia should not participate in hiring, supervision, employment actions, evaluation, decisions pertaining to promotion, or the direct setting of salary or wages, for someone employed at Columbia with whom that person has or has had a consensual romantic or sexual relationship except in unusual circumstances. Employees should be aware that entering into such a relationship with a person who may direct or control his or her work creates the potential for risk to both parties. In the event that a personal relationship of this kind does exist in a supervisory context, the supervisor must disclose the relationship to the appropriate superior and initiate arrangements to address any issues of conflict of interest.  A supervising staff member who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. You may download a copy of this policy here: http://eoaa.columbia.edu/resources/eoaa-documents-downloading.  For further information, contact EOAA, 212-854-5511, or Human Resources at 212-851-7008.

04/2016