Key Resources on Campus
Sexual Violence Response (24/7/365)
Call (212) 854-4357 (HELP) to connect with survivor advocates for trauma-informed rape crisis/anti-violence support, including accompaniment to the hospital, police, or to other resources. SVR also offers prevention education.
Get trauma support and short-term counseling, referral for ongoing mental health services, and/or introduction to student support groups.
Public Safety (24/7/365)
Call (212) 854-5555 when you need emergency response, security escorts or assistance with law enforcement.
Gender-Based Misconduct Office
Receive help in seeking academic and other accommodations, and guidance through the complaint, investigation and adjudication process.
For more resources, click here.
Welcome to the Sexual Respect Website
Here you can find help whenever you need it as well as resources and information about sexual respect in the Columbia community.
Terms and Definitions
Affirmative consent is a knowing, voluntary and mutual decision among all participants to engage in sexual activity. The definition of consent does not vary base on a participant's sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Confidential resources do not share identifying information with anyone. Non-confidential resources disclose information only when necessary to get students additional services or to protect community safety.
Being a prosocial bystander involves being aware of events happening around you and learning how to step in safely or seek help from others.
If you experience unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual contact, and other unwelcome verbal, physical, or visual conduct of sexual nature, this may be sexual harassment.
If you experience acts of aggression, intimidation, stalking, or hostility based on gender or gender stereotyping, this may be gender-based harassment.
Dating Violence and Domestic Violence
These forms of relationship violence both include the use or threat of physical or sexual violence. It can involve a single act or a pattern of these threats and behavior that seeks to establish power and control over another person.
Any intentional sexual contact or intercourse without a person's affirmative consent.
A course of unwanted attention that is repeated or obsessive, directed toward an individual or a group and that is reasonably likely to cause alarm, fear or substantial emotional distress
Gender-Based Misconduct Prevention Task Force Releases 2015-16 Report
Since Fall 2015, dozens of students, faculty members and staff from across Columbia have come together as a Task Force to discuss and work decisively on how the University can create a climate in which all can learn, work, and live free from gender-based misconduct, including sexual violence. This report summarizes their work to date and outlines recommendations for the University.
Why Sexual Respect?
The Sexual Respect Initiative is about understanding and responding to the links among us and doing what we can to create change, not just in this moment but throughout the year and beyond.