Take the Initiative - 2019 Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative (SRI)

The SRI runs from September 23 through October 27. Learn more about ways to particpate.    

Photo: Halle Morse CBS '20, Fall 2018.

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.


Counseling Services

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.

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Gender-Based Misconduct Office

Receive help in seeking academic and other accommodations, and guidance through the complaint, investigation and adjudication process.

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For more resources, click here.


A Comment on the Relationship Between Arousal and Affirmative Consent in Columbia’s Gender-Based Misconduct Policy

December 9, 2019 - When a gender-based misconduct complaint is filed, Columbia’s Title IX investigators have the responsibility to assess whether there was affirmative consent for the sexual interaction, as do hearing panelists, if a hearing is held. 

Sexual Respect: It’s Time to Take the Initiative

October 25, 2019 - As we head into the last days of the Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative, I find myself thinking a lot about the number of students in our community who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or stalking. I’m also thinking about the knowledge that our community has gathered in our ongoing efforts to understand and prevent the spread of all forms of gender-based misconduct.

Columbia joins the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education

April 10, 2019 - Columbia University joins the Action Collaborative as part of our commitment of fostering an environment free from gender-based discrimination and harassment, including sexual assault and all other forms of gender-based misconduct.  We recognize that this work is essential to our mission of advancing learning and producing knowledge at the highest levels. 

In Response to the Department of Education's Title IX Proposal

January 31, 2019 - Throughout Columbia’s extensive work on gender-based misconduct prevention and response, the University is deeply committed to supporting all of our students and providing a process for responding to reports of gender-based misconduct that is fair to all students and sensitive to the issues involved.