Letter from John Coatsworth, Suzanne Goldberg, ​​​​​​​and Anne Taylor

A key priority for the University is to provide information and resources to help faculty and researchers navigate situations that may arise when working with students. To meet that need, Columbia has developed an online briefing. All recently appointed Officers of Instruction and Officers of Research are required to complete this briefing by Friday, November 30.

The briefing, “Columbia Faculty and Researcher Briefing: Student Resources, Policies, and Title IX,” should take less than an hour to complete. It provides information on “best practice” approaches to dealing with a variety of circumstances that faculty face every semester as well as information about the resources the University can provide when difficult situations arise. The briefing also addresses discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct; helps you recognize when it is occurring; and offers guidance on how to respond when it impacts your students or colleagues.

All recently appointed faculty, both part-time and full-time, and research officers must complete this briefing by Friday, November 30. You can access the briefing at columbiabriefing.provost.columbia.edu and log in with your Uni. An FAQ at that website provides additional information. If you have questions or suggestions about the content, please email columbiabriefing@columbia.edu.

Thank you for your participation in this important initiative.

John H. Coatsworth
Provost

Suzanne Goldberg
Executive Vice President, University Life

Anne L. Taylor, MD
Senior Vice President for Faculty Affairs and Career Development
Columbia University Irving Medical Center