Students

Graduate Student Life & Development

Teachers College is located in New York City, one of the most important and dynamic cultural and educational centers in the world. Our student population is very diverse and includes international students, scholars and faculty from over 75 countries. TC combines a large number of part-time and full-time students who are very active in professional education circles and either commute or live on campus. There are a variety of student services and organizations at TC designed to support students’ programs of study, provide professional development opportunities, foster community and celebrate diversity.

Members of the GSLD team encourage the TC student body to become familiar with programs and services designed to enhance the graduate student experience at Teachers College. Alongside academic studies in the classroom, Teachers College students have many out-of-class opportunities to engage peers and persons with diverse cultural experiences, to examine new philosophies, to develop new interests and skills, and to prepare for active participation in a rapidly changing global society. Aligned with the Mission and Core Values set forth by the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Thomas P. Rock, the staff in the GSL&D stand ready to assist our students in these endeavors.

Graduate Student Life & Development Website

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs leads the President’s and College’s initiatives concerning community, diversity, civility, equity, harassment prevention, and anti-discrimination. By encouraging the College community to listen, learn, educate, and work together in positive ways. We endeavor to unify the diverse constituencies, serving the students and alumni, full-time and adjunct faculty, and professional and union staff that comprise the TC community. The Office continues to lead and implement the diversity and community vision by engaging the entire College community academically, administratively and culturally.

As Title IX Coordinator, Janice Robinson has primary responsibility for compliance to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination and gender-based misconduct in education and the New York State Sexual Assault Enough is Enough Law.

Simultaneously, the Office focuses on systemic issues by addressing policy and procedural concerns. The Vice President serves as a member of the President’s Senior Staff. She chairs the College’s Discrimination Laws Compliance Working Group and the President’s Committee for Community and Diversity, the only cross-college multi-constituent committee. The Associate Director and Executive Director are also members of the Committee, and their responsibilities coincide with all of the initiatives of the Office as it continues to lead and implement the diversity, community and equity vision at Teachers College.

 

Important Websites

tc.edu/diversity & tc.edu/titleix

 

Contact Information

Janice S. Robinson, Esq.
Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs
Associate Professor in Higher Education, Department of Organization and Leadership
Teachers College Title IX Coordinator
128 Zankel, (212) 678-3391
jsr167@tc.columbia.edu

 

Melissa Rooker, J.D.
Executive Director for Equity
128 Zankel, (212) 678-7508
mor2102@tc.columbia.edu

 

Juan Carlos Reyes, M.A.
Associate Director for Diversity and Community Affairs
128 Zankel, (212) 678-8410
jcr2101@tc.columbia.edu

 

Simone Guerrier-Slater
Program Manager
128 Zankel, (212) 678-3391
sg3243@tc.columbia.edu

The Teachers College Office of the Ombuds is a resource available to students, faculty and staff for resolving problems and conflicts when they need advice or after other efforts have not been successful.

The Ombuds:

  1. Listens to concerns, clarifies the issues in a problem and evaluates a range of solutions and options.

  2. Offers coaching in how to deal with a problem.

  3. Creates ways for those involved in a problem to communicate, including setting up meetings when necessary; and helps mediate a solution.

  4. Provides information about other resources and makes referrals.

  5. Identifies issues and trends in common issues and concerns.

Discussions with the Ombuds are confidential, as permitted by law, except in matters of imminent or actual physical or mental harm. In such matters the Ombuds considers the interests and safety of all involved parties in maintaining confidentiality.

The Ombuds is an advocate for the solution of a problem, not for any particular party, and gives equal attention to the rights and responsibilities of all concerned.  Individuals seeking a confidential resource with whom to discuss Gender-Based Misconduct may contact either the Ombuds, or the Ombuds for Gender-Based Misconduct Concerns, Dr. Sandil.   Individuals with concerns about faculty, staff or students in the Department of Clinical and Counseling Psychology should contact Dr. Peverly. Individuals with concerns about faculty, staff or students in the Department of Health and Behavior Studies should contact Dr. Sandil.

The use of the services of the Office of the Ombuds does not substitute for a formal grievance procedure.

 

Contact Information

Stephen Peverly, Ph.D.
College Ombuds
Program Director, School Psychology Ph.D. Program
280 Grace Dodge Hall
(212) 678-4169
ombuds@tc.columbia.edu

 

Riddhi Sandil, Ph.D.
Ombuds for Gender-Based Misconduct Concerns
Program Director, Psychological Counseling Program
(212) 678-4016
328B Horace Mann Hall
sandil@tc.columbia.edu

The Division of Student Affairs strives to enhance the quality of life and academic experience for students by providing services and programs designed to engage students in the College and University communities. There is a strong commitment to promote professional, co-curricular, recreational, social, cultural, and wellness programs. Events, such as the Casual Conversation Series, and Doctoral Student Programs, provide students with the opportunity to learn about College resources and hear faculty and administrators share their research interests and professional experiences. Other co-curricular programs sponsored by OSA include: Broadway shows, sporting events and NYC trips. Students can also participate in more than thirty student organizations which provide additional opportunities to network with all members of the College community. Student organizations varies from special interest groups to honor societies to local chapters of national organizations. OSA also manages the student grants, health insurance and immunization records and student lockers.

For more information, please contact studentaffairs@tc.edu.

TC NEXT encourages students from all academic disciplines to incorporate career learning into the larger scope of daily life to aid in making a positive impact in the diverse worldwide community. TC NEXT is committed to empower all Teachers College students with the skills, resources and opportunities needed to pursue and achieve their post-graduate goals.

Visit https://www.tc.columbia.edu/tcnext/students/ for our full list of services.

Our staff works with TC students in all programs and fields of interest. Students can meet one-on-one with a career advisor for an 30-minute appointment, or drop by during walk-in hours for quick questions. 

Career Consultation

Learn more about yourself, possible career paths aligned with your degree, industry trends, and how to build connections within your field of interest.

Career Document Reviews

Get organized and start your job search campaign! Partner with a career counselor to develop a resume/CV that highlights your skills and achievements and cover letters specific to positions you’re interested in.

Mock Interviews

Build confidence with practice and receive feedback about how to improve your speaking skills during interviews.

To Make an Appointment

Please log into the Career Resources Portal via myTC Portal to schedule a one-on-one appointment* with a career advisor.

Need to cancel your appointment? Please cancel within 24 hours, so that the appointment is available for another student.

Questions? Call 212-678-3140 or email careereducation@tc.columbia.edu for assistance.

All students living in Teachers College residence halls are assessed the Columbia Health fee. Additionally, all students registered for 12 or more billable credits in the fall or spring semester and all international students (regardless of credit status) are assessed the Columbia Health fee. The fee covers primary care, counseling and psychological services, health education, support for survivors of sexual assault, as well as the public health services provided to the University community. Additional coverage for medications, lab costs, visits to medical specialists, and hospitalizations are covered by the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan available through Teachers College. Students living in Teachers College residence halls and/or taking 12 or more billable credits and all international students (regardless of credit status) are required to enroll in the Columbia  Student Medical Insurance  Plan or provide proof of comparable insurance coverage in order to waive for domestic students. Also note that only for the Fall 2020 semester, international students have the option of applying for an exception to the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan. Information is available at Insurance & Immunization Records, (212) 678-3006, or email health-immunization@tc.edu.

 

Immunization Records

New York State requires that all students born on or after January 1, 1957 provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR). In addition, New York State requires all students to provide documentation of their decision to be immunized against meningitis within 30 days, opt not to be immunized, or provide documentation that they have received the meningitis vaccination within the past 5 years. The meningitis vaccination is not required for attendance; however, completion of the meningitis response form is mandatory and can be submitted electronically via the myTC portal.  Both the meningitis response and the required immunization form, which is available on the Admitted Student website, is to be completed and submitted to Insurance and Immunization Records prior to the first day of class.

*Please note that the Office of Insurance and Immunization Records expects to obtain further guidance surrounding insurance requirements toward the end of the Fall 2020 semester as this will change once TC students. faculty, and staff are allowed to resume activities on campus.

The Teachers College Student Senate is composed of elected student body representatives from academic departments and positions at large. The Senate advocates for student voice on campus and participates in College-wide committees which impact the decision-making process and enhances communication amongst students, administration and faculty. For more information please contact the Student Senate via email student-senate@tc.edu.

The Graduate Writing Center, a branch of the Office of Graduate Student Life & Development, offers a variety of writing services to the Teachers College community. During private consultations with peer advisors, writers have the opportunity to focus on different aspects of the writing process. The types of assistance often sought include support with brainstorming, organizing, drafting, and revising. The Graduate Writing Center also offers workshops throughout the year on topics such as academic writing, concept mapping, outlining, and researching and writing literature reviews. The mission of the Graduate Writing Center is to support visitors' development as writers, rather than serve as a proofreading or editing service.



Teachers College has a long history of welcoming international students, scholars and faculty to our academic and social community. Currently, over 1300 students and scholars from over 80 countries are enrolled at all degree levels and in every department. International Students & Scholars provides services and programs that support the growth, development, and welfare of international students and scholars on multiple levels, including immigration regulatory advising and processing, cultural adjustment, social enrichment, and assistance with practical matters related to living in the U.S. International Students & Scholars also acts as a center for cultural and educational programming that advances cross-cultural understanding and interaction between the U.S. and international students and scholars, and promotes cultural competency across the College. In addition, International Students & Scholars provides support to hiring officials and department managers in regard to the employment of international students and scholars, and promotes intercultural competency through collaborative programs across campus. The office is located in L5 Whittier Hall; (212) 678-3939. Interested individuals can contact the staff by email at tcintl@tc.columbia.edu. In addition, prospective, admitted and current students are encouraged to visit the OIS website at tc.edu/international for up-to-date information.

Access & Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Teachers College strives to be responsive to both the letter and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other legislation. The College has developed a professionally-staffed office to achieve this goal. Programs and services for individuals with disabilities have been developed to ensure that Teachers College is physically, programmatically, and attitudinally accessible. The aim of the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (OASID) is to ensure equal access through the provision of a wide range of individualized services for persons with varying disabilities.

 

Registering with OASID

The registration process includes the completion of a registration form, presentation of medical/clinical documentation, and a one-on-one meeting with an OASID representative. Services are available only to individuals who have completed this process. Although an individual accommodation plan is developed during the initial meeting, the plan can be modified as needed throughout the semester. While students can register with the office at any time, they are encouraged to do so at the beginning of or prior to each semester.

 

Resources/Accommodations

OASID offers a variety of accommodations, services, and resources for those registered with the office. Accommodations are developed on an individualized basis, however, some of the most frequently requested accommodations include:

Readers, notetaking, sign language interpreters, Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART), alternative format reading materials, testing accommodations, and adaptive technology.

 

OASID Contact Information

301 Zankel

(212) 678-3689

oasid@tc.columbia.edu

tc.edu/oasid

 

Deaf & Hard of Hearing Contact:

Robbie Berry, rb3420@tc.columbia.edu

(646) 755-3144 Video Phone

Directly across the street from Teachers College is the Columbia University Marcellus Hartley Dodge Physical Fitness Center, an indoor sports and exercise facility open to our students. The center features two full-size gymnasiums, a swimming pool, 16 squash and handball courts, fully equipped exercise and weight rooms, a judo-karate room, fencing room, wrestling room, indoor track, and saunas.

Teachers College maintains a full service proprietary Office of Public Safety, comprised of a Public Safety Team and an Environmental Health & Safety Team, charged with providing a safe and secure environment in which College community members can enjoy the Teachers College experience. Public Safety staff members work 24 hours a day, seven days a week providing security for both the academic and residential buildings on campus.  Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) staff members work extended business hours and are on-call for special projects and events.

The administrative office for the Public Safety Team is located in Whittier Hall, Suite 1A.  The office is open during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 9:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. The phone number for the administrative office is (212) 678-8164.

The Public Safety Central Information Center (CIC) is located in the Whittier Hall lobby and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The phone number for the CIC is (212) 678-3220.  The phone number to report campus emergencies is 212.678.3333, or 3333 from any on-campus phone line.

The administrative office for the Environmental Health & Safety Team is located in the Zankel Building, Room 31.  The office is open extended business hours Monday through Friday, from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. The phone number for the administrative office is (212) 678-3111.

The Public Safety Team enforces laws, rules and regulations on campus; controls access to the campus; deters and investigates crime (in cooperation with the New York City Police Department); leads the College Crisis Management Plan; leads the College Campus Safety Advisory Committee; coordinates key provisions of the College Business Continuity Plan; leads the College Policies and Guidelines for the Supervision of Minors on Campus;  supervises special events; leads the College Behavioral Threat Assessment Team; and provides general information for visitors and members of the College community.  The Team provides community education in crime prevention, personal safety, and fire safety. The Team manages a technically advanced system of electronic access control, closed circuit television cameras, and emergency alarm systems. Members of the Public Safety Team provide emergency medical assistance, and emergency response to conditions of fire, or to any other critical incident on campus.

Uniformed Public Safety Officers are licensed by the State of New York; certified as New York City Fire Safety Directors; certified in First Aid, CPR, in the operation of Automatic External Defibrillators (AED), and in administering naloxone for opiate overdose.  The Public Safety Team works in partnership with the Environmental Health & Safety Team, and the two teams share resources and responsibilities to promote a safe and healthful environment for all members of the College community.

The Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) Team assists the Teachers College Community in promoting a safe and healthful environment. The EH&S Team provides critical expertise, technical assistance, education, and hazard assessments for the community.

The EH&S Team offers a broad range of services and actively partners with faculty, staff, and students to ensure a safe work and study environment, and compliance with College policy and with applicable regulations of local, State, and federal regulatory agencies covering a wide range of environmental and workplace safety best practices. Teachers College is proud of its excellent safety record and is committed to continuing to provide a safe and healthful environment for its students, staff, faculty, and guests.

The Teachers College Office of Public Safety, prepares an Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report.  This report contains important information for the Teachers College Community and is prepared in accordance with the federal Campus Security Act, and the New York State Education Law Articles 129A and 129B.  The most current version of the Teachers College Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report may be found at: https://www.tc.columbia.edu/policylibrary/public-safety/campus-security-report/.  Paper copies of the Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report are available from the administrative office of the Public Safety Team, in Suite 1A, of Whittier Hall.

 

Contact Information

Emergency – extension 3333 from any on-campus phone, or 212.678.3333 from any phone

 

John DeAngelis
AVP Office of Public Safety
Email: deangelis@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: 212-678-4180

 

Patrick Mathelier
Director, Environmental Health & Safety Team
Email: prm2129@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: 212.678.6640

 

Yeremy Chavez
Director, Administration & Systems, Public Safety Team
Email: ychavez@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: 212-678-3335

 

Robert Wilson
Director, Public Safety Operations, Public Safety Team
Email: rw2549@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: 212-678- 7468

 

Hoi-Ming So
Associate Director, Operations, Public Safety Team
Email: so@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: 212-678-8359

 

Michael Porter
Associate Director, Operations, Public Safety Team
Email: porter@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: 212-678-7469

 

Edward Kurzum
Assistant Director, Environmental Health & Safety Team
Email: esk2147@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: 212.678.4017

 

Steve Doyle
Assistant Director, Fire & Life Safety, Environmental Health & Safety Team
Email: sd2945@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: 212.678.8164

 

Joseph Rinaldi
Assistant Director, Operations, Public Safety Team
Clery Compliance Officer
Email: jr3589@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: 212-678-4081

 

Kevin Scanlan
Assistant Director, Operations, Public Safety Team
Email: ks3584@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: 212-678-3064

 

David Gaynor
Assistant Director, Operations, Public Safety Team
Emergency Operations Manager
Email: dmg2190@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: 212-678-7462

 

Malissa Garner
Secretary/Coordinator for the Office of Public Safety and EH&S
Email: garner@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: 212-678-3340

 

Gary Lord
Lieutenant, Operations, Public Safety Team
Email: gal11@tc.columbia.edu
Phone: 212.678.3220

 

Public Safety Sergeants

Elihu Anderson

Edward Smyth

 

Public Safety Officers

Dennis Chambers

James Kearney

Josue Rosario

Duamatef Hensekh

Julio Mendez

Elsie Legrand

Wagner Blackshaw

David Jones

Linda Thomas

Luis Cruz

Zacchaeus Jaurey

Frederick Awity

Douglas McCartney

Cheryl Wall-Robinson

Felipe Naves

Tariq Simmons

Robert Coapman

Reynaldo Medina

Ronald Chambers

Adam Gullo

Patrick McDaniel

Sherry Simmons

Daniel Smith

Jill Giunta

Anthony Gordon

Marlon Todd

Angela Nelson

Jimmy Arroyave

Jacob Keller

 

Public Safety Team Website

https://www.tc.columbia.edu/publicsafety/

EH&S Team Website

https://www.tc.columbia.edu/environmentalhealth/

Email

officeofpublicsafety@tc.columbia.edu

Additional services available to students include the Teachers College Cafeteria, Security Information Desk, Psychological Counseling Services, the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center, and ATM.

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