Graduate Life

Resources and events to enhance your student experience

Columbia Health

Columbia Health provides integrated, accessible services and programs that support the well-being of the campus community and the personal and academic development of students on the Morningside Campus. Columbia Health comprises more than 130 medical providers, dietitians, disability specialists, health educators, therapists, psychiatrists, peer counselors, student personnel, support staff, and administrative professionals. All programs and services provided by Columbia Health adhere to strict standards of confidentiality in compliance with State and Federal laws.

Departments

Alice! Health Promotion

Alice! Health Promotion recognizes that health is a vital part of learning and works to create and sustain a healthy campus community in which students can achieve their personal and academic goals. Alice! coordinates Stressbusters, CU Move, and Go Ask Alice!, a leading online health question-and-answer resource. Wien Hall, Main Floor; (212) 854-5453.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services supports the psychological and emotional well-being of the campus community by providing short-term individual counseling for students, couples counseling for students and their partners, student-life support groups, and medication consultations. Emergency consultations are available to the entire university community. Alfred Lerner Hall, 8th Floor; (212) 854-2878.

Disability Services

Disability Services facilitates equal access for students with disabilities by coordinating reasonable accommodations and support services, cultivating a campus culture that is sensitive and responsive to the needs of students.

Accommodations are adjustments to policies, practices, and procedures that “level the playing field” for students with disabilities and provide equal access to Columbia’s programs and activities. Examples include the administration of exams, services such as note-taking, sign language interpreters, or assistive technology, and coordination of accessible housing needs. Accommodation plans and services are specific to the disability-related needs of each student and are determined according to documented needs and the student’s program requirements.

Registration includes submission of both the Registration Form and disability documentation. The application and disability documentation guidelines are available online and at the Disability Services office. Students are encouraged to register within the first two weeks of the semester to ensure that reasonable accommodations can be made for that term. Please note that students are not eligible to receive accommodations until the registration process is complete.

Disability Services Liaisons are designated faculty or staff from each school, academic program, or campus service who work with Disability Services to coordinate accommodations for students with disabilities. The GSAS liaison, Kei Phillip, may be reached at kap2156 [at] columbia.edu or (212) 854-7892.

Columbia Disability Services Contact: Call (212) 854-2388 (voice/TTY), email disability [at] columbia.edu, or visit the Disability Services website. The Morningside campus office is located on the seventh floor of Lerner Hall, and the Medical Center Campus office is located at 101 Bard Hall.

Medical Services

Medical Services provides comprehensive care for routine, urgent, and chronic medical needs of students. Medical Services also provides sexual health services, reproductive and gynecological services, travel medicine, LGBTQ health care, immunizations, confidential HIV testing, and referrals. Medical Services includes the Travel Medicine Program, Columbia University Emergency Medical Service (CU-EMS), and the Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP). John Jay Hall, 3rd & and 4th Floors; (212) 854-7426.

Sexual Violence Response & Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center

Sexual Violence Response (SVR) provides trauma-informed, confidential support through crisis counseling/intervention, advocacy, prevention, and outreach focused on interpersonal violence and harassment. Our mission is to eradicate all forms of gender-based violence. Through collective community action, SVR is committed to social change and creating a culture of accountability.

Phone numbers:

Helpline: (212) 854-HELP (4357) 
For support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
CUMC: (212) 305-1721

Locations:

Main Office – Morningside Campus
2920 Broadway, 700 Alfred Lerner Hall, New York, NY 10027
Barnard College 
3009 Broadway, 105 Hewitt Hall, New York, NY 10027
Columbia University Medical Center
60 Haven Avenue, 206 Bard Hall, New York, NY 10032

For walk-in hours, visit SVR’s website.

Stay connected on SVR’s Facebook page.

Emergency Contact Information

(See the Columbia Health website for complete contact information.)

On-Campus Emergency Resources

 
General Information (212) 854-2284
Urgent after-hours medical and mental health concerns (212) 854-9797
Columbia University Emergency Medical Service (CU-EMS) (212) 854-5555
Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center (212) 854-HELP
Security (212) 854-5555 (Dial 4-5555 from a campus phone)

Off-Campus Emergency Resources

 
St. Luke's-Roosevelt Emergency Room (212) 523-3335
St. Luke's-Roosevelt Psychiatric Emergency Room (212) 523-3347
Columbia Health Fee

By paying the Columbia Health Fee, students enroll in the Columbia Health Program, and are granted access to the programs and services provided on campus through the five Columbia Health departments: Medical Services, Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), Disability Services, Alice!, and Sexual Violence Response. The fee also includes coverage for specific off-campus services. Please visit the Columbia Health website to review the full program description and benefits under the Columbia Health Program.

The Columbia Health Fee is mandatory and automatically billed through the Student Account Statement to all full-time students and to those who elect enrollment in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan (see below). Other students may elect enrollment in the Columbia Health Program. After paying the fee, students pay no additional charges when using services provided on campus, except for immunizations and travel assessments. For doctoral students in the Arts & Sciences who are fully funded or on appointments beyond their funded years, the Columbia Health Fee is covered by a GSAS fellowship, a transaction that is reflected in the Student Account Statement.

Part-time students who choose not to enroll in the Columbia Health Program are eligible to receive primary care services for a per-visit fee. For more information on fees, as well as policies for spouses and domestic partners, see the Columbia Health website.

Please note that students enrolled in programs on the Morningside Campus and students enrolled in programs at the College of Physicians and Surgeons or the Mailman School of Public Health pay the health service fee and health insurance premiums in effect at their respective campus.

Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan

University policy requires all registered full-time students to have acceptable health insurance coverage. Columbia University offers the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan, which provides both Gold and Platinum levels of coverage. The Columbia Plan is administered by Aetna Student Health and is underwritten by Aetna. Full-time students and students living in Columbia housing are automatically enrolled in the Gold level of the plan and billed for the insurance premium in addition to the Columbia Health Fee. Part-time students may elect enrollment in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan.

Students who wish to enroll in the Gold plan, upgrade to the Platinum plan, or request a waiver from Columbia Student Medical Insurance (if they have comparable or better coverage elsewhere) must do so by the annual deadline. Visit the Columbia Health website for full plan details and benefits. Questions may be directed to 503 Lerner Hall, (212) 854-3268, or studentinsurance [at] columbia.edu.

GSAS Fellowship

For doctoral students in the Arts & Sciences who are fully funded or on appointments beyond their funded years, the Gold-level insurance premium is covered by a GSAS fellowship, a transaction that is reflected in the Student Account Statement. If they choose to enroll in the Platinum Plan, they are entitled to a GSAS fellowship that covers half the difference between the Gold and Platinum plans. The GSAS Office of Financial Aid will apply the fellowship to eligible student accounts shortly after the end of the enrollment period. Please contact the GSAS Office of Financial Aid for further information about the fellowship.

Note: Students who receive a GSAS fellowship to cover the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan and choose to waive enrollment in the plan are not entitled to receive a refund of that fellowship from their student account.

Dependent Coverage

Students who enroll in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan may also choose to purchase the optional insurance for eligible dependents. Doctoral students in the Arts & Sciences who are fully-funded or on appointments beyond their funded years, and who choose to enroll their dependents in the Dependent Plan, are entitled to a GSAS fellowship that covers half the cost of the Gold-level Dependent Plan. The GSAS Office of Financial Aid will apply the fellowship to eligible student accounts shortly after the end of the enrollment period. Please contact the GSAS Office of Financial Aid for further information about the fellowship.

Immunization Requirements

New students must fulfill two immunization requirements at least 30 days prior to registering for classes. Students will not be able to register for their first term of study until the requirements are met, and late submissions will not be expedited.

You must:

  • Document immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella
  • Document that you have either received the meningitis vaccine or that you have declined to receive it

To provide documentation and for more information, see the Columbia Health website.