Policies

The University has issued a Statement of Ethical Conduct. As this Statement provides, the University expects all Officers of Instruction, Officers of Research, Officers of Administration, support staff and students to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct. The basic principles in the Statement of Ethical Conduct include:

  • Be honest, ethical, and truthful;
  • Obey the law. If you are uncertain about what the applicable law or regulations require, seek assistance from your supervisor; and
  • Follow University policies and procedures. Make sure you understand your responsibilities. If you have questions about specific issues, you should ask your supervisor.

The Statement also sets forth procedures for reporting concerns and states that failure to live up to these principles may result in disciplinary action.

This policy is maintained by the Office of the General Counsel. Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Jeff Kestler at jk@gc.columbia.edu or (212) 854-0780.

View the Statement of Ethical Conduct (within the full text of the Administrative Code of Conduct).

The University has promulgated an Administrative Code of Conduct. The Code has been developed to promote an environment of respect that is central to the success of the University and the individuals who work here.

The Administrative Code of Conduct is organized around four basic principles:

  • Respect for governance;
  • Respect for others;
  • Respect for information; and
  • Respect for property

As a statement of principles based on the values of the University, the Code can provide sound advice and direction for all interactions between members of the Columbia community. As a University policy, it specifically applies to Officers of Administration, applicants to the University to be Officers of Administration, and vendors working on behalf of Officers of Administration.

This policy is maintained by the Office of the General Counsel. Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Jeff Kestler at jk@gc.columbia.edu or (212) 854-0780.

View the Statement of Ethical Conduct (within the full text of the Administrative Code of Conduct).

This library is a repository for policies administered by the departments reporting up to the Senior Executive Vice President and other select departments.

Once at the library you will be able to search for relevant policies in the following ways:

  • By Policy Name
  • By Policy Category
  • By Responsible Office (i.e., Accounts Payable)

Each policy should contain a contact, if you have any questions about the policy. Should you have any questions or comments about the Administrative Policy Library, please email policylibrary@columbia.edu.

View the Administrative Policy Library.

The Faculty Handbook provides essential information about the organization and governance of the University; the appointment of faculty and officers of research; and the obligations and responsibilities of academic personnel. It also describes the way visitors to the University may be accommodated.

This policy is maintained by the Office of the Provost. Should you have any questions or comments, please contact Chris Brown at clb2140@columbia.edu or (212) 854-2254.

View the Faculty Handbook.

This website contains valuable information to help students, faculty and staff understand the policies and regulations of the University.

The information available on this website replaces the policies formerly published in the appendix of FACETS (Facts About Columbia Essential to Students).

This website is maintained by the division of Student and Administrative Services. Should you have any questions or comments, please email to facets@columbia.edu.

View the Essential Policies for the Columbia Community.

The purpose of this policy is to encourage members of the Columbia University community to report compliance and ethics concerns or to seek guidance on compliance and ethics concerns and to reinforce that the University prohibits retaliation against those individuals who report or seek guidance on possible ethical or compliance issues in good faith.

View the full text of the policy.