TC Grievance Procedures Outline
Teachers College provides both informal and formal grievance and dispute resolution procedures.
Informal Procedures. The College believes that most individuals with concerns, misunderstandings and disputes are more likely to come forward if informal procedures are available. In the interests of resolving such matters promptly and efficiently, the College provides numerous options to obtain information and raise concerns about other members of the TC community (or visitors) in an informal manner. The College encourages individuals to begin discussions and resolutions with people in their departments, programs, and units, if applicable and comfortable.
- Students with concerns or problems are encouraged to go first to the faculty member, and if the concern is not resolved, contact their program coordinator or departmental chair. If the concern or problem is not resolved at the program or departmental level, students may contact the Office of the Vice Provost at (212) 678-3052, or Katie Embree, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Faculty and instructional staff with concerns or problems that have not been resolved at the program or departmental level may contact Bill Baldwin in the Office of the Vice Provost at (212) 678-3052 or email@example.com or the Office of the Provost at (212) 678-3050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Professional and other non-union staff with concerns or problems that have not been resolved through their supervisors or within their departments may contact Human Resources at (212) 678-3175 or email@example.com.
- Union members with concerns or problems that have not been resolved by their steward, supervisor, or within their departments may contact Human Resources at (212) 678-317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Any member of the community may contact the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs at (212) 678-3391 or email@example.com. or the College Ombuds at (212) 678-4169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Crimes; Health or Safety Emergencies. Anyone who witnesses or is the victim of a crime or who is concerned about a health or safety emergency should immediately contact the Office of Public Safety. Emergency: (212) 678-3000. Non-emergency: (212) 678-3220.
- Sexual Assault, Gender-Based Misconduct, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence. Reports of gender-based misconduct by TC or other Columbia students should be directed to the Senior Manager, Student Disciplinary Services for Gender Based and Sexual Misconduct, Wien Hall, Main Floor, Suite 108C, 212-854-1717 or email@example.com. The University’s Gender-Based Misconduct Policies for Students can be found at www.columbia.edu/cu/dpsa.
- People with Disabilities. Any person with disabilities who seeks reasonable accommodations should contact the Office of Access and Services for Individuals with Disabilities (OASID) at (212) 678-3689 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals with questions about providing reasonable accommodations may also see the OASID website, http://www.tc.edu/oasid.
- Environmental Health and Safety. Concerns about environmental health or safety should be directed to Chris Diodato in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at (212) 678-6640 or email@example.com.
- Ethics Point reporting of financial concerns and health and safety concerns. The College operates a website and 800 number that permits the anonymous reporting of concerns about financial matters and health and safety matters. For more information, call 888-329-6420 or see https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/22716/index.html.
- Student Residence Halls. Students with housing concerns or problems are encouraged to speak to Christina Montville or a residential services staff member at (212) 678-3235 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College maintains formal procedures for the resolution of certain grievances. Formal complaints should be filed in accordance with TC policies, specifically:
- For sexual harassment and other forms of discriminatory harassment matters (Teachers College prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, veteran status, disability, pregnancy, gender expresssion, or any other criterion specified by federal, state or local laws): See Policy on Protection from Harassment www.tc.edu/policylibrary/protection_from_harassment.
- Sexual Assault, Gender-Based Misconduct, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence. See “Special situations,” above.
- For complaints about discrimination (including failure to reasonably accommodate a person with disabilities), students and faculty may contact Katie Embree in the Office of the Vice Provost at (212) 678-3052 or email@example.com and other employees may contact Randy Glazer, the Director of Human Resources, at (212) 678-3175 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Such complaints should be made in writing.
- A professional staff member who has been unable to resolve a problem informally should first request a formal resolution from the head of the department. Following that, he or she may inform the Office of Human Resources of the problem, in writing, and request a resolution, at (212) 678-3175 or email@example.com. If not satisfied with the Human Resources resolution, the staff member may submit a written description of the problem to the appropriate Vice President and request a resolution. If the problem is still not resolved or continues, professional staff members may submit a written description of the problem to the President.
- A faculty member who has been unable to resolve a problem informally may have rights under the Statutes of Teachers College and may contact the Chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee to discuss his/her options.
- Students with concerns or problems that have not been resolved informally may contact Katie Embree in the Office of the Vice Provost at (212) 678-3052 or firstname.lastname@example.org.