Teachers College
Columbia University

Drug Free Campus

 Teachers College is committed to creating and maintaining an environment for its students, staff, and faculty that is free of drug and alcohol abuse. The College recognizes that the abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol is a potentially grave threat to the College, to its educational mission and programs, and to the safety and well-being of the community as a whole. Accordingly, while several offices of the College are prepared to assist individuals seeking corrective help for drug or alcohol-related problems, it is the College’s policy that the unlawful manufacture, possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs, alcohol, or other controlled substances on or about the campus or any site of a College-sponsored or sanctioned activity is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.

The consequences of illegal drug and alcohol use are stated in federal, state, and municipal laws. The College and all of its members are subject to these laws. The sale, service, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages at Teachers College is governed by the New York State Alcoholic Control Law and by other laws of the State of New York. The “Statement of Teachers College Policy on Alcoholic Beverages” is available to students in the Student Handbook.


Abuse of drugs or alcohol is a violation of the rules of conduct of Teachers College for which the College may impose its own penalties. Any student found in violation of the College’s policies regarding the unlawful manufacture, possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs, alcohol, or other controlled substances on College premises or at any College-sponsored or sanctioned activity is subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, warning, censure, disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion. Please refer to the Student Conduct Code in this Handbook for more information.

Assistance Programs

Teachers College is committed to the education of its students regarding the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. While vigorously enforced policies and sanctions are essential to protect the safety and well-being of the community as a whole, we believe that the best way to achieve and maintain the objective of a drug-free campus and community is through compassionate attention and preventive education. To that end, the College provides on-campus support programs and referral services for those who may require help with alcohol and drug-related problems. For any member of the College community who may have developed an alcohol or drug-related problem, who suspects that they are at risk of developing such a problem, or who seeks information about illegal or controlled substances, several support programs and services are provided on a voluntary and confidential basis.

Campus Drug and Alcohol Counseling Programs

            Columbia University Health Services (212) 854-2284 – www.health.columbia.edu

            TC Dean-Hope Center for Education & Psychological Services – (212) 678-3262

Hotline Numbers 

            The Alcoholism Council of New York Help Line– (212) 252-7022

            Alcoholics Anonymous – (212) 647-1680 – www.alcoholics-anonymous.org

            Cocaine Anonymous – (212) 262-2463

            LIFENET– (800) 543-3638

            LIFENET En Español – (877) 298-3373

            Narcotics Anonymous – (212) 929-6262 – www.wsoinc.com

            National Council on Alcoholism and Drug – (800) NCA-CALL

            Dependence (NCADD) – www.ncadd.org

            National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism – (301) 443-3860

            New York City Department of Mental Health, Bureau of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services – (212) 219-5380

            New York City Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Hotline –
(800) 522-5353

            Pills Anonymous– (212) 874-0700

            Tough Love (for parents) – (212) 713-5056

Other  New York City Resources 

            Bronx Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse – (212) 219-5389

            Brooklyn Committee on Alcoholism – (212) 219-5382

            Manhattan Committee on Alcoholism – (212) 219-5230

            Queens County Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse – (212) 219-5382

            Staten Island Committee on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse – (212) 219-5402


Suspension of Eligibility for Drug Offenses:

The Higher Education Act generally provides that a student who has been convicted of any Federal or State offense involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance for conduct that occurred while the student was receiving any federal grant, loan or work assistance is not eligible for any other federal grant, loan, or work assistance during the period beginning on the date of conviction and ending after the interval specified below: 

The penalties are:

Possession of a controlled substance:

First offense – One year ineligibility

Second offense – Two years ineligibility

Third offense – Indefinite loss of aid

Sale of a controlled substance:

First offense – two year ineligibility

Second offense – Indefinite loss of aid

A conviction for multiple counts of possession or sale is considered a single conviction.  Juvenile court convictions are not considered.

Students whose eligibility has been suspended can be reinstated if the conviction is reversed or set aside, or if the student completes an eligible rehabilitation program.