Important Student Policies and Procedures

Academic Policies and Procedures

The Academic Policies and Procedures Handbook of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine is the critical reference source for important information for all predoctoral students. Matters of Academic progress, ethics, attendance, evaluation, and more are delineated in this handbook. The College Code of Conduct, modeled after the American Dental Association Code, is contained here. By registering for classes, all students agree to review and abide by these policies and the Code of Conduct. Familiarity with these policies and procedures is expected of all students. The manual does not constitute an "Express or Implied Contract." The College may amend the enclosed policies and procedures at its discretion. The College may deviate from these policies and procedures at its own discretion.


Technical Standards for Admission and Receipt of Degree

This document describes essential functions and non-academic skills which students must be able to demonstrate in order to be accepted into and receive a degree from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in the pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and residency settings.


Columbia Medical Center Drug Testing Policy

The Columbia University Medical Campus requires mandatory drug testing for all students involved in clinical rotations.  You will not need to be tested until the semester prior to your first clinical semester.  It’s important that you familiarize yourself with this policy.  


Student Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment, Gender-Based Misconduct Policies for Students and Consensual Romantic and Sexual Relationships

Columbia University is committed to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from discrimination, harassment and gender-based and sexual misconduct. Consistent with this commitment and with applicable laws, the University does not tolerate discrimination, harassment or gender-based or sexual misconduct in any form and it provides students who believe that they have been subjected to conduct or behavior of this kind with mechanisms for seeking redress.  All members of the University community are expected to adhere to the applicable policies, to cooperate with the procedures for responding to complaints of discrimination, harassment and gender-based and sexual misconduct, and to report conduct or behavior they believe to be in violation of these policies to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action or Student Services for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct.  For additional information on these issues, policies and resources, please visit the Sexual Respect website at:  http://sexualrespect.columbia.edu/gender-based-misconduct-policy-students.
 
Complaints against students for gender-based misconduct are processed in accord with the Gender–Based Misconduct Policies for Students.  Students who attend Barnard College and Teachers College as well as Columbia University are covered by these policies.  The use of the term “gender-based misconduct” includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, stalking, and intimate partner violence.  
 
Complaints against students for other forms of discrimination and harassment are processed in accord with the Student Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment and should be filed with the Dean of Students of the school in which the accused student is enrolled.  
 
Complaints against employees and third parties affiliated with the University for discrimination and harassment are processed in accord with the Employment Policies and Procedures on Discrimination and Harassment. The use of the term “discrimination and harassment” includes discrimination, discriminatory harassment, gender-based harassment, stalking, intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.  
 
Columbia University maintains policies regarding consensual romantic and sexual relationships between faculty and students, and staff and students.  The Faculty-Student Relationship Policy states that no faculty member shall exercise academic or professional authority over any student with whom he or she has or previously has had a consensual romantic or sexual relationship.  This policy covers all officers of instruction, research and the libraries, including student officers of instruction and research and teaching assistants.  The Staff-Student Relationship Policy states that no staff member at Columbia should participate in the supervision, employment actions, evaluation, advising or mentoring of any Columbia University student with whom that staff member has or has had a consensual romantic or sexual relationship, except in unusual circumstances, where explicit advance authorization has been obtained.
 
For further information and assistance, contact:
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
103 Low Library, MC 4333
 
Title IX Coordinator/Section 504 Officer for Columbia University 
Melissa Rooker, Associate Provost 
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 103 Low Library
mrooker@columbia.edu, (212) 854-5511 
 
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Staff and Faculty Concerns
Michael K. Dunn, Director of Investigations 
Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 103 Low Library 
mkd2010@columbia.edu, (212) 854-6699
 

To get help and more information on reporting and counseling, please visit:
http://sexualrespect.columbia.edu/i-need-help-where-do-i-go

 

Essential Policies for the Columbia Community

There are also University-wide policies that all Columbia University schools must adhere to.  Again, please make sure you are informed of these policies; it’s usually the case that no one reads them until they become pertinent to your particular situation but I encourage you to educate yourself about these policies before you may need to reference them. 


Finally, although CUCDM does not require a Criminal Background Check, it is possible that such may be required by affiliated institutions for rotations, clinical externships, etc.  Please be aware that this may impact your ability to complete certain required activities in order to receive the degree and or license in certain states.