Health Services at Columbia
Health Services at Columbia offers a comprehensive range of medical care and self-care options, individual counseling and group work, health education, nutritional support, and extensive outreach around issues pertinent to the well-being of students. Primary Care Medical Services, located on the third and fourth floors of John Jay Hall, offers care for an illness or injury, wellness programs, immunizations, allergy shots, a travel medicine program and a multidisciplinary eating disorders team. Primary care also provides well-woman care, including initial and annual visits, lesbian health care, contraception, pregnancy testing and referral services, as well as Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), one-on-one counseling in addition to a number of student life support groups, workshops and outreach programs.
Alice! Health Promotion, Columbia University’s Health Education Program, on the seventh floor of Lerner Hall, presents a wide range of health education and skill-building programs to the Columbia community. Including Go Ask Alice!, a health question and answer website. Located in Lerner Hall, Room 802, the Office of Disability Services coordinates services, programs and policies with each school within the University to address and accommodate students’ disability needs.
The Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP), on the fourth floor of John Jay Hall, provides support groups and peer counseling for lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender students, as well as walk-in hours for confidential HIV testing and counseling during the week.
For HIV concerns and counseling information and walk-in hours, please call 212-854-7970. Anyone concerned about HIV issues may receive confidential counseling, treatment, and referral at Health Services.
Medical and counseling services are offered without an additional charge to students who have paid the Health Service fee, which is mandatory for all full-time students and students living in University Housing. Immunizations and some other special services are offered at a nominal charge. (Note that the Health Service feel is for services and programs provided directly by Health Services at Columbia. It is separate from the charge for Student Medical Insurance.)
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services supports the psychological and emotional well-being of the campus community by providing counseling, consultations, and crisis interventions — all of which adhere to strict standards of confidentiality.
Counseling and Psychological Services offers short-term individual counseling, student-life support groups, medication consultation, training, and emergency consultation. Students are encouraged to select a Counseling and Psychological Services clinician. When Counseling and Psychological Services is closed, a clinician-on-call can provide telephone advice about urgent mental-health concerns.
Please remember that if you have an urgent matter, it is recommended that you contact the office directly or by phone. Emailing our staff is inappropriate if you require urgent or immediate response.
Counseling and Psychological Services offers psychological counseling, student life support groups, and psychoeducational workshops, and medication consultations to all Columbia University undergraduate and graduate students on the Morningside Campus who have paid the Columbia Health Fee. Emergency consultations and trainings are available to the entire university community.
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) facilitates equal access for students with disabilities by coordinating reasonable accommodations and support services. Reasonable accommodations are adjustments to policy, practice, and programs 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, assistive technology, and coordination of accessible housing needs. Accommodation plans and services are custom designed to match 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 Application for Accommodations and Services and disability documentation. The application and disability documentation guidelines are available online and at the ODS 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 reasonable accommodations until the registration process is complete.
Disability Services Liaisons are representatives from the student’s respective school and assist ODS in coordinating the provisions of reasonable accommodations. For further information, contact the Columbia University Office of Disability Services: 212-854-2388; 212-854-3448 (fax); [email protected]; health.columbia.edu/services/ods. The Morningside campus office is at the 7th Floor of Alfred Lerner Hall, MC 2605, 2920 Broadway, New York, NY 10027. For an accessibility map, visit: www.columbia.edu/files/columbia/content/disabilitiesaccess.pdf.
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.
Helpline: (212) 854-HELP (4357)
For support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
CUMC: (212) 305-1721
Main Office - Morningside Campus
2920 Broadway, 700 Alfred Lerner Hall, New York, NY 10027
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: health.columbia.edu/sexual-violence-response
Stay connected on SVR’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SVR.Columbia
Student Medical Insurance
Services provided outside Health Services at Columbia, such as prescription coverage, consultations, long-term counseling, X-rays, certain laboratory tests, dental care, and eye care, are available at reduced rates through the University’s affiliates, discount plans from local providers, or through the Aetna Student Medical Insurance Plan. The University offers the Student Medical Insurance Plan in partnership with Aetna Student Health at two levels of coverage: Basic and Comprehensive. Coverage is underwritten by Aetna Life Insurance Company. Additional information can be found on the Aetna Student Health website. To ensure that students have adequate coverage, all registered full-time students are automatically enrolled in the Basic Level of the Plan if no valid waiver request is submitted by September 30 for fall enrollment and February 1 for spring enrollment. Full-time students must confirm their insurance selection every year by actively enrolling in the Basic or Comprehensive Level of the Plan or by requesting a waiver of automatic enrollment in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan and demonstrating coverage under another comparable policy.
As a full-time student, you are automatically enrolled in and billed for the basic insurance plan unless you waive it by showing proof of a comparable level of medical insurance overage, or if you opt for the Comprehensive level of coverage by September 30. The insurance plans are one year in length; the plan you choose in the fall will automatically carry over into the spring. You must re-elect (enroll or waive) the plan you choose each fall. Changing plans mid-year is not permitted. To actively enroll in the comprehensive Plan or to waive the Insurance Plan, fill out the Enrollment/Waiver Form online: health.columbia.edu/insurance/enroll-upgrade-waive/request-waiver. Forms may also be picked up in the Enrollment Office, Wien Hall, Main Floor, 411 West 116th Street. Early submission of the form ensures that estimated charges on your Student Account Statement are accurate and that your insurance coverage begins without delay at the start of the term.
Special Category Students: M.F.A. Research Arts
M.F.A. Research Arts students are considered full-time students and are automatically enrolled in Health Services and Student Medical Insurance. Research Arts students may waive the Basic Plan of Student Medical Insurance Plan by completing a waiver form, which will remove the Health Service fee charges as well as long as the student identifies as “Special Category.” If, after waiving these charges, you wish to continue to be eligible for care in the Health Service, you must visit the Health Service Enrollment Office, Wien Hall, Main Floor, 411 West 116th Street, to complete an Enrollment Form, or call 212-854-3286. Yu will be asked to specify your medical insurance overage. You may also receive care at the Health Service office on a fee-for-service basis.
Eligible students who enroll in the Insurance Plan may also enroll their eligible dependents in the Basic Plan. This coverage may be subject to additional costs.
Costs and Information
The costs of the Health Service and the Insurance Plan are listed in the “Tuition, Fees and Estimated Expenses” page. Services, coverage, and fees offered change from year to year. For up-to-date information on the Student Medical Insurance Plan, check the Health Services website at http://health.columbia.edu/insurance/enroll-upgrade-waive/premiums. Students are also advised to consult the latest Health Service brochure for a full and current description of health services.
There are two immunization requirements that students taking six or more credits must meet before registering for classes. It is recommended that students submit their documentation at least 30 days prior to their scheduled registration date. For this reason, all incoming students are placed on hold prior to their first registration.
New York State public health law requires that all students document immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella, as well as document that they either have received the meningitis vaccine or have declined to receive it.
Meningococcal Meningitis Decision
New York State public health law requires that college and university students receive information from their institutions about meningococcal meningitis and the vaccine that protects against most strains of the diseases that occur on university campuses. Columbia University students must certify their meningitis vaccination decision at https://ssol.columbia.edu/ssv/crt/menIntro.html. Students must use their individual University ID (UNI) and password to provide this certification, which must be completed before registration for classes is permitted.
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)
New York State public health law requires that college and university students taking six (6) or more points provide documentation of immunity to MMR before their first term of study. There are several ways to document immunity. The options are described on the Columbia University MMR Form, which can be found at http://health.columbia.edu/about/immunization-requirements/mmr.