Office of the University Chaplain

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 Office of the University Chaplain

The Pizmon A Capella Group

Each year, the Pizmon a capella group visits a different country to promote Judaism, tolerance, diversity and peace through their music. This year, they visited Chile.

Please join us in celebrating their work and check out the full story here!

Baccalaureate Service

Every year, members of the Columbia University community gather for our Baccalaureate Service to celebrate the completion of each undergraduate’s academic career.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend this beautiful and moving ceremony you can watch the full service here!


The Office of the University Chaplain’s Principles and Values:

  1. The life of the mind and the life of faith are uniquely related to each other.
  2. Everyone is welcome – people of all faiths, spiritualities, and personal journeys.
  3. Every person is treated with dignity; respecting the uniqueness of individuals, communities, and cultures.
  4. Community building requires hospitality, courage, and compassion.
  5. Heart, soul, and mind connect us all.

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:

I write to share that a new position will be created at Columbia to provide guidance and support to members of Columbia’s Muslim community and to enhance the understanding of the many different religious, spiritual, and ethical traditions actively embraced on our campus. The individual holding this position, to be called Coordinator of Muslim Life, will work closely with the Muslim Student Association and other student groups, the Office of the University Chaplain, Office of University Life, Undergraduate Student Life, and deans of students across the University. During the remaining weeks of the spring semester, we will be consulting with our student leaders and campus partners on the search to fill this position.

I am also pleased to inform you that because of this new role, the Office of the University Chaplain will now be able to open prayer space in Earl Hall and St. Paul’s Chapel over winter, spring, and summer breaks. There is a shared feeling across our University community that the times we live in require a vigorous reaffirmation of our principles. Today’s announcement, and the anonymous gift that made it possible, reflects the University’s commitment to that course.

Chaplain Davis

January 2017 Kraft Global Fellows

From Left to Right: Hari Devaraj, Ben Wang, Chaplain Davis, Hannah Bender, Abhishek Shah, Lauren Kalbfell.

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Columbia University Non-Discrimination Statement and Policy

Columbia University is committed to providing a learning, living, and working environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment and to fostering a nurturing and vibrant community founded upon the fundamental dignity and worth of all of its members.

Consistent with this commitment, and with all applicable laws, it is the policy of the University not to tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment in any form and to provide those who feel that they are victims of discrimination with mechanisms for seeking redress.

Also consistent with this commitment, Columbia University prohibits any form of discrimination against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a victim of domestic violence, citizenship or immigration status, creed, genetic predisposition or carrier status, unemployment status, partnership status, military status, or any other applicable legally protected status in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs and functions.

Nothing in this policy shall abridge academic freedom or the University’s educational mission. Prohibitions against discrimination and discriminatory harassment do not extend to actions, statements or written materials that are relevant and appropriately related to course subject matter or academic debate.

This policy governs the conduct of all Columbia University students, faculty, staff and visitors that occurs on the University’s campuses or in connection with University-sponsored programs.  This policy also governs conduct by Columbia University students, faculty, staff and visitors that creates, contributes to, or continues a hostile work, educational, or living environment for a member or members of the University community.

Inquiries or complaints regarding any form of discrimination or harassment may be directed to:

Marjory D Fisher
Title IX Coordinator
Associate Vice President
202A Philosophy Hall
(212) 854-1276

Heather Parlier
Associate Provost, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Section 504 Compliance Officer
103 Low Library
(212) 854-5918

Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights (New York Office)
(646) 428-3800


Download the current document detailing Columbia University’s Policy on Discrimination, Harassment and Gender-Based Misconduct.

Chaplain meets former Mayor of NYC

Chaplain Davis met former NYC mayor, David Dinkins, at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Jerome Greene Science Center.


Halloween Organ Concert

The Office of the University Chaplain’s Annual Halloween Organ Concert, featuring Christopher Johnson on the organ, is taking place in St. Paul’s Chapel on Friday evening, October 28, 2016, at 8:00 pm. We will be holding a best costume contest so you are encouraged to come with a costume and participate. Winners will be awarded a $150 prize! Halloween treats will be distributed in front of the chapel. We look forward to seeing you there!



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