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Other Student Services

Career Development

Career Development is committed to teaching students the skills needed to make career decisions over a lifetime and to facilitate internships, employment, and postgraduate opportunities. By utilizing our programs and services, they will learn to incorporate a multifaceted approach to their career development. To reach this goal, the office has developed programs enabling Barnard women to gain work experience and to be informed about different career opportunities. 

Students and alumnae are seen for individual career counseling appointments. They are given access to the online Alumnae Community database that lists graduates who are available to discuss their fields. Students can also participate in the Student-to-Alumnae Mentoring program that pairs students with alumnae for ongoing mentoring throughout the academic year. In addition, the Take a Barnard Student to Work program matches students with alumnae to participate in job shadowing and informational interviews.

The Career Development website has interactive capability, describes all programs, provides fact sheets, lists internships and jobs, enables students to register their career interests, sign up for workshops, and schedule on-campus interviews with employers via NACElink. A monthly newsletter informs students about career programs, workshops, internships, entrepreneurships, community service, and special opportunities.  Fall semester and spring semester career fairs provide students with the occasion to meet employers offering both internships and full time employment opportunities. Moreover, the office collaborates with faculty on the New York Civic Engagement Program to connect community service to the classroom experience. 

Career Development provides peer-to-peer counseling to assist students with their career development. Peer Career Advisors are trained to assist fellow students with career exploration, resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, and job search strategies. Meanwhile, PCAs collaborate with Resident Assistants and student clubs to offer workshops to students.   

The Grant and Donor Internship Program provides funding alternatives for exceptional students to facilitate internship opportunities that advance students’ career development through meaningful exposures to career fields of interest. Students involved in unpaid internships are eligible for this program during the fall and spring semesters, as well as the summer recess.

Career Development welcomes students and alumnae twelve months a year. The office advises two student-run enterprises—the Barnard Babysitting Agency and the Barnard Bartending and Party Help Agency. These agencies provide excellent managerial experience and create jobs for many students.  This office also administers the Federal Work Study Program.  In addition, business suits for interviews and professional meetings can be borrowed from the office’s Suitable Suits program.  These programs were developed to help students and alumnae reach and maximize their career goals.

Health Services

Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program

The Alcohol and Substance Awareness Program (ASAP) works with the Barnard community to provide drug and alcohol education, prevention, and intervention on campus. Its purpose is to promote the healthy development of students and to encourage students to explore their options and ultimately make choices that are positive for them as individuals.

ASAP offers individual and group counseling ASAP also offers outreach and educational programs on related topics, including: consequences of alcohol use, Barnard norms, women and alcohol, alcohol and relationships, alcohol and stress, abstinence, drug use, safe spring break and media literacy. All ASAP services are confidential and free of charge.

Disability Services

In 1978, Barnard established a program to provide services for students with disabilities which enhance their educational, pre-professional, and personal development. The Disability Services (ODS) serves students with mobility, visual, and hearing impairments, as well as students with invisible disabilities, such as learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD, chronic medical conditions, psychiatric disabilities, and substance abuse/recovery. ODS works with other administrators and members of the faculty to assist students with disabilities in participating in college activities, securing financial aid, scheduling classes and examinations, and planning careers. Mobility aides, readers, notetakers, and other volunteer/paid aides are available through the ODS Accommodative Aide Program. Publications include the ODS manual, “Forms/Policies/Tipsheets” (updated annually), and several services brochures: “What ODS Can Do For You,” “Assisting Students with Temporary Disabilities,” “A Parent Guide to ODS,” “A Brief Overview of Adaptive Technology” and “What We’ve Learned: Thoughts on Disability from Graduating Seniors to Entering Students”. The 504/ADA Access Committee works to reduce architectural, programmatic, and attitudinal barriers at the College; the Barnard Alumnae Involved with Disabilities Network (BAID) provides students with access to disabled alumnae in a broad range of careers and serves as an information clearinghouse on disability-related support in graduate and professional schools.

The buildings on the contiguous campus interconnect and are wheelchair accessible. Maps of the campus showing special features and access routes are available at ODS, as are access maps for both Columbia University and Teachers College. ODS maintains a comprehensive webpage, which includes a monthly newsletter, notices of programs and events, and a special link to university access updates.

Primary Care Health Service (PCHS)

The PCHS, nationally accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, provides primary care and specialist referrals for all registered Barnard students. It offers a wide range of general services, with a particular emphasis on the developmental needs of college-aged women. Entering students must submit a health history and proof of immunization as required by New York State Health Laws.

Staff

The clinical staff consists of full-time and part-time physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, a nutritionist and a health educator (shared with the Well-Woman Health Promotion Program). The PCHS collaborates with major New York medical teaching centers to provide advanced clinical training in college health to Adolescent Medicine Fellows.

After-Hour Care

At all times when the college is in session and during winter and spring break there is a Clinician-on-Call nights and weekends for after-hours urgent medical advice. The PCHS closes during winter, spring, and summer breaks. During these breaks, Barnard students may use the Health Services at Columbia, for urgent care only, for a $60 per-visit reimbursable fee.

Fees

There is no per-visit charge at the PCHS and the number of visits is unlimited. Medications are available for discounted fees from our on-site dispensary.

Health Insurance

This is activated only when students are referred to off-campus specialists. All registered Barnard students are automatically covered by the mandatory Basic Accident and Sickness Plan benefits of the Barnard College student insurance plan (any existing family insurance plans are used as primary insurance, with coordination of benefits from the student insurance.) In addition, optional supplemental insurance is available at a low cost and is strongly encouraged for those students not also covered by primary family insurance benefits or who belong to an HMO outside New York City. Details of the student insurance plan are mailed to all students annually.

For additional information about services provided and the Student Insurance Plan, students are encouraged to visit the Health Service website.

Rape Crisis / Anti-Violence Support Center (RC/AVSC)

The Barnard Columbia Rape Crisis / Anti-Violence Support Center (RC/AVSC) is a joint program of Barnard College and Columbia University's Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Program (SVPRP), a department of CU Health Services. The RC/AVSC is staffed by a licensed psychologist, graduate and undergraduate volunteers, a professional Program Coordinator, and professional advisors from Columbia University and Barnard College.

Programs offered by the RC/AVSC include: peer-counseling and advocacy for survivors and co-survivors, referrals for a variety of on or off-campus services, and workshops which aim to educate students, administrators, and faculty about the dynamics and effects of sexual and relationship violence.

Rosemary Furman Counseling Center

The Rosemary Furman Counseling Center, accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services,  provides free,  short-term individual counseling, group counseling, medication evaluations, referral services, and crisis intervention services for all registered Barnard students.  They see students with a full range of problems, from adjustment issues to mental health disorders.

Staff

The clinical staff consists of psychologists, social workers, and trainees in these fields, and a part-time psychiatrist. 

After-Hours Care

During the nine months of the school year, an After Hours Psychological Emergency Line provides emergency assistance on nights and weekends. 

Referrals

Because the clinic offers only short-term treatment, all students requiring long-term psychotherapy will be assisted in finding a therapist in the city.  All students on psychiatric medication will also be referred out to psychiatrists in the area.

Mental Health Insurance

All registered Barnard students are automatically covered by the mandatory basic student health policy, which includes mental health benefits for in-patient and out-patient treatment.  This policy is secondary to any family policy, and can be accessed by receiving a referral from the Furman Counseling Center.

Well-Woman Health Promotion

Well-Woman promotes the health and wellness of Barnard students through peer education, educational programming, individual health behavior consultation, campus-wide health campaigns, community outreach and advocacy. We are a resource for students to learn about their physical, sexual, mental, and spiritual health, and we work to support women’s individual self-care and the health of the community. We also educate students about how to find and use health resources at Barnard and in the community.

Well-Woman peer educators are student volunteers who are trained to present workshops and campus events on sexual health, nutrition, fitness, body image, sexually transmitted infections, contraception, stress management, healthy relationships and communication (and more), in residence halls, to clubs and organizations, and to teens in the surrounding community. Peer educators present education sessions to students having their first-ever GYN exam, and are available to answer student questions during evening office hours.

Student Life

The area of Student Life embraces the educational mission of Barnard College as an independent liberal arts college for women in New York City. The Student Life team strives to engage each student in advising, programming, and community development using a student-centered approach. Our mission is to connect our community through dialogue, co-curricular experiences, and student engagement on every level. We promote active and involved citizenship through identity and leadership development and aim to educate and prepare students for success in an increasingly inter-connected global society.

The offices that make up the area of Student Life are: Diversity Initiatives, Glicker-Milstein Theatre, Leadership Development and Orientation and Activities.

Diversity Initiatives

The mission of Diversity Initiatives (ODI) is to promote and support a campus community that embraces its pluralistic identity.  We seek to enhance the social and academic experiences of Barnard students by encouraging and empowering them to explore complex issues of social diversity.

Glicker-Milstein Theatre

The Glicker-Milstein Theatre functions as an artistic performance space and creative outlet that provides priority to the Barnard College Theatre Department, SGA recognized organizations as well as other academic departments. The GMT will facilitate the mission of Barnard College and Student Life by presenting enrichment opportunities through performances open to the student body and the College community. The Theatre Coordinator of Student Life is responsible for all facets of scheduling and programming in the GMT year-round. In addition, the TC is to act as advisor to all recognized student performance groups scheduled to use the GMT.

Leadership Development

The Leadership Development office recognizes that leadership occurs in many settings. With this in mind, the staff is dedicated to identifying, reinforcing, and cultivating the skills that Barnard students need in order to be effective leaders on campus, in New York City, and throughout the world. We seek to accomplish this through signature initiatives which include the Emerging Leaders Program, Leadership Lunches, and the F.U.E.L. workshops, as well as many programs in collaboration with other departments on campus. The office’s holistic approach embraces the potential of co-curricular leadership development which creates well-rounded students who are ready to be progressive members of society.

Orientation and Activities

Orientation and Activities is an office that focuses on various co-curricular aspects of Barnard College. The office coordinates both fall and spring New Student Orientation Programs that welcome and introduce first-year, transfer, visiting and international students to the College.  Building community is another essential part of this area which is primarily done through programming. On and off-campus programs are offered as ways of building relationships and gaining a sense of belonging at Barnard.

Commuter Services

The Student Life Office supports the cultural, educational, and social programs designed to enrich commuter life. The Skip Stop Commuter Student Organization sponsors events and services for all commuter students. The communter lounge is located on the first floor of the Diana Center. Additionally, the Office of Residential Life provides information on off-campus living.

Student Records and Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (the Buckley Amendment/FERPA) stipulates that students may have access to their official files and that no transcripts may be issued without their written request. A further explanation may be found in the College Calendar and Student Handbook.

Also in accordance with the Buckley Amendment, Barnard has the right to make public, at its discretion and without prior authorization from the student, the following information: name, class; home or college address and telephone number; e-mail address; major field; date and place of birth; dates of attendance at Barnard; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; degrees; honors and awards received; and previous school most recently attended. The law also gives students the right to place limitations on the release of this information. A student who wishes to do so must file a special form with the Registrar, 107 Milbank, each year by September 15. In practice, the College does not indiscriminately release information about individual students.

Public Safety

The Barnard Public Safety Department is located just opposite the Main Gate at 117th Street and Broadway, in Barnard Hall, Room 104. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. Security guards are College employees who are unarmed and do not have law enforcement status. They are, however, licensed by the State of New York as proprietary officers of the College authorized to maintain order on campus grounds.

The safety and well being of students, faculty, staff, and guests have always been of paramount importance at Barnard. Located on Morningside Heights in Manhattan, we are a community within our neighboring communities: Columbia University and New York City. Separate from them in some ways, but very much a part of them, we have many mutual interests, including that of crime prevention.  For more information please visit the Barnard Public Safety website.

Crime Statistics

In compliance with New York State Education Law Article 129-A, crime statistics for the Barnard College campus for the last three calendar years are filed annually with the United States Department of Education and are available for review on their website and on the Barnard College website.  In addition, the Advisory Committee on Campus Security will provide, upon request, all campus crime statistics as reported to the United States Department of Education. Requests can be made by contacting the Director of Public Safety at 854-3362.