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Faculty benefits are run through Human Resources. They have an extensive website on the benefits available. This includes health care, disability insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition assistance, holidays (leaves are handled by the Provost's Office), commutation benefits, healthcare while traveling, and emergency international insurance. They also provide for mandated and voluntary benefits.

Other benefits include:

  • a faculty dining room in the Diana
  • recreation
  • primary care health services
  • home purchase assistance for tenured faculty
  • housing



If it is necessary to cancel a scheduled class without prior notice to students, whether because of illness or some other emergency, the instructor should telephone the Office of the Registrar x42011, reporting the course title, the time, and the place of meeting. A notice will be posted. As soon as possible thereafter, the Department Chair and Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty should be notified.

Jury Duty

Teachers are not exempt from jury duty in New York City by virtue of their occupations, but deferment of duty to the summer months may be obtained on application to the New York County Clerk's Office.

Other Absences

All other contemplated absences from or cancelation of a scheduled class by an instructor must have the prior approval of the Department Chair and the Provost/Dean of the Faculty. Provisions for making up the time lost will be a condition for securing such approval.


LeFrak Gymnasium, Track, Pool, and Weight Room are available for use during selected hours. Information about dates, times and procedures for use, including Recreation, Intramural and FITbear Group Fitness Classes, Children’s Swim lessons, Massage Therapy, Alexander Technique and Personal Training private sessions, available at x42085. Columbia University facilities, which include a Pool, Track, Saunas, Locker rooms, Handball and Squash courts are open to Barnard personnel for a base membership of $110 per semester. Family memberships are also available for $95 per semester. Hours and procedures to obtain lockers and to sign up for courts are announced each semester at the Marcellus Hartley Dodge Physical Fitness Center. For details, contact x42546.

Primary Care Health Service


Services are not available through the Primary Care Health Service to faculty and staff. Influenza vaccinations for staff and faculty are arranged by Barnard Human Resources Department. In the event of a medical emergency involving faculty or staff, Public Safety should be notified at x88 or at x43362. They will contact CAVA or NYC EMS if ambulance transport is needed. If there is no need for an ambulance, the person requiring assistance can be referred to the Emergency Department at St. Luke's Hospital, 114th Street and Amsterdam Avenue, (212) 523-3335; or to his/her own physician.


A wide range of primary care health services is available to students through the Barnard Primary Care Health Service open Mondays-Thursdays from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m and Fridays from 8:30am to 4:30pm. About 7000 visits are made each year. Visit thewebsite for much more information. In the event of an urgent change to health problem with a student during the time the service is open, call x42091 for immediate advice. If the problem appears to be life-threatening, contact Public Safety (x88 or x43362, for ambulance transport) AND Health Services simultaneously. After hours, call 866-966-7788 for the clinician on call. If the problem appears to be life-threatening, contact Public Safety for immediate ambulance transport and do not wait for the clinician-on-call to return your call. Public Safety can also assist you by contacting the clinician on call if you are unable to wait with the student for the return call. A student must have authorization from a Barnard clinician on-call to ensure that an emergency room visit will be covered by student health insurance (any family insurance is activated as the primary coverage).

Home Purchase Assistance for Tenured Faculty

The use of the funds described below is to assist tenured faculty members in the "first-time" purchase of a primary residence.  The "first-time" rule may be waived in cases where the newly recruited employee is relocating to the NY area.

  1. The College will issue loans in an amount of up to $10,000, with a maximum repayment period of 6 years and with interest at or below the then current market rate.   The maximum amount of the cumulative outstanding principal of all loans under this program shall not exceed $100,000.
  2. The College will provide miscellaneous mortgage and home buying assistance such as the payment of some or all closing costs, points, and other associated fees, and payments to reduce the interest rate and monthly payment. The maximum amount of payment under this provision on behalf of a faculty member is $10,000.
  3. The maximum amount of assistance provided under provisions 1 and 2 above, to any single faculty member, shall not exceed $15,000.  Faculty may apply for a loan and/or mortgage and home buying assistance; the amounts and proportion of loan to mortgage and home buying assistance awarded are at the discretion of the Provost and Vice President for Finance and Administration.


There is a limited number of subsidized apartments available for assignment to eligible faculty members.  The Provost and Dean of the Faculty sets the guidelines and is responsible for making the assignments. If you would like additional information please contact Dana Johnson, Manager of Academic Programs and Faculty Support, Provost Office, at x46627.