Code of Conduct

The Activities Board at Columbia (ABC) aims to ensure that a member of any organization under the purview of the ABC feels respected. The ABC expects all club members to respect each other and recognize that each individual member has a right to an environment that is supportive, and respectful. Harassment based on race, sex, age, disability, national origin, or any other discriminatory reason will not be tolerated. All members of organizations under the ABC are expected to comply with all Columbia University policies.    

The procedure for the removal of any member may be undertaken if they fail to meet any of the member requirements according to the constitution of any ABC group. Depending on the particular group, the following may occur:

  1. After violating a standard of membership, the member can be suspended immediately by email from attending club meetings and travelling to related events;

  2. The member must be notified of complaint by email within 24 hours of a complaint being lodged against them, and the accused member will have the chance to respond to the complaints to the board in person.

  3. If the behavior involves a violation of Standards and Discipline, ABC may refer the matter. Importantly, ABC will refer the arbitration of such allegations to Student Conduct and Community Standards.

In line with Columbia University’s Gender-Based Misconduct Policy for Students, if an incident is reported, whether formally or informally, ABC may take the following actions, discretion varying:

  1. Potentially file a claim to the Gender-Based Misconduct Office on behalf of the group;

  2. Work with student groups to book additional space, find resources, etc.;

  3. Refer students to mediation sessions with all parties involved, if desired.