Friday, September 9, 2016

Fall Room Change Requests (Due Thur, 9/15)

Fall Room Change Request forms are now available online and are due to the Residential Life & Housing office (110 Sulzberger) before 4pm on Thursday, September 15, 2016.

For full information about the Fall Room Change process, please visit

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Res Life Programs for Back@Barnard

Welcome back (or welcome to) Barnard! We hope that your summers were everything that you hoped and that you are excited to be back in classes and spending time with your favorite people!

Res Life is happy to announce the following Back@Barnard programs for *TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7*

Please see the list of event below to find the time of the program for the area in which you live! This is a perfect way to meet your neighbors and RA staff.

  • The Quad - Welcome to the S(Quad)! from 5-7pm (9/7) in the Quad Courtyard
  • 600s - Ice Cream Social from 7-8:30pm (9/7) throughout the 600s
  • Elliott - A Belly Dance Workshop from 7-8:30pm (9/7)
  • Plimpton - Back@Barnard Plimp Edition from 7-9pm (9/7) in the Plimpton Piano Lounge
  • Cathedral Gardens - "Float On" from 7:30-8:30pm (9/7)
  • 110th St - Red Carpet Meet & Greet from 7-9pm (9/7)

Information about each program above is posted in your res hall or available from your RA.  Check out for a list of all of the Back@Barnard programs!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Music Practice Room Sign Ups for the Fall Semester

This email is to inform all residential students about the use of the Music Practice Rooms located in the basement of Sulzberger Hall.  Three rooms have been outfitted with pianos and music stands to provide residential students with a dedicated space in which they can practice their instrument or rehearse for upcoming performances without disturbing their neighbors.

Fall Semester Sign-Ups for the Music Practice Rooms will take place on the following dates in the Res Life office (110 Sulzberger):
  • Tuesday, September 6, 9am-1pm & 2-4pm
  • Wednesday, September 7, 9am-1pm & 2-4pm
  • Thursday, September 8, 9am-1pm & 2-4pm
  • Friday, September 9, 9am-1pm & 2-4pm
The room reservations are renewed each semester, so if you had a reserved time for Spring 2016, that time is no longer valid, and you must schedule a new practice room time.
  • Declared music majors may reserve up to *10* practice hours per week in any one of the 3 practice rooms.
  • All other students may sign up for up to *5* practice hours per week in any one of the 3 rooms.
Practice hours are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. Time slots go fast, so the earlier you sign up the better your chances are for choosing desirable hours!

If all of the times you were interested in choosing are taken when you arrive, you can sign up as a "non-scheduled user" -- this would allow you to use a practice room if the scheduled user has not shown up 15 minutes after the hour (between 7am to 2am), i.e. you could use the remaining 45 minutes of the timeslot.

Note: students who live in the Quad are the only students permitted to sign guests in to share their practice hours. All College guest policies apply.

If you have any questions, please contact Res Life at 212-854-5561, or stop by our office (110 Sulzberger).

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Give and Go Green

Every year during move out, Barnard students donate unwanted items (clothing, kitchen supplies, nonperishable foods, etc.) at locations in each dorm to be sorted by student volunteers and donated to local charities. Students are welcome to take any items that have been donated but must put the station back in order after looking through donations. This year, Give and Go Green will donate items to Goodwill, Project Grad Bag, Hour Children, and Columbia's own FLIP, as well as reserving a small portion of donations for a Green Sale during next September's NSOP.

In order to better respect the time of volunteers and maintain safety and order at drop-off locations, there will be some logistical changes this year:

  • Give and Go Green stations will be open 10am-7pm only. Donations outside of these hours will not be accepted.
  • The drop-off station for the quad will be the 6th floor Sulz lounge. Donations left in Sulzberger lobby will not be accepted.
  • Give and Go Green for the Quad will end Friday, May 13. Please arrange to donate items before this date or bring them to other stations.


  • Friday, May 6


  • 5pm Friday, May 13 (for the QUAD)
  • 12noon Wednesday, May 18 (for other drop-off locations)

  • 10am-7pm only


  • Cathedral Gardens - 10th floor lounge
  • 110th Street - 7L4
  • Plimpton - TV lounge
  • 616 - TV lounge
  • Elliot - 3rd floor lounge
  • Quad - 6th floor kitchen lounge (ENDS 5PM FRIDAY, MAY 13)

Please respect the time of our ROOTS volunteers and Res Life & Facilities staff by helping to spread the word about these changes. Give and Go Green is our favorite time of year, and we can't wait to work with you to keep our belongings out of landfills and in good hands!

If you have any questions, please email

Take care of yourselves during finals - we're ROOTing for you! -- Barnard ROOTS

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Summer Storage Options

As we approach the end of the academic year, we hope that you are able to find a bit of time to consider your possible summer storage needs.  As a reminder, the College is unfortunately not able to provide any storage for returning students' belongings over the summer.

For the past 19 years, Barnard has worked with to facilitate storage options for returning students.

The team will be on campus from 10am-4pm on Wednesday-Friday, May 11-13, 2016, and will be set up outside of Sulzberger (or inside Barnard Hall if it's raining).

They will have boxes, tape, packing supplies, and staff to assist you in moving very heavy items.  For information about prices and other questions, please visit, email the owner Angelo Reda at, or call 516-729-5169.

Students who plan to make use of the service are encouraged to email the following information to as soon as possible:

  • Your LAST Name
  • Your Mobile Phone #
  • The number of boxes you anticipate needing

By doing so, empty boxes will be pre-labeled with your name and ready for you to pick up from them during the date/times above to pack your belongings!

Please note that there are other vendors who provide summer storage services and if you elect to choose one that comes to your room/suite to retrieve your items, you MUST be present to meet the person(s) at the front desk & must sign them in as a guest.  No vendors will be given permission to go to your room/suite without you being present.  A list of some additional summer storage vendors is available online at

Thursday, April 7, 2016

2016 Summer Housing Applications (due 4/29)

Information about applying for 2016 Summer Housing at Barnard is now available online.

Housing is available for Summer Session 1 (May 22 - July 1) and Session 2 (July 4 - August 12).  May & August Interim Housing is also available for students with Spring and/or Fall room assignments in Barnard housing.

The deadline for Summer Housing applications is 4PM on FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016.  Priority will be determined by date of application.  Late applications cannot be accepted.

Students must pay a $50 non-refundable APPLICATION FEE to the Bursar Office (Milbank 015) before the deadline in order for their application to be considered.  

Students eligible for College-Subsidized or Summer Research Institute (SRI) Housing must additionally submit the required APPROVAL SIGNATURES FORM before 4pm on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.

Students who may need a housing accommodation for a disability or chronic medical condition must submit a Disability Housing Request before 4pm on Friday, April 22.  Students are required to re-apply for accommodations each summer, even if they have received an accommodation in the past (or have already submitted a request for the following academic year).

NOTE: Residential Life & Housing does not grant approvals for College-Subsidized Summer Housing and cannot answer questions regarding the eligibility of specific positions.   If you will be working for/with an office/program that you believe may qualify you for College-Subsidized or SRI Housing, please speak to your supervisor as soon as possible.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Summer Office Assistant Positions available

Residential Life & Housing is looking to hire 2-3 Office Assistants for Summer 2016!

If you are interested in staying at Barnard this summer, connecting with amazing people, and gaining valuable work and life experience, look no further!

More information about the position and a link to the application can be found at

Summer OAs must be able to work 30-35 hours per week and will qualify to pay the subsidized rate for summer housing.

The online application must be submitted by this Friday, March 25th at 4pm. Applicants must also submit a hard copy of their resume to the Residential Life & Housing Office (110 Sulzberger) before March 25th at 4pm.

Thank you for your interest!   We look forward to hearing from you!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Spring Break Information

All residence halls remain open during Spring Break; however, some campus offices may be closed or have reduced hours or services.

  • Hewitt Dining Hall & the Diana Cafe will close after lunch on Friday, March 11.  Hewitt will reopen on Sunday, March 20, for Late-Night, and the Diana Cafe will reopen on Monday, March 21.
  • Primary Care & Furman Counseling Services will be closed.  If you need to speak to someone regarding medical or psychological concerns, please contact the Clinician-On-Call at 855-622-1903 or contact Barnard Public Safety at 212-854-6666.
  • The Barnard Library (Lefrak Center) will be open 10am-6pm Monday-Friday (March 14-18).  It will be closed Saturday & Sunday, March 12 & 13, and Saturday, March 19, before opening for regular hours on Sunday, March 20.  For more information, please visit
  • The Student Mail Room window in Altschul will be open Monday-Friday, 11am-4:45pm (i.e. will not be open late on Monday or Thursday).
  • Barnard Public Safety (212-854-6666, Barnard Hall Lobby) remains open 24 hours a day through Spring Break.  Additionally, there will be a Res Life staff person on-call during the break (who can be contacted through Barnard Public Safety or your residence hall front desk).

As a reminder, Minors (16 years old and younger) may NOT enter the residence halls as guests during Spring Break (

We hope you have a safe & relaxing Spring Break! 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Community Safety Inspections (through March 15)

The Barnard RA Staff will be conducting Community Safety Inspections (CSIs) through March 15, 2016.

These inspections are conducted three times per year to ensure the safety of our community.  During these inspections, the RAs will enter student rooms to check for any potential concerns which may pose a danger to the residential community.  This commonly includes fire hazards (candles, extension cords, illegal appliances, etc.) and damages to the room that have not been addressed by Facilities staff (leaks, broken windows, etc.).

While inspecting rooms, staff are obligated to address any violations that they observe.  Each year, the majority of these violations are a result of students possessing items that are prohibited in the residence halls (i.e. microwaves, space heaters, candles, etc.).  We strongly encourage you to review the list of prohibited items here.

If you happen to have items that are prohibited, please be sure to remove these items immediately by either sending them home or donating them to a local charity.  You will want to make sure do this prior to the inspections beginning, as Staff members are required to confiscate any prohibited items they may come across.  Once an item has been confiscated, it cannot be returned to the student.

Any life safety equipment (smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, etc.) and/or window stoppers that have been tampered with, disabled, or removed will result in fines and disciplinary action.

We would like to thank you for working with us to make our community a safer place for everybody to live.  Your cooperation and help with conducting the CSIs is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions about CSIs, please feel free to reach out to your RA, Associate Director, or the Residential Life & Housing Office.  We're happy to answer any questions that you may have!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Disability Housing Accommodation Request Deadline (Thur, Feb 18)

If you will be returning to Barnard for Fall 2016 and need a housing accommodation for a diagnosed disability and/or medical condition, you must submit a Disability Housing Accommodation Request (DHR).

Types of accommodations may include: accessible spaces for mobility needs, room with a strobed fire alarm, assignment to a building with central air-conditioning, assignment to a single room, etc.

The deadline to submit a DHR to the Office of Disability Services (ODS) is 4PM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2016.

Students who may have received accommodations in the past must re-apply each year to be reconsidered. Previous accommodations are not automatically extended without submitting an updated request for the upcoming academic year.

For more information, please visit