Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Reminder: Hewitt Dining Hall open over Thanksgiving Break

Hewitt Dining Hall will be open during Thanksgiving Break on the following modified schedule:
11am-1pm - Buffet Bunch
5-7pm - Buffet Dinner
Nov. 24-27, 2016
The Diana Cafe & Liz's Place will be closed during this time.

All dining facilities will return to their regular schedules on Monday, November 28, 2016.

Note: A special Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings will be served on Thursday, November 24.

If you have any questions, please contact Al Sobera, Director of Barnard Dining Services, at asorbera@barnard.edu.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Winter Break Housing & Early Winter Return Applications

This is a reminder that Barnard residence halls are CLOSED for Winter Break starting at 9am on Friday, December 23, and do not reopen until 9am on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

Students with valid needs may apply for Early Winter Return, to come back to campus starting at 9am on Sunday, January 8, 2017.  Students may also apply for Winter Break Housing, however approvals for this time period will be extremely limited.

Application forms for both time periods are now available at http://barnard.edu/reslife/winterbreak/.  Forms & supporting documentation are due by 4pm on Monday, December 5, 2016.

Note: Plimpton will be the only residence hall open for approved students during Winter Break.

We hope you have a great rest of the semester!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Break Schedule for Barnard Dining Services

Starting this year, Hewitt Dining Hall will be open during Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, and Spring Break. In addition, Hewitt Dining Hall will reopen earlier for students returning from Winter Break.

The Break Dining Schedule:

  • Fall Break -- Nov. 5-8, 2016
  • Thanksgiving Break -- Nov. 24-27, 2016
  • Winter Break -- Jan. 11-16, 2017
  • Spring Break -- Mar. 11-19, 2017

During the dates above, Hewitt will serve a buffet Brunch (11am-1pm) and buffet Dinner (5-7pm). The regular dining schedule will resume after the last day of each break.

A special Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings will be served on Thursday, Nov. 24.

If you have any questions, please contact Al Sobera, Director of Barnard Dining Services, at asorbera@barnard.edu.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Community Safety Inspections (Oct 15 through Nov 15)

The Barnard RA Staff will be conducting Community Safety Inspections (CSIs) from October 15 through November 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 available at http://barnard.edu/reslife/policies/prohibited-items.

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!

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 http://barnard.edu/reslife/roomchanges/fall.

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 http://barnard.edu/backatbarnard 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 barnardROOTS@gmail.com.

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 SummerStorage.org to facilitate storage options for returning students.

The SummerStorage.org 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 summerstorage.org, email the owner Angelo Reda at avreda@aol.com, or call 516-729-5169.

Students who plan to make use of the SummerStorage.org service are encouraged to email the following information to avreda@aol.com 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 barnard.edu/reslife/services/storage.

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.