Dear Members of the Barnard Community:

Many of you have heard that on Friday, January 19 on Low Steps on Columbia’s campus, several protesters reported being sprayed with a substance and experiencing a foul smell and physical symptoms. This is extremely concerning as the safety and well-being of all members of our community is our utmost priority. We are working closely with Columbia University as they investigate the incident further and we will continue to support Barnard students that we know have been affected.

We encourage individuals who wish to report any information related to this incident to call Community Safety at 212-854-6666. Please see here for more detailed information about an investigation of these reported incidents that is underway, posted by Columbia University. 

Any Barnard student with physical complaints related to the incident should contact Primary Care Health Service (PCHS) to see or speak to a provider. Patients can be seen in PCHS between 9:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday. PCHS providers are available to speak with students for after-hours care through AccessNurse by calling the main PCHS number at 212-854-2091.  

We also encourage students to seek support from these available resources as needed:

  • Furman Counseling Center: 100 Hewitt Hall, (212) 854-2092
  • After-hours psychological emergency line through AccessNurse: 212-854-2092
  • Deans’ Office for Advising and Support (Class Deans): Milbank 105, (212) 854-2024,
  • International Student Services (ISS): Milbank 119, (212) 854-1777, 
  • The Office of Nondiscrimination and Title IX at The public reporting form is located on the website.


Sarah Gillman

Senior Vice President, Strategic Finance and Operations

Marina Catallozzi

Vice President for Health and Wellness

Chief Health Officer