Dear Barnard Students, 

As you may have heard, the Columbia University Student Workers Union (SWC-UAW) will be striking effective today, Wednesday, November 3.  

Although the Columbia graduate students are not our students and we have been bystanders to the negotiation process, the graduate student strike might disrupt some of your classes. While we respect the right of the graduate students to strike, we advise you to continue attending classes and completing assignments through the duration of the strike. 

We want you to understand that a strike will not prevent Barnard students from completing fall coursework. If you are in a class with a Columbia University graduate student who is an instructor of record, an alternate course continuation plan may become necessary, and if so, more information will be communicated to you. To the extent a strike may cause delays in grading for courses in which a graduate teaching assistant is either the instructor of record or supporting a faculty instructor, we will work with faculty and departments to ensure timely credit and grades are assigned to all students. 

If you attend a Columbia class and realize that the instructor is not there, please contact the relevant academic department at Columbia for further instructions, or contact your Barnard Class Dean, who can intervene on your behalf. You can access the Directory of Classes to find the course’s home department, which you can contact directly. (The home department is listed in the middle of the course or course section page. Under “campus,” “Morningside” designates a Columbia course and “Barnard College” designates a Barnard course.)

We will continue to share information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, please contact Holly Tedder, Dean for Academic Planning and Class Advising, at

We thank you, as always, for your perseverance. We are here to assist you as needed in working through these complexities, and wish you a successful second half of the fall term. 


Linda A. Bell
Provost & Dean of the Faculty

Leslie Grinage
Dean of the College