Academic Honesty Policy

The Department of Computer Science Policies and Procedures Regarding Academic Honesty is available here. More information on the SEAS academic integrity policy can be found here.

Access, swipe cards

Key card access to the department requires filling out a web form on MICE (see 'Access' menu). Your advisor, sponsor, or student services staff will be notified by email and can then approve the request. You will receive an email when the request has been approved. After that, it can take the University access control office several days to enter your information into the system.

If an existing access level does not work, please contact Controlled Access at 854-8500.


For changes in Undergraduate and MS program descriptions, please contact Remiko Moss.

For changes in faculty listings, please contact Patricia Hervey.

For changes in PhD course descriptions, please email new descriptions to Jessica Rosa.

Class mailbox
Class mailbox for assignments are in the TA room. There are 16 (8 large with drop slots, 4 large without drop slots, 4 small without drop slots). The TA Coordinator can assign boxes and keeps the keys.
Large coffee makers are available for meetings and events. Twinkle Edwards makes fresh coffee every morning in the CSB kitchen area. Twinkle purchases coffee and filters for the coffee maker in the CSB lounge. Users of the coffee equipment are responsible for cleaning the coffee maker after use.
Colloqium and talks
You can subscribe to announcements for lectures. Evelyn Guzman can assist with ordering, setting up and cleaning up food for meetings and colloquiums, as well as keys, A/V and other logistics.
Columbia University Ombuds Office

The University Ombuds Office offers a safe place for any member of the Columbia community to discuss workplace issues, interpersonal conflict, academic concerns, bureaucratic runarounds, and many other problems. This office promises to keep discussions confidential, and it is not part of any formal University process.

Conference rooms

The department has two conference rooms: 620 CEPSR and CS Conference room. There is also a large open meeting area, 477 CSB. You can reserve those rooms through MICE (Rooms/Reserve a meeting room). In addition, for larger events, you can reserve the Davis Auditorium and the Interschool Lab (7th floor CEPSR) through the Dean's office, using the on-line reservation form at the SEAS web site (under quick links).


The department has two high-volume copiers, one is in the CS building (4th floor), and the other is in CEPSR (6th floor). Report problems to Copier Czar. Copier codes for classes and individuals are assigned by Copier Czar, not by Patricia Hervey.


A FAQ discusses copyright issues for projects and technical reports.

Courier (FedEx, DHL, Airborne)

The work-study at the front desk or other front office staff in 450 Computer Science Building (main office) receive courier and package deliveries such as FedEx, DHL and UPS. You will be notified by email when a package arrives.

For outgoing packages, the department has accounts with FedEx. Outgoing courier packages can be deposited with Evelyn Guzman, the staff person at the front desk or can be deposited in the FedEx box outside of Low Library after filling out a form in MICE (see Packages/Prepare Outbound Package).

CS Lounge & CS Court Yard

The lounge and court yard are open to students, faculty, staff, and may be used for events hosted by the department. The room reservation can be made in MICE under Rooms (Reserve a room).

Dining cards (Faculty House)

The dining card for the Faculty House restaurant can be picked up from Rosemary Addarich. If she is not available, check with Patricia Hervey as she may have some cards available. Please return it immediately after enjoying your meal, as the number of cards is limited. Unless the meal was for a faculty candidate or distinguished visitor, you also need to provide an account number to be charged.


The departmental fax number is +1 (212) 666-0140, and the fax machine is located in the CS main office. The staff person at the front desk will notify fax recipients. The fax cover sheet can be found in the front office.

It is recommended that you obtain a personal fax number for incoming faxes. For example, Efax offers such a service.


The PhD symposium czar and Evelyn Guzman are responsible for the distinguished lecture series; Evelyn Guzman and Twinkle Edwards handle faculty candidate events.

Food can be charged to gift accounts; any food charges to the Department need to be discussed with Patricia Hervey. We have an account with Famiglia Pizzeria.

Funding Issues

If you have GRA or TA funding issues, please contact Cindy Walters.


Only full-time, compensated Officers of Instruction and Research, including those with visiting appointments, full-time Officers of the libraries, and Senior Officers of Administration (Grades 14 and above) are eligible to apply for university housing. Please visit for more information, or contact Columbia Human Resources at (212)870-3074.

Incoming students or current students, please contact SEAS Graduate Student Services for housing inquiries. The general SEAS office number is: (212)854-6438.

Craigslist is a good off-campus housing resource.

OCHA is also a good off-campus housing resource.


If you need a key for your new office, please contact Elias Tesfaye.


Faculty, Admin-Staff, PhDs, MSGRAs and TAs are eligible to get mailbox in the CS main office. Please send an email request to Jessica Rosa with name and status (i.e. Faculty, Admin-Staff, PhDs, etc,.).

MS admissions

MS admissions are handled by the MS admission committee, supported by Remi Moss. Remi can be reached by email for questions related to the Terminal MS curriculum. MS Admissions are now being administered through an online system. You can see more information about MS admissions here.

MS program

The MS program is managed by Remiko Moss. The MS Academic Committee addresses policy issues.


To announce news to the department and interested outsiders and to have it appear on the CS web page, simply fill out the MICE form under News/Submit news item. A news editor will then be notified by email; the editor can then edit, delete and approve the news item.

Approved public news items automatically show up on the departmental home page and are distributed to the cucs-news mailing list. Anybody can subscribe to that mailing list.

Internal announcements (e.g., birth announcements and such) are not distributed.

Office Space

Space is provided for faculty and administrative staff, research scientists or postdocs who are fully funded through a CUCS salary, PhD students, and MS GRAs and CSE GRAs funded through CUCS. If space is available, the department will also try to accommodate unfunded visitors invited by faculty.

Space requests should be made by the faculty member with whom the person desiring space works (for academic requests) or the Department Administrator (for administrative requests).

PhD admissions

The PhD Admissions Committee manages the PhD admissions process, supported by Jessica Rosa.

PhD Program Requirements

Specific questions can be directed to Jessica Rosa, PhD Program Administrator, or PhD Czar, Professor Gail Kaiser

Proposal budgets
Patricia Hervey can help with preparing proposal budgets. Completed budgets must be submitted via Rascal with a copy to Patricia Hervey.

Purchase Orders (PO)

Please get price quotes, and make sure that the vendor from which you want to order accepts Columbia's purchase orders. To see the list of vendors that accept CUs purchase order, please click here. Completed purchase requisitions should be submitted to Elias Tesfaye in room 450CSB.

For more information, please click here.


Lenore Hubner ( is our contact for room and scheduling issues.

Room scheduling

Meeting rooms are scheduled through MICE under “Rooms.”

Classroom scheduling is handled by Jessica Rosa in liaison with Lenore Hubner from the Register’s Office.

If you need to reserve a non-CSB room for review sessions, etc, please contact Jessica Rosa with course information.

Salary Issues

Please contact our Department Administrator, Patricia Hervey.


A scanner can be found in the main copy room in the CS building. The Cannon Copier in the CS Copy Room can be used as a high-speed scanner.


Faculty service assignments are updated by Rosemary Addarich.

PhD Community Service is arranged by the PhD Reps. All inquiries pertaining to PhD Community Service should be directed to

Student Advising

Undergraduate CS majors should contact Remiko Moss. MS students should contact Janine Maslov for academic advising at or visit her office during her office hours.

MS leading to PhD and PhD students can contact Jessica Rosa.


You can submit suggestions to our electronic suggestion box or by contacting the department administrator or chair.


Supplies (pens, paper, blue books, etc,) are available to faculty and staff, and are located in the front office. Some cabinets are locked, so please ask Elias Tesfaye for supplies in locked cabinets.

Travel reimbursement
Fill out the travel reimbursement form and submit with original receipts to Elias Tesfaye. You can find more information and the form here.