General (A-Z)

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, contact Controlled Access at 854-8500.
For changes in Undergraduate and MS program descriptions, contact changes in faculty listings, please contact
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.
Colloquium and talks
You can subscribe to announcements for lectures. 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 four conference rooms: 620 CEPSR, CSB 453, CSB 488, and CSB 480. You can reserve those rooms made via with Faculty approval. 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 3 high-volume copiers, one is in the CS building (4th floor), and the other 2 are in CEPSR (6th &7th floor). Report problems to Copier codes for classes and individuals are assigned by the department. Please send email to
An FAQ discusses copyright issues for projects and technical reports.
Courier (FedEx, DHL, UPS & USPS)
The front office staff in 450 Computer Science Building (main office) receive courier and package deliveries such as FedEx, DHL,UPS and USPS. 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 at the front office or in the FedEx box outside of Low Library.
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 via
Dining cards (Faculty House)
The dining card for the Faculty House restaurant can be requested from Elias Tesfaye. Please return it immediately with a receipt 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 a project number to be charged.
The departmental fax number is +1 (646) 775-6023, and the fax machine is located in the CS main office. The staff at the front desk will notify fax recipients by email. The fax cover sheet can be found in the front office. Ring Central also allows for fax to be sent from the mobile app.
Funding Issues
If you have GRA or TA funding issues, contact
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. 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.
If you need a key for your office, send email to
Faculty and Admin-Staff, are eligible to get mailbox in the CS main office. Please send an email request to with name and status (i.e., Faculty, Admin-Staff, etc,.)
MS admissions
MS admissions are handled by the MS admission committee. The primary contact for all CS inquires is MS Admissions are now being administered through an online system. You can see more information about MS admissions here.
Office Space
Space is provided for faculty and administrative staff, research scientists or postdocs who are fully funded through a CUCS salary, and PhD students. 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. Please send an email request to with name and status (i.e., Faculty, Admin-Staff, etc,.)
PhD admissions
The PhD Admissions Committee manages the PhD admissions process.
PhD Program Requirements
Specific questions can be directed to, PhD Program Administrator, or PhD Chair, Professor Gail Kaiser
Proposal budgets
Your Grant Analyst can help with preparing proposal budgets and submit the documents in RASCAL. If you don’t know which resource is assigned to you, contact
For information on purchasing, visit Purchasing.
Registrar’s Office
The Office of the Registrar can be contacted for issues with dates, and registration services.
Room Scheduling
Jackie Camacho is the contact for room and scheduling issues.
Salary Issues
Contact the Director of Finance and Administration, Ruth Torres.
The 3 Copiers in the CS department can be used as a high-speed scanner. locations are 4th floor CSB, 6th & 7th floor of CEPSR
Faculty service assignments are updated by contacting PhD Community Service is arranged by the PhD Reps. All inquiries pertaining to PhD Community Service should be directed to
Student Advising
CS students in need of assistance should contact CS Advising.
Supplies (pens, paper, blue books, etc,) are available to faculty and staff at the Front Office (CSB 450)
Travel and Business Reimbursement
For information on reimbursements, visit our Accounts Payable page.