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Columbia University And Barnard College Release Statements On Paris Attacks

Columbia University and Barnard College have just released statements on Friday night’s terrorist attacks in Paris.  “Based on rapid outreach there, we believe that all Columbia students and faculty at the Paris Global Center are safe and accounted for,” Columbia’s statement, which was posted on Facebook, reads. Similarly, Barnard sent an email confirming all Barnard students studying abroad in Paris are safe. We’ll update this post if and when Columbia or Barnard release more on this.

Read the full text of both statements below.

Columbia’s Statement


Columbia has a longstanding academic presence in Paris at Reid Hall in the Montparnasse District, which is home to Columbia Global Center Europe. President Bollinger and other members of the university administration have been monitoring events and are in close communication with our staff in Paris. Based on rapid outreach there, we believe that all Columbia students and faculty at the Paris Global Center are safe and accounted for. We continue to monitor the situation through all of our schools and will update this information if appropriate. With the rest of the world, we watch unfolding developments with the greatest concern; our thoughts are with the people of Paris and all those affected by these events.

Barnard’s Statement

Dear Members of the Barnard Community,You may have already heard about the situation unfolding in Paris. Our thoughts are with all of those who have been affected by these terrible events.

We have been in touch with each of our students studying abroad in Paris and have confirmed that they are all safe. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and if you are aware of other members of the Barnard community who are currently traveling in Paris, please alert us so that we may contact them as well.

If you have been affected in any way by these tragic events, please know that staff members in Human Resources, the Furman Counseling Center and the Deans’ Office stand ready to assist faculty, staff and students, as needed.


Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean for International and Global Strategy
Wendy Garay, Dean for International and Intercultural Student Programs

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