Dear fellow members of the Columbia community:
Following my statement from this past Thursday, I write on the horrors of the Russian government’s invasion of Ukraine and the unspeakable acts of criminal violence, brutality, and violations of international law the world is now witnessing.
As hundreds of thousands of people are being forced from their homes, pouring into neighboring countries and nations across Europe, we, as an institution of learning, will expand the initiative we put in place for students and scholars displaced by the crisis in Afghanistan to include those seeking refuge from the war in Ukraine. We are eager to welcome these students and scholars to our campuses.
We also stand ready to support all members of our community whose lives have been upended by this war, particularly our Ukrainian and Russian students who are facing a bewildering and uncertain road ahead. The Office of University Life and the International Students and Scholars Office are reaching out to everyone affected to offer whatever assistance we can. More to follow.
Lee C. Bollinger