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The Interchurch Center
The Seminary’s administrative offices are located in The Interchurch Center, a 19-story building located on the Upper West Side of New York City that is the home to a number of ecumenical and interreligious agencies and organizations, including several national church bodies. The Interchurch Center is owned and managed under the auspices of several Christian organizations as a Class A office facility, with the mission to provide a working environment that is conducive to ecumenism and interreligious involvement.
The Riverside Church
Most of the classes in the NYTS degree programs are held in The Riverside Church which is located across the street from The Interchurch Center on Riverside Drive. The Riverside Church is an interdenominational, interracial, and international congregation affiliated with the American Baptist Churches and the United Church of Christ, and cooperating with the Council of Churches in the City of New York as well as the New York State, National, and World Council of Churches.
New York Theological Seminary (NYTS) does not own property. The Seminary’s administrative offices are located in The Interchurch Center, a class-A office building. Classes for its degree programs are mostly held in The Riverside Church, located at 490 Riverside Drive in Manhattan. The Seminary rents access to the libraries of Columbia University, which includes the Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, for its research needs. Each of these institutions — The Interchurch Center, Riverside Church, Columbia University, and Union Theological Seminary, maintains its own security personnel and employs strict security procedures that NYTS students must follow.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, otherwise known as the Clery Act, requires schools that participate in federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose information about crime on or near their campus. NYTS interprets this to be the Morningside Heights neighborhood, and specifically the neighborhood around the institutions listed above. Information regarding crime in the Morningside Heights neighborhood, including the streets around The Interchurch Center and Riverside Church, are maintained by Columbia University in fulfillment of the obligations of the Clery Act. The most recent report for our neighborhood can be found through a link on the NYTS web page at www.nyts.edu.
Under the Cleary Act, schools are required to issue warnings regarding potential problems with crime when necessary. Institutions are also required to notify the community where information regarding registered sex offenders has been provided to it by authorized representatives of a law enforcement agency. NYTS will issue any warning as necessary to the student body by email through its student online communication system, Moodle, and to faculty and staff through its intra-office communication system.
For more information on campus security in the Columbia University neighborhood, go to http://www.columbia.edu/cu/publicsafety/. For the most recent report on crime statistics in the neighborhood, see see the current Columbia University Public Safety Current Crime Statistics report here.