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Macys and Bloomingdales Clothing Closet Policies and Procedures

In order to maximize opportunities for Columbia students and preserve the integrity of this program, we have developed the set of policies below and ask for your cooperation. This is critical to ensure the maximum number of students can benefit from the program. Failure to comply may result in students being subject to fines and/or Dean’s Discipline.

Eligibility

The Clothing Closet program is available to current students of:

  • Columbia College
  • The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
  • The School of General Studies
  • The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • The School of the Arts

Borrow and Return Policy

Only one suit (including accessories) may be borrowed at a given time. Clothing must be returned on or before the date specified to a CCE staff member to confirm receipt and condition of items. Also, all suits and accessories must be returned in the same condition it is borrowed, free of odors, stains or damages. All suits are distributed on a first come first serve basis. For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Cancellations, Late Returns or Damaged Suits

When you cancel a reservation with insufficient time for another student to request that suit or you fail to retrieve your reservation, you adversely affect other Columbia students’ opportunities to utilize the Clothing Closet.  All cancelations must be communicated 2 business days in advance.  Failure to abide by these policies will result in a policy violation.  If you accrue 2 policy violations in a semester, you will lose access to career counseling sessions for the remainder of that semester.

Late Returns will result in a policy violation and prohibition from Clothing Closet use for the remainder of the semester due to the inconvenience this causes other students.

The Clothing Closet Suits are property of Columbia University; if a suit or clothing is lost or damaged, the borrower will be charged a replacement fee as well as be subject to Dean's disciplinary procedures. Suits that are returned stained and/or odorous are also subject to a cleaning fee. Please note the following replacement fees for each item:

  • Suit: $350
  • Tie: $40

    By typing your initials into the box below and clicking submit, you are agreeing to the following statement:
    I agree to follow the policies stated above. I understand failure to do so will result in me being fined and/or subject to Dean's Discipline. I agree to treat the clothing I borrow carefully and acknowledge that not doing so will restrict my ability to borrow a suit in the future.

    Type your initials here