File a Property Insurance Claim

Learn about filing a property insurance claim at Columbia University.


If your department has sustained a property loss, theft, and/or loss of revenue due to property damage (e.g., building contents, equipment, etc.), please refer to the Property Loss/Damage Reporting and Reimbursement Policy.

Property losses should be reported to Risk Management as soon as possible.

To begin a property insurance claim, complete the following process:

  1. Download the Property Insurance Checklist.
  2. Complete the Property Damage/Loss Claim Report form.
  3. The completed form should be emailed as an attachment to [email protected] per the instructions on the form. 
    1. Most claims should include digital photos, a Columbia Public Safety and/or police report, and other supporting documentation as appropriate. The supporting documentation should be scanned and emailed to [email protected].  

One person from the department must be designated as the departmental contact. That person will be responsible for providing information to the Insurance and Risk Management department when requested, conducting any necessary investigation (including onsite inspection of damages), and acting as the point person throughout the claim process. It is crucial for a successful adjustment of the claim that your department cooperates fully with Risk Management and the University's insurer.

Still have questions?

Contact [email protected].