UNIVERSITY SENATE

Proposed: April 24, 1998

Adopted:

RESOLUTION TO MANDATE THE FORMULATION OF UNIVERSITY POLICY GUIDELINES REGARDING ANY ACCEPTANCE OF FUNDS FROM FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS OR SALE TO FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS OF CAMPUS BUILDINGS AND/OR REAL PROPERTY EARMARKED AS EDUCATIONAL FACILITITES

 

WHEREAS, Columbia University ("the University") sold the building known as Casa Italiana to the Government of Italy for $17.5 million, with a leaseback provision renewable every nineteen years for up to 500 years, at $100 per year, as part of the arrangements that led to the establishment of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University ("the Academy"); and

WHEREAS, the arrangement with the Italian Government also empowers its Ministry of Foreign Affairs to appoint six of the twelve members of the Academy's Board of Guarantors; and

WHEREAS, the terms of the agreement have raised questions about University policies governing sales and gifts and the influence they may give to foreign governments in the academic affairs of the University;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Senate Committee on External Relations and Research Policy ("the Committee"), working with the Office of the Provost, be charged with formulating specific policy guidelines regarding the acceptance of funds from foreign governments and the condition of sale of any campus buildings and/or real property earmarked as an educational facility to a foreign government; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Committee present those guidelines to the Senate for discussion at the November 1998 meeting.