The members of the task force were appointed later that spring, and the group has been deliberating since the fall. It has sought the views of the Columbia community by holding a town hall meeting on February 15 and by inviting e-mail submissions to the task force. We collected the e-mails in two batches, one set received between February 9 and 24, the second between February 25 and March 28. Contributions were anonymous unless the author asked to be identified..
On April 25, 2004, the ROTC TF submitted a resolution on ROTC to the Senate
Executive Committee, which substituted its own resolution, intended to
offer the Senate a clear, unambiguous choice. It called for the
establishment of an ROTC program on campus "as soon as is practicable."
At the May 6 plenary meeting
the Senate decided to conduct a record vote
(with signed ballots) on the Executive Committee resolution, which was
defeated 53-10, with 5 abstentions.
For a more detailed account of Senate deliberations on ROTC, see the
final report of the task force.
The Senate devoted an entire meeting to the subject of ROTC on April 15, 2005. Other Senate discussions of ROTC or the work of the Task Force are recorded in minutes of the following meetings:
MEETINGS ON ROTC SPONSORED BY OTHER GROUPS