University Senate                                                                                  Proposed: May 6, 2005

 

                                                                                                            Adopted:

 

 

RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH

 

A RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS (ROTC)

 

PROGRAM AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

 

 

WHEREAS          the Armed Forces are an essential, permanent, and unique part of American society, and

 

WHEREAS          the ROTC programs based in our nation's colleges and universities produce a significant fraction of our military officers and future military leaders, and

 

WHEREAS          the maintenance of our Armed Forces is the collective responsibility of all Americans, and

 

WHEREAS          Columbia University educates leaders in many fields of human endeavor, and

 

WHEREAS           the better educated America's military leaders are, the better off America and the world will be,

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED           that Columbia University should seek to establish an ROTC program as soon as is practicable, subject to the following conditions:

 

Columbia University must retain the right to award or deny credit towards a Columbia degree for ROTC courses, and

 

The titles at Columbia University of ROTC instructors must be appropriate for their level of education and professional accomplishment as judged by Columbia's criteria, and

 

Columbia must retain control of the use of its physical space and other resources by the ROTC program.

 

Proponent: Executive Committee