A REVIEW OF
THE RULES OF CONDUCT
The Senate Rules Committee is now conducting a review of the Rules of University Conduct, which govern political rallies and demonstrations. The last time the committee amended the Rules was in 1989, and the University has not used the external hearing procedure spelled out in the Rules for trying serious violations since 1993, despite some disruptive demonstrations in the interim.
As part of its review, the committee held three town hall meetings in the fall of 2014 (two on Morningside, one at CUMC), and has received a number of proposals for reform. On December 1, 2014, the committee voted unanimously to intensify its review. It will report on its work early in the spring semester, and present any recommendations for changes to the Senate for further discussion and a possible vote before the end of the 2014-15 academic year.
Here are some relevant documents:
The Rules of Conduct
A Brief Legislative History of the Rules
Transcript of a town hall meeting on October 17, 2014
Transcript of a town hall meeting on November 10, 2014
Spectator story of December 1, 2014: “University Senate Rules Committee Votes to Review the Rules of Conduct.”
ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON
SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTING (ACSRI)
The University Senate’s ties to the ACSRI, described in the committee’s founding documents in 2000, include an annual committee report to the Senate and a role in the appointment of the ACSRI’s student members for the Senate Student Affairs Committee. Almost every year since 2000 an ACSRI chair or other member has addressed the Senate. On April 3, 2014, Sara Minard, a faculty member, spoke about ACSRI deliberations on a proposal for divestment of Columbia’s holdings related to fossil fuels. In 2014-15 the newly appointed ACSRI chair, Prof. Jeffrey Gordon of the Law School, is scheduled to speak to the Senate twice, on December 11 and February 6.
Here are some relevant links:
Petition statement from Barnard Columbia Divest calling for divestment of Columbia’s holdings related to fossil fuels
ACSRI response to the BCD proposal
Proceedings of a conference held at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law on November 24, 2014: Should Universities and Pension Funds Divest from Fossil Fuel Stocks?
Announcement of the founding of the ACSRI, February 25, 2000
ACSRI's 2014-15 agenda
and sexual assault:
Some background documents
The new Gender-based Misconduct Policy for Students was announced on August 15. On September 23, the university released a report providing aggregate data on sexual assault at Columbia (Gender-based Misconduct Prevention and Response Report). In November, the university released an FAQ document on faculty and staff reporting requirements for gender-based misconduct.
The University Senate held a town hall on gender-based misconduct and sexual assault on April 16 (transcript here), following a town hall organized by undergraduate students and deans on March 13. Here are some background documents on the issue.
Honors and prizes nomination form
Use this form to nominate candidates for Columbia University honorary degrees and the University Medal for Excellence. The deadline for nominations for Commencement 2016 is December 19, 2014.
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