A survey was distributed to students of Barnard College, Columbia College, the undergraduate population of the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of General Studies, and School of International and Public Affairs, schools that have had any level of ROTC participation in the last five years. The survey will run from 8 PM on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 to 11:59 PM to Thursday, February 24, 2011.

Students from those schools received the following email at 8 PM on Wednesday, February 16, 2011.

February 16, 2011

Dear Students of Barnard College, Columbia College, General Studies, SEAS, and SIPA:

The University Senate Task Force on Military Engagement is conducting a survey of student opinion in your schools on the question of whether Columbia should expand its relationship with the U.S. Armed Forces by participating more actively in programs of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC).

Your five schools were selected for participation in the survey because students from each have participated as cadets in off-campus ROTC programs in the past five years.

The survey begins today, February 16, at 8 pm, and ends at 11:59 pm on February 24.  The results will inform the deliberations of the Task Force in preparing its report to the Senate on March 4.  The Senate will also consider these results carefully in its discussions of ROTC, which may culminate in a vote before the end of the spring semester.

Please feel free before completing the survey to consult the Task Force website on ROTC <>, which includes historical material, a transcript of the Task Force hearing of February 7, and a collection of recent email submissions from members of the Columbia community.

The survey should take only a few minutes.  Go to the portal at <>, supply your UNI and password, and answer eight questions.  The survey includes security features to assure the anonymity of your response and to prevent multiple responses.

Thanks for your participation!

Ron Mazor
Co-Chair, Task Force on Military Engagement
CC '09, Law '12

Roosevelt Montas
Co-Chair, Task Force on Military Engagement
Associate Dean, Center for the Core Curriculum
CC '95, GSAS '96, GSAS '04

The survey questions follow.

For each question, please select the option that best fits your opinion. All questions are required.

1) I ______ of a return of ROTC to Columbia’s campuses.

  • Approve
  • Disapprove
  • Don’t know/No opinion

2) I ______ of Columbia allowing participation of Columbia students in ROTC, whether on- or off-campus.

  • Approve
  • Disapprove
  • Don’t know/No opinion

3) I believe a relationship between Columbia and the military ______ Coumbia’s identity, principles, and policies.

  • Supports
  • Somewhat supports
  • Neither supports nor detracts from
  • Somewhat detracts from
  • Detracts from
  • Don’t know

4) I believe military engagement will ______ academic freedom at Columbia.

  • Benefit
  • Somewhat benefit
  • Neither benefit nor detract from
  • Somewhat detract from
  • Detract from
  • Don’t know

5) I am ______ current U.S. military practice in relation to Columbia’s non-discrimination policy.

  • Supportive of
  • Somewhat supportive of
  • Neither supportive of nor unsupportive of
  • Somewhat unsupportive of
  • Unsupportive of
  • Don’t know

6) I believe military engagement on campus would ______ intellectual diversity on campus.

  • Increase
  • Somewhat increase
  • Neither increase nor reduce
  • Somewhat reduce
  • Reduce
  • Don’t know

7) An ROTC program that leads to more Columbia-educated military officers would be a ______ development.

  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Don’t know

8) What is your Columbia affiliation?

  • Barnard College
  • Columbia College
  • Engineering
  • General Studies
  • SIPA