This week in CCSC: examining Public Safety and sexual assault adjudication
By Elizabeth Sedran
Did you miss the Columbia College Student Council meeting on Sunday night? Council correspondent Elizabeth Sedran bring you five things you need to know:
- Public Safety, public records: University Senator Jared Odessky, CC ’15, reported on the senate’s investigation into the Public Safety Fund, which relates to how many Public Safety officials are assigned to events held by student groups. He said that there is little transparency about how Public Safety determines which events require security presence and how many officers are present, though factors include media presence, events advertised beyond Columbia’s campus, the presence of alcohol, high expected attendance, security concerns for a student group or guest, and an event’s potential for significant disruption. Student groups also aren’t necessarily notified in advance but are charged regardless. Odessky called for an immediate change to Public Safety’s funding system with a longer-term goal of introducing a student-appointed security advising committee to address student concerns about paying for Public Safety presence. Check back for a full story this week.
- Take note: University Senator Marc Heinrich, CC ’16, said that the Office for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct will start having two investigators present at meetings where sexual assault survivors present evidence immediately as a part of a series of changes coming to the adjudication process. Read the full story here.
- Lock out: CCSC members discussed how 3,500 students are locked out of their rooms every month, and whether a fine after 3 lock-outs should be implemented so that Hartley Hospitality Desk staff will spend less time bringing students keys.
- Fly me to the moon: Daniel Liss, CC ’16, is working on a policy that would allow parents and alumni to gift frequent flier miles to students for use in emergencies, financial hardships, university trips, and study abroad.
- Party with the porpoises: Glass House Rocks is this Thursday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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