GS students to receive financial compensation for additional travel expenses
As you have probably heard by now, the General Studies Class Day was moved because of President Obama’s visit to Morningside Heights. Several GS students expressed their displeasure, and the administration has acted by attempting to provide financial compensation for students who have been inconvenienced. Check after the jump for the full email from Dean Peter Awn.
Together with President Bollinger and Barnard President Debora Spar, I have established a modest fund to help graduating seniors manage the additional travel expenses incurred due to the change of date for GS Class Day.
If you would like to be considered to receive such funds, please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday April 30, 2012 at 12 noon.
· Graduate’s first name, last name, and CUID number (Example: C123456789)
· A written letter of appeal that describes why this change will either prevent your family from attending GS Class Day or create an excessive financial hardship.
· Number of people affected and relation to graduate
· Documentation of original expenses and new expenses projected or incurred (airline or train change-fees) will eventually have to be provided. If documentation is already available, please forward a copy with your request.
Because funding is limited, we appreciate your patience and understanding while we work to help the families most significantly affected.
Once again, I apologize for the inconvenience this late but unavoidable change has caused. We at GS are working hard to make 2012 Class Day the memorable event you deserve.
Please consult www.gs.columbia.edu/graduation for updates regarding travel tips, hotel accommodations, and everything you need to know regarding graduation week.
Peter J. Awn
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