Posts Tagged ‘town hall’

News | Apr. 16 11:52 am EST

Sexual assault town hall today at 12 p.m.

The undergraduate deans just sent an email out this morning reminding us of the second University Senate Town Hall on Gender-Based Misconduct and Sexual Assault, happening today from 12 to 1:30 p.m. (less than 15 minutes) in 309 Havemeyer.

The first town hall, held before spring break, drew a packed crowd. Read our recap here.

The email also mentioned a series of steps the University will be taking to address concerns about sexual assault policy at Columbia, many of which were announced throughout the past semester.

Read the full email after the jump:

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News | Apr. 11 7:06 pm EST

University Senate town hall on sexual assault scheduled for April 16

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A University Senate town hall on gender-based misconduct and sexual assault will take place on Wednesday, April 16 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Havemeyer 309.

Panelists will include Michael Dunn, director of investigations and deputy Title IX coordinator at the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, University Senator Marc Heinrich, CC ’16, Interim Dean of Student Affairs Terry Martinez, and Lisa A. Mellman, senior associate dean for student affairs at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The town hall will be moderated by University Senate executive committee chair Sharyn O’Halloran.

Full release after the jump.

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News | Mar. 11 10:41 pm EST

List of administrators to be present at Thursday’s sexual misconduct Town Hall

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University Senator Marc Heinrich, CC ’16, and CU Dems President Sejal Singh, CC ’15, released the final list of the administrators that will be present at Thursday’s Town Hall on Sexual Misconduct. The following 13 administrators will be present:

  • Avis Hinkson, Dean of Barnard College
  • James Valentini, Dean of Columbia College
  • Peter Awn, Dean of the School of General Studies
  • Mary Boyce, Dean of SEAS
  • Terry Martinez, CC/SEAS Dean of Student Affairs
  • Tom Harford, GS Dean of Student Affairs
  • Melissa Rooker, Associate Provost for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
  • Michael Dunn, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty and Staff Concerns
  • Amy Zavadil, Associate Dean for Equity
  • Sharyn O’Halloran, Chair of the University Senate
  • Jeri Henry, Senior Associate Dean of Judicial Affairs
  • Samuel Seward, Associate Vice President and Medical Director of Columbia Health
  • LaShawn Rivera, Director of Sexual Violence Response

Spectator sat down with Rooker, Dunn, Henry, Seward, and Zavadil last week to talk about recent changes to the adjudication policy and media coverage of the controversy.

The Town Hall will be held on Thursday, March 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Jerome Greene Hall (the Law School).

Read the full email after the jump: More »


News | Mar. 9 7:02 pm EST
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Deans announce location, website for sexual assault town hall

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Updated, 3/9, 6:58 p.m.

The long-awaited town hall on sexual assault will be held in Jerome Greene Hall, Room 103, on Thursday, March 13 at 5 p.m., said administrators in an email today to students. In an email sent Sunday, Dean of Student Affairs Terry Martinez said that she would be facilitating the town hall with students.

Additionally, while only undergraduate deans were originally slated to attend the event, administrators “who have oversight on various aspects of the process” will also be present, according to Martinez’s email, available after the jump.

Administrators also announced the creation of a page on the Columbia Student Affairs website that will provide a space for students to submit anonymous questions for the town hall and for the administration to post relevant documents and future updates regarding the University’s sexual assault policy.

University President Lee Bollinger first announced the town hall at the end of January after months of student activism targeted at the University’s sexual assault policies.  Last Friday in an interview, Bollinger told Spectator the town hall would be held on March 13.

After Bollinger’s announcement a week ago, there was some concern from students that the meeting time—the Thursday night before spring break, when many students will have already left campus—would prevent some students from attending.

But after Friday’s University Senate plenary, USenate Student Affairs Committee co-chairs Akshay Shah, SEAS ’14, and Matthew Chou, CC ’14, said that the meeting date wasn’t a strategic choice, but the result of scheduling conflicts.

Today’s email was signed by seven undergraduate deans: School of General Studies Dean Peter Awn; the School of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Mary Boyce; Barnard College Dean Avis Hinkson; Columbia College Dean James Valentini; GS Dean of Students Tom Harford; Columbia Interim Dean of Student Affairs Terry Martinez; Barnard Associate Dean for Student Life Alina Wong.

See the full text of the email after the jump.

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Spectrum | Feb. 5 10:57 am EST
SGA Roundup

This week in SGA: Curriculum review

At Barnard Student Government Association’s representative council meeting, Barnard’s new provost, Linda Bell, discussed the changes in store for the college’s curriculum and the Nine Ways of Knowing. Read on for information about the upcoming town hall, where administrators will field student questions about Barnard’s finances. Emma Goss brings you the five most important bits of information that you may have missed this week.

  • Saved by the bell: The administrative guest of the evening was Linda Bell, who became Provost and Dean of Faculty in October. Bell said that beginning next week, she plans to begin preliminary work on “a full-scale general education review.” Bell said that she is assembling a committee that will include faculty and students to discuss how to restructure Barnard’s curriculum and general education requirements. Bell added that it would take a year to a year and a half to conceptualize a new curriculum. More »

News | Oct. 2 2:32 pm EST
SGA Roundup

This week in SGA: more from Debora Spar

As Barnard approaches its 125th birthday next year, President Debora Spar told Barnard’s Student Government Association on Monday to get ready for the money to start rolling in, for the party hats to come out, and… for a few more budget cuts. Emma Goss reports on the fun and the finances discussed at last night’s SGA meeting:

  • Pooling resources, and resourcing the pool: Spar acknowledged that students are upset over the impending closure of Barnard’s pool, but she said that using the pool space for faculty offices during major campus renovations is better than the alternative—planting a large tent on the lawn. She also said she is working to find another facility that can offer Barnard students women-only swim hours:

“We’re looking at every option in the city that will do women-only swimming. We are going to reach out to the students who are involved in worrying about the pool. It’s very important that there are women-only hours somewhere. We really want to get student input. We already have a little money set aside to cover the cost of that.”

  • Apology for the housing crunch: Spar expressed sympathy for everyone affected by this summer’s housing shortage:

“This was a really unfortunate series of bad events, and like many things it creates a teaching moment. My biggest concern is figuring out what went wrong. A lot of people just got caught by it, and it’s terrible. It’s horrible to find out in August that you don’t have a bed, or you have a roommate you didn’t think you were having. It made a lot of people’s lives miserable. Moving ahead, how do we build these early warning systems in, how do we get the information early enough to give people enough time to make decisions? It did not fall hardest on us. It fell hardest on the students who did not get the housing situation they were hoping for.” More »


Spectrum | Apr. 25 1:23 pm EST

Students from all four schools express concern surrounding GS Class Day

As reported in today’s paper, last night students convened at a town hall meeting to discuss their opinions on the sudden schedule shift for General Studies’ Class Day. Since then, student representatives from all four undergraduate schools have released a joint statement calling for the administration to be as accommodating as possible to students who have been financially or emotionally burdened by the date change. Continue reading for the full statement, and click here for Spectator’s coverage of the town hall.

Standing Together with the School of General Studies

April 25, 2012

The sudden and unexpected rescheduling of the School of General Studies Class Day has placed undue financial and emotional burdens upon the students of General Studies and their families. We are heartened by the creation of a GS Class Day Travel Fund and hope that the administration will work to accommodate as many people as possible so that they are able to take part in the celebration of the amazing accomplishments of the graduating seniors in GS.

Continue reading the statement after the jump.

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Spectrum | Feb. 29 8:45 am EST

Pink is back

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Good morning, Columbia! Take a deep breath.

Stop for just one minute, and remind yourself that everything will be ok. You good? Alright, let’s go.

Event of the day: To spread breast cancer awareness, Hillel, Relay for Life, and Alpha Epsilon Pi are encouraging Columbia and Barnard to think twice about their wardrobe today on “Sharsheret Pink Day.” Partner with students all over the world, and put on that pink shirt you haven’t known what to do with since Valentine’s Day.

Read this: “Good morning, America” anchor and CU alum George Stephanopoulos spoke yesterday at a question-and-answer session hosted by CIRCA about the Republican nomination and the general election. [News]

University Chaplain Jewelnel Davis conducted a town hall yesterday to address police surveillance of Muslim students. [News]

Know this: If you’re a senior and unsure about what next year will hold, Emily Tamkin asks you not to worry. [Opinion]

Former Olympian swimmer sophomore Dominik Koll worked hard to come to Columbia, and is making the most of every opportunity. [Sports]

Here’s more: In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the editor’s note regarding the Ahmadinejad invitation.

Weather: High of 43 degrees, with a 100 percent chance of rain.


Meta | Sep. 19 10:59 pm EST

Come meet Dean Valentini with CCSC and Spec!

Courtesy of Columbia University

Tomorrow night, Spectator is teaming up with Columbia College Student Council to host a town hall with Interim Dean James Valentini.

Come hear from the Dean and ask him your questions about the future of the College! (Or why there are so many fire alarms in EC, or whatever else you want.)

Join us Tuesday night from 8pm to 10pm in Havemeyer 309. (The event is CUID-only, so be sure to bring yours.)

Meanwhile, get to know the Interim Dean in his video message.

Update: Check out the CCSC announcement here and our Facebook event here.