The Nation reported on Friday that an anonymous student was frustrated by the “tone and content” of an email mistankenly sent by a Columbia Title IX compliance officer.
Title IX Compliance Officer Virginia Ryan, BC ’83, mistakenly sent the email on May 5 to the student instead of colleague Michael Dunn, the deputy Title IX coordinator and director of investigations, in response to the student's request for direct input to decision-makers on what information is included in materials, including the survivor rights and resources flowchart.
Ryan’s email, a screenshot of which was published by The Nation, said:
"Wow again. Direct contact with decision makers, not just us? Anything else!?!"
The student then sent an email to Ryan expressing dissatisfaction with Ryan’s email.
“The tone and content of your message suggests that your purpose in collaborating with us is to ‘handle’ us more than than it is to engage with us honestly,” the student wrote. “I think is unlikely that we will be able to successfully address the problems that we’re all trying to address if this tone persists.”
According to The Nation, Ryan apologized to the student by email but has not replied to requests from The Nation for comment.
Spectator has since reached out to Ryan and the University for comment, and we will update once we hear back.