As University commencement came to a close Wednesday, the opening notes of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” made it official: the class of 2015 had graduated.
Senior executive vice president Robert Kasdin will be leaving Columbia after 13 years to become the senior vice president and chief operating officer at Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Teachers College and its office employees came to a contract agreement that preserved workers’ health care benefits and pension plans after over 3 months of negotiations on Wednesday evening.
The first review of the Rules of University Conduct in over two decades this year resulted in the creation of a new internal disciplinary process meant to address student concerns that the current rules are unworkable. The review began largely in light of current Rules Administrator Stephen Rittenberg’s impending retirement.
At open meetings held by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights this week, students raised concerns regarding the University’s sexual assault adjudication process, the recent sexual respect education requirement, and low student turnout at the meetings.
The University Senate approved the proposed revisions to the Rules of University Conduct at Friday’s plenary meeting with 63 votes in favor and one abstention.
Students and faculty hoping Columbia would reconsider its investments in the private prison industry and in fossil fuel companies saw a series of victories this year.
As Law School professor Suzanne Goldberg took on two new positions created to address sexual assault, the University saw reform to the gender-based misconduct policy as well as the opening of Title IX investigations of both Barnard and Columbia.
Unionizing graduate teaching and research assistants met resistance from Columbia this year, and faced a legal struggle that remains unresolved.
Barnard’s board of trustees is expected to resolve the question of whether or not Barnard will adopt a transgender-inclusive admissions policy in June.