Columbia’s pre-bargaining framework with postdoctoral and graduate student unions—the first unions of their kind to have a legally binding agreement with a university prior to any bargaining efforts—treads into little-explored legal territory, introducing questions about where to draw the line between academic and labor issues, according to legal experts. The framework also does not guarantee a contract resolution, meaning that the promise to bargain does not necessitate a legal contract for either union....
Senate quietly changed policy on faculty-student relationships, removing certain student protections
The University Senate saw a tense debate a over post-vote revision to a policy prohibiting romantic and sexual relationships between undergraduate students and faculty members at its monthly plenary on Friday. The change—made over the summer without public knowledge or consultation with the Senate body—removed the guarantee of certain student protections in Columbia’s handling of illicit relationships....
Updated Nov. 17, 2018 at 3:03 p.m.
In a continuing effort to improve the accessibility of outdoor spaces on campus, Columbia Facilities groundskeepers have made a series of small changes to the main lawn near Butler Library and upper-level campus lawns over the past few months, including reducing hedges, redirecting walkways, and improving drainage....
At GS, known for close relationships between students and administrators, dean’s removal raises new concerns
In the wake of former General Studies Dean of Students Tom Harford’s removal in August, GS students have reported a heightened reluctance in seeking support from their administration, despite its history of being particularly accessible to students....
Public safety reports show spike in drugs- and alcohol-related discipline, fewer reports of sexual assault
Updated October 2, 2018 at 8:17 p.m.
The graduate student union has announced that it will strike again this fall, continuing their campaign of “relentless disruption” in light of the University’s refusal to negotiate, according to union spokesperson and bargaining committee member Olga Brudastova....