The hearing panel may extend any time frame for good cause, with a written explanation to the Rules Administrator and respondent. e. Delegates. 212-854-2640. a. There should be a reasonable distance between these areas, with a presumption in favor of allowing unobstructed view and observation, and they should be graphically delineated without creating barriers, to the extent feasible. (7) (simple) interferes over a short period of time with entrance to, exit from, passage within, or use of, a University facility but does not substantially disrupt any University function; The Appeals Board may affirm or reduce the sanction, but may not increase it. Welcome to the Columbia University EH&S COVID-19 Hub. Warning and Advice. Advisors may include but are not limited to family members, friends, counselors, therapists, clergy, attorneys, academic advisors, professors, and administrators. Columbia University (also known as Columbia, and officially as Columbia University in the City of New York) is a private Ivy League research university in New York City.Established in 1754 on the grounds of Trinity Church in Manhattan, Columbia is the oldest institution of higher education in New York and the fifth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Appointments to the board shall be for a term of three years, and shall be staggered to ensure continuity. a. If the student wishes complete confidentiality, any concern may be raised with the University’s Ombuds Officer, a neutral complaint handler for the University. The Rules Administrator may seek to resolve certain cases through an informal process with the respondent. Columbia's Department of English and Comparative Literature has played a significant role in the history of literary study in the United States and abroad since its inception. The University Policies website is a growing repository of policies applicable to Columbia University. For general questions or comments about University COVID-19 policies, and to receive guidance on testing, contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine, email covidresource@columbia… The Rules Administrator will conduct interviews and will gather pertinent information and documentation. A properly identified Delegate may request individuals believed to be violating these Rules to identify themselves. Viewpoints will inevitably conflict, and members of the University community will disagree with and may even take offense at both the opinions expressed by others and the manner in which they are expressed. Violation means the commission of an act proscribed by these Rules. Specifically included are both functions of fixed-time duration (e.g., classes, examinations, lectures, etc.) Any member of the University who believes a violation of the Rules has been committed may file a written complaint, either on paper or electronically via U.S. mail, email, or online portal, with the Rules Administrator. First, the University reasonably regulates the time, place, and manner of certain forms of public expression. Prior Conduct Violations. A final appeal may be made to the President for clemency or review, which the President may hear in his/her discretion. To appeal the decision made by a hearing panel and any sanctions. It diagnoses the ways in which present international rules or the lack of them cause increased inequalities within countries, and it proposes practical revisions that can enhance the bargaining power of the less advantaged, restore national sovereignty, and otherwise reverse this tendency. If the hearing is closed, the University will keep an audio recording of the hearing for the use of the panel, for sanctioning, and for purposes of appeal. The University may also recommend counseling or other support services for the respondent. Rather, they are necessary not because they would prevent any opinion from being stated or heard, but, to the contrary, because they protect the rights of free speech, free press, and academic freedom. To adequate time to review documents during and following the investigation. Students, however, must be aware that the Ombuds Office has no authority to adjudicate a complaint; it is there as a confidential resource to students, faculty and adm… Some general rules of handling include the following: Keep flammables/combustible materials away from sources of ignition, open flames, hot surfaces, electrical equipment and static electricity. No personal attacks. To privacy to the extent possible consistent with applicable law, University policy, and the respondent’s wishes. To participate or to decline to participate in the investigation or hearing process. The University’s process for responding to, investigating, and adjudicating allegations of misconduct will continue during any law enforcement proceeding. Be civil. The University Senate Committee on Rules of University Conduct shall prepare any material that will facilitate the functioning of the procedures. Painting and Construction. Rules. Decision of the President within ten (10) business days after notice of appeal. The report will include the Rules Administrator’s assessment and recommended findings of responsibility. If an investigation proceeds, the Rules Administrator will notify the respondent in writing of the allegation(s). However, a decision to refrain from participating in the process either wholly or in part will not prevent the process from proceeding with the information available. The panel will transmit its determination to the Rules Administrator and the respondent. Complaints under the Rules of University Conduct can be filed here. The University may need to temporarily delay an investigation while law enforcement is gathering evidence, but it will resume the investigation after it learns that law enforcement has completed its evidence-gathering and will generally not wait for the conclusion of any related civil or criminal proceeding. A respondent who successfully requests an open hearing waives his or her rights under FERPA. Cell phones and recording devices may not be used in the hearing room(s) unless approved by the panel in writing in advance. Notice when the decision and sanctions become final. and functions of continuing duration (e.g., the operation of libraries, research laboratories, maintenance shops, computers, business offices, etc.). 212-854-2559 212-854-5164 uge@columbia.edu. Columbia Spectator coverage about the adoption of the Rules, For more information on the University Senate, see. 435 West 116th Street New York, NY 10027. The University requires any individual participating in the investigation, hearing process, sanctioning or appeal process to disclose to the University any potential or actual conflict of interest. If the respondent is determined to be responsible, the University Judicial Board will provide the sanction based on their determination. They are used to avoid awkward locutions and are not intended to perpetuate gender stereotypes.). Columbia University in the City of New York, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EOAA). A respondent who is found responsible for a serious violation of these Rules is subject to the full range of sanctions. If a hearing is declared open, a dissenting member of the hearing panel can declare a conflict of interest and withdraw from consideration of the case. Columbia University says it has temporarily banned at least 70 students for violating the New York City school's Covid-19 travel policy. (6) (serious) misappropriates, damages, or destroys books or scholarly material or any other property belonging to the University, or to another party, when that property is in or on a Uni­versity facility, and by such action causes or threatens substantial educational, administrative, or financial loss; To notification, in writing, of a report of misconduct, any charge filed, any resolution of the case, any factual findings of the investigation, any explanation of findings of responsibility, and any imposed sanctions, including the outcome of any appeal. Dismissal or restriction from University employment. Columbia is committed to ensuring that all employees are free to exercise their NLRA Section 7 rights. Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Department of Surgery, New York, NY. Be civil. The sanctioning decision will be communicated in writing to the Rules Administrator and the respondent. (20) (serious) fails to disperse from an assembly upon order of a properly identified Delegate when such order results from serious violations of these Rules by members of the assembly and the Delegate so states in his order to disperse. l. Rules Administrator means the Rules Administrator appointed under Section 445a. Respect everyone's time. If a respondent desires to have an attorney serve as his or her advisor, the University will arrange for a volunteer attorney-advisor if the respondent so requests. The University will seek to resolve every report of misconduct within approximately two (2) months of an incident, not counting any appeal. In determining whether a hearing may be open to the public, they may consider: (1) the risk to public safety, including to witnesses who may be called, and (2) the deterrent or permissive effect on the campus community, including on particular individuals and organizations. Character Witnesses. Failure by a Delegate to create these areas shall not excuse a violation of these Rules. Columbia University’s School of Social Work is a top ranked school and the first social work school established in the U.S. The three grounds for appeal are: A procedural error affecting the determination or sanction; New information that was not available at the time of the investigation or hearing and that may change the determination or sanction; and. These rights include but are not limited to discussions concerning wages, hours and terms and conditions of employment, picketing, leafleting, strikes, and other “concerted” activities. Update your profile to better connect. The Appeals Board shall hear all appeals from decisions or sanctions imposed by the University Judicial Board or, in cases of informal resolution, decisions or sanctions imposed by the Chair of the UJB, or by the Chair’s designee. ©1999-2020. All members of the University community who … However, inadvertent or accidental behavior shall not be considered to be the substance of a violation. Permanent damage will result in the group being charged a fee with the possibility of the group not being allowed to use the space in the future. If the Rules Administrator determines that a conflict of interest exists, he/she will take steps to address the conflict in order to ensure an impartial process. ; Any spills or accidents must be cleaned up immedately. As President Bollinger has noted, “Our great institutions of higher education bear a special social responsibility for educating people to possess a nimble cast of mind, able to grasp multiple perspectives and the full complexity of a subject. The hearing is a closed proceeding, meaning that the only individuals who may be present in the hearing room(s) during the proceeding are: the panel members, the Rules Administrator, the respondent, their respective advisors, witnesses (when called), and necessary University personnel. They also include persons who are on leave or suspended or continuing matriculants for any degree or certificate, as well as persons registered during any preceding terms and who have not since that time earned the degree or certificate or withdrawn from the University. Adequate to protect the safety of the campus community. The University has an obligation to assure members of its community that they can continue in their academic pursuits without fear for their personal security or other serious intrusions on their ability to teach and to study. d. Appeals Board. Also visitors, licensees, and invitees on a University facility shall be subject to the Rules of University Conduct. The hearing panel will review the investigation report and written submissions. If a respondent believes that any individual involved in the process has a conflict of interest, within three (3) business days of receiving notice of his/her participation the respondent may make a written request to the Rules Administrator that the individual not participate. The Rules of University Conduct do not apply to participation in a demonstration, including a rally or picketing, by full-time employees of the University represented by a collective bargaining agent, where the demonstration arises in the course of or is incident to a labor dispute involving the University. The University Judicial Board will render a sanctioning decision within five (5) business days following the receipt of the panel’s determination (or notification of a case where the respondent accepts responsibility). Investigation completed within fifteen (15) business days after the investigation begins. A Delegate is obliged, upon the request of another Delegate, to assist that Delegate. The complaint shall state with particularity the person(s) involved, the nature of the offense, and the circumstances under which the offense may have been committed. c. Creating Separate Areas for Demon­strations Believed to Be in Violation of These Rules and for Permissible Demonstrations/Observation. Cell Phones and Recording Devices. Preponderance of the evidence means that a panel must be convinced based on the information it considers that the respondent was more likely than not to have engaged in the conduct at issue in order to find the respondent responsible for violating the Rules. A Conversation about the Rules of University Conduct, Professor Goldberg's post, "Speech, Protest and the Rule of University Conduct". (10) (simple) enters a private office without authorization; A respondent who is found responsible for a simple violation of these Rules is subject to the full range of sanctions with the exception of: Dismissal or restriction from University employment; Suspension; Expulsion; and Revocation of degree. Each of these three groups—students, faculty, and staff—is eligible for the two remaining seats, but none of the groups may occupy both of those seats, and thereby form a majority of the Board. 606 Kent Hall, MC 3948 1140 Amsterdam Ave New York, NY 10027. Consistent with the University’s handling of similar cases. This notice will include an explanation of the University’s appeals process. The National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that students working as teaching and research assistants are “employees” under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The members of the Appeals Board shall be persons from within the University. The Rules Administrator and the respondent will be notified in writing of the final decision, which will be rendered within ten (10) business days of the receipt of the written appeal. The panel may determine the relevance of, place restrictions on, or exclude any witnesses or information. And for centuries, great societies of all types have understood that this kind of intellectual capacity is essential to progress. (5) (simple) causes minor property damage or loss, or endangers property on a University facility; The University may continue the process without the respondent’s participation. In order to provide accessible, prompt, and fair methods of investigation and resolution of incidents of misconduct, the University has developed a process for investigation and adjudication of allegations of misconduct. Notice of a charge filed and any information that will be used in the hearing process. Download a reader-friendly guide to the Rules of University Conduct here (pictured below), and find the full set of rules here. Additional training and educational materials for faculty, students, and staff. (11) (serious) holds or occupies a private office for his own purposes; (Comment: Persons may not enter a private office unless invited and then not substantially in excess of the number designated or invited by the occupant. The respondent will have the opportunity to review a copy of the investigative report and any other information that will be used during the hearing process. If the Board decides to keep the hearing closed, it must provide written notice to the respondent. If the respondent accepts responsibility, the matter will proceed to the sanctioning stage, followed by any appeals. 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