USenate Task Force on Military Engagement Releases Student Survey

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The University Senate released an online survey this evening aimed to gauge student opinion on the subject of military presence at Columbia. There are general questions about the military’s relationship with Columbia, and there is a question that directly asks: I ______ of a return of ROTC to Columbia’s campuses.

You can access the survey via their web page and log in with your UNI (however, they stress the survey is anonymous). It starts tonight at 8pm and will be open until next Thursday, February 24 at 11:59pm.

Read the questions after the jump…

For each question, please select the option that best fits your opinion. All questions are required.

1) I ______ of a return of ROTC to Columbia’s campuses.

  • Approve
  • Disapprove
  • Don’t know/No opinion

2) I ______ of Columbia allowing participation of Columbia students in ROTC, whether on- or off-campus.

  • Approve
  • Disapprove
  • Don’t know/No opinion

3) I believe a relationship between Columbia and the military ______ Coumbia’s identity, principles, and policies.

  • Supports
  • Somewhat supports
  • Neither supports nor detracts from
  • Somewhat detracts from
  • Detracts from
  • Don’t know

4) I believe military engagement will ______ academic freedom at Columbia.

  • Benefit
  • Somewhat benefit
  • Neither benefit nor detract from
  • Somewhat detract from
  • Detract from
  • Don’t know

5) I am ______ current U.S. military practice in relation to Columbia’s non-discrimination policy.

  • Supportive of
  • Somewhat supportive of
  • Neither supportive of nor unsupportive of
  • Somewhat unsupportive of
  • Unsupportive of
  • Don’t know

6) I believe military engagement on campus would ______ intellectual diversity on campus.

  • Increase
  • Somewhat increase
  • Neither increase nor reduce
  • Somewhat reduce
  • Reduce
  • Don’t know

7) An ROTC program that leads to more Columbia-educated military officers would be a ______ development.

  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Negative
  • Don’t know

8) What is your Columbia affiliation?

  • Barnard College
  • Columbia College
  • Engineering
  • General Studies
  • SIPA

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  1. how many of the bwog personals  

    were successful?

  2. does the  

    survey not work for anyone else?

  3. Safari

    All the way mother fuckers!

  4. So  

    was the question about would it be better for the military to have more columbia students as officers a bit unfair? It would probably be better if columbia students had more positions of power in any organization no matter how screwed up it is. But that shouldn't really have any bearing on whether or not that organization gets the opportunity to have a program in this school

  5. USMC

    we're here . . . with beer . . . get used to it.

  6. Anonymous

    2lt Schermerhorn will be the most important member of the military as he will be the one constantly engaging (as in talking not shooting) with local populations anywhere that he may go during his career. Possibilities include over 150 countries that we are NOT at war with but require still our aid. (Haiti anyone?)

  7. Stephen

    I thought the survey was fine. I wish it had included a text box at the end where we could have added short comments. I know they have the email address for that purpose but it would have been nice to be able to directly clarify some of our answers right in the survey.

  8. Anonymous  

    I agree. It's a loaded question.

  9. yeah  

    including to keep the rotc program off campus.

    white man's burden gotta change the military from the outside blah blah blah.

  10. idk  

    what you people think of yourselves. you think YOU can change the military? you no good middle class brats. i hope the rotc is on your campus so you can claim to be serving the community without actually doing it.

  11. Michael Segal

    Could someone post the actual text of the questions so alumni and others could know exactly what is being asked?

  12. anon

    when do the results come out?

  13. St. Pauls boy  

    Claire is so cool.

  14. Anonymous

    Question 2 is so loaded! Can't answer it. I only approve of ROTC off-campus.

  15. grad student

    Can anybody explain why there is no blank for GSAS on the final question? Was there a policy decision made to exclude us from this survey?

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