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10

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Being CAVA’d can change a person. That trip to the hospital, whether the CAVA victim remembers it or not, does something to the mind, telling you that the choices you’ve made are seriously dangerous. The worst walk of shame you’ll ever take part in, from St. Luke’s back to campus, remains burned in the memory forever. That’s why Bwog is here to help delineate the best steps to take post-CAVA to both reintegrate back into society normally and clean up your life with as little embarrassment as possible.

Short-term

  1. Call Public Safety to bring you back to campus. You’re too weak/hungover to make it back by yourself, but your friends have already helped you through enough–they deserve a break. So, make that fated call and suffer through the awkward ride back. You can do it, St. Luke’s isn’t that far.
  2. Use your roommate’s makeup remover wipes. To hell with skincare, you might say–but you’ll thank yourself when you wake up without eyeliner smeared all over your pillow. And while they’re not the best for the environment, makeup wipes are by FAR the most convenient option for you right now.
  3. Sleep. It won’t make the pain go away, but it will begin to make your body forgive you for the choices you made.
  4. Eat something. As unappetizing as Ferris pasta sounds right now, it’s the best thing you can do for your body to fill it up with something besides alcohol.
  5. Go redeem yourself to the RA on duty who was called when the front desk guard saw you come in stumbling. They don’t get paid enough for this.

Long-term

  1. Buy a LOT of thank-you cards. Your friends watched you at your worst. You might not remember it, but the image of them holding a trash can while you threw up is burned in their mind.
  2. Catch up on the work you skipped to go to that frat party. The essay is still due Monday morning, even if you slept all of Sunday.
  3. STOP. DRINKING. Seems obvious given how even the smell of alcohol is probably repulsive to you now, but an important one. Even if it’s just a couple weeks. You won’t believe how much more productive you become when you’re not going out every weekend!

Oct

18

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Students of Columbia who walked in on Suzanne Goldberg’s class earlier this month to protest received a disciplinary email Monday from a member of the faculty named Melissa Begg. In the email, the students were told they must attend a meeting with Ms. Begg in her role as “temporary rules administrator.” Students are under threat of a possible “simple” rules violation, which could entail punishments such as public reprimand.

The students who received this email are requesting that the allegations “be immediately dismissed and expunged” on the grounds that the statute of limitations for disciplining them for a Rules of Conduct violation, which is 5 days, has passed. In a response to the email they received, one student called initiating an investigation after the statute of limitations has passed “a clear violation of Columbia’s policies” and said that to do so “deprives [the students] of our right to a prompt investigation within the time frame Columbia provides.”

The administration is arguing that they are allowed to go beyond the statute of limitations due to Professor and EVP Goldberg’s conflict of interest: as the University Rules of Conduct Administrator for Columbia, she would normally be the person to begin investigations regarding possible rules violations. However, because she is also Executive Vice President of University Life, under which she handles Title IX-related claims, and because it was her class that the protest occurred in, the administration is arguing that the statute of limitations does not apply because they needed extra time to find an alternate administrator to send the disciplinary email. Despite the fact that the administration themselves failed to address this conflict previously by hiring someone new for one of the positions, it seems they will continue to make this argument.

Details, context, what’s next

Oct

16

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Some students who participated in the protest last week at Lerner are being threatened by members of Columbia administration with possible disciplinary action such as expulsion and suspension. The students were protesting Columbia University College Republicans’ event for which they hosted British speaker Tommy Robinson. Robinson is known for his fascist and white supremacist ideologies and past, which sparked protest by hundreds of students on campus. The students under the threat are some of those who entered the auditorium where the event was taking place.

One student shared an email they, along with others, received from Suzanne Goldberg, the Rules Administrator and Executive Vice President of University Life at Columbia on Friday. The email asked the students to schedule a disciplinary hearing on either Monday, October 16th or Tuesday, October 17th. In the email, Goldberg said that she is “beginning an investigation” based on a “complaint regarding your involvement in an interruption of a guest speaker at Columbia on October 10, 2017.”

The students in question are under investigation for possible violation of two of the Rules of University Conduct. One of the rules, Section 443(a) (13), is a “simple” violation. It says that a “person is in violation of these Rules when such person individually or with a group, incident to a demonstration…briefly interrupts a University function.” The second rule, Section 443(a) (14), is relevant when someone “disrupts a University function,” and is considered a “serious” violation. Goldberg did not specify what any possible disciplinary action might look like, but “serious” violations as she referred to carry the possibilities of suspension and expulsion.

A petition has been formed that demands these students receive no disciplinary action from the University. The petition was posted under the name “Students Against White Supremacy,” and is signed “students of Columbia University.” It has not been affiliated with any particular students or student groups, and no student groups have come out as organizations in support of it as of yet.

Update, October 16 2017, 1:13PM

Original email from Suzanne Goldberg

The administration defended its decision to allow the event to occur despite knowing there would be resistance. They argued that free speech should be afforded to all, even those we don’t agree with.

A student who received the email threatening disciplinary action said that “free speech is a human right only until the point where it starts taking away that right from others.” The student, who got a ticket to the event before it happened, felt that “the Columbia Administration, by giving this man a platform to speak and now threatening protesters with disciplinary action, is again denying us this right [free speech].” The protesters who entered the event were planning a silent protest once inside, but quickly some back-and-forth began between the protesters and Robinson.

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