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USenate Approves ROTC Resolution

The University Senate just voted to approve the final ROTC resolution, but only after amendments. You can compare the unamended with the final document, and read the full resolution as voted on by the Senate below. The resolution passed with 51 senators voting in favor, 17 opposed, and 1 abstention.

In a completely unrelated and much less controversial vote, the Senate also decided to change the name of the School of Continuing Education to the School of Professional and Cross-Disciplinary Studies.

Bwog will have a full report on today’s USenate meeting later this afternoon.

Update, 7:14 pm: We’ve updated with the official University statement:

We appreciate the diligent work by the University Senate in fostering a robust debate on the issue of military engagement and ROTC. As in any diverse, open community there will always be a range of strongly held opinions on such important issues. But as President Bollinger stated after last December’s Congressional vote, the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell offers an historic opportunity for universities to reconsider their own policies as well. As planned, we look forward to sharing the Senate resolution with the Council of Deans and seeking an official conclusion on this matter by the end of the semester.



WHEREAS, Columbia University’s many existing relationships with the Armed Forces of the United States, such as participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans, the Eisenhower Leadership Development Program at Teachers College, and the Armed Forces scholarship and residency programs with the Faculty of Health Sciences, enrich the Columbia community; and

WHEREAS, Columbia students have successfully participated in off-campus Reserve Officers Training Corps programs for decades and have recently taken part in various ceremonial functions on campus, including commissioning ceremonies and a weekly color guard; and

WHEREAS, the United States Congress passed a bill repealing 10 U.S.C. § 654 (commonly termed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law) on December 18, 2010, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama, CC ’83 on December 22, 2010; and

WHEREAS, military service, supporting an abiding idea of the nation beyond its policies at any given moment, belongs among those forms of public service honored by Columbia University; and

WHEREAS, the 1976 Tien Special Committee specifically empowers the University Senate to discuss and decide on any future relationships with the Armed Forces; and

WHEREAS, the 2011 Task Force on Military Engagement conducted a broad and representative process, soliciting opinions from the Columbia community; the results of which included a survey of opinion of the student bodies of five schools* with a 60% (for), 33% (against), and 7% (neutral) result specifically on the question of on-campus Reserve Officers Training Corps; and

WHEREAS, the principles of Columbia University’s non-discrimination policy, which are deeply important to Columbia’s identity, express shared values of fostering an open and tolerant community, as shall not abridge the University’s educational mission.

That Columbia University welcomes the opportunity to explore mutually beneficial relationships with the Armed Forces of the United States, including participation in the programs of the Reserve Officers Training Corps.

Executive Committee, Student Affairs Committee, Faculty Affairs Committee, Education Committee

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous April Fools!!!! Columbia wouldn’t do this!

  • WTF says:

    @WTF The name change is a HUGE deal, report!!!

  • Michael Segal says:

    @Michael Segal Spectator reports the vote as 51-17. It would be helpful to know which tally is correct.

    In the military they say that 90% of the work is in implementation. In science, we say that 1% is inspiration and 99% is perspiration.

    1. Conor says:

      @Conor Fifty-one is correct! Excuse Bwog’s scratchy handwriting!

  • LBB'12 says:

    @LBB'12 Dear Columbia,
    As long as ROTC is welcome on campus, I will not donate a cent to this institution.
    Yours truly,

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Thats cool, you probably won’t be rich anyway

    2. Great says:

      @Great I’m sure the tens of thousands of CU alums who won’t donate because ROTC isn’t allowed 1) are richer than you, 2) will easily make up what you wont donate.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous he goes to columbia, he probably is already rich

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous sigh, reply to anonymous above

  • ... says:

    @... So much for Columbia being a bastion of liberal thought. We are now just as conservative as Princeton.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous you’re wrong. white, middle class liberalism. they mostly don’t care. and most of them just don’t care.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous *uNiversity senate

  • Officer McGruff says:

    @Officer McGruff They are here with beer….

  • EC says:

    @EC The senate did well to arrive at the final version of the resolution. It’s clean, even elegant.

  • Confused Liberal says:

    @Confused Liberal I don’t get why liberals aren’t okay with ROTC, speaking as a self-identified liberal myself. Our response to people who don’t think gays should get married is always “well if you don’t want gay marriage you don’t have to get one”. Same for abortion — “nobody’s telling you to get an abortion”. Liberalism, to me, means not imposing my way of thought on other people.

    So why is it that when it comes to ROTC, we liberals throw away this notion? Applying consistent ways of thought means that we should be saying “ROTC is allowed, and I disagree with ROTC but that just means that I won’t join it. It should still be an option for people who want to do it”. Instead, however, we adopt the very attitudes that we disagree with when it comes to things like gay marriage.

    1. Because says:

      @Because The opposition to ROTC isn’t really liberal.

      In contrast, the case for Columbia ROTC is filled with liberal arguments because most Columbia ROTC advocates are real liberals.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous It doesn’t matter whether DADT is repealed or not, the reason ROTC was originally banned from campus in 1969 and should continue to be banned is because the military kills people.

    I don’t know if you all forgot that part.

    Not only does the military kill people, it kills poor, brown people in countries with oil to further the United States imperialist aims.

    That is why ROTC was and should continue to be banned.

    Some people have hijacked the conversation as if DADT is the problem with the military and ROTC.

    Obviously the administration wants to get as much federal money as possible for itself and the trustees.

    Wake Up

    1. anon says:

      @anon thanks daniella/sean

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous lol u guys are lame

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