Apparently in response to outrage over the rescheduling of GS Class Day, Dean Awn sent out an email late this afternoon announcing a “modest fund” that will attempt to relieve those families “most significantly affected” by costs incurred from late changes to travel/lodging arrangements.
Awn’s email is posted in full below.
Together with President Bollinger and Barnard President Debora Spar, I have established a modest fund to help graduating seniors manage the additional travel expenses incurred due to the change of date for GS Class Day.
If you would like to be considered to receive such funds, please submit the following to email@example.com by Friday April 30, 2012 at 12 noon.
- Graduate’s first name, last name, and CUID number (Example: C123456789)
- A written letter of appeal that describes why this change will either prevent your family from attending GS Class Day or create an excessive financial hardship.
- Number of people affected and relation to graduate
- Documentation of original expenses and new expenses projected or incurred (airline or train change-fees) will eventually have to be provided. If documentation is already available, please forward a copy with your request.
Because funding is limited, we appreciate your patience and understanding while we work to help the families most significantly affected.
Once again, I apologize for the inconvenience this late but unavoidable change has caused. We at GS are working hard to make 2012 Class Day the memorable event you deserve.
Please consult www.gs.columbia.edu/graduation for updates regarding travel tips, hotel accommodations, and everything you need to know regarding graduation week.
Peter J. Awn