Oct

30

We Have Class Tomorrow :(

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Update, 5:40 pm: Barnard will also have class tomorrow.

According to an email from Columbia’s Emergency Management Operations Team, we (undergrads and most grad students) have class tomorrow! The reason? “Our students will only benefit by beginning to reengage in the purposeful work that brings our University community—and our City—together each day.”

The med school, School of Public Health, School of Continuing Education, School of the Arts, UTS, and Teachers College all canceled classes. (Barnard has not announced whether classes are canceled, but it’s likely they’re not.) NYU canceled classes, there’s still no public transit, and NYC public schools and libraries are closed. And yet, we have class. But look on the bright side: in two days, it’ll be Fall Break.

Full statement:

UNIVERSITY STATEMENT REGARDING RESUMPTION OF CLASSES
FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 31, 2012

As our city and region recover from the serious impact of Hurricane Sandy, the University will begin resuming classes tomorrow, Wednesday, October 31, with the following exceptions:

The Mailman School of Public Health on the Medical Center campus will not hold classes;

On the Morningside Campus, the School of Continuing Education and the School of the Arts graduate classes will not be held, but undergraduate classes in the School of the Arts will meet.

We know that transportation within the five boroughs and wider metropolitan area will remain a challenge for several days to come and that there will inevitably be some students, faculty and staff who may have special difficulty reaching our campuses. We want to emphasize that everyone whose families, homes and neighborhoods have been severely affected by the storm have our full support in attending to their needs on the home front in the days ahead.

We are fortunate to have large populations of students, faculty and staff living in, or within close walking distance of, our campus communities, which escaped significant damage from the storm. Our students will only benefit by beginning to reengage in the purposeful work that brings our University community – and our City–together each day.

Administrative and support staff should report to work on Wednesday. If that presents difficulties, please contact your supervisor. Faculty members and teaching assistants who cannot reach campus tomorrow should try to follow normal procedures to inform their students that a particular class will not be held, as they would do with other instances such as missing class due to illness. Teaching assistants should follow the same protocol in regard to recitation sections or other academic sessions. To be sure, we appreciate that because of flooding and power outages elsewhere, it may sometimes be impossible to alert students of a class cancellation.

We encourage faculty members to be flexible and creative in making provision for students who may themselves not be able to reach campus, such as providing class materials including notes from lectures and discussions. Please do not hesitate to contact your deans and department chairs for more information and guidance, if needed.

We will continue to update the University community about the status of activities and operations depending largely on decision-making by State and City about travel and transit conditions. For example, because of limited staffing, we can expect that some campus services will be reduced this week.

It is also worth note that this coming Monday and Tuesday remain scheduled University holidays.

With patience, understanding and flexibility, the University can move forward with the rest of our City and region in reestablishing our daily lives and work in the days ahead.

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57 Comments

  1. lazy college senior  

    this is so not raven

  2. CC'14  

    This is hilarious. All Columbia affiliates are closed, save for Barnard. How the hell are students and professors even supposed to make it to campus?

  3. ;_;  

    Why does my CC professor live in Harlem?

  4. no  

    no...they can't make me go back...they...no...i won't let them make me go...i can't go back...noooooooooo

  5. Pissed off P&S student

    No--the med school most definitely has classes tomorrow.

  6. WTF  

    "Our students will only benefit by beginning to reengage in the purposeful work that brings our University community – and our City – together each day." Shut the hell up.

  7. hm  

    "Our students will only benefit by beginning to reengage in the purposeful work that brings our University community—and our City—together each day."

    THE CITY IS SHUT DOWN.

    also,
    how does cramming for a cc midterm, trying to stay awake during a lecture, and freezing constitute "purposeful work" that brings me closer to new york city?!

    you are a soulless, soulless place, columbia.

  8. other lazy college senior  

    oh hell, is my grad-level class through GSAS or the med school? This is suddenly the only important question.

  9. Anonymous  

    "To be sure, we appreciate that because of flooding and power outages elsewhere, it may sometimes be impossible to alert students of a class cancellation." Don't worry, we still might not have class. We just don't know it yet.

  10. T_T

    but i live off campus how am I supposed to get to class with no metro and buses only coming every 3 hours. wtf heartless. and of course my professors are e-mailing me expressing their glee to get back to work. ugh.

  11. Anonymous

    wait i thought this was an extended fall break...

  12. twilight zone  

    and we might not even be notified...

  13. A Newer Hope  

    In other news, Disney bought LucasFilms, Episode 7 of Star Wars coming out in 2015.

  14. Anonymous  

    According to Dean Schollenberger,classes are offish for mañana,

  15. Anonymous  

    it's the future I can see...

  16. broken_symlink  

    At least this line is reassuring, "It is also worth note that this coming Monday and Tuesday remain scheduled University holidays." I was half expecting them to say, "oh and about that fall break, its cancelled because you just had it!"

  17. don't even joke...  

    I probably would've transferred if that had happened

  18. C.H.

    I'd like to do my best to get to classes tomorrow (my loans command me to do it), but I've hit a brick wall in trying to figure my route out: no subway service, no Brooklyn-to-Manhattan buses, and any safe car service will be prohibitively expensive. I would walk across the goddamn Brooklyn Bridge itself, except heavy winds are still expected for tomorrow and I would likely end up with a free aerial tour of the East River.

    Can anybody help me out? I'm in Brooklyn Heights.

  19. only have one class tomorrwo  

    ---gym

  20. TMW  

    I just received an email from my professor that our class is cancelled due to flooding/power outages in her area. I hope everyone is staying safe.

  21. Asshattery  

    Purposeful work? Please. They teach us how to cut corners, speed read, and sound like academics, then pat yourselves on the back with the hand that's not in our pockets. There are a HANDFUL of professors here who actually teach anything other than that, so let's not pretend otherwise. It was only last fall that certain professors let people go down to OWS protests without marking them as absent. There was no fine talk like "our students will only benefit by beginning to reengage in the purposeful work that brings our University community – and our City–together each day" then. Nope. I show up to class and I play this stupid game, just like everyone else does. My money--and your money too--is sunk: might as well get the sparkly brand name and use it to jimmy open doors that might be otherwise stay closed.

  22. First Lutenant Kernel of the Lejun The Dark Hand  

    A vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for world peace! Students of Columbia drop your coat hangers and hug a baby!

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