Visit from Dean Monique Rinere

  • Purpose was to discuss the new medical leave policy
  • When she came to Columbia, the medical leave policy seemed to conflict with practice. The Mental Health Taskforce brought this issue up this past spring semester, and in mid to late August, Dean Rinere sent an email to the student body detailing the changes to the medical leave policy
  • Changes
    • CC students can now take a leave from anywhere from one semester to four semesters
    • Moved back the readmission due date for the spring semester from October 1st to November 1st
    • All instances of leave have to be accompanied by an assessment from a health practitioner regarding the appropriate time to take off
    • Dean Rinere has individually reached out to students returning from medical leave to make sure that they are successfully reentering the community
  • CCSC members then asked questions regarding the new medical leave policy and advising in general, and Dean Rinere talked about current programs that CSA is working on
    • Are there any differences in the leave policies of the other undergraduate schools?
      • The GS policy aligns with CC but CSA does not look over GS so they cannot have ultimate control over the process
      • The Engineering School is different because they have so many sequential courses that it may not be possible for them to take only a one semester leave of absence. However, advising will work with students as much as possible to allow them to take the appropriate length of absence.
    • Who decides the appeals for medical leave?
      • The deans
    • ARISE: Academic Resources in Support of Excellence
      • Revamped tutoring offerings
      • Much bigger focus on helping students find research positions with faculty
      • Academic skill-assistance
    • Peer Advising programs that CSA has
      • An example she gave was a tutoring program for Professor Mowshowitz’s biology class. They are about four weeks into this support course.
    • How is CSA working with students who are the first in their family to attend college?
      • First in Family Peer Mentoring
        • Outreach that they were doing for first-generation students
        • They currently have a First in Family event, are starting a mentoring program and will have an event to connect first-generation students with alumni
    • CSA is working on connecting students with research opportunities
      • Might be useful to have students attend workshops on how to approach faculty for research positions
    • What kind of Pre-Law and Pre-Med advising is there?
      • Have students in the peer advising program
    • Are there talks about having more advisors who specialize in the sciences?
      • It is difficult to attract scientists to advising and also difficult to retain them
    • What kind of resources are there for transfer students and students in the combined plan?
      • Peer connector program
    • What kinds of opportunities are there for research in the social sciences?
      • Best resource is the Directors of Undergraduate Studies of the department—every student should meet with them
    • How much collaboration does CSA do with CCE?
      • In touch probably everyday—do a lot of programs together

Updates

  • 2015 Class Council
    • Second Lerner Pub was successful. There was a mug giveaway this time around.
    • Oktoberfest event next Saturday on the bridge over Amsterdam
    • Still continuing Senior Sweater sales
  • 2016 Class Council
    • Launching apparel on Thursday
    • To help with the distribution of apparel, they are having a joint event with Feel Good CU
    • Anne Scotti, VP 2016 Class Council has been working on the boat formal planning. It will be right after Spring Break.
  • 2017 Class Council
    • Introduced Ravi Sinha, the new treasurer for Class of 2017.
    • Will be launching apparel this week
    • Adanma Raymond, VP 2017 Class Council will be taking point on a mid-November relaxation event.
    • Marshall Bozeman, 2017 Class Council Representative and Sean Ryan, 2017 Class Council President will be meeting with CCE and CSA to nail down details for the first major discovery series. Will be a mixer-type event for sophomores to mingle with upperclassmen.
  • 2018 Class Council
    • Will be deciding on appointed council soon
    • Planning first party for the Lerner Party Space
    • Halloween TV episodes screening on the lawn event coming up
  • Policy Committee
    • Emergency funding for AD/LD testing is going to happen. Sejal Singh, VP Policy, Ramis Wadood, University Senator, and Grayson Warrick, Academic Affairs Representative worked on this fairly extensively.
    • The Mental Health Taskforce has an Open Forum this Thursday, October 8
      • They also launched a survey to deal with identity concerns about CPS
  • Communications Committee
    • Navigate Columbia work is continuing
    • Will continue to monitor WTF Columbia and will be starting a marketing campaign for it soon
    • Will be polling students about the use of space in Lerner
  • President
    • Meeting with Todd Smith-Bergollo
      • Peter discussed the student life fees. They went over some of the data with it and discovered that there were steady $6 increases in it which abruptly stopped a few years back. With the governing boards increasing the recognized student groups, they need more money to give out.
    • Executive Board met with FLIP (First-Generation Low Income Partnership) today
      • Looked at policy changes which can improve the lives of their general body members
  • Finance Committee
    • Put together guidelines and limits for the Student Project Grants. Also, streamlined the guidelines that accompany the SPGs. Will have the application ready and will be publicizing next week.
    • Capital Investment Fund: application has been out for two weeks. There is funding available but no one has applied.
    • President and Provost fund: President and Provost give money to UEM to give out to student groups. This fund will be opening soon.
  • Campus Life
    • Precalendaring starts October 20
    • Anne Scotti: Bagelpalooza in John Jay tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.
    • November 6: Basketballmania
    • Met with Ferris Reel this week and are cosponsoring two movie screenings so far. One is October 26 and the other is November 2 (during fall break).
    • Homecoming is October 25th
      • October 18th: screening away game in Lerner
      • October 24th: pep rally
    • Projects being worked on with archives and alumni

WTF Columbia Discussion

  • VP Communications, Abby Porter, gave guidelines to the general body about how WTF Columbia issues would be processed
  • A change from past years is that now the entire general body will be working on WTF Columbia issues so that the issues can be processed more quickly and with more participation from various members of council
  • This will be done through a Google Spreadsheet sent out each week
  • Publicity about the website WTF Columbia will be happening through the Communications Committee in the coming weeks

Bylaws Changes

  • First change is a change to the CCSC Financing Guidelines
    • Formalized process for class councils and campus life to apply for funding. This is what CCSC has been doing in practice, and now it is finalized.
    • Vote Yay: 32-0-0
  • Second change is about the appointment process of individuals to the Academic Committees
    • Some minor language changes
    • Another change is to the way that the subcommittee is selected to review the submitted applications
    • Another change is to codify something that has been happening for a while which is that the Academic Affairs Representative has been sitting on the Committee on the Core and the Committee on Science Instruction.
    • Last change is regarding the way in which the candidates for the committees will be selected. There will be a subcommittee that selects candidates for the committees in the spring. These candidates will then present in front of general body who will vote on the individuals who will sit on the seats, as well as an alternate if there are scheduling conflicts in the spring. If there are scheduling conflicts in the fall for the alternate as well, there will be a subcommittee which will convene to appoint a new person to sit on the committees.
    • Vote Yay: 32-0-0