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    Default University plans to require students to undergo sexual respect education program

    University plans to require students to undergo sexual respect education program

    Columbia students from each undergraduate and graduate school will be required to complete a sexual respect education program or face diploma or registration holds, multiple resident advisers briefed on this program have confirmed to Spectator. Barnard students will not be required to participate.

    The program—which will be officially announced on Monday as the University’s first community citizenship initiative—was announced by Dean of Undergraduate Student Life Cristen Kromm and graduate hall directors in meetings with the staff of each residential area over the past two weeks.

    Students must complete the requirement by March 13. Residential hall councils and student groups will be encouraged to host workshops before the deadline.

    Students will be allowed to choose one of four options, including participating in an hour-long workshop, watching and discussing short films, and submitting anonymous reflection pieces on two separate TED talks. Students may also reflect creatively by producing a piece of art or poetry, which could potentially be displayed at an exhibit later in the semester.

    RAs, who requested anonymity because they are not allowed to speak to the press, have said that options like the TED talk reflection and the art project will allow students to work on their own schedule.

    “[Administrators] want to be very effective by having people get something out of it, but they understand everyone is really busy,” one RA said.

    While students may fulfill the requirement with any of these options, they will be encouraged to participate in a workshop, which will focus on one of a few topics such as healthy relationships and bystander intervention.

    No Red Tape prevention coordinator Michela Weihl, BC ’17, said that while the program should offer choices to students, these options should not differ in how much work they require or how much information they convey.

    “A lot of the options being offered are pretty visibly less effort, and when you offer students a choice ... unless they’re deeply invested already, they’re going to choose what’s going to take them less time,” Weihl said.

    Resident advisers who met with Kromm last week were told the program would not be mandatory. As a result, a second RA, who met with Kromm last week, said that many RAs in the meeting expressed concerns about enforcing student participation without requiring it. “The sentiment wasn’t that we, RAs, wanted to add it as a requirement,” the second RA said. “We thought that students might not partake if there might not be follow up.”

    Instead, multiple RAs said that Kromm and the graduate hall directors would do their best to make sure that all students in the University complete the strongly encouraged program.

    “The way [Dean Kromm] framed it was as a University honor, like we have an honor code, and we all adhere to it, like we should all voluntarily go through sexual education training,” the first RA said. “Someone who doesn’t understand what rape is and thinks this is bull$#@! would most likely not participate—and those are the people that need to be reached.”

    Yet those who had meetings this week said that they were told the program was a requirement.

    If it is proven successful after student assessment, the program will be extended into the future, but may focus on a different topic.

    “This initiative, in general, is focusing on the ongoing conversation about issues they [administrators] think face Columbia,” the second RA said. “It is my understanding that this year focuses on sexual respect and consent. But in the future, it could be subject to diversity or another topic focus.”

    RAs are hopeful for the impact the program could have.

    “I like the idea that I’m doing this because I’m part of a community,” the first RA said. “Even if it doesn’t affect me directly, I’m still part of this community, and this is why I should really take part of this initiative.”
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    Default Columbia University: Attend Rape Workshops, Or No Diploma

    Article here.



    Columbia University may be compelling students in the next month to complete a sexual assault education program or else lose the ability to register for classes or even receive their diploma, according to the Columbia Spectator.

    Students will have a host of options for how to complete the requirement, including attending an hour-long workshop, watching and discussing a series of short films on the matter or even crafting works of art and poetry to engage with the topic.

    Notably, while participation is expected of all students in Columbia's undergraduate and graduate programs, students at Barnard College, Columbia's all-women affiliate, will not be required to take part, suggesting the target of the initiative is actually Columbia's men.

    Columbia has been enmeshed in controversy over sexual assault in the past year, after student Emma Sulkowicz made very public allegations that she had been raped by a fellow student and then denied justice thanks to a bungled investigation by the university. Last fall, she drew national attention when she started to carry a mattress with her around campus. On Tuesday, a Spectator writer wrote an opinion piece condemning the paper for helping to stoke an uncritical, witch-hunt attitude towards those accused of sexual assault.

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    Typical. Makes me glad to be out of college.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulConventionWV View Post
    Typical. Makes me glad to be out of college.
    Yeah... by 30+ years.

    College has become a joke. A very expensive one, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coolidge/Dawes '24 View Post
    Article here.
    I wonder whether anyone will sue the school. This would be breach of contract, methinks, to have a senior with 1 semester remaining suddenly forced to take this stoopid class. Private school, so they can do it if they please, but it should apply only to incoming freshmen, moving forward. That way, anyone not liking the condition can go elsewhere. But to have spent $100K only to then have this choice foisted upon you is not reasonable.

    "The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. Liberty is not a thing for the great masses of men. It is the exclusive possession of a small and disreputable minority, like knowledge, courage and honor. It takes a special sort of man to understand and enjoy liberty - and he is usually an outlaw in democratic societies."
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    This is just insulting to people who have lived out sexual integrity. Those people do exist. I've been married to the same guy for over thirty years. No way would I sit for a class like that, and I probably would file a lawsuit if they decided to hold my diploma. I'm not part of the problem.
    "There are two freedoms - the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought."~~Charles Kingsley

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    Right after Katrina, FEMA put out a nationwide call for medical professionals to come down and help. Thousands of EMT's and paramedics came down on their own dime. They were forced to attend a 2 day class on sensitivity training. Then FEMA had them go door to door distributing financial compensation forms. The EMS community made it very clear that the next time they asked for help it would be a NO SHOW event!

    The MD's who temporarily closed their practices and came down were turned away because they were not licensed in the state.

    After 9/11 thousands that showed up to donate blood (of which there is a shortage in this country) were turned away because the gvmt said only licensed Phlebotomists could collect blood.

    This BS reminds me of the policies some schools are putting in place where you have to ask permission for each step. Can I hold your hand, can I kiss you on the cheek, can I hug you, etc. Gee - how romantic! Could you just beat me with a dead, rotting, cold fish instead?

    Now this assignment might actually be fun. Two anonymous essays, you say? I'm sure I could come up with something that would give any leftie feminazi nightmares for months ... <evil grin>

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    Quote Originally Posted by osan View Post
    I wonder whether anyone will sue the school. This would be breach of contract, methinks, to have a senior with 1 semester remaining suddenly forced to take this stoopid class. Private school, so they can do it if they please, but it should apply only to incoming freshmen, moving forward. That way, anyone not liking the condition can go elsewhere. But to have spent $100K only to then have this choice foisted upon you is not reasonable.
    Columbia Graduate Accused of Rape Sues University for “Anti-Male Harassment”

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015...le-harassment/

    Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz claimed she was raped on campus.
    She then carried a mattress around campus for months for what she claimed was a protest of Columbia University’s failure to punish her rapist.

    Emma Sulkowicz carried a mattress around campus after she said she was raped.

    But, it was all a lie.
    It never happened.
    Evidence revealed she made it all up.

    But, the truth did not keep Sulkowicz from dropping her narrative – or her mattress.
    In May Sulkowicz told reporters she was hoping to cash in on the mattress.

    Now, the man she defamed, Paul Nungesser, is suing the university for failing to protect him from his accuser’s campaign of hatred.
    The Gothamist reported:

    Paul Nungesser, the man who was accused of raping recent Columbia graduate and tough-as-nails mattress carrier Emma Sulkowicz, is now going after the university for failing to protect him from Sulkowicz’s “gender based anti-male discriminatory harassment campaign.”

    Nungesser, who was not charged by the NYPD, filed a discrimination lawsuit against the university in April, arguing that he was the victim of “gender-based harassment and defamation” by allowing Sulkowicz to proceed with her project, called Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight). Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published a letter jointly filed by Nungesser and Columbia that summarizes their respective stances on the matter.

    Nungesser’s attorneys reason that the university has violated Title IX by “condoning a hostile educational environment due to knowingly permitting and apparently approving” of Sulkowicz’s performance, thus “denying him equal access to Defendant Columbia’s resources and opportunities.” He argues that the university made no attempt to silence Sulkowicz after finding him “not responsible” for raping her, and in fact went ahead and featured her work on university property, and gave her “special university privilege” to carry her mattress to the school’s graduation ceremony. However, Columbia specifically sent a letter to dissuade Sulkowicz from carrying the mattress during commencement events, but she did it anyway, during a pre-commencement honors ceremony.

    Columbia, for this part, denies that it’s responsible for Sulkowicz’s decision to speak out.

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    College kids forced to learn about sexual respect?

    (There's a real toughie.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tod evans View Post
    Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz claimed she was raped on campus.
    She then carried a mattress around campus for months for what she claimed was a protest of Columbia University’s failure to punish her rapist.
    Emma Sulkowicz carried a mattress around campus after she said she was raped.
    But, it was all a lie.
    It never happened.
    Evidence revealed she made it all up.
    Sounds to me like the menfolk of that college should be forced to watch a training video on how to identify and protect themselves from psycho women instead.

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    Emma Sulkowicz, otherwise known as ‘Mattress Girl,’ has been lionized by the National Organization for Women (NOW).

    NOW named Sulkowicz a recipient of the Woman of Courage Award at its 2016 Forward Feminism Conference, June 24-26. The Woman of Courage Award has been given out annually since 1994, and past recipients including Lily Ledbetter and Ani DiFranco.

    Sulkowicz is best known for her thesis art project at Columbia University, titled “Carry That Weight.” The project involved carrying a mattress around campus for a year. According to Sulkowicz, the weight of the mattress symbolized the weight she had been carrying since she was allegedly raped in her dorm room during her sophomore year.

    [RELATED: Columbia student carries mattress around school to protest alleged rapist on campus]

    However, Paul Nungesser, the alleged rapist, maintained the sexual encounter was consensual. In fact, the rape account came into question when Nungesser was able to produce Facebook messages with Sulkowicz from months after the alleged incident. The messages from Sulkowicz included telling Nungesser that she loved him and wanted to snuggle with him.

    Nungesser was ultimately found “not responsible” by Columbia University, and Sulkowicz decided not to pursue criminal charges. However, she continued her mattress campaign, urging Columbia to kick Nungesser off campus.

    Nungesser filed a lawsuit against Columbia for failing to protect him from the highly publicized sexual assault accusations. His suit claimed that Sulkowicz’s project had irreparably damaged his reputation, as students nationwide began carrying their mattresses in protest of Columbia’s decision to allow Nungesser to remain on campus.

    [RELATED: Male Columbia student sues school for not protecting him during highly publicized rape accusations]

    Sulkowicz continued to publicize the alleged rape, releasing a pornographic video shortly after her graduation. The video, titled “This is Not a Rape,” depicts Sulkowicz engaging in sexual activity that mirrors the rape allegations she made against Nungesser. She urged viewers not to watch the video without her consent.

    [RELATED: Columbia University ‘Mattress Girl’ films rape porno depicting alleged rape]

    NOW previously honored Sulkowicz with its Susan B. Anthony Award in 2014, explaining that she is “inspiring students to question rape culture.”

    Sulkowicz thanked NOW in an Instagram post, stating, “Many people ask me how I've ‘healed’ from my assault, as if healing were another word for ‘forgetting about it,’ ‘getting over it,’ or even ‘shutting up about it.’ To expect me to move on is to equate courage with self-censorship.”
    The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by specsaregood View Post
    Sounds to me like the menfolk of that college should be forced to watch a training video on how to identify and protect themselves from psycho women instead.
    lol

    how do you avoid psycho women, though?

    what if you have a weakness for good-looking psychos?

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    The Woman of Courage Award has been given out annually since 1994, and past recipients including Lily Ledbetter and Ani DiFranco

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamesiv1 View Post
    lol

    how do you avoid psycho women, though?

    what if you have a weakness for good-looking psychos?
    "He's talkin' to his gut like it's a person!!" -me
    "dumpster diving isn't professional." - angelatc


    "Each of us must choose which course of action we should take: education, conventional political action, or even peaceful civil disobedience to bring about necessary changes. But let it not be said that we did nothing." - Ron Paul

    "Paul said "the wave of the future" is a coalition of anti-authoritarian progressive Democrats and libertarian Republicans in Congress opposed to domestic surveillance, opposed to starting new wars and in favor of ending the so-called War on Drugs."

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    Columbia settles lawsuit filed by target of mattress protest

    NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia University has settled a gender bias lawsuit brought by a male student who said the school failed to protect him when a female student called him a rapist and carried a mattress around campus to dramatize her pain.

    The university said in a statement that it settled the lawsuit Paul Nungesser filed in 2015. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

    The school said it stands by its finding that Nungesser was not responsible for any misconduct with a fellow student.

    "Columbia recognizes that after the conclusion of the investigation, Paul's remaining time at Columbia became very difficult for him and not what Columbia would want any of its students to experience," the school said.

    "Columbia will continue to review and update its policies toward ensuring that every student — accuser and accused, including those like Paul who are found not responsible — is treated respectfully and as a full member of the Columbia community," Columbia said.

    Nungesser had sued Columbia, saying it failed to protect him when Emma Sulkowitz accused him of raping her and carried a mattress around campus in a high-profile protest against sexual abuse.

    A federal appeals court Monday let both sides withdraw an appeal of a judge's order tossing out Nungesser's lawsuit.

    Sulkowitz alleged that Nungesser raped her in her dorm room in 2012 but he was cleared by a university inquiry into the allegations.

    Sulkowitz protested Columbia's handling of her complaint by carrying a 50-pound mattress around the upper Manhattan campus from September 2014 until her graduation in May 2015.

    ...
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/columbia-...210947954.html
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