Author: jmb2394

Earlier today, the University Senate released the new Rules of Conduct for the Columbia University community.  Caroline Lee (CC ’18) went through and pulled out some of the differences in the old policy and the one released today and turned it into a nice simple table.

A link to these changes can be found here.


Some notable changes:



Sanctions are: Disciplinary Warning, Censure, Suspension, or Dismissal




Increased range of sanctions­­ adding Private or Public Reprimand/Warning, restricting access to university facilities, community service, dismissal or restriction from university employment, losing housing, and revocation of degree



No provisions for skipping the hearing process, implied guarantee of a hearing process




T​he panel may determine that a hearing is not necessary when all panel members agree that the information in the investigation report and the written submissions (if any) is sufficient to make a determination (for example, where the respondent does not dispute relevant facts). If the panel decides that a hearing is not necessary, the panel will proceed directly to make a determination, including an explanation of why a hearing is not necessary.”


At Convocation earlier today, University President Lee Bollinger suggested that an expanded relationship between current United States President and Columbia alum, Barack Obama, and the University could be possible.

We reached out for comment from The White House they said: “The president has long talked about his respect for Columbia University and his desire to continue working with them. However, at this point no decisions have been finalized about his post-Presidency plans.”

We also reached out for clarification from the University President’s office they said it “only reiterated the May 12 statement by the Barack Obama Foundation that it “intends to maintain a presence at Columbia University for the purpose of exploring and developing opportunities for a long term association” and reflected no further developments concerning President Obama’s plans.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Sources: Columbia University Website (

The White House via Olivier Kane (

In response to some student concern with the new free laundry policy announced by Columbia Housing, The Lion reached out to Housing for comment. Read on for details on the rationale/impact of this policy.

1) What was the additional increase to the Housing and/or Student Life fee to accommodate the new free drying policy?

There was not an increase to the housing fee. This initiative was funded out of summer conference and intern housing income.

2) On average, do you expect that this policy will reduce the maintenance costs for the machines? Are the numbers on maintenances costs for the washers and dryers publicly available to the student body?

Maintenance costs are included as part of the contract for the laundry machines, regardless of how many maintenance requests made. We do expect the number of maintenance requests to decrease. Many maintenance requests are due to overloaded machines. We anticipate fewer overloaded machines now that laundry is free and students can use more machines to do their laundry without extra charges.

3) What prompted the creation of the new video on how to do laundry? Who led the creation of the video?

The majority of problems with the machines are caused by overstuffing the washer, adding too much soap, or overloading the dryer. We wanted to show students the basics of how to do laundry more efficiently. That led to the creation of this new video, which is a Housing and Communications team initiative.

4) What is the current plan for students living in 600 W 113th, Carlton Arms, or Barnard Housing?

Students assigned by Columbia Housing with a contract to live in 600 W. 113th and Carlton Arms will instead receive Smart Chip Cards loaded with a laundry allowance. Barnard Housing is not included in the free laundry initiative.

Columbia Housing’s free laundry announcement video can be found here