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Last Updated: March 9, 2018 at 3:12 pm
May want to consider adding Dean of Faculty (as needed). The way it is written, the Dean of Faculty MUST be consulted by the recipient. Is this always necessary?
I would advocate for a system where disclosures happen to a qualified, trained 3rd party and they inform the impacted people at Cornell to the degree that is appropriate. An example of a good system, now at Cornell, is in academic support for students. I get a letter from on-campus experts that simply lists the accommodations that I should make for a student in my class. ex 50% longer time on an exam in a quiet room. It only reveals what I need to know. I also have worked with Cornell’s ORIA group. It is helpful to be able to direct concerned parties to that office to learn more about how a real or apparent COI is being actively managed so it does not impact perceptions of myself or Cornell.
Rumors and assumptions are a problem. Archiving past personal lives and indiscretions is also a problem. It may also fall under FERPA.
As a queer student at Cornell who is not out in her department, I genuinely worry about this disclosure policy for queer students. It may force queer students/faculty to come out to avoid a penalty, and, there may be academic environments where being outed could be detrimental to either their academic success or personal safety. I second above comments that disclosure should happen to a third party member outside of the academic unit who can then evaluate whether disclosure to the academic unit is in the best interest of parties involved.
I don’t think a new 6.x office is needed. Title IX covers discrimination in educational settings. Our focus here happens to be on sexual harassment and sexual violence but, conceivably, the Title IX Office can be expanded to handle these disclosures as well. If not Title IX, the Ombudsperson may be a good point person for these disclosures.
In the past, there have been occasions when the spouse of a faculty member has pursued an undergrad degree at Cornell. It seems that this policy would prohibit that from happening. Would exceptions be made?
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