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Meeting 3   Nov 21


  1. Review the latest prose for Q1
  2. More discussion about the posting-comments policy.
  3. Look at some “sticky” talking points for Q2-Q5, Q8-Q10.
  4. Update on Q6-Q7 grad student discussion. (Anna)
  5. Legal issues associated with  sanctions. (Nate)

Meeting 2  Nov 14/Nov 16


  1. Review the Q1 Prose.
  2. Review the post-a-comment prose on Q1.
  3. Visit the Q2-Q10 talking points to check for clarity and completeness.
  4. Quick updates from students on what they  are doing.


  1. Q1-Q10 content revised in ways that will promote constructive community engagement.
  2. Warnings about the kinds of comments that we can expect to receive.

Meeting 1   Oct 31/Nov2


1. Read what other schools have to say about Q1 .When we exit the discussion we should have enough ammo to write a good “lead paragraph”  for our policy. Anna and I will produce that draft which will be reviewed at the next meeting.

2. We will cruise through Q2-Q10 developing good talking points so that the folks who want to leave comments on those pages have some concrete topics to choose from. (Take a look at Q7 to see what we mean by “talking points”.)

3. We have to talk about confidentiality, sensitive subject matter, and to what extent we should allow our meetings to be “open to the public”.

4. Update on the “small group” meeting that CVL had with the ugrads who are on the committee.


Gave this overview.

We developed talking points for Q1-Q10.

On transparency/sensitivity:


  • Emails are public
  • We are presumptively non-confidential. Not confidential reporters. Cannot ask for confidential info
  • We can avoid some problems by soliciting positive input (what people want) rather than negative (what fell through cracks
  • We can ask Sarah Affel for a training or guide on our duty to report

On scope:

  • Cornell HR already accustomed to managing relationships of married faculty-not the purview of this committee
  • Pseudo-students: vet school residents, postdocs
  • We do want to highlight situations beyond student-faculty
  • We like current language with coaches and advisors
  • Policy should pertain to students, not staff-staff or staff-faculty
  • What about “academic staff”?

On differences:

  • Grad/prof students know better what their path will be, compared to ugrads with mandatory distribution requirements and unpredictable academic paths
  • Take into account that power dynamics might shift very quickly, semester-by-semester, especially for undergrads.


Last Updated: November 20, 2017 at 3:18 pm