Resolution 129: Environment and Sustainability Major – Cross College Major (Passed 3/8/17)

Term 2017-2018
Senate University Faculty Senate
Status Adopted – October 11, 2017
Abstract Whereas, throughout the month of September 2017, in several well-publicized incidents detailed in the
Cornell Daily Sun and the New York Times, Cornell students used racial slurs and insults against other
students, and
Whereas, on September 15, 2017 one or more students allegedly used racial slurs against a Black
Cornell student and violently assaulted him; and
Whereas, should the allegations prove true, we note that these incidents are violations of the Campus
Code of Conduct to:

• “harass another person…by acting toward that person in a manner that is by objective measure
threatening, abusive, or severely annoying and that is beyond the scope of free speech,” or
• “assault or cause any physical injury to another person on the basis of disability, ethnicity,
gender, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation or affectional preference;” and
Whereas, we, the Faculty Senate, are appalled by these recent attacks and incidents; therefore,
Be it Resolved, that the Faculty Senate unequivocally condemns these violent, racist actions; and
Resolved, that the Faculty Senate commits to ensuring that incidents of harassment against persons
based on disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation or affectional
preference be fully investigated and persons responsible for these acts of harassment be held
accountable, and
Resolved, that the Faculty Senate charges all members of the Cornell community to consider how best
to heal these harms, and how best to accord all members of our community the equal dignity and
respect that is the promise underlying Cornell’s motto, “I would found an institution where any person
can find instruction in any study.”

Resolution File On Recent Racial Incidents
Title UFC-Sponsored Resolution
Sponsors UFC Committee – Presented by Professor Durba Ghosh
Reviewing Committee UFC
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