Columbia's Nightmarish Sexual Misconduct Policy: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back
July 16, 2001
In a breathtaking U-turn, Columbia University, after months of public criticism, has stated that its "model" Sexual Misconduct Policy was, in fact, a "draft" in need of specific rules and procedures. Despite this astonishing but useful deceit, Columbia admitted to the Chronicle of Higher Education (July 6, 2001) that at least one student was prosecuted under its unfinished policy. The Chronicle asked Columbia's general counsel: "How was he tried when there were no specific rules in place to guide the proceedings?" The deer-in-headlights reply of Patricia S. Catapano, Columbia's associate general counsel, was: "It's a question we're not prepared to answer," demonstrating the moral consequences of Columbia's unfair, indecent, and unjust policy.