Our union has proposed additional protections to address discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying while maintaining the existing procedures under current University policy. While there are several options at Columbia to make a complaints about harassment and discrimination, there is no independent way to ensure that grievances are fairly addressed and that survivors of harassment and discrimination are protected. Columbia’s Title IX office, the Equal Employment and Affirmative Action Office and the Ombuds office are all overseen by University administrators.
Our proposal would allow a PAR to have an additional avenue of recourse if they had gone through University processes without a satisfactory resolution to their complaint. A grievance procedure that includes binding, neutral third party arbitration ensures that PARs have stronger recourse against discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying.