Currently, the administration is able to decide unilaterally how instances of harassment and discrimination are addressed under their own policy. Our proposals would provide PARs with an equal ability to enforce the policy and additional recourse if they believed that the outcome of a University process was insufficient.

In one of our earliest negotiation sessions, the administration made proposals that would require PARs to use only currently existing policies in cases of harassment and discrimination, even though many researchers voted to form a union because Columbia’s current policies are insufficient. In response to the administration’s proposal, our bargaining team has proposed a grievance procedure giving researchers the option of requesting a neutral, independent third-party to enforce protections against harassment and discrimination.