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February 27th, 2014 Dear President Bollinger, We were thrilled to read your message to the University community in response

to concerns regarding the flawed policies and inadequate resources for preventing and addressing sexual assault on campus. It was meaningful to hear you publicly acknowledge the seriousness and urgency of reforming these policies, resources, and campus culture. Specifically, we were very excited by your commitment to host a series of town hall meetings in order to engage with students directly and continuously around this issue. However, it has been a month since you issued that statement, and we have received no news about plans for a town hall meeting. As you know, these issues affect many students daily lives in very real and often very traumatic ways. We ask that you set and announce a date for the first of these meetings within one week of receiving this letter, and that this meeting occur no later than March 13, 2014. If our requests are not addressed within this timeframe, we plan to escalate. While the administration has commented that there are ongoing conversations with students about this issue, it is not clear to the student body which administrators and students are engaged in this process, how other students can get involved, and whether the parties currently present reflect the varied ways students experience and are affected by sexual violence on campus. With this in mind, we respectfully challenge you to seek out and actively include a wider diversity of students in these discussions and decisions. The first step towards meaningful student involvement is to initiate the series town hall meetings that you have already committed to holding. It is especially important that during these town hall meetings, the decision-makers who design and implement the relevant policies and resources be physically present in the space to engage with students directly and answer questions. We must have at least one opportunity to engage directly with representatives from the following bodies: Title IX coordinators from both Columbia and Barnard; Sexual Violence Response, the Rape Crisis Center, and Consent 101 coordinators; Health Services, Columbia Psychological Services and Furman Counseling Center; and the Office of Student Services for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct, including those who select, train, and supervise the hearing panels. "There are few things more precious on any university campus than freedom of thought and expression, ... That is the teaching of the First Amendment, and I believe it should be the principle we live by at Columbia University." Lee C. Bollinger We demand to be heard. Thank you for your prompt consideration, No Red Tape of Columbia University NoRedTapeCU@gmail.com