Ask a Dean Category: Other/Miscellaneous

Can you assure students that only response themes from the Doctoral Experience Survey will be shared with fields? If not, can we withdraw or edit our survey responses?

Hello, I am concerned about the recent response to a question about survey confidentiality in Ask a Dean. While I appreciate the transparency in describing how the results will be collated, I found some details really concerning. I submitted my response to the biannual graduate student survey some time ago and provided written responses assuming…

Is there a mailing list, website, or calendar where I can find out about upcoming talks?

Dear Deans, I have had the chance to hear some really cool speakers while here at Cornell. I wish, though, that it was easier to find out about interesting speakers outside my discipline. My undergrad had a monthly forum with outside speakers (Bryan Stevenson, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Hillary Clinton, Doris Kearns Goodwin…) and weekly forums with…

Why are we still being charged the semesterly Student Activity Fee?

Hi Deans, I’m wondering why we’re still being charged the semesterly Student Activity Fee when there’s been a noted lack of activities on campus this semester. Surely the cost of running virtual events and the moratorium on expensing food/refreshments for those student groups that do meet for allowed in-person events cannot compare to what it…

Can committee meetings be in-person or should everything be remote?

Hello, What are the guidelines for committee meetings? Is there the option of in-person meetings or should everything be remote? -Planning ahead Response Dear planning ahead, The university’s campus use guidance is that if activities can be conducted remotely, you are encouraged to conduct them remotely.  If there is a real need for an in-person…

If I see people working on campus without approvals, how can I report my concerns?

Hello deans, If I become aware that graduate students, postdocs, staff, and/or faculty are working on campus (e.g., in labs, studios, or offices) without appropriate university approvals prior to the approved, phased re-opening of campus, how can I report my concerns? Sincerely, Concerned Graduate Student Response Dear Concerned Graduate Student, To report behaviors that you…