Ask a Dean Category: Other/Miscellaneous

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…

How can we assure ourselves a parking place on campus?

Dear Deans, My fellow graduate students and some staff in our labs pay over $750 a year for access to the parking lots labeled ‘SC’ (the only permit available to us). This academic year, the parking situation has been absolutely untenable; arriving after ~9:30am (or leaving and coming back) makes it impossible to find a…

How do students get considered for a spotlight?

Dear Deans, Hello, I have seen so many of my colleagues featured in the newsletter, and I would like to possibly be considered for a spotlight before the semester/my time at Cornell ends.  How would that be possible, and to whom would I forward that information? Thank you for your time, Accomplished Student Response Dear…

What resources are still available after defending a dissertation?

Dear Deans, I defended my dissertation at the end of last semester with the hope that this would make me a more sought-out candidate on the job market this season (keeping fingers crossed!). I am now spending my last semester at Cornell TAing and revising my dissertation before filing this May or August. My question…

Why do some of the windows in Morrill Hall no longer open?

Dear Deans, I am writing in relation to the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge (signed by Cornell), Cornell’s existing pledge to environmental stewardship, and the renovations taking place on Morrill Hall. I’m hoping to have you help me understand why many of us are no longer able to open our windows. Over the summer,…