HEW Action and Discrimination at Columbia, 1971

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HEW ACTION AND DISCRIMINATION AT COLUMBIA

Feb. 22, 1971 Columbia women's Liberation meets with an investigating team from HEW. HEW is presented with a report on sex discrimination

Nov. 4, 1971 President McGill receives a twelve page letter from HEW rejecting the University's Equal Employment plan as inadequate and threatening to cut off all federal funds for non-compliance.

Nov. 5, 1971 President McGill tells the University Senate that "Columbia soes not discriminate."..."We do not discriminate in the employment of any personel”

Nov. 15, 1971 President McGill appoints two Committees

12 Member Faculty Committee to submit recommendations within three weeks on how the University can imporve its policies on the status, appointment and p omotion of minority faculty members.

ll Member-faculty and student commisiion to study the status

of women at Columbia and submit recommendations by May to the President.

Nov. 17, 1971 At President McGill's Request, members of the Sex Discrimination Committee of Women's Liberation met with him and expressed their dismay that there is no democratically elected committee representing all constituencies of women on campus set up to come up with an affirmative action plan for women. ( According to HEW guidelines, gaals timetables and affirmative action plans for minorities and women are to be com pletely separate. President McGill refused our demand for such a committee

We feel that an independent elected committee to formulate demands, goals and timetables to resolve sex discrimination at Columbia must be formed in order

to end sex discrimination, in order to draw up a plan which will be acceptable

to HEW (the first plan submitted by the Columbia administration was rejected) and in in order to draw up a plan which will be acceptable to the women on this campus. Women from Columbia Women's Liberation will be aart of such a comittee, but it must be broadly representative of all constituencies of women at Columbia.

We urge all women to support our demand, sign our petitions to McGill and come to the following constituenc V meetings:

WED, NOV. 24 NOON ALL FEMALE SUPPORTING STAFF EARL HALL, SHIFF ROOM WED., NOV. 24 NOON SECOND MEETING FEMALE FACULTY EARL HALL, DODGE ROOM GENERAL MEETINGS ARE BEING PLANNED FOR ALL CONSTITUENCIES.

COMITTEE ON SEX DISCRIMINATION RM. ]Ol Earl Hall 280-2174