September 25 update on campus-climate demonstration

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A new plan of action, "Colgate For All," is the result of collaboration between sit-in participants and Colgate administrators.

Talks between Colgate administration and student demonstrators moved forward Thursday. (Photo by Dylan Crouse ’15)

(Update: Demonstration ends with on-campus celebration)

Constructive talks between Colgate administrators and student representatives of Colgate University Association of Critical Collegians (ACC) are continuing into the evening on day four of a peaceful demonstration at James B. Colgate Hall.

Both groups continue to collaborate on the fine details of what can become an action plan that is consistent with the university’s mission, and that is a continuation of the hard work put into the strategic plan.

As the document is a work in progress, both groups have mutually agreed to keep the work private until it is finalized and agreed upon.

“We recognize with all these achievements that further work needs to be done to realize our ambition of a campus where every student is fully supported,” said Colgate University President Jeffrey Herbst.

This fall, consistent with the university’s strategic plan, Colgate welcomed the most diverse first-year class in its history and offered the most financial aid to students ever; promoted internationalization, especially of regions outside of our traditional areas of study; and embarked on a residential learning communities program that seeks to enrich student life.

The campus leadership believes the discussions with the students advances the university’s efforts to-date and makes our future action steps stronger.

“We are proud of how our talks are moving toward a positive resolution, and we are proud of our students, who have taken a stand for what they believe,” said Dean of the College Suzy Nelson. “The students’ initiative reflects the best of a Colgate education.”