TO: Graduating Students
FROM: Melanie Huff, Associate Dean of Students
In order to help you plan for Graduation and beyond, we have prepared some documents for you - please make sure you read both carefully.
Journalism Day, the Journalism School graduation ceremony and the University graduation are covered in detail on the graduation page
Post-graduation use of the building/equipment and alumni benefits/services are covered here.
Please keep in mind that in addition to having summer classes, documentary Master’s Projects and the Columbia Publishing Course in the building this summer, we will be doing extensive work to repair and prepare the building and equipment for the next academic year. Therefore, it is necessary to establish dates after which graduating students will no longer be able to access and use the facilities. Outlined below is the schedule for the coming summer.
Part of the reason for the tight deadlines is that the two new summer Part-time REPORTING classes begin on Friday, May 24.
Use of Journalism Building Facilities After May 22.
Use of Building:
Members of the Class of 2013 will have access to the building and its facilities through June 30, 2013.
Exceptions include: any area under construction, and any classrooms and computer rooms being used for summer classes or special programs. If you are in one of these rooms when a class is scheduled to begin, please leave immediately. Refusal to cooperate may result in the termination of your access to the building.
All current fines must be paid by Monday, May 6 or a hold will be placed on your student account. All equipment must be returned to the Equipment Room (507) by Friday, May 17th. Action will be taken to repossess equipment from outstanding checkouts after May 17.
There will be no equipment checkouts from 5/17 - 5/22. (If you will need equipment during this time you must supply a written request from your professor.)
After graduation, students will be allowed to check out equipment, as available, until Friday, June 7th. Please remember that scheduled summer school classes and master’s project students, as well as necessary equipment maintenance upgrades, have priority for equipment and editing rooms.
Please be aware that individual computer rooms will be closed at different times for maintenance and upgrading. Though it is likely, it is not guaranteed that there will always be a computer room or terminal available. Due to maintenance schedules, summer class schedules and the master’s projects, it is possible that you will be unable to use a computer at a specific time.
All May graduates must empty their lockers by noon, Friday, May 24.
Continuing part-time students and documentary students may keep their lockers. Graduates who will be working on a demo tape or other approved projects during the month of June may also keep their lockers. To request such a locker extension, please send e-mail to Derek Gano at email@example.com with your name and the reason for your request.
Graduates’ lockers that have not been vacated by noon on Friday, May 24, will be have their locks removed and contents moved to a storage bin and eventually discarded. All locker questions should be directed to Derek Gano at firstname.lastname@example.org (must be sent from CU email).
Student Mail Folders:
The mail folders of graduating students may be used until noon, Friday, May 24 as well. All items remaining in boxes after that date will be discarded.
Computer Account and Class Shares:
Access to J-School computer accounts for all graduating students will remain active until June 30, 2013.
All personal server space and class shares (posted below) will be deleted on May 30. Please be sure to backup all of your files to external media (CDs, DVDs, flash media, iPods, etc.) before your account is deactivated. These shares will no longer be available to you and the data will be unrecoverable. Even if you are not graduating this May please also note these shares will be deleted as they are for class work only, so do not continue to use them. New shares will be provisioned for summer courses.
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University Services After May 22
Access to Health Services at the University expires on August 31 for all graduating students. For those with major medical health insurance through Columbia (Chickering), coverage ends on August 31 You do have the option of purchasing an extension on this policy. Please see http://health.columbia.edu/insurance for details.
Recent alumni will retain full library privileges, including borrowing privileges and access to licensed electronic databases, for a period of three months beyond the degree conferral date. Access information can be found at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/services/lio/access/. Library Services for alumni can be found at http://www.alumni.libraries.columbia.edu/
Dodge Physical Fitness Center (aka the Gym): You may use the gym over the summer with your current CUID. However, you will have to pay the $91 gym use fee. Beginning in September, you will be eligible for alumni gym use. Please see http://www.dodgefitnesscenter.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=9610&ATCLID=205330326
Alumni Benefits and Services
A variety of benefits and services are available to Journalism School graduates. This page answers most of your most questions and concerns, from auditing a class at Columbia to updating your address information, from obtaining a transcript of your time here to using Columbia’s recreational facilities - http://bit.ly/alumni_benefits
Please note that you will automatically be subscribed to your class listserv using the real world e-mail address supplied in your graduation survey (more details en route from Career Services). To update any of your contact information with us or sign up for a regional listserv, use this form:
LionMail: Since all of you began using LionMail while at Columbia, you will be able to continue using your LionMail email account.