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This semester, the University begins an initiative focused on what it means to be a member of a shared community. University life offers an unparalleled opportunity for intellectual and personal growth, exploration, and reflection.

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Dear Students,
 
This semester, the University begins an initiative focused on what it means to be a member of a shared community. University life offers an unparalleled opportunity for intellectual and personal growth, exploration, and reflection. As a community that thrives on the uninhibited exchange of ideas, we endeavor to create an environment of trust and respect, in which everyone feels included and valued. This is central to the ethos of the University and profoundly important to me personally.

As law students and lawyers, we carry a special obligation to actively address issues of society and justice. It is incumbent upon us to be leaders in those conversations.

One part of the University initiative asks all students to participate in programming that advances sexual respect as an essential component of community membership. The programming offers multiple options for engagement, including a range of workshops, some of which have been developed by our law students. In addition, films, individual reflections, and small-group discussion are designed for students to learn about, reflect upon, and challenge acts of sexual misconduct.

All law students should complete their participation before March 13. Please log on to https://courseworks.columbia.edu/portal/site/sexualrespectLaw and select the type of participation you prefer. Should you have any questions, please contact Student_Services@law.columbia.edu.

As future officers of the court, you are held up as exemplars in our community. I anticipate that each of you will want to participate fully in creating a more accepting, inclusive, and respectful campus community.
 
Warm regards,

Gillian Lester
Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law
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