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At The City University of New York, we cherish the freedom of students to express their views, consistent with the protections provided by the First Amendment. Student freedom in this regard is an essential attribute of a great University where the independent search for truth is held in the highest esteem. With such freedom, however, comes an abiding responsibility. This responsibility includes respect for the rights of others inside and out of CUNY and for the University’s obligation to maintain a safe environment for all members of its community.
Students should also be cognizant of the efforts of a few to distract attention from important issues in higher education like learning, access and quality by invoking discriminatory language reeking of thinly veiled bigotry, prejudice, anti-semitism or other behavior inconsistent with our educational mission. We can help assure such recognition by the high premium we place on dialogue and discussion at CUNY and by the expression of our own views while respecting the rights of those we may disagree with. At the end of the day, CUNY will retain its status as a great institution of higher education where valuable knowledge is both transmitted and created and our sense of community is affirmed and strengthened.
— Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
The work of the Central Office of Student Affairs (COSA) is provided support by the offices of Communications and Media; Effectiveness and Development; and Student Advocacy, Referral and Disaster Relief.
The CUNY Office of Student Advocacy and Referral was inaugurated on July 1, 2007. COSAR provides support to students who need assistance or guidance in matters concerning University regulations, policies and procedures.
The Office of Assessment & Strategic Initiatives helps to develop conceptual frameworks, student learning outcomes and assessment tools for the units within Student Affairs. It gathers data from multiple sources to inform policy discussions as well as to support decision-making and program development. The Office also conducts its own evaluation research of programs and policies.
The Communications and Media Office delivers student services information, news and updates across the Division of Student Affairs and the University. The Division of Student Affairs newsletter and website promote outreach to students and all campus professionals including communications and media liaisons and external agencies.
CUNY has a long standing history of sponsoring
and conducting activities in support of national and international communities affected by natural