We have received news that the administration, Board of Trustees of The Cooper Union and those who have occupied the Office of the President since May have reached an agreement that ended the occupation on Friday, July 12. A "working group", as described in more detail below, consisting of Board, faculty, alumni, students and administration representatives, will be established to seek an alternative to tuition that will "sustain the institution’s long-term financial viability and strengthen its academic excellence".
The working group will report to the administration and Board of Trustees for consideration at the December Board of Trustees Meeting.
The Board also confirmed, in accordance with the motion approved at the June Board meeting, that procedures for student representation on the Board will be established at the September meeting.
An interim room has been identified as a Community Commons that can serve as a student center or a community center for all members of the Cooper Community.
All individuals who have violated Cooper Union policies throughout the period of the occupation will be granted amnesty, and in turn, commit to complying with, and cooperating with the enforcement of, all laws and Cooper Union policies.
A copy of the agreement is included below...
A Working Group will be set up, chaired by Trustees Mike Borkowsky and Jeff Gural.
The charge of the Working Group is to explore ways in which Cooper Union may revert to providing full-tuition scholarships for all enrolled students while establishing a sustainable financial model and continuing to invest in academic excellence. The Working Group’s work is to be a good faith effort to seek alternatives to tuition. The definition of a sustainable financial model will be provided by the Finance Committee of the Board of Trustees. Financial information will be provided by the administration as appropriate. Any financial information that is more detailed than what is used in public reporting will be shared with the Working Group only on the basis of strict confidentiality.
The Working Group will report to the Administration and Board of Trustees by December 1, 2013. The Board of Trustees will consider the recommendations at the following meeting.
Student Representation on Board of Trustees
At the September Board of Trustees meeting, the Board will approve the details for the election of a student representative as a member of the Board of Trustees, with the first such representative to be seated at the December Board meeting.
A room will be identified on campus, as soon as is practicable, that can serve as a student center or a center for all members of the Cooper community. Use of all Cooper facilities (including this room), and all individuals entering or utilizing
Cooper Union facilities, shall be subject to all Cooper Union policies, building hours, and entrance restrictions.
The terms of this proposal must be agreed to in principle by the occupiers coming out of the 7PM meeting on July 11. The President’s Office will be vacated no later than 5:00PM EDT on Friday, July 12, 2013. Henceforth, occupiers and all present at this meeting commit to complying with, and cooperating with the enforcement of, all laws and Cooper Union policies.
If the above condition entitled “Occupation” is met, all individuals who violated laws or Cooper Union policies in the course of the occupation will be granted amnesty.