When Health Concerns Could Get You Expelled

In the last two months, over a dozen students have come forward with stories of Columbia University administrators threatening them with disciplinary action for speaking out about — or seeking confidential help for — sexual violence and mental health concerns.

Michelle Loo & Bill Nguyen

“I’ve been trying to… stop thinking about the people around me as symbols or theoretical things… but as real people, living breathing people.”

Shezza Abboushi Dallal

“A lot of students have this idea that if a cause doesn’t directly call upon a personal identity, then it’s of no concern to them and they don’t have a personal responsibility to engage with the issue, to educate themselves, to learn more. That’s a really dangerous thing.”

A Conversation with Darializa Avila-Chevalier

“I guess the straightforward answer is, never underestimate how much work it takes, and how much self-care that needs to happen in the process for there to be any kind of successful movement-building.”