The University Senate took a major step towards inviting the ROTC back to Columbia Friday, voting to support the return of the military training program that has been absent from campus for more than 40 years.
The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps has been absent from Columbia since the late 1960s, when campus protests over the Vietnam War led to its ouster.
Tao Tan, CC '07, Business '11 and the chair of the senate’s Student Affairs Committee, spoke in favor of ROTC's return at the Friday senate meeting.
“This is a great day for Columbia. This is a great day for America,” Tan said after the vote. “We have put behind us a painful disagreement of our past and have taken a step forward toward our shared future.”