By Marisa Dellatto and Suzy Weiss. May 8, pm Updated May 9, am. In addition to his official student council role, Avendano ran the Senior Underground — a technically unaffiliated group that plans senior bar crawls, final banquets and the senior scramble, an annual, classwide matchmaking dating service that has students rank their top 10 college crushes in the hopes of sealing the deal before graduation.
Staff apparently not forbidden from pursuing romantic or sexual relationships with students. No staff member at Columbia should participate in supervision, employment actions, evaluation, advising or mentoring any Columbia University student with whom that staff member has or has had a consensual romantic or sexual relationship, except in unusual circumstances, where explicit authorization has been obtained from the Vice President of Human Resources in consultation with Office of the General Counsel. Repeated queries to officials at Columbia, seeking clarification on the enforcement of the policy, went unanswered. The Office of the President did not respond to two requests for comment. Neither did spokespersons Robert Hornsby or Victoria Benitez.