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Lawsuit Alleges Columbia University Pressured Administrator to Favor Foreign Students

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It looks like this was all about money. If it is true, of course.

Columbia U pressured administrator to favor foreign students: lawsuit

A administrator was canned because she wouldn’t “bend” the rules to get international students through the doors of the school’s Teachers College, she claims in a lawsuit.

Yocasta Brens, who served as the director of the Office of International Student Services for Columbia’s Teachers College, said fellow administrator Portia Williams asked her in Fall 2019 to process immigration paperwork for prospective students “without the necessary documentation,” according to court papers.

The students, from South Africa, lacked “evidence of funding and full-time engagement in a prescribed program, as required by federal regulations,” Brens said in her Manhattan federal court lawsuit against the school.

Months later, Teacher’s College Provost Stephanie J. Rowley allegedly accused Brens of being “inflexible” with the federal requirements. Afterward, Brens filed a complaint under

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