ERIC Number: ED022424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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A Case Study in Student-University Relations.
Sindler, Allan P.
Much of the outcome of the students' desire to direct their lives on and off campus, to shape university policy, and to involve themselves in controversial public issues will depend on the insight of faculties and administrations. Responding to the pressing issue of University principles and practices in regulating student misconduct, Cornell established a University Commission on the Interdependence of University Regulations and Local, State and Federal Law. The Commission comprised roughly equal proportions of administration, faculty, and students, and was given a broad mandate to write a report dealing with all aspects of student affairs, judicial procedures, artistic freedom, freedom of expression, and to include policy recommendations delineating the appropriate role of the University in each sector. Endorsed by all Commission members, the Report was widely disseminated on campus and in the community. Stemming from the Report were a University Statement of Principles and Policies Governing Student Misconduct, and legislation (largely consistent with the Report) altering the University's adjudicative structure for handling misconduct. Although student ferment and dissatisfaction provoked the re-evaluation of policies, there was surprisingly little student reaction to the Report. This was probably because of general agreement with its findings and suggestions and, more importantly, because the students realized they had become effective and desired participants in the University's administrative processes. (JS)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Administrative Policy, Higher Education, Legal Problems, Legal Responsibility, Student Behavior, Student Participation
American Council on Education, 1785 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036
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Authoring Institution: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Cornell University NY; New York; New York (Ithaca)
Note: Paper presented at 51st Annual Meeting of American Council on Education, 1968; to be published in THE FUTURE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY, John Caffrey, ed.