ERIC Number: ED026013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Campus Freedom and Order.
Denver Law Journal, v45 n4 p502-10 1968
Since 1965, there has been a growing incidence of student protests and campus disorder. Some difficulties stem from mistaken notions of the functions and purposes of a university, one of which is that a university is an arena in which members of the academic community line up as adversaries. Maintenance of the status quo is not the answer, for real reforms are needed. The university's size, increased outside involvements, heterogeneity, enhanced importance, enmeshment in processes of rapid social change all enlarge the problems of campus freedom and order. Many institutions must face up to the need for more formalized regulations than they once required because contract rather than status has come to establish many of our standards of social behavior. Governance of higher education will probably become more legalistic than it has been in the past; and to prevent outside authority from dictating campus life, members of the academic community will have to reconsider how best to govern themselves. At Brown University, an Advisory Committee on Student Conduct concluded after an in-depth study that the common interest can best be served through a partnership process with students participating in a social system they help to create and enforce. Such studies should be initiated and their recommendations implemented at other institutions. Although membership in the academic community carries special rights and obligations, it does not exempt individuals from legal and moral standards prevailing in the larger community. (JS)
Descriptors: Administration, Governance, Higher Education, Legal Responsibility, Social Change, Student Behavior, Student College Relationship, Student Participation
University of Denver College of Law, 200 West 14th Ave., Denver, Colo. 80204 ($2.50)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Council on Education, Washington, DC.; Danforth Foundation, St. Louis, MO.
Authoring Institution: Denver Univ., CO. Coll. of Law.
Note: Paper presented at conference on "Legal Aspects of Student-Institutional Relationships," University of Denver College of Law, Denver, 1968