ERIC Number: ED035354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov-6
Reference Count: 0
Eighth Annual Faculty Convocation.
Babbidge, Homer D., Jr.
In this address, President Homer D. Babbidge of the University of Connecticut reviews a number of important issues on his campus. One of his urgent concerns is the issue of race relations in the community. He suggests devoting 1 full day each month to a community-wide consideration of whatever problem most concerns the community at that time. He discusses parietal rules and a recent "separatist movement" of the Student Senate to assume control of the dormitories. "The alternative to student separation is, of course, more effective and powerful student participation in some form of community government, based on a recognition of common interests and the legitimacy of each one's interest in the affairs of all." Rejecting the notion of a separate student government, he urges adoption of a unicameral governing body and a major overhaul of the existing governmental structure to make it more responsible to members of the academic community. Following consideration of two widely accepted assumptions about university governance, he argues that the people of Connecticut (because they "have paid for and own all of our academic facilities") deserve to participate in designing a charter or constitution of the University. He suggests that a constitutional convention be convened and that later the Board of Trustees assume the role of supreme court charged with ensuring that the actions of everyone involved in institutional legislative or executive policy have been in accordance with the constitution. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Connecticut Univ., Storrs.
Identifiers: University of Connecticut