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ERIC Number: ED028696
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov
Pages: 21
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Protest Politics and Campus Reform.
Wilson, Logan
Administrative Law Review, v21 n1 p45-64 Nov 1968
It has been increasingly evident that significant numbers of students are profoundly dissatisfied with the status quo, on as well as off the campus, and many of them are ready to use force and violence to change it. In some instances student activists want more participation in decision making, and in others they seek complete control. The organized black students generally use power tactics to gain concessions for themselves rather than to effect drastic alterations in college structure and function. Despite the ends sought by these various groups and although most of them use confrontation tactics, some of the protest reflects legitimate concerns. Instead of adopting an authoritarian posture, it would seem more sensible to acknowledge the presence of student activists, keep their protest within reasonable bounds, and take a hard look at what forms of "participatory democracy" are compatible with the institution's central purpose. For whatever the nature and purposes of the university may be, order on the campus is a necessity, and responsibility for maintaining it must be shared by all members of the campus community. Institutions should be prepared to make functional and structural changes, but it should be emphasized that they exist to serve the larger society rather than to further demands of the moment on their campuses. The kind and degree of participation should depend upon individual capability and performance. (WM)
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