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ERIC Number: ED035401
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 14
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The Role of the Student Personnel Staff Before, During and After a Confrontation With the Institution by Students.
DeLeers, Vincent
Any college, however liberal, is liable to face some sort of protest and should prepare for it. The student personnel staff should know what to do before, during, and after the incident. Early preparations include creating a climate of trust between college and students. The latter must feel that their concerns are taken seriously and their rights supported and must, in turn, respect the college's authority and right to protect itself as an institution. This intercommunication must go on formally and through constant student/staff contact (a special responsibility of the student personnel staff). The preparations must anticipate likely situations and specify official responses. When a protest is imminent, the dean should repeat the college's published limits, discover the issues and their degree of validity, and act as liaison with officials who have real power to act on any promised concessions. If these actions do not stop the riot, further talks must be arranged, even for "non-negotiable" demands. If it still continues, the college must get rid of the dissenters or close down. Whether and when to call in the police and the press will have been among the early decisions. During the incident, the dean in person must issue warnings, define penalties, and collect offenders' names--without involving other staff members and severing their links with the students. The protest should later be analyzed less to neutralize its effects than to discover reasonable and/or needed changes. (HH)
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Note: Paper presented at Illinois Association of Community Junior Colleges Administrators' Meeting, Danville, Illinois, October 16, 1969