ERIC Number: ED039857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-3
Reference Count: 0
Student Regulations and Discipline: Creating and Maintaining the Common-Unity.
Friesen, Walter S.
Before one can discuss student regulations and discipline in a university, it is important to recognize that the university is a community because the principles of learning require a community context. "Community" should therefore be the primary reality and symbol around which to develop regulations and disciplinary strategy. Laws and rules are agreements made among persons to preserve and enhance endurable and safe human relationships, and all laws and rules derive their validity solely from their contribution to the creation, development and maintenance of the community. Freedom is not a gift, but a responsibility from which many seek to escape by developing an authoritarian personality, through destruction, or through conformity. Students seek relationships, and when a student breaks a rule, it is important to remind him that the rule is the symbol of the reality of human relationship, needs and commitments, and to ask him who was offended and what specific human relationship or trust broken. Once the student understands this, the way is open for positive self-directed action. Students should be judged by the community to which they belong; most will accept the challenge of accountability to their peer group and to the university community as a whole. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: American Association for Higher Education, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the 25th national conference of the American Association for Higher Education, Chicago, Illinois, March 3, 1970