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VOL. 93, NO. 78
CSL discrimination policy
The humanity of the majority of
minority group students (Black Americans,
Mexican Americans, American Indians,
etc.) is insulted by the conditions of in
dividual and institutional racism openly
existent in organizations on this campus.
Moreover, Black students and other
minority group students do not have full
access to all of the social and semi-educational
outlets and experiences available on
the campus. Racism in any form cannot
be . tolerated and will be actively com
bated. In recognition of the fact that racial
discrimination exists on the campus and
because earlier proposals attempting to
provide a solution for this problem are
felt by the CSL to be unsatisfactory, the
following policy Is stated. It is viewed
as a two part program, the first phase
to be implemented by the end of the current
academic year and the second phase to
be a continuing program until such time
as the problem no longer exists. The objec
tive of this program is that each student
have free access to any organization within
the University community as long as he
meets the membership requirements.
In accomplishing Phase I each
organization must submit to the committee
designated below, the following:
A. A statement in which it is clearly shown
that there are no bars whatsoever to the
inclusion in the organization of members
of different races.
B. A statement identifying positive efforts
undertaken in an attempt to eliminate any
attitudes of racial discrimination which
may exist in that organization. Some sug
gested efforts are listed below.
1. Participation in workshops to be
2. Creation of workshops and related
activities within the organization.
3. Self-assessment efforts within the
4. Exchange living programs.
Compliance will be measured in Phase
I by an ad hoc committee established
by CSL as appointed by the chairman.
In the event of non-compliance, notice
will be given by ad hoc to the CSL.
This committee may recommend sanctions
of probation and-or suspension and In such
cases the CSL will review.
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CSL passes
racial policy
Nabraikan Staff Writer
The Council on Student life,
Tuesday hammered out its
policy on racial discrimination.
The CSL set up an ad hoc
committee to evaluate
"programs of affirmative ac
tion" that must be submitted
by "each organization" by the
end of the semester.
The committee, yet to be
formed, will consist of minority
members, representatives of
affected organizations and
student affairs personnel. It will
have the power to recommend
Graduate students assemble
About 45 graduate students met Tuesday evening to
discuss the formation of a University-wide graduate student
advisory council.
The informal meeting was held at the request of Ben
jamin W. McCashland, assistant dean of the graduate college.
A representative from each University department that offers
graduate courses was invited, although other students at
tended as well.
"I don't want to direct the thinking of the group at
this time," McCashland said after the meeting. "We're
just looking for some way to get opinions and input from
graduate students."
The group decided to meet again on April 29. The
same representatives will be invited, although other graduate
students may attend as well.
McCashland said it is "pretty much up to the graduate
students" as to what will happen between now and the
next meeting.
During the Tuesday evening gathering, the graduate
students discussed ideas for the formation of an advisory
council No conclusions were reached.
The students also discussed the need for such a coun
cil. ' One student remarked, "We're not trying to stand outside
and shout. We want to participate in the system."
Other students said that a graduate council might be
valuable in solving problems common to graduate students
as a whole. Also, a serious problem involving one department
might be solved with advice from a graduate council.
Another student remarked that a graduate council could
help protect the rights and interests of graduate students
in all departments.
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to CSL probation and-or
suspension for non-complying
The final policy statement
beefed up the language of a
proposal authored by three CSL
members (John Lonnquist,
John Goebel and Lynn
Webster) and combined it with
a statement introduced by the
Human Rights Committee of
the Faculty Senate.
Administration member Walt
Strong said the statement
needed strong language
because he said people can't
see that racism exists on cam
pus. "We must focus on the issue
Instead of getting hung up on
words and niceties because
racism is not a nicety," he
After winning that point,
Strong continued to argue for
strong sanctions against
organizations failing to show
affirmative action. Rich Page
agreed that any CSL action
would be ineffective unless it
could enforce punitive sanc
tions. Ed Icenogle argued that
sanctions should be imposed,
but CSL shouldn't terminate a
group. A group's worth to the
campus shouldn't be
determined solely on whether
it's racist, he maintained.
"The University can't allow a
racist organization to exist,"
countered Bill Chaloupka.
Later Icenogle said the policy
statement doesn't go far
enough because it aims at only
a small per cent of the
University population that
belongs to organizations.
Although the statement de
nounces "Institutionalized and
individual" discrimination,
Icenogle said it 13 aimed
specifically at Greeks.
Vice Chancellor G. Robert
Ross emphasized that a pro
gram of affirmative action
doesn't mean a group must
have a certain number of
blacks In it by next fall."
Chairman John Robinson
said the ad hoc committee will
determine the criteria for
judging a "affirmative action."
The criteria will " not be in
flexible, he emphasized. This
will leave room for organiza
tions to come up with imagin
ative programs to meet their
specific needs.
Apparently, the CSL policy
means that all organizations
with University approved con
stitutions must show by June 1
that they don't discriminate in
their selection of members and
are actively trying to eliminate
racism. Failing to do this,
University organizations face
CSL-lmposcd sanctions of pro
bation or suspension.
Icenogle cast the lone nay
vote against the proposal. Web
ster, Strong and Lee Harris