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CSL considers open meetings, visitation, liquor
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by Jane Owens 1
The Council on Student Life (CSL) Thursday
voted to establish an ad hoc committee to determine
which UN L committee meetings, dealing with
non-academic matter, are open to the public.
The Council tabled indefinately, however, a
recommendation that the findings of four student fee
task force committees be declared null and void.
The resolution, introduced by CSL member Chris
Harper, was a result of the press not being allowed to
attend or report on meetings of the four student fee
task forces, according to Harper.
The. task forces were established by UNL
Chancellor James Zumberge to study the use and
distribution of student fees.
Harper said the press and public also were barred
from attending meetings between the University
Health Center and UNL Campus Security police
regarding release of student records.
The ad hoc committee also would identify
appropriate channels through which individuals could
gain access to unduly restricted information, Harper
He said the ad hoc committee on freedom of
access to committee meetings was needed because
"I'd like to know what meetings should be open (to
the public and press) and what meetings should be .
closed. Right now I have nothing that I can go back
to (when barred from a committee meeting) and
make a case."
In discussion of the resolution to declare findings
of the student fee task forces void, CSL member Sam
Brower said "It's not fitting for CSL to make a
judgment of the work of these task force committees
until the ad hoc committee (on freedom) is
Because the task forces dealt with student matters
and public monies, Harper said, they violated state
statutes by excluding the public and press.
CSL member Hal Smith said the task force
incident had been "blown sky high" and the
committees were only charged to make
recommendations and not to formulate University
According to Harper, the statutes also cover
committees making policy recommendations on
In other business, the Council voted unanimously
to approve recommendations made in a report on
alcohol consumption on campus. The report,
prepared by a Joint committee of ASUN and the
Residence Halls Association (RHA), was presented by
committee member Ann Henry. It recommends that
legal alcohol consumption and possession be allowed
in students' rooms.
Legal alcohol consumption also would be allowed
"for special occasions in floor lounges with
permission of the appropriate authority." Eighty-five
per cent of the living unit members must approve of
the use of alcohol during the special occasion, which
must be approved by and registered with the
The proposal does not provide for the purchase of
alcohol for specail occasions with living unit funds,
. Henry said. Each student desiring alcohol would have
to provide his own, she explained.
"I feel that we're presently in an era of student
responsibility and the University ought to give this
type of responsiblity and privilege (concerning
alcohol) to students," Ken Swerdlow, assistant
director of housing, said.
"I don't see that this new policy would be a
tremendous discipline problem," he added. "Like
anything new, it would have to have some details
The alcohol policy proposal has been approved by
ASUN, RHA, the UNL Housing Policy Committee
and the Inter Fraternity Council.
Committee members said they hope to present the
proposal at the March 3 meeting of the Board of
The Council also voted to endorse a
recommendation, prepared by an RHA Study
Committee on Visitation, to extend campus living
unit coed visitation hours to eight-hour periods on
weekdays and 1 2-hour periods on weekends.
The current visitation policy permits a. six-hour
visitation period daily.
However, the Council did not take action on the
section of the report which would abolish the open
door policy. The policy requires residents to have
doors open when guests of the opposite sex are
visiting in dormitory rooms.
. 'The extension ot visitation hours seems to De
very realistic and very workable," Swerdlow said,
"but I'm concerned that the abolition of the open
door policy might jeopardize the Regents' approval of
the entire policy.
'This visitation proposal asks for such small
changes, I feel it has no real significant effect on the
quality of student life," CSL member Harry Canon
"What this institution really needs is a full
spectrum of residential living alternatives," he added.
"Some students might not want any visitation hours, -and
others might want 24-hour visitation.
The Council adopted a proposal by Canon, which
charges the Housing Policy Committee with "the
development of recommendations that would provide
students with a choice from a full range of RHA
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