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Thursday, March 14, 1968


Page Five

Thursday, March 14, 1 9 6 8 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Five




Decisionm- lia king


We have conceived our man-
date as a broad one, requiring
consideration of the role that
should be open to students in
the making of policies and de-
aisions throughout the entire range
of University affairs: Approach-
ing our subject from different per-
spectives, we have found it rela-
tively difficult to formulate agreed
statements of abstract principle
but somewhat easier to reach
consensus 'on created proposals.The
principles listed below have figur-
ed in our discussions, though we
have not been unanimous as to
how each of them should be
stated, how much weight each of
them deserves, or how they should
be combined, blended, or balanced:
1. As a state-chartered and
state-supported institution, The
University of Michigan is subject
to the ultimate authority of the
people of the state, who have en-
trusted its governance to the
Board of Regents. Authority of
components of the University com-
munity to participate in this
governance derives from delegat-
ion by the Regents, who neces-
sarily retain the right to revise
or revoke such delegation.
2. Members of the faculty and
administration bear major re-
sponsibilities for the operation of
the University, the management
of its property and funds, and the
conduct of its educational pro-
grams. It follows that faculty and
administration should retain that
# degree of authority over the af-
fairs of the University that is es-
sential to fulfillment of the respon-
sibilities entrusted to them by the
3. On grounds both of demo-
cratic principle and of educational
policy; students should be ac-
corded a substantial role in the
making of decisions within the
University community. Student
participation in decision-making
processes can contribute both to
the excellence of the University
and to the development of its
students. The quality and ma-
turity of present-day Michigan
students make it desirable to ex-
tend such participation.
4. A university should be a cen-
ter for creativity and innovation,
criticism and challenge; debate and
dissent. The vigorous assertion of
dissatisfaction and demands for
change, and efforts to influence

both the internal policy of the'
University and its posture and
role in the larger society, are in-
dicative of an intellectual vitality
that should be welcomed' and fos-
tered. The decision-making proces-
ses of the University should not
be a closed system, but one con-
stantly receptive to ideas and
viewpoints from every sector of
the University community.
5. It would be easy to say that
calculated disruptions of the nor-
mal pattern of University life -
obstructive sit-ins and unilateral
pronouncements setting a s i d e
rules, for example - would im-
pede, rather than help, the pro-
cess of needed change. But this
is not entirely the case. During
the past two years precisely this
kind of activity, disturbing to some
of the Univeesrity community,
sometimes has been effective in
bringing about change. It has
done so at a considerable price,
however - a visible hardening of
attitude on all sides which can
eventually lead to confrontation
for its own sake. The noise thus
created also has obscured the fact
that other significant change has
been brought about by student in-
itiative through regularly-con-
stituted bodies and orderly con-
The Commission has divided the
role of students in University de-
cision making into the various
areas exemplified in the remain-
der of this report. We have en-
deavored to state our views and
recommendations for each area
succinctly. Every member of the
Commission has been at liberty
to insert expressions of dissent
or qualification along with his
signature at the end of the report.
The determination of the form
and structure of student associa-
tions should be a matter for stu-
dent initiative. The Commission
welcomes the decision of the stu-
dent body to undertake a thorough
review and reordering of the mech-
anisms of student organization
and urges that careful attention
be given to certain basic principles
which form the basis for any
democratic association.
Any student association should
be as broadly representative as
possible of the variety and com-
plexity of the student body it
represents. It should insure that
all segments of the student com-

munity have an equal opportunity
for being represented.
Student organizations have a
place both as integral parts of
the general University community,
deriving their authority by dele-
gation from the Board of Regents,
individuals freely associating in
and as voluntary associations of
a common interest.
Since much of the decision
making for the University is decen-
tralized, student organizations, re-
presenting the particular con-
stituency most concerned and most
affected by a specific area of de-
cision making, should have cen-
tral responsibility for student in-
put into that decision process. It
follows that a number of different
student associations, organized at
different levels of the University
community and representing dif-
ferent constituencies, will be need-
ed for effective participation of
students in decision making.
Rules will inevitably be needed
on a campus-wide basis. Campus-
wide representatives must be selec-
ted by the student body and over-
all coordination of the funding of
student activities would seem de-
sirable. For these reasons, we an-
ticipate that a continuing general
association or assembly of stu-
dents will be needed and will be
organized. In order to function as
part of the University system, such
an organization must be recogni-
zed by and have powers, funct-
ions, and responsibilities delegated
by the Board of Regents. The
Commission hopes that the Re-
gents will entrust significant fun-
ctions to representative and res-
ponsible student organizations.
The relationships of a central
student organization to the Uni-
versity and to existing and future
student associations at the School
or College and Departmental
levels should be clarified. Organ-
izations such as the Graduate As-
sembly, the Literary College Steer-
ing Committee, and the Engineer-
ing Student Council have import-
ant roles in decision making with-
in the areas they represent.
The development of student as-
sociations or assemblies which
serve as component parts of the
formal operating system of the
University and exercise powers

delegated by the Regents should
not inhibit the formation by stu-
dents of purely voluntary and in-
dependent associations w h i c h
would determine their own stand-
ards of membership, develop their
own patterns of financial support,
and operate freely in any areas
relevant to the interests of their
membership. The University com-
munity has always had student
groups which choose to operate
without formal recognition, and
without the rights conferred by.
The student judicial system,
like student government, should
be a primary responsibility of
the students of the University.
The Commission recommends
that a central judicial system
be established incorporating the
following provisions:
1. original jurisdiction by stu-
2. due process,
3. faculty review of those de-
cisions involving suspension
or expulsion.
The Commission recognizes
that certain colleges and profes-
sional schools already have es-
tablished judicial systems that
incorporate these characteristics.
However, to provide the most
consistent campus-wide pattern,
we urge that these units and all
others move to the central sys-
tem upon its development.
The University is above all an
educational institution, involved in
communicating, promoting, and
expanding knowledge. Its various
programs are central concerns of
its students, teachers, administra-
tors, and supporting academic
Because students have a stake
in University education - their
education - and because they
have an important contribution to
make to plans and procedures in
University affairs, they should
participate with other members of
the University through institution-

al channels in the study, deliber-
ation and decision-making pro-
cess which direct University af-
fairs at all levels:
-In the departments, stu-
dents should have this kind of
participation with respect to
matters such as (but not limited
to) concentration requirements,
teaching evaluation, counseling,
student research opportunities,
course offerings, course and
facilities and special programs,
and development of emphasis
with the scholarly disciplines.
-At the school or college level,
students should have this kind
of participation with respect to
matters such as (but not limited
to) curricula, judicial proced-
ures, teaching evaluation, coun-
seling, and academic registration
and records.
-At the University level, stu-
dents should have this kind of
participation with respect to
matters such as (but not limit-
ed to) academic and special
event calendaring, priority and
appropriations planning, pro-
g r a m development, appoint-
ments, proposals for by-law
changes, tuition, long - range
planning and development, and
other matters of general Uni-
versity policy.
Such direct participation can be
extremely valuable. Experiences
of several units which have already
institutionalized student partici-
pation indication that improves
academic planning. Moreover, in-
tensive and serious participation
in such matters can be unmatched
source of knowledge for students.
It is the responsibility of each
unit to create, maintain, or im-
prove existing structures forstu-
dent participation in keeping with
its size and concerns. Students, fa-
culty, and administrators in each
unit should begin as soon as pos-
sible to develop such structures.
Communications concerning Uni-
versity affairs:
'The Commission recommends
promotion of the flow of infor-
mation by:
-the appointment in each de-
partment, school, and college, of
official representative with au-
thority to hear questions, sugges-
tions, and grievances concerning
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academic affairs and to provideg
answers or refer comments for theE
consideration of appropriate au-c
--provision for regular meetings
of students, faculty, and admin-x
istrators in academic units, andf
especially in departments, forf
study and review of academic af-
-continued development by the!
Board of Regents of methods for"
direct consultation with students;
-encouraging student, faculty,?
and administrative groups to maket
more of their meetings open to
other members of the Univer-
sity community.
The behavior of students in
places other than the buildings
and grounds of the University
should be regulated exclusively by
public law. We see no justification
or need for a special code of con-
duct applicable to students in this
context, whether formulated andr
established by the administration,
the faculty, or the student body,
or by'some combination of these.
By the same token, the Univer-
sity should assert no authority
over students, and assume no res-
ponsibility for them, with respect
to their violation of public law
in off-campus situations.
Nevertheless, the University may
wish to make a variety of services
available to individual students
and to groups formally recognized
as student organizations, when
they are involved in difficulties
external to the University. These
may include such services as as-

sistance in securing legal counsel
and arrangements for mediation
of disputes when the parties wish
to avoid formal legal process.
Only insofar as the off-campus
behavior is relevant to legal or
explicit ethical codes defining the
fitness of a candidate for profes-
sional status or for the career
toward which the program in
which he is enrolled is aimed,
should the faculty of his academic
unit be entitled to consider this
behavior in determining a stu-I
dent's eligibility to continue in
that program.
Conduct in classrooms, lecturef
halls, laboratories, or any other
locations where the formal aca-
demic programs of the University
- - - - - -

are being carried out, should con-
tinue to be regulated by the gov-
erning faculties of the various
schools and colleges. When a stu-
dent's conduct in this area is al-
leged to violate a regulation, or an
instructor's behavior is alleged to
be arbitrary or unreasonable, either
party to the issue should have the
opportunity to have the case heard
by a permanent body composed of
students and faculty members
from the college concerned.



The regulation of conduct on
University property, other than
conduct directly related to the
routine operation of residence halls
or to the regular activities ex-
plicitly associated with the formal
See TEXT, Page 6




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