THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Faculty Asks Changes in Office of Student Affairs
The findings, presented to Lew-
is and the committee Feb. 21, were
in the form of a 40-page confiden-
tial document divided in two
parts. The first was a general dis-
cussion of the relationship of the
dean's office and residence halls
staffs with the undergraduate
women. It detailed four specific
charges. The second part consist-
ed of accounts of specific inci-
dents, copies of letters exchanged
by Miss Bacon and parents, re-
ports by Daily staff members of
personal encounters with the
Dean of Women-all intended to
substantiate the general charges
of part one.
The first of the four charges
protested Miss Bacon's conception
of her role in the University com-
munity. Her position, the docu-
ment alleged, favors "transmis-
smn of 'home and church' customs
of American society to the stu-
dent without allowing enough lat-
itude for experiment and inquiry
. . . ," and enforces an essentially
conservative pattern of behavior
on youths who are not trusted to
think for themselves.
To support this charge, the re-
port listed several instances in
which Miss Bacon had allegedly
interfered with democratic stu-
dent government and judicial
proceedings, as well as transcripts
of interviews with her.
The second complaint alleged
that actions by the dean's office
have the effect of segregating in-
dividuals of differing racial, re-
ligious or national character, and
cited two letters sent to parents
of white girls who had been dat-
ing Negro or foreign students.
"Her interference suggests that
a Negro-white relationship is in-'
dicative of instability on the part'
of one or both the individuals in-'
volved," the document stated. "It'
also suggests that interracial con-
tacts would bring a damaging pro-
test from a midwestern commu-
nity like Ann Arbor, a midwest-
ern school like the University, and
a constituency such as the Uni-
"We cannot accept any of these,
generalities as a legitimate basis
for abridging the development of,
close interracial or intercultural
The report also protested in-,
sensitive counseling by the dean's
office in situations requiring great;
tact, citing examples.
The students concluded by stat-
" . ..freer interaction between
students, a more just relationship
between students and administra-
tors, and a University atmosphere
more conducive to individual in-
quiry is seriously jeopardized by
the functioning of Deborah Ba-
con as Dean of Women and by
many of the policies and practices
she has promoted."
When the student relations
committee agreed to study this
document, it made clear that this
in no way meant prior acceptance
of the validity of the evidence or
conclusions. Miss Bacon had ac-
cess to the report during the course
of the inquiry. The committee met
a dozen times over three months
before drawing its own investiga-
tion to a conclusion.
In the course of its inquiry, the
committee shifted its focus from
the Dean of Women's Office to
embrace the entire Office of Stu-
dent Affairs and the philosophy'
of the University-student relation-
ship in general.
Members of the committee in-
clude: Prof. Eleanor Cranefield of
the social work school; Prof. Rich-
ard Cutler of the psychology de-
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Several individual members of
the committee indicated their per-
sonal intentions to continue to
work during the summer for ac-
ceptance of their recommenda-
tions. However, the committee does
not meet formally in the summer,
and will defer any organized ac-
tion until fall.
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