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ministration's controversial code to
the Board of Regents for approval.
Shapiro backed off on his threat in
January when the council appeared to
be making headway and working "in
good faith." In fact, in April, the
council asked for input on its
preliminary recommendations for
dealing with violent crimes on cam-
No progress since May
No progress had been made in
refining these "emergency
procedures" this spring and summer,
partly because internal political con-
flicts within the Michigan Student
Assembly has prevented any respon-
se from the student government. MSA
is also reluctant to take a stance until
the majority of its members return in
the fall. The administration too has
not responded, chooses to wait until
MSA gives its reaction, Nordby said.
The council has also failed in its
main task this summer to recom-
mend how the University should deal
with nonacademic crimes committed
by students. These crimes aroused
much of the opposition to previous
drafts of the code. Some students said
the University should not deal with in-
ter-personal crimes, such as theft,
which, they say, are in the civil cour-
ts' proper domain.
The council's work was stalled
mainly by poor administration among
the administrators and faculty on the
committee. The council, in fact, never
had full attendance this spring and
summer, although the three students
on the committee were rarely absent.
The council's progress, though, also
slowed when two new students to the
council forced the board to rehash
philosophical and practical questions
on whether a code is needed.
"I think there's been too much of an
assumption that there will have to be
a code," said Jen Faigel, an LSA
senior who was appointed to the coun-
cil in the spring.
"It's distressing to have to start all
over, but I believe that's what we are
going to have to do. With this change
in people, it will take us quite a while
to focus on our issues," said the coun-
cil's co-chair, Internal Medicine prof.
Don Rucknagel late in June.
The council would meet only twice
more before giving up in mid-July
because of sparse attendance.
Concerns about stalling
While student members of the
council deny they were stalling -
only raising issues they felt needed to
be raised - Nordby said the board's
composition is one factor ad-
;ministrators will consider
.deciding whether to implement a code
-without MSA approval.
Nordby refused to comment fur-
ther, but one of the three students on
the council is law student Eric
Schnaufer. Schnaufer, a co-founder of
the No Code movement, rejoined the
council in the spring after resigning
last winter. He said then he felt his
presence would hurt the council's
credibility with the impatient ad-
While Schnaufer denies stalling, he
opposes a code covering violent and
non-violent crimes. "If the emergen-
cy rules are just one part of a com-
prenensive cone oI SLUenLUI VU ,
then they are just the beginning of
the end," Schnaufer said in May.
Emergency precedures opposed
The council's "emergency
procedures" will also receive op-
Some students and Jonathan Ross,
a local lawyer following the code, op-
pose the emergency procedures,
calling them unnecessary because of
the civil authorities.
The procedures would set up a
University judicial process that could
impose such sanctions as temporarily
banning the accused from campus.
Although administrators refused to
comment, opposition is expected
against a provision prohibiting
University action against students
taking political stances. This
provision is merely symbolic because
councilmembers did not feel that any
violent crimes are a part of political
University President Harold
Shapiro, however, has said he doesn't
think any code should exclude such
political crimes as civil disobedience.
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services such as the Comprehensive
Studies and Opportunity Program.
She added that MSS helps different
minority groups "maintain links to
their heritages," by providing special
programs and information about
various minority holidays.
The Comprehensive Studies
Program is primarily concerned with
the retention and graduation of LSA
students who come from
backgrounds yet show considerable
academic promise. The program,
which is-open to non-minority as well
as minority students, provides
academic counseling, and tutorials,
as well as sponsoring lectures, and
The Opportunity Program is not
limited to LSA students, and helps
disadvantaged sudents with finan-
cing and counseling,. as well as
helping them to take advantage of the
myriad support services available to
Robert Holmes, the assistant Vice
President for Academic Affairs said
that the administration feels strongly
that in addition to recruiting more
minority students to the University
and to retain them, "we must take
new steps to enhance students' feeling
of home away from home here."
Holmes said last- year's event was
well-attended by students and they
related well to the event by "forming
networks with other students and be
becoming better able to put the
names and faces of faculty members
together." He added that the orien-
tation seemed to "increase students'
feeling of belongingness at the Unver-
Daily staff writer Mike Jagner
filed a report for this story.
Welcome- University President
Harold Shapiro and other University
Comments - Niara Sudarkasa,
associate vice president for academic
Small group discussions - Minority
peer advisors, faculty and staff.
Reception - all events are in the
Michigan League Ballroom on Thur-
sday, Sept. 5. For more information
call Roderick Linzie at 764-9128 or
Barbara Robsinson at 763-9044.
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