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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 1988-- Page 3

NEWS

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describes

'acceptable'
protest acts

"Here at the 'U', we don't say 'orientated."'
Student tour groups like this one learned why they call it the UGLi, that it's "Angell," not "Angel," and - by being issued
cards - that the University doesn't just treat you like a number. It treats you like a number and a UPC symbol.

their first I.D.

Faculty to have own code by fall

BY RYAN TUTAK
University students no longer
have a voice in the formation of
rules to govern their conduct outside
the classroom, and could be arrested
by campus security officers for vio-
lating state law.
The University's Board of Re-
gents voted 7-1 to at their July
meeting to give the county sheriff
the authority to deputize two senior
campus security officers and to en-
force a new policy they say will
protect the first amendment rights of
participants in campus events.
THE REGENTS' statement
empowers two campus security offi-
cers to carry handcuffs, but does not
explicitly forbid them from carrying
handguns in all situations. "We
should not permit our deputized
officers to carry arms while dealing
with protest activities," the policy
states. "Guns in the hands of Uni-
versity personnel have no place in
protest activities."
In passing the policy for
"Disruption of University Activi-
ties," the board also voted to ignore
a University bylaw that promises
student input on campus conduct
policies.
But opposition to the policy
changes has begun to mobilize over
the summer. Twenty-four student
groups have formed a coalition de-
manding the University to revoke all
policy changes.
CAMILLE COLATOSTI, a
coalition membersand Rackham
graduate student, said members of
the groupplan to march through the
hill dorms, around campus, and end
up at University President Duder-
stadt's house on Monday, where
they will present him with the
demands.
Former University President
Robben Fleming drafted these
changes before he left office in Au-
gust, paving the way for Duderstadt
to unilaterally impose punishments
for student misconduct.

Regental bylaw 7.02, proposed
by Fleming himself in 1970, estab- ,
lished the University Council - a,
body of three students, three faculty,=
and three staff - to draft uniform
rules of conduct for the University.
community.
With the bylaw effectively suse
pended, the University president care.;
impose a comprehensive code of-
student conduct under the auspices
of regental bylaw 2.01, which grante
the president "general power" over,
"the maintenance and general health,
diligence, and order among-
students." ;
BYLAW 7.02 will "auto-
matically expire" June 1, 1989, uri.-
less council members can suggest
amendments so the council it,
"workable," the regents' policy
states.
Duderstadt has stated a desire for
"fundamental rules that protect vale ,
ues such as truth, honesty, tolerance;,
and respect," and the regents appar-'I
ently want to respect his wishes.
But Regent Veronica Smith (R-
Grosse Ile) voted against the policy
changes, and said she wanted to
postpone the vote until students re-'
turned to campus this fall. "We're
disenfranchising students... in dictai'
torial fashion .
Rackham graduate student Corey
Dolgon, a Michigan Student As-"I
sembly representative, said tho
council's eradication will end
already limited student input on
University policy. "Bylaw 7.02 is'
the only democratic mechanism that
exists on campus for students," he'
said.
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Ar'
bor) instigated the policy changes at
the May regents' meeting when he
asked Fleming to propose a plan "to
assure the peaceful functioning of
University scholarly and other
activities." Student disruptions a the
May graduation eeremonies and
preliminary events outraged Baker
and other regents.
See Protest, Page 14

B ERIC LEMONT
By the end of the fall term, University faculty
and staff probably will have a code of conduct
similar to the new student anti-harassment pol-
icy.
In June, an 18-member committee of faculty
and staff drafted guidelines to define unac-
ceptable acts and reprisals for committing them.
Various University members suggested revisions
during the summer, and University President
James Duderstadt will decide whether to ratify
the code after faculty and staff returning from
summer vacation review it.
VIRGINIA NORDBY, assistant vice pres-
ident for government relations and acting di-
rector of the Affirmative Action Office, said she
expects faculty and staff to agree on a final draft
by October because the document is similar to
the current Standard Practice Guide for faculty,
which deals with sexual harassment charges.
Like students under their code, faculty will be
punished for acts of harassment and discrimina-
tion. Punishments for both students and faculty
range from verbal reprimand to suspension and
expulsion.;
The University's Board of Regents ratified the
student code last April.

The faculty policy, as it stands, creates a
three-member committee - including a repre-
sentative from the Affirmative Action Office and
the academic unit employing the accused person
- to investigate harassment complaints.
The latest draft of the proposal addresses con-
sensual sexual relationships. If one person has
authority over another person's activities, such as
a professor to a student, such relationships "may
constitute misconduct," according to the pro-
posal.
IN SEPTEMBER 1986, SACUA released a
statement on "Gender and Respect," which out-
lined the inherent problems of consensual rela-
tionships.
Nordby said such relationships aren't prohib-
. ited, but they are "risky." She said one of the
purposes of the policy is to familiarize faculty
and staff with the consequences of discrimin-
atory behavior.
The University's Civil Liberties Board dis-
cussed the code proposal this summer, and they
debated whether sexual relationships between
staff and students were "implicitly asymmetri-
cal:"
"There are those who could say it could never
have been consensual," said Psychology Prof.

Martin Gold.
The new policy also attempts to unify and
clarify the scattered guidelines in the Univer-
sity's Board of Regents bylaws and the Standard
Practice Guide. For example, the policy lists
specific sites to report complaints. Earlier drafts
of the policy only stated that the Affirmative
Action Office would receive complaints.
"I DON'T THINK the faculty as a whole
knows what the policy is yet," said English Prof.
June Howard, a member of the faculty code task
force. "I don't know if everybody knows it's be-
ing worked on."
When the regents approved the student code,
proposed by Interim University President Rob-
ben Fleming, many student leadersrdemanded an
analogous policy for faculty.
Law student Eric Schnaufer, an ardent anti-
code activist, said the faculty policy is "designed
to cover up acts of institutionalized racism" be-
cause investigations would not take place pub-
licly.
Hearings for the student code will also be
conducted in private.
-Daily reporter Ryan Tutak contributed to
this story.

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