1967 Student protests

In the spring of 1967 a crowd gathered on the library lawn to protest some administrative actions, especially the university’s policy on who was allowed to speak on campus and who had the final say in selections.

The matter generated media attention and differing outside opinions from editors, politicians, ministers and others. While the uproar caused some faculty resignations, students ultimately proposed a “bill of rights” that was useful in later discussions about academic freedom and freedom of speech issues.

In June of 1968 the regents revised the policy for campus speakers to allow an active role for students and faculty in the decision-making process.

While more conflicts were to come, many graduated with a greater appreciation that they played an active, non-violent role in the process.