Law Professors Plan to Consider Opened Meetings
The Faculty of Law will consider at a closed meeting next Tuesday a student report demanding that Faculty meetings be open to student observers.
Seven members of the student group which wrote the report on student participation met with Law School Dean Derek C. Bok Wednesday to present their proposals. Bok said yesterday, "I told them I couldn't estimate what action the Faculty would take. One of the reasons is that the Faculty has made an unusual effort to expedite handling of the report on grading" made by another committee of first-year students.
First-year student Robert D. O'Connell, a member of the group which met with Bok, said yesterday, "Because the Faculty already has a lot of things under consideration it is doubly important that they act on our requests. That could do away with the suspicion in the student body that the Faculty is stalling."
Bok said yesterday the Law School will pay for the secretarial work that was required to publish the student participation report. Bok said that this action is justified because a section of the report describing Faculty committees will be useful to students working with the committees.
Eight members of the separate group of first-year students which drafted a report calling for pass-fail grading at the school attended the first regular meeting of the new Faculty committee on grades Thursday.
Stephen E. Cotton '68, a first-year student and a co-author of the grades report said yesterday, "We were trying to communicate to them the intensity of first-year felling that change is necessary. They have a lot of difficulty understanding that, but they're concerned, and I think it's getting through."
Bok said the Law School had reprinted 300 copies of the grades report "for the benefit of other students, because we want as much consideration of the issues as possible." The dormitory Council voted this week to donate $25 to help pay for the initial printing of the report on grades.