Committee of Fifteen To Present Punishment Decisions June Ninth
The Committee of Fifteen will deliver its decision on punishment of the students involved in the University Hall occupation to a special meeting of the Faculty on June 9. The Committee also will present a preliminary fact-finding report about the occupation and police bust.
The Faculty will meet again on the night of June 9 to vote on the degrees to be given to graduating seniors.
In a statement distributed yesterday, the Committee also asked that the University community submit any specific grievances against a University officer's handling of the occupation and the issues leading up to it.
The grievances " may take the form of complaints against individual officers of administration and instruction."
Written statements of any grievances should be submitted quickly, Alan e. Heimert '49, spokesman for the committee and Master of Eliot House, said yesterday.
That complaints will be investigated wherever possible, Heimert added. Each complain will be submitted to the individuals named, who will be given a "full opportunity to offer any answer, comment, or explanation."
The Committee will include its findings on these grievances in its final report. Heimert said yesterday that "it is certainly conceivable, although by no means clear, that the Committee's report will include criticisms of Administrators or faculty members."
One example of the kinds of grievances which the Committee seeks, Heimert said, might be a complaint "that an officer of the University, by his actions or neglect, contributed to the coming of the crisis or to its intensity." The Committee is looking for specific statements about how the crisis may have been averted, he added.
"My impression is that, while there have been many general statements of grievances, only occasionally have these taken the form of particular statements against individuals," Heimert said.
Although only a small number of students have appeared before the Committee so far, Heimert said that about 120 students have acknowledged receiving the Committee's request that they attend hearings. It is believed, but not confirmed, that all students involved in the ejection of deans from University Hall or arrested afterwards--over 200--will receive these notices.
The Faculty motion which created the Committee charged it with "full responsibility" for the disciplining of the students involved. The Faculty, however, will have to approve by a two-third vote any recommendation to dismiss or expel a student.
Heimert, chairman of the Committee's subgroup on the restructuring of the University, said his group may issue interim guidelines during the coming academic year but he does not know when their final report will be ready