The Committee on Rights and Responsibilities has approved for the first time a request for reinstatement from a student required to leave the University for participating in the past year's wave of demonstrations.
James Q. Wilson, professor of Government and chairman of the Committee, said last night that a student who had been required by the Committee of Fifteen last June to leave for one term has been readmitted.
The student, a senior last year, had completed all his academic work before he was required to leave, and has been readmitted to receive his degree. (The Committee of 15 handed down its decisions concerning the April occupation two days before Commencement.)
Similar requests for reinstatement are pending and none has as yet been refused, Wilson said.
Following its usual practice, the Committee did not release the names of the students involved.
In a six-hour meeting yesterday the Committee reached decisions in the cases of four white students charged with restricting Dean May's freedom of speech and movement during an OBU demonstration on December 11.
Wilson said the students are being sent letters today; the decisions will be announced Monday.
In a separate case, the Committee has approved the first application it has received from a suspended student whowished to remain in the University community.
The student, required to withdraw for his role in the November 19 SDS sit-in at Dean May's office, was given permission to retain a non-academic University job, Wilson said.
The requirement that suspended students refrain from regular use of University facilities and from working within the University has drawn fire from students who charged that the requirement interferes with free exchange of ideas within the University.
The Committee has replied that the suspensions are meaningless unless they are accompanied by sanctions, and that a student who is suspended should be absent from the University community "for some period of time to rethink his relationship to it."
The letter sent to suspended students, however, informs them that exceptions to the requirement of absence from the University may be granted by the Committee.
Last fall. several suspended students were fired from University jobs, but nine had applied to the Committee for permission to work here.