Law Faculty Will Hear Decision Of Ad Board on OBU Protestors
The Law School faculty will hear tomorrow the decisions of the Administrative Board on the five black students charged with participating in the December 5 and 11 OBU (Organization for Black Unity) occupations of University Hall.
James Vorenberg '48, chairman of the Ad Board, said last night that he would report the cases to the faculty, but he refused to speculate as to what action either he or the faculty would take.
Although the faculty has the ultimate power in all discipline cases, its approval is not strictly required unless the students are being separated from the University.
However, even if the decisions are less severe-as they probably will be-Vorenberg could ask the faculty for a vote of approval or the faculty could decide to review the decisions.
"A vote could be just a way of making sure we are all pulling the same way," said Derek C. Bok, dean of the Law School. "Asking for a vote does not necessarily represent any point of view on the Board's work."
"Anytime there is any type of important issue affecting the school, it is normal procedure to bring it to the faculty's attention for discussion." he said.
The Ad Board reached its decisions after holding hearings for two days last week. None of the five students attended the hearings.
OBU last night released a statement attacking the hearings as "another example of Harvard's inability to deal justly with questions facing African people."
"This racist posture forces Harvard to show its true alliance with the oppressive forces of America. This alliance has been used to deny rights to African people, human and civil rights: it has been used to exploit their homeland and to maintain blacks in a condition of economic dependency." the statement said.
"Harvard's plan for their black students is to place their talents and credentials at the disposal of white financial interest which now needs black people to front for them in their rape of Africa and Africans throughout the world." it continued.
OBU also criticized the Ad Board's refusal to bring charges against the 52 law students who signed a petition asking that they be included in whatever punishment is levied against the five students.
The students said in the petition that they had participated in both building occupations and the work stoppage, but the Ad Board said that it had positive identification only on the five students charged.
"The University is just singling out certain individuals-creating a repressive atmosphere." said Philip N. Lee, a third-year student at the Law School and president of OBU.