Law Faculty To Consider Delayed Cases Of Blacks; No Disruption Anticipated
A week after its meeting was disrupted by students, the Law School Faculty will meet today to consider the discipline actions against five black law students involved in the OBU building takeovers last semester.
The group of radical law students who disrupted Tuesday's meeting probably will not attempt to stop today's meeting. The students had asked the faculty to call an open meeting of students before discussing the cases.
The students particularly objected to the Administrative Board's one-term suspension of Gregory K. Pilkington, a second-year law student.
Pilkington received the severest of the five punishments because he participated in the Nov. 19 SDS sit-in at University Hall as well as the two OBU occupations.
The Board placed two other students on warning and two on probation-including Philip N. Lee, a third-year law student and president of OBU.
The last week at the Law School has been a hectic period marked by the disruption, numerous meetings of faculty and students, and exhaustive discussion on the punishments and issues stemming from the punishments.
About 300 students and faculty met last night in six different classrooms to resume a discussion of issues raised in a mass meeting of over 800 people Friday.
While radical students were unhappy with the decision to split into small groups, most faculty seemed pleased with the highly informal meetings.
Frank I. Michelman, professor of Law and spokesman for the committee which set up the meetings, said that the size of the groups permitted "noticeably more display of personal emotions-which, on the whole, is probably a good thing."
Even with occasional heated exchanges between some faculty and students, however, the meetings seemed notably subdued and low-key. In some meetings stu-dents directed the discussion while in others faculty members answered questions from the front of the classroom.
As in Friday's meeting, most of the speakers concentrated on the procedures for disciplining students for political violations.
Eleven student representatives-from the Administrative Board and the Student-Faculty Committee on Governance-have been invited to attend today's meeting.
The same students were invited to last Wednesday's meeting where some of them convinced the faculty to hold open meetings before discussing the punishments.