Rights Committee Will Ask Fox For Student Discipline Inquiry
The Student Rights Committee (SRC) of the Student Assembly will ask for a "comprehensive" review of disciplinary procedures at Harvard at a meeting today with Dean Fox.
The SRC will ask Fox to establish a review committee of three students and three faculty members or administrators, modeled on the Dowling Committee, which released its report on student government March 4, Leonard T. Mendonca '83, a member of the SRC, said yesterday.
Members of the SRC said they will ask for a "wide-ranging" examination, which would evaluate the Committee on Rights and Responsibilities (CRR), the object of a ten-year student boycott, as well as the Commission of Inquiry, the Administrative Board, and the Resolution on Rights and Responsibilities.
A review committee would remove the "air of mystery" that now surrounds disciplinary proceedings at Harvard, Jacques T. Yadeau '83, an SRC member, said yesterday, adding that students know little about the procedures until they become involved with them.
The Dowling Committee's final report called the review of disciplinary procedures a "large task, well beyond the scope of our committee," adding that the CRR was "among the issues that might be discussed profitably by a future review committee." improvements in housing for disabled students.
Crooks acknowledged that the House system "really ought to have more flexibility for disabled students," and said that he and Martha Coburn, associate dean of the College, would get "right to work" to find the best way to renovate additional Houses by the River.
He said he hoped that accommodations for Mattlin in a suite could be made by fall, but added that in the meantime Marttlin should choose between Quincy and Currier.
But Mattlin said only minor revisions are needed in Mather.
Mattlin said he believed he could have "a good argument legally" if he decides against the officials' request because disabled students are entitled to a "choice equivalent to any other student's choice."
Diame Fraser, general counsel to Harvard's Working Committee for the Handicapped, said yesterday, however, that the College's responsibility is to provide "a reasonable choice" for housing, and that she thinks Mattlin has "no legal claim.