Resisters of Registration May Get Aid
Indications of Harvard's position on the controversial matter emerged yesterday following a closed meeting of the student-faculty Committee on College Life, an advisory group that briefly discussed the issue.
While the decision is not final, Harvard is leaning toward guaranteeing loans and jobs to those male students who would lose all federal grants, loans and work-study employment if they fail to provide the government with adequate proof of registration, committee members said.
Archie C. Epps III, dean of students and secretary of the committee, said in a post meeting briefing that President Bok wants to formulate a University-wide policy on the issue, and that Bok intends to consult with the deans from each of Harvard's nine faculties.
Bok could not be reached for comment last night.
Because of rules restricting information about the closed committee meetings, it is unclear exactly how or when the Universities made its preliminary decision to make up for lost aid to non-registrants.
But Epps said during the briefing that the committee "supported the present inclination on the part of the University to substitute University loan funds at market rates for lost federal grants and loans."
Educators fear that beyond poxsing a huge administrative burden, the regulations now in a 90 day common period prior to enactment--would force universities into overseeing laws based on highly subjective moral decision.
Several schools including Yale, have announced that they would compensate non-registrants in a way similar to that under consideration at Harvard.
He is not a stereotypical Harvard law professor. Only 34 years old, Lopez is an active advisor to the Los Angeles Chicano community on legal matters, and is outspoken in his criticism of legal education.
But he does have the necessary qualifications-University of Southern California undergraduates, Harvard Law School, California District Court clerkship for a year, private practice in San Diego for three years, and a professorship at UCLA Law School for the past five years. Two years ago he was voted the outstanding teacher in the eight UCLA graduate schools, and he has recently written an influential paper on immigration law.
In addition, Lopez is among the most popular teachers at UCLA-"intense, but with a sense of humor," Bruce C. Doering, president of the UCLA Law Students Bar Association, said last week. His civil rights course in particular gets rave reviews from students, so much so that it has a waiting list for enrollment, Doering added