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Soldiers' Field Resolutions


Following are texts of the resolutions passed at the Soldiers' Field meeting on Monday.)

Alexander Korns moved that "This body repudiates the right of the Harvard Corporation to close our University."

Marc Roberts moved the following demands which incorporate amendments accepted by him during the course of the debate:

"We demand that:


a. The Corporation immediately terminate its contractual obligations with the Department of Defense regarding ROTC, and commit itself not to negotiate any new contracts, non-contractual agreements, or informal arrangements of any kind regarding ROTC.

b. The University replace any scholarship aid lost to Harvard students as a result of the termination of the contract.


a. No further physical expansion of Harvard take place until the views of the surrounding community are represented in the decision-making process.

b. Harvard must immediately commit its resources to the development of 3000 housing units, at least one half of which must be devoted to the elderly and low-income families of Cambridge. Funds necessary for the planning must be allocated immediately, and the development plan must be formulated and announced by January 1, 1970

c. In addition to the above:

(i) Harvard must not take any dwelling units out of the non-University housing stock until it has provided new relocation housing in the nearby area at a comparable cost for the households to be displaced. This is explicitly meant to include the University Road apartments and the housing on the Harvard Affiliated Hospital site.

(ii) No relocation occur until a representative group of community residents, students, and faculty report on all matters pertaining to the University's relation to the Hospital and University Road apartments.

(iii) Any increase in graduate or undergraduate enrollment must be accompanied by an equivalent increase in the number of new units which Harvard will develop.

d. Harvard must commit at least 25 per cent of all its residential property to the leased public housing program. This must be done without removing (or counting as part of the 25 per cent) non-Harvard affiliated people now living in University-owned residential property.

e. Harvard must support rent control for Cambridge and Boston, and until passage of these tent control laws it must voluntarily control the rents of its own properties at the January 1, 1968, level.

f. Major changes are necessary in the University structure in order to ensure that Harvard acts consistently with the philosophy embodied in the above demands. These changes should be based on the following premises:

(i) The University is to develop a policy for its physical development and to provide funding for the implementation of this policy.

(ii)This planning and development should actively involve students, faculty, and the community affected, chosen in a democratic fashion.

(ii)The community will have the power of initiation and review for proposed development plans.

(iii)There shall be regularly scheduled open meetings, open records, and public statements of policy.


We demand that:

a. An elected committee of faculty and students make the decision on discipline for students involved in the University Hall sit-in, and in any such future incidents.

b. None of these students be severed or suspended.

c. No students be deprived of financial assistance as a result of the Paine Hall demonstration or any other breach of the rules.


a. An elected student-faculty committee be created to review policy and consider guidelines for the governance of Harvard.

b. The Corporation recognize the authority of this committee on issues relevant to the life of the community, and its moral and social concerns.

C. The members of this committee must be representatives of and responsive to their respective constituencies through the mechanism of a student-faculty senate. We offer the following as a recommendation to this committee once it is established:

(i) The members of the Corporation be directly elected, two by the students of the various divisions of the University, two by the faculties, and one by the alumni.

(ii) Policy-making bodies elected by the faculty and students be created in the colleges and all graduate schools of the University.


a. The establishment of a meaningful black studies program with curriculum and requirements for tenure to be determined by the Chairman of the Department and by the students."

Andrew Cohn moved:

"a. That this body continue the strike for three days;

b. That we demand the Administration publicly inform the community on its decision on the demands of this meeting;

c. That we reconvene after three days to vote whether to continue the strike."

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