Supporters of the SDS demands voted Tuesday night to demand from the Corporation a clarification of certain points, centering around the Faculty's ROTC resolution, Harvard expansion and punishment.
The wording of the specific questions--presented as an open letter to the Corporation--was decided upon last night by Susan B. Jhirad, a teaching fellow in General Education who originally proposed the letter at Tuesday's meeting, and members of the strike steering committee.
The open letter demands a response by Monday, April 28. No date had been decided upon at the mass meeting.
The letter threatens no specific action by SDS if the Corporation's reply is not satisfactory, because such an ultimatum was rejected by the 700 present at the mass meeting as too restricting. It does, however, conclude with a more generalized threat of militant action.
Sargent Kennedy, secretary to the Corporation, said yesterday afternoon that he had received a copy of the letter, but "had no idea" of whether or not the Corporation would respond by Monday.
The letter reads:
"Because of the extreme lack of clarity of the Bruner resolution; because the present rules of Harvard exclude the possibility of an undergraduate organization which is controlled by an outside agency; because of contradictory statements by the Administration and the faculty, we who are demanding the complete end to ROTC on campus require answers to the following simple questions by Monday, April 28:
* Will any Harvard rules be changed in order to permit a ROTC training program to be an extracurricular activity?
* Does "extracurricular" in this instance simply mean "non-credit?"
* Will ROTC have the privileged status of extracurricular activities like athletics or PBH?
* Will any facilities either rented or rent-free be provided for this purpose? * Will heads of ROTC be given directorships or any title that will continue to allow them to participate in Faculty meetings?
* Will agreements, either formal or informal, be made with the United States military?
* Will ROTC be a "club" for ROTC cadets who are trained elsewhere?
Those of us who are concerned, not with the curricular status of ROTC, but with its use as an agent of oppression in Vietnam and elsewhere, wish to know the simple fact: "Will the United States Army be using the campus to train army officers?
We also wish answers to the following questions: