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To the Editors of the Crimson:

I read with interest the Corporation's decision regarding the grievances against Dean Kilbridge. It is a sad but telling commentary on Harvard and the Graduate School of Design that this case received such thorough and prompt attention while others more basic to academic freedom and educational quality remain unattended.

The most glaring instance is the continued inaction on the case of Professor Chester Hartman. For nearly two years now the Dean and Faculty of the GSD have been unable and apparently unwilling to resolve the matter. That Professor Hartman was dismissed in an arbitrary and unconsidered fashion continues to be clear to anyone who considers the evidence. That he is supported in his request for a fair hearing (under mechanisms set up by the GSD Faculty) by the GSD Alumni group, students, respected professionals and educators in planning, and other Harvard faculty apparently makes no difference.

Until and unless the GSD resolves this case it can make no claim that it is a place where academic freedom or educational quality are found in the measure expected of Harvard. Thomas E. Nutt, MCP '70   President GSD Student Senate 1969-70

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