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To the Editors of The Crimson:

The equal employment policy of the Harvard Business School reads.

The Harvard Business School is committed to a policy against discrimination in employment based on sex, age, race, color, religious creed or national origin. Accordingly, the School's facilities are available only to employers whose practices are consistent with this policy.

In direct contradiction to this policy is the presence on campus of recruiters representing corporations (i.e. Polaroid, General Electric, and Xerox) which operate in South Africa. These corporations discriminate against the black population in South Africa in accordance with the laws of the racist South African minority regime.

The business school can reconcile this contradiction by either denying access to corporations which operate in South Africa, or disaffirming its commitment to non-discrimination as put forth in the equal employment policy. I doubt the B-school will do either despite 1) recent proclamations (via faculty and administrators) concerning the relevancy of ethics at the B-School, and 2) the public acknowledgement of this contradiction by Dean of the Business School Fouraker. The response of the Harvard Business School is eagerly awaited.

William [Skip] Knight Jr.

M.B.A. '78

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