Emmanuel College Student Protests Collection

As the 1960s progressed there were protests not only for civil rights and against the Vietnam War, but also for students’ role in College governance, which led to the creation of a Student Bill of Rights at Emmanuel. This process began at the College in the winter of 1969 as commuter students, in an attempt to deal with the cold weather, wore slacks that were not allowed under student regulations. Concurrently resident students, through their inter-dormitory council conducted a referendum on student determined curfews.   Ninety-one percent (91%) of voting students answered “yes” to the question: “Should students determine their own curfew system by vote?” Responding to these student concerns, the College Administration relaxed its regulations and by March 1969 commuters were allowed to wear slacks and resident students were given Student Rights Statement, 1960spermission to set their own curfews. Once this was accomplished, students had an increased desire to play a greater role in College governance. On April 18, 1970, in an attempt to clarify and strengthen their position in regard to the establishment of policy at the College the students presented the Board of Trustees with a “Bill of Rights.” the Board agreed, in theory, in the implementation of such a document. However, it requested that a committee of students, faculty and administrators study the document before The Board approved implementation. The panel was known as the 3-3-3 Committee because it was composed of three students, three faculty and three administrators. The committee finished its review of the document and the Board of Trustees formally approved the Student Bill of Rights on December 9, 1972.  

The Student Protests Collection contains: drafts of the Student Bill of Rights and Demands; the minutes and correspondences of the 3-3-3 Committee; memorandums; announcements/flyers and newspaper and magazine clippings on issues covering student protests, to education, and urban and environmental concerns for the period between the c. 1959 through 1977. Although the collection contains material on issues on campuses across the nation, it focuses on Emmanuel College and Boston, MA.

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