Governance and Discipline

A petition signed by students that disavows the actions of student rioters, circa 1897

The Council of Administration deals with student disciplinary cases and academic petitions. Council of Administration Minutes, 1894-1931 (3/1/1, 11.4), contains reports, lists, petitions and correspondence concerning admissions and accreditations, student disciplinary matters, student loans, fellowships, athletics, and press notices. Indexed. Council of Administration Letterbooks, 1901-13 (3/1/3, 1.3), contains copies of letters sent to students relating to committee appointments, academic matters, fellowships and loans, housing, and regulations governing the academic standing of undergraduates. Council of Administration Correspondence, 1904-31 (3/1/2, 6.3), contains correspondence about student academic problems, student organizations, student loans, women's residence rules, and social and athletic activities.

Student discipline and governance have produced extensive records. The Freshman Social Affair Expulsion File, January-March 1897 (2/4/6, .1), contains papers relating to the expulsion of students in January, 1897 as the result of a riot connected with the interruption of the Dec. 21, 1896 Freshman Class social. Papers include letters from expelled students seeking reconsideration or help in admission to other universities, and testimonials signed by members of the Freshman Class condemning the violation of University rules and declaring their intention to observe those rules in the future. Papers include a Senior Class resolution condemning the disorder and statements by freshmen who refused to sign the testimonial.

The Committee on Student Affairs Minutes, 1938-72 (4/2/21, 2.3),contains minutes of the Committee on Student Affairs, including subcommittee reports and communications relating to policies for the supervision and guidance of undergraduate extracurricular activities, including material concerning organizations, housing, social functions, activity coordination, Code on Student Affairs and discrimination. The Committee on Student Discipline Records, 1932-89 (4/2/22, 4.6), contain minutes, agenda items and reports describing Committee activities, the Sub-Committee on Undergraduate Student Conduct (1964-89), and Referral Committee (1965-71). Minutes record descriptions of violations of university regulations, previous disciplinary record of students involved and recommendations for action. The Vice Control Investigators Reports, 1936-43 (6/1/36, .6 ), contain reports about activities affecting students, including gambling, law enforcement, police, politics, marijuana, numbers games, prostitution, alcohol sales and disorderly conduct in local counties. Student Discipline File, 1953-81 (41/2/44, 1), includes correspondence, reports and notes regarding discipline and security matters, including encumbrance and financial aid procedures, sexual harassment, rape, Housing Division, Students for a Democratic Society, student employment, and organizational charts for discipline procedures. The Committee on Student Discipline Publications, 1931-72 (4/2/822, .6), includes annual reports with narrative statements and statistical tables describing disciplinary policies and number, type and disposition of cases handled. The series includes handbooks on student discipline, documents relating to disciplinary questions, and the system of Conduct Goverance of Students. W. Thomas Morgan Papers, 1954-82 (41/2/23, 1.3), include correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, reports and incident reports concerning student conduct, the judiciary system, and demonstrations. Police Issuances, 1961-82 (37/4/805, .1), include Police Department brochures concerning crime prevention measures.

Campus Unrest File, 1968-72 (37/4/9, 2), consists of clippings from the DAILY ILLINI and other publications relating to meetings, rallies, demonstrations, strikes, boycotts, arrests, hearings, Assembly Hall and Illini Union policies, undergraduate and graduate student associations, housing, militarism, racism, and disciplinary policies and procedures. Legal Counsel Student Disciplinary Hearings 1970 (34/1/12, .3), summarize testimony given by students at disciplinary hearings resulting from the March 2, 1970 student protest of General Electric Company's campus recruitment, when students occupied the Electrical Engineering Building and broke windows. Disciplinary Hearings Transcripts and Reports, 1970-71 (37/4/10, 6.6), concern charges against students arising from anti-General Electric and anti-ROTC demonstrations on the Champaign-Urbana campus, containing transcripts of witness testimonies, photographs of student demonstrators, and correspondence. Law Monitoring Committee Records, 1970 (14/2/70, .8), contains files on May 1970 campus disorders when students violently protested military involvement in Southeast Asia, the involvement of the university in military research, the killings of students at Kent State and Jackson State Universities, an alleged racist murder by Champaign police, and the refusal of the university to close in response to student strike demands. Classes were boycotted, thoroughfares blocked, and university property and campus businesses damaged. The series includes summary reports of disorders, arrest reports, summary charts and notes of incidents, photographs, newspaper clippings, printed material distributed on campus, and a survey of student opinion. Law students and faculty formed the Law Monitoring Committee to advise students of their legal rights, monitor demonstrations, and gather information for later use by arrested students. Conference on Conduct Governance File, 1967-78 (41/2/32, 3), includes minutes of meetings, drafts, reports and correspondence related to the revision of the Student Regulations Handbook and campus policy. Emergency and Personal Incident Files, 1985-88 (41/2/43, .1), contain correspondence, file memoranda, notes on telephone conversations and personal interviews, reports, and policy handbooks concerning student involved in cases of sexual harassment or assault, gender-based discrimination, suicide attempts, and other emergencies affecting students' personal and academic lives.