Archive for Tuesday, August 10, 2010

40 years ago: Dismissal of KU’s Dean of Men touches off inquiry

August 10, 2010

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As a public hearing neared its conclusion, adoption of the $8,148,028 city budget for 1971 appeared imminent. As the budget had already been published, state law prevented it from being raised; however, commissioners were allowed to lower the budget or the mill levy.

The issue of Gary Jackson’s dismissal from his position of assistant to the dean of men at Kansas University was still continuing to “simmer on a back burner of the stove of controversy.” His dismissal had touched off an inquiry by the KU chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

The five staff members of the President’s Commission on Campus Unrest were continuing their investigation into recent violence in Lawrence. The questionnaires issued by the team were just beginning to be returned. The team was one of three such teams conducting investigations in the U.S. The others were at Kent State, Ohio, and Jackson State College, Mississippi.

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