HAPPINESS IS AN ACADEMIC SENATE MEETING
With deep gratitude the Free Speech Movement greets the action of
the faculty. The passing of the proposals of the Academic Freedom Committee is an
unprecedented victory for both students and faculty.
For months the FSM has fought to bring the issues to public
discussion and to rouse the faculty to take action. Our efforts have finally succeeded,
and our protest has been vindicated.
Now that the University community is again united, we hope that it
will work together for speedy implementation of its proposals.
The faculty must see that the Regents adopt its recommendations. For
our own part, the FSM will be completely at the service of the Committee on Academic
Freedom in its coming efforts to formulate proper regulations.
We regret having been forced to undertake controversial actions to
begin a dialogue. These actions have weighed more heavily upon us than upon any others in
the academic community. We hope that the dialogue which has at last begun will continue
and increase, and that the success of this dialogue will mean that such actions will never
again be necessary.
We urge the faculty and the Academic Senate to do everything in
their power to see that the court charges against the 800 are dropped. These students
risked arrest to protest unfair regulations and arbitrary disciplinary actions. They made
a responsible protest, and should not be punished for having fought in the only ways
available for just goals which are now largely achieved. We ask that the faculty honor
their dedication by taking appropriate action.