Class Disruption

Dr. Kuhn’s memorandum assured students that classes would be held on Friday, May 8, 1970 and students could choose to attend or not. “If the University were to suspend the right of students to attend classes or the right of faculty to teach, it would be setting aside the most important purpose for which the University exists.” Nonetheless, some students felt that the administration was more sympathetic to “unfair radicals than to the majority of responsible students” as this letter to Dr. Kuhn protests. Several written reports of disruption of classes were received by the administration. Impromptu teach-ins were also reported, where students frustrated by national events took over classes such as Professor Victor Vitullo’s organic chemistry class.