Historical Archive

AEL Sit-In: Stanford University Response

November 6, 1967
D.C. Bacon: Procedures in Case of Sit-Ins at AEL
Memo from D.C. Bacon to Prof. Rambo, C. Shoens, R. Miller, R. Simmons, and H. Morrison, saying he talked with Fred Glover about procedures in case of a future involvement with demonstrations or sit-ins at AEL.
April 10, 1969
Pitzer’s Letters to Stanford Community Occupying AEL
Letter from President Kenneth S. Pitzer to members of the Stanford community occupying the Applied Electronics Laboratory, warning them that the occupation is a violation of the University Policy on Campus Disruptions; followed by an April 11 letter stating that the continued occupation “obligates me to initiate proceedings against your actions through the Stanford judicial Council.”
April 11, 1969
Pitzer Asks Student to Leave; Students Vote to Stay
Stanford University News Services Press Releases, one reporting Pitzer’s request that student end the occupation, and one reporting the students decision to continue the occupation.
April 12, 1969
Letter From Robert Coen
Letter to “those sitting in at AEL,” from Robert Coen, Assistant Professor in Economics.
April 13, 1969
Bill Wyman: Book Store Incident Unrelated to AEL Sit-In
Handwritten note by Bill Wyman, Associate Dean of Students, stating there is no evidence of any connection between the April 12 book store incident and the AEL sit-in.
April 13, 1969
Statement from Lyman
Announcement from Provost Richard W. Lyman that faculty members will begin “interviewing” demonstrators and asking demonstrators to identify themselves, “as a necessary prelude to the SJC’s normal procedures.”
April 13, 1969
My Name is “The April 3 Movement”
Suggested response to faculty interviewers as decided by a community meeting vote. Hand dated April 13.
April 14, 1969
Statement to be Read by Faculty Members Interviewing Demonstrators
The statement, hand dated April 14, to be read by faculty members who interview demonstrators and request them to identify themselves.
April 15, 1969
Gov. Reagan: Go In and Get them Out
April 15, 2:30pm KZSU radio report of Governor Reagan advising Stanford University officials to physically remove ant-war demonstrators.
April 15, 1969
Reagan Quoted
April 15 notes by Bob Byers of the Stanford University News Service which includes a quote from Governor Ronald Regan, and a comment Provost Lyman made to Young Americans for Freedom.
April 15, 1969
Judicial Council to Hold Hearing
Announcement by the Stanford Judicial Council that on April 16 it will hold hearings to determine whether campus policy on disruptions is being violated at AEL.
April 16, 1969
SJC to Hold Hearing; Hayes Tells Reagan Stanford Can Handle Disturbances
Stanford University News Service Press Releases, one announcing that the Stanford Judicial Council will hold a hearing, and the other reporting that Student Body President Denis Hayes telegrammed Governor Ronadl Regan, stating that Stanford is “more than capable of handling any disturbances which occur on our campus.”
April 16, 1969
Testimony Before SJC
Stanford University News Service Press Release reporting on testimony made before the Stanford Judicial Council by researchers, witnesses, and sit-in participants. One researcher alleged he received a death threat, while others reported work disruption but no physical threats.
April 16, 1969
KZSU Coverage of SJC Hearing
Confidential Working Paper of Dan Cook, of KZSU News, with coverage of the Stanford Judicial Council Hearing.
SJC Concludes Hearing
Stanford University News Service Press Release reporting that the Stanford Judicial Council concluded a 10-hour, fact-finding hearing. Council Chairman Jack Friedenthal appointed Richard Kuhns to represent the demonstrator’s interests.
April 17, 1969
Pitzer’s Letter To the Stanford Community
Letter from Kenneth S. Pitzer to the Stanford Community, in which he criticizes those occupying the AEL for their refusal to identify themselves, and states that “the issue at hand is whether Stanford shall live by procedures of judicial due process upon which all constituencies have agreed.”
SJC: Occupation Constitutes a Disruption
Stanford University News Service Press Release reporting that the Stanford Judicial Council unanimously found that the occupation of AEL constitutes a disruption involving “extraordinary circumstances” which would permit President Kenneth S. Pitzer to use emergency powers granted under the Legislative and Judicial Charter.
April 17, 1969
Judicial Council Proceedings
Report of the Stanford Judicial Council with unanimous findings that the occupation of AEL constitutes a disruption under the Policy on Campus Disruption, and that the current case involves “extraordinary circumstances.” A majority on the Council suggested that the President take certain steps, while a minority rejected those suggestions.
June 25, 1969
Wyman’s Assessment of Student Activism, 1968-1969
Speech by Willard G. Wyman to the Stanford Executive Program in which he presents his views on student activism during the 1968-1969 academic year.