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Senate to release tapes to appeals committee

Date: March 28, 1973

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Description: This March 28, 1973, article from The Carolinian, the student newspaper of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), discusses the decision of the Student Government Association (SGA) to release tapes of its meeting on Neo Black Society to a faculty appeals committee appointed by Chancellor James Sharbrough Ferguson. The tense meeting, which was disrupted several times by outbursts from the gallery, resulted in charges by some SGA members that they felt physically threatened by members of the Neo Black Society. Several student senators had argued beginning in February, 1973, that the organization was discriminatory and possibly was in violation of an SGA prohibition against affiliations with political or religious organizations. While the committee cleared the Neo Black Society, on March 26, 1973, SGA voted to reclassify (remove funding and recognition from) the Neo Black Society. As a result of a decision by the faculty appeals committee mentioned in the article, the SGA decision was overturned by university administration on the basis of faulty evidence and improper procedure by SGA, resulting in an eventual legal filing by SGA members. At the beginning of the 1973-74 school year, the Neo Black Society was reinstated by SGA as a recognized and funded student organization after revising its constitution to reflect that membership was open to all students without regard to race.

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Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Carolinian

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.3.878

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