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79 The particular dynamics in California, however, reveal not only the interstate influence of neighboring universities but also the tactics used by university regents to defend their power and resist institutional change. 80 Their primary motivation for change was a threat from the state government, but the regents used a perceived problem with the use of campus facilities to justify their actions. First, State Senator Jack B. 83 When some of the fired UW faculty had appeared at UC Los Angeles, the regents responded quickly by amending the oath.

It was a Pyrrhic victory, because Richardson was punished with a distasteful teaching schedule, exiled from teaching classes in his specialty areas, and denied any sort of office space on campus. 121 While the regents seemed unaffected by a censure from a national organization, the Nevada legislature had grown weary of the negative publicity and set up a commission of inquiry. ’ ”123 Charles J. Armstrong, Stout’s successor in 1958, replaced “the chain of command” structures with a Faculty Council and other representative bodies that worked closely with the president and the regents.

Strained town-gown relationships continued, but the problems on campus began to set precedent for larger academic freedom issues. At the turn of the century, dozens of academic freedom cases drew public attention. One case, however, deserves particular attention because it was a free speech incident that prompted the development of the nation’s preeminent faculty rights organization. Stanford University professor Edward A. 33 Many of his colleagues defended him, and seven professors resigned in protest.

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