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QRL Sets Fate of Milner: Co-Ed in 1992
Milner will be a co-ed residence hall
during the 1992-93 academic year, hous
ing female residents on the second floor,
according to a decision reached by the
Residential Life Task Force on January 20.
The decision, which climaxed two years
of debate on the issue, will not be subject
to review until the fall of 1994, said Rich
ard Ford, dean of residential life.
"The decision to make Milner co-ed is
final and will not be subject to review until
the fall of 1994," said Ford. "On balance,
Where Do All the Student Files Go?
Courtney T. Roberts
Ten years after a student graduates or
leaves Guilford, his or her file remains
inside the vaults in the Registrar's Office.
"Most large universities have to throw
away students' records after the required
three years due to space," said Registrar
Floyd Reynolds. "We pack things away
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it was a good decision, and I believe the
change is important"
The Residential Life Task Force was un
able to reach consensus on the issue until
George Segebade, assistant director of
residential life, suggested a compromise
which would allow for Miler to remain an
all-male residence hall next year, but allow
for female residents in the fall of 1992.
"We really struggled with the question
of a co-ed Milner," said Dean of Students
Nancy Cable-Wells. "George was instru
mental in helping us reach a decision."
Segebade suggested a compromise
which would address the concerns of the
for longer than required."
The American Association of Registrar
and Administrative Officers and the Caro
lina Association of Registrar and Admin
istrative Officers both require colleges to
keep student records for three years.
In the vaults are students' records from
the 1800s. After 10 years most documents
in the files are thrown away except for
students' original high school and college
Guilford College, Greensboro, N.C.
majority of sophomore and junior Milner
residents who wanted Milner to remain
all-male and also address the majority of
freshmen Milner residents who supported
the Milner co-ed option.
The decision to delay converting Milner
into a co-ed facility next year will also
enable members of the Residential Life
Staff to implement a more comprehensive
plan to deal with educating students to
issues of sexual abuse and harassment next
year, said Cable-Wells.
Several members of the Guilford
Women's Awareness group had expressed
concern that before Milner was to be a co-
Transcripts are kept in case employers,
police or anyone else, for specific reasons,
needs access to students' files. In order for
a student's file to be viewed, the student
has to give written permission, to the school,
for those who are seeking access.
In 1974 the Family Rights Privacy Act
had an amendment added. The Buckley
Amendment set guidelines for who can see
a student's records. The
amendment specifically stated
that registrars have to be care
ful about who they allow
access to the records. How
ever, when seeking employ
ment, a student may waive
part of their access rights.
When Floyd Reynolds
firstcame to Guilford 28 years
ago, once or twice a year he
would have requests to verify
birth dates of past students
who were going to collect
Social Security. Guilford's
records, because they ex
tended so far back into the
College's first years, were
used by the Social Security
Office to verify ages of those
who were born before the
years when birth certificates
Guilford's first records,
in the 1800s, were handwrit-
see FILES on page 4 >-
Jan. 28, 1991
Ed facility, more efforts should be made to
educate students to the problem of sexual
harassment and abuse on Guilford's cam
The one-year delay will also allow the
Residential Life staff more time to select
both male and female staff members to
serve as Milner RAs for the 1992-93 aca
demic year, said Ford.
Last year a decision was made to make
Milner a co-ed facility by the fall of 1990,
but strong opposition caused the admini
stration to re-evaluate its position and
consider further community discussion of
One of the goals this year of the Resi
dential Life Task Force was to include as
much student participation in the decision
as possible. A forum was held on the issue
January 10. Approximately 100 students
attended the program.
Said Cable-Wells, "This decision was
reached in theGuilford tradition —the spirit
of compromise and consensus."
Milner residents who were opposed to
the conversion of Milner to a co-ed facility
said they were satisfied with the decision.
Ameen "Mooney" David, a Milner RA,
said he was glad that voices of dissention
were included in the final decision.
"I'm happy to know that our opinions
were heard and respected, said David.
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