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The Tar Heel
Thursday, June 17. 1971
by Norman Black
A bill that would abolish visitation in
the dormitory rooms of state-supported
universities is scheduled for consideration
today by the Senate Committee on
The bill was originally due to be
considered last Thursday but was
postponed one week due to the lack of
attendance by college administrators.
The bill was introduced on May 4 by
Sen. Jyles Coggins (D-Wake).
Coggins was prompted to submit the
legislation because of the "publicity and
commotion that has come out in recent
weeks from some of these schools."
"These students and some outsiders
are using college dormitories for living
together and sleeping together," he said.
Coggins said though some college
administrators may not object to it, he
believes the general public does.
Presently, the Board of Higher
Education permits daily visitation with
members of the opposite sex during
prescribed hours on all six campuses of
the Consolidated University.
Most of the chancellors of the
Consolidated University, along with many
of the Senators on the Committee on
Higher Education, are opposed to the bill,
because they feel it is not a matter for the
Senate to consider.
"The policy that was worked out with
the students, administration, faculty, and
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trustees should stand," commented
Chancellor John Caldwell of N.C. State
University. "There was a tremendous
amount of involvement in preparing the
present policy. This is something that
should be left to the Board of Trustees."
Sen. William W. Staton (D-Lee), a
member of the Committee, is also
opposed to the bill.
"I would oppose the bill, not because I
believe in dorm rights, but because this is
not a matter for us. It should be handled
by the Board of Trustees."
Sen. Phillip J. Kirk (R-Rowan), felt
essentially the same way. "I think it is a
ridiculous bill. Matters of this nature
should be left to the individual Board of
Trustees. However, I might vote to send it
to the floor, for it would set up some
interesting debate. I don't think the bill
will ever pass."
When asked if the administration
could ever enforce this bill if passed, Sen.
Kirk was quite skeptical.
"The administration would be bound
by law to enforce the bill. But they
would have a hard time. This just goes to
show how absurd the bill is."
There were some differing opinions,
Sen. Joseph J. Harrington (D-Bertie),
announced that he would support the
"I think the present policy is a little
too liberal. I have confidence in young
people, but you can have too much
freedom. I try to be a broad-minded
person. But take the Allsbrook bill (DTH
funding bill), that boy at ECU went a
little too far. Now it might only happen
once every six months, or once every two
years, but one bad apple can spoil the
barrel. Bills such as this, even if not
passed, serve to let the people know
sometimes that they can only go so far."
Sen. Ralph H. Scott (D-Alamance),
was also in favor of the bill, but expressed
"You just can't explain this
cohabitation thing to the people back
home. I'm in favor of the bill, but I will
vote for turning it over to the Board of
Trustees. It is not our place to get
involved in an issue of this nature. I think
they're getting worked up over nothing."
Although many of the Senators felt
the bill would not pass if it reached the
floor, Student Body President Joe
Stallings expressed some reservations of
"We're in trouble with this bill at this
particular time. This is a highly emotional
issue, and many of the Senators will not
wish to stick their necks out. So many
Senators are justifying a vote for this bill
because it is a vote for morality.
Unfortunately, these men don't realize
the many positive, constructive aspects of
The bill reads in full: "No student
enrolled in any state-supported
educational institution shall visit in the
bedroom or other sleeping quarters
maintained by or for a student, who is a
member of the opposite sex, upon the
campus of any state-supported
educational institution. Any violation of
the terms of this act shall be grounds for
suspension or expulsion. Provided, this
act shall not apply to married students
visiting in the bedrooms of their
ut-of -state tuition may
by Norman Black
A bill that would nearly double the
tuition for out-of-state students at North
Carolina's tax-supported universities has
been sent to the floor of the N.C. House
The bill was reported out last Tuesday
by the House Finance Committee with a
The legislation was introduced by Rep.
William T. Watkins, (D-Granville).
Watkins estimated that his bill would
affect approximately 10,000 students, or
14 per cent of the state's, public
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University of North Carolina now pay
$950 a year for tuition. Watkins' bill
would increase that to $ 1 ,800.
His goal, Watkins explained, is more
nearly to equalize the amount
out-of-state students pay and actual costs,
estimated at $2,455 per student per year
at UNC in Chapel Hill.
The only serious objection to the bill
in committee involved its effective date
which, as written, would be upon
ratification by the Assembly.
Rep. Glenn Jernigan (D-Cumberland)
spoke against this portion of the bill.
Jernigan felt that to not exempt
non-resident students already enrolled
"would be an undue hardship on 10,000
families who have decided to send their
sons and daughters to North Carolina."
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attempt to exempt out-of-state students
who attend Tar Heel schools on athletic
Watkins said he does not think the
higher tuition would reduce the number
of non-resident students.
"They accept less than one-fifth of
those who apply," he said. "I assume the
same number would have money enough
to pay the (increased) tuition."
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