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Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Committee on Student Environment records

Identifier: AC-0040

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of the files of the chair of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Committee on Student Environement. Problems addressed by the committee included the classroom environment, public spaces in the Institute, and especially students' living situations in dormitories, fraternity houses, and off campus. In 1963, the committee recommended a major dormitory construction program. The collection includes correspondence, memoranda, reports produced by the committee, reports submitted to the committee, and agendas and minutes of meetings. Also included are copies of campus publications. The Committee on Student Environment participated in the selection of the recipients of the Karl Taylor Compton awards each year; about one third of the collection concerns the selection. Also included are copies of theses concerning student housing.


  • 1965 - 1977


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Historical note

"Each of the following Committees Curricula, Academic Performance, Undergraduate Admission and Financial Aid, Student Environment, and Discipline shall, in addition to its specific duties as defined below, be responsible for (1) formulating and reviewing educational policies which apply to its work, (2) requesting any needed clarification of such policies from the Committee on Educational Policy, (3) recommending to the Committee on Educational Policy any changes of such policies which it deems to be advisable, and (4) performing any such other duties as may be delegated to it by the Committee on Educational Policy. Each elected member of these Committees shall serve a three year term, one third of the elected membership being elected each year. At their discretion, the Committees may invite the participation of representation of the student body . . . . The Committee on Student Environment shall consist of the Dean for Student Affairs, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, six elected members of the Faculty, and a voting member appointed biennially by and from the Committee on Educational Policy, and three undergraduate students and three graduate students selected according to procedures of the respective student governments, all with voting rights. It shall be concerned with student life, especially with nonacademic features which have a direct bearing on the education of the student as a citizen and a member of the Institute community." [Rules and Regulations of the Faculty, September 1977, pages 4 5, 7.]


2 Cubic Feet (2 record cartons)

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Preliminary Inventory to the Records of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Committee on Student Environment, 1965-1977
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