Get out and stay out!

In the Registrar’s archive there are drafts of letters that he prepared which, if sent, would have notified the ten disciplined students – and others – that they were barred from the campus. No-one remembers having received such a letter, so it was probably decided they were unnecessary.

Note from Registrar to Vice-Chancellor, 19 June 1970

Dear Vice-Chancellor

You will remember that Mr Stannard and Mr Gee [the barristers employed by the University at the trials] were anxious that we should send to the disciplined students and to Robertson a letter telling them that they must not frequent University buildings.  I enclose 3 draft letters I have prepared which will require careful consideration…

I am not very satisfied with the form of the letters, and we shall, of course, have to consider the question of Union premises and whether each letter should contain some statement about what may happen if the instruction is disobeyed.

Letter to Cresswell

Dear Sir

I have been asked to write to you stating that, as a consequence of your expulsion from the University, you are not henceforth permitted to use or be present upon any premises of which this University is owner or occupier.

Yours faithfully

Letter to suspended students

Dear

I have been asked to write to you stating that, as a consequence of your suspension from the University, you are not permitted to use or be present upon any premises of which this University is owner or occupier during the period of your suspension.

Yours faithfully

Letter to Robertson

Dear Sir

I have been asked to write to you stating that, in view of your admitted participation in the recent occupation of senate House, you are not henceforth permitted to use or be present upon any premises of which this University is owner or occupier.

Yours faithfully

2 thoughts on “Get out and stay out!”

  1. I have to laugh! And of course, protest! I was never charged with anything, unlike the miscreants and ne’er-do-wells among the 10. Furthermore, I was made an Honorary Life Member of the Guild in 1969

    But I never received their silly letter. A pity really. I would have framed it, and hung it alongside the redundancy notice issued by Hatton’s nutters fifteen years later.

    As for old world civility, Pete, I don’t think representatives of the Officer class like Burchnall would treat squaddies like us any differently. As for Burchnall’s ruminations about follow-up issues and sanctions, you’d think a person paid entirely from public funds might be expected to spend his time on better things than this.

    It’s never stopped them sending me Alumni begging letters though.

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