Provost Dykstra and UC President Robert Gordon Sproul discuss
the Laski invitation and the confusion over whether he would speak
at one or two UC campuses. Sproul reportedly tells Dykstra "the
appearance of Laski on our campus would not be pleasing to the
Board of Regents because some have charged Laski with being ultra-left
and the Regents have a very firm policy as to Communists and alleged
Communists." Dykstra directs his faculty to cancel the lecture.
The cancellation is made public by some of the sponsors of Laskis
American lecture tour, drawing the attention of the press and
Regents meet. They are more preoccupied with the issue of how
to resolve problems like the Laski and Phillips controversies
at UCLA, than with the Tenney bills in the Legislature. Both situations
have created some confusion as to what the Universitys policies
and procedures are regarding Communists or "Communist sympathizers"
having official forums on campus.
University President Robert Gordon
Sproul proposes that an oath be required of UC employees to help
clarify the Universitys policies on anti-Communism. The
Regents adopt the requirement that a reference to the 1940 anti-communist
policy be added to the constitutional oath of loyalty that University
employees are required to sign. President Sproul says that the
oath will be added to the contracts for existing faculty. Much
of the discussion takes place in Executive Session, involving
only Regents, the President, and the Secretary of the Regents.
The Board goes back into open session to vote on the oath, but
does not think to invite the public, press, and other UC staff
back in to the meeting. Thus, the crucial action to institute
the oath is made without any observers present, including press
who might have reported it. President Sproul apparently sees the
oath as something that will be largely uncontroversial, since
the faculty has been signing an oath of allegiance in their contracts
Compiled by Steve Finacom