Our beginning point is a recognition that the modern American college is not an insurer of the safety of its students. Whatever may have been its responsibility in an earlier era, the authoritarian role of today's college administrations has been notably diluted in recent decades. Trustees, administrators, and faculties have been required to yield to the expanding rights and privileges of their students. By constitutional amendment, written and unwritten law, and through the evolution of new customs, rights formerly possessed by college administrations have been transferred to students. College students today are no longer ninors; they are now regarded as adults in almost every phase of community life.
Stephen D. Lichtenstein,
Protecting the Ivory Tower: Sensible Security or Invasion of Privacy,
Rich. J. L. & Pub. Int.
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