South Texas College of Law, Annotations (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 4, February, 1975 Page: 1 of 8
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Houston. Texas 77002
Vol.111 No. 4
Grade Deadline Passed
Faculty Sets 6-8 Week Limits
Dr. LA. Duffey
Trustees Quash Student Bar Liaison
Without hearing a proposal by Ken Walker, SBA vice
president, the STCL Board of Trustees has passed a resolution
by unanimous vote that liason by denied between the students
and the board.
While the trustees were voting to exclude him and his
successors forever, Walker waited outside the room, mistakenly
believing that the trustees would admit him at any moment.
He had waited for more than an hour before Dean Walker
informed him of the trustees' decision.
The trustees operate in secrecy. As governors of a private
corporation, they owe no duty to report their decisions or
hear opinions of the students during their meetings. They are
insulated from the daily activities of the law school by the
Apparently, the STCL trustees see no reason to get
involved. The report of their action came second-hand when
Dean Walker read an excerpt from the minutes to Jim
Skelton took the message, and provided Annotations with a
copy -of his notes.
"Representatives of the Student Bar Association be advised
that any matters they wish to present to the board be passed
upon and be taken up with the Dean, and if in the opinion
of the dean, any matter should be taken up with the trustees,
it being within the discretion of the dean to do so, however,
the Dean should feel no obligation ... unanimously approved."
A deadline for the submission
of examination grades by
professors was adopted by the
South Texas College of Law
faculty at its meeting in
December after better than two
years of urging by students and
student organizations and
continuous opposition from the
Office of the Dean.
Somewhat ironically, it was
Dean Garland Walker who
presented the proposal which
resulted in unanimous faculty
approval of deadlines of six
weeks for full-time instructors
and eight weeks for part-time
The time begins to run on the
Monday next following the
giving of the last exam; making
the deadlines for last semester
fall on February 3 for full-time
faculty , and February 17 for the
In addition to the grade
deadline, the faculty passed
measures affecting students'
rights to review examination
papers, together with Student
petitions supporting each
proposal. Each petition was
signed by better than 50 percent
of the student body.
The faculty unanimously
passed a measure giving any
student the absolute right to
review his exam paper during his
first 20 hours of law school if his
grade on the particular exam was
65 percent or less. Review under
other conditions remains at the
discretion of the individual
The Exam . File measure
allows professors to give their
old exams to the Student Bar
Association, on a voluntary basis
only, for inclusion in a file open
to all students.
Far and awar, the most
significant development, the
deadline for submission of exam
grades, conspicuously lacked
teeth-student urged sanctions
for withholding pay or even
dismissal of professors-but most
student leaders appeared to feel
conditionally satisfied in spite of
the absence of formidable
The deadline measure given
the Dean authority to "impose
reasonable sanctions," and to
extend the time for good cause.
Bell Named To Heed Secret
Judge Spurgeon Bell,
Professor of Law at South
Texas College of Law, has
been appointed by Mayor
Fred Hofheinz to head up a
special commission to review
secret Houston police files.
It was revealed last month
by the mayor that secret files
had been compiled by the
Criminal Intelligence Division
of the police department on
citizens in the Houston
community which do not
relate to any type of criminal
The commission's duties
will involve determining which
files are part of a legitimate
criminal investigation and
which are not. The mayor
stated the gathering of such
data on honest citizens wás
highly improper and he would
not condone such activities.
It was reported in the
Houston Post that the
commission would prepare a
Judge Spurgeon Bell
written report for the mayor
and the city council
recommending "a system for
disposition of the files and
future guidelines for the
conduct of the Criminal
The files were moved last
month to facilities provided
by the city where the
commission will begin the
process of review which is
expected to take several
Ground Breaking By March 1 - - Walker
By FRITZ BARNETT
ANNOTATIONS Staff Writer
STCL will see the beginnings of its new
building by the first of March according to
Dean Walker. The only hold up on the
commencement of construction appears to be
the availability of structural steel.
The Board of Trustees has authorized the
purchase of the steel and the order has been
placed says Richard Allen, development
director, "It isn't a question of 'if, but
Allen says that STCL's order is .expected to
be rolled about the first of February, and due
to a thirty-day lag "in delivery, the steel will
arrive near the first of March. Construction by
Linbeck Corp., the general contractor,, will
begin immediately upon delivery of the steel.
No other material shortages are anticipated
with the possible exception of the new
According to Allen, the remaining major
obstacles have been overcome. The $1.6
million required for the new building has
already been pledged and Allen foresees no
real difficulty in obtaining the balance of $1
million needed for the rennovation and
refurbishing of the existing building. If no
new funds are pledged, Allen feels financing is
The lease on the parking lot where the
new building is to be erected has been bought
says Dean Walker. The parking lot is operating
on a day to day basis and will vacate within
twenty four hours, contingent on the arrival
of the steel.
Problems Still Plague New Building
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