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Statement by President Joseph P. McMurray

This is a statement issued by Joseph P. McMurray, president of Queens College, in regards to the student occupation of the Social Sciences Building and his decision to request police action in the early morning hours of April 1, 1969. Students, numbering sometimes as high as 700, had taken over the building on March 27th in response to the administration's treatment of three students following a March 11th protest on campus. While the administration dropped the students' suspensions, as demanded by protestors, they steadfastly refused to drop the criminal charges filed against them.

The continuing protests were only temporarily delayed by the arrest of 38 in the morning of April 1st. Tensions would remain high on campus for the remainder of the school year with regular student demonstrations on campus through that year's graduation.

Creator | Queens College Office of the President
Date Created | April 1, 1969
Rights | Obtain From Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)
Item Type | Text (Diary / Correspondence)
Cite This document | Queens College Office of the President, “Statement by President Joseph P. McMurray,” CUNY Digital History Archive, accessed December 12, 2019,

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