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Glenn C. Altschuler and Isaac Kramnick

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780801444258

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801444258.001.0001

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The Death of In Loco Parentis

The Death of In Loco Parentis

(p.47) 2 The Death of In Loco Parentis

Glenn C. Altschuler

Isaac Kramnick

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines Cornell University's admission of GI students after World War II. Six months after the end of hostilities, President Edmund Ezra Day, along with eighty-five other presidents of institutions of higher education in New York State, attended a meeting to discuss a strategy for educating and housing the large number of veterans whose tuition, room, and board would be paid by the GI Bill of Rights. Day formed a committee in 1945 to plan for the return of thousands of former Cornell students who had left campus to enter the armed services, as well as new veteran applicants. This chapter considers the problems encountered by Cornell in handling the GI invasion, along with the impact of the war veterans' presence on campus on students. It shows that the GI students brought to Cornell a new sensitivity to discrimination against racial, religious, and ethnic groups. It also explains how the student riots of 1958 helped bring an end to in loco parentis in the university.

Keywords:   veterans, Cornell University, GI students, World War II, Edmund Ezra Day, GI Bill of Rights, discrimination, student riots, in loco parentis

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