Publication Citation

1 (2) IUSTITIA 120 (1973)


The higher educational institution is often an exclusive citadel. Students are selected after close scrutiny of past achievements. Teachers as merchants of ideas, virtues, and cosmic thoughts are invited to membership only after certain academic passports have been acquired. These eligibility criteria are established by the faculty who, presumably, are the only ones capable of assessing reasonable standards for those seeking admission. Colleges and universities are closed sub-communities. They practice discrimination while giving lip service to liberal thought, knowledge, and enlightenment. It comes, therefore, as little surprise to clear thinkers that the house of intellect leads the parade of culprits who perpetuate systems of discrimination against blacks and women. Such discrimination is made unique because it is inclusive of students as well as teachers. The exclusion of students, for the most part, is based on results of biased instruments; black teachers are excluded because their credentials are defective as determined in various ways by academy members. Even if the faculty gate is open to women or blacks, they are often given subjugated positions in the hierarchy. This article analyzes equal employment and the role of the department chairman as regards affirmative action.