Non-Academic Senate academic employees meet and support the Academic
Senate position against the Oath.
Professors Lehman and Hildebrand meet with six
representatives of the faculty who are opposed to the oath, who
agree not to release a letter prepared by several faculty urging
their colleagues not to sign the oath until the Academic Senate
can meet again in September.
A group of Southern California non signers meets for
the first time. The faculty is not united, with various factions
disputing motives and tactics.
President Sproul sends formal letters to faculty members presenting
the Regents action of June 24 and asking that the oath be signed
and returned by October 1. Many faculty members sign. Some
support the Regents, others sign as a practical matter so they can
go on with their teaching and work, and others sign because they
have not heard of further Academic Senate action and assume that
the oath represents a negotiated settlement between faculty and
By the end of the month it is clear that employment
contracts for the coming academic year, 1949-50, are being sent
only to those who have signed the oath. Many faculty consider
this a breach of faith by the administration. Ultimately, after
faculty protests, salary checks are issued to non-signers as well.
Professor Lehman tells President Sproul that opposition to the oath
is much more extensive than previously anticipated, and the faculty
were antagonized by the withholding of contracts earlier in
the summer. Lehman urges Sproul to ask the Regents to delete
the oath before the Academic Senate can meet in September; he believes
the Senate will oppose the oath, thus making any later action Sproul
and the Regents take towards rescinding the oath seem like a reaction
under pressure to the faculty opponents, not an independent initiative.
By the end of August only about half the oaths
have been signed and returned, confirming the fact that large numbers
of the faculty are concerned about the oath.
Compiled by Steve Finacom