Reorganization In Student Services
Robert Knauss served as a member of the Senate Advisory Committee on University Affairs (SACUA), chairing that body in 1968. He had served earlier as the chairman of the SACUA Committee that wrote the report on Student Participation in University Affairs. The selection of Knauss as Vice President for Student Affairs was a popular choice with faculty and students, due in part to his liberal political faculty orientation.
As had occurred earlier with Admissions and the Registrar's Office, the Office of Financial Aid was assigned to the Academic Affairs Vice President. During his tenure, the William Monroe Trotter House, a student center for minority students, was established and made operational in a former fraternity house. Legal Aid Service for students became a reality; 76-GUIDE, a telephone information service for students was established; a committee, and Page 10subsequently an office, to deal with the problems of handicapped students was created; specific problems of homosexual programming and counseling were acknowledged with the establishment of the Gay Advocate position.
The Inter-Cooperative Council (ICC) received a low cost loan from the Housing and Urban Development Office of the Federal Government to construct a new student housing facility on North Campus. Recognizing the Financial differential in monthly rents of Family Housing and Private housing, Family Housing assignments were made on the basis of income priority to assure that married students with the greatest financial need would be afforded the opportunity to take advantage of this subsidy. The Board of Governors of Residence Halls was absorbed as part of the creation of a Policy Committee for Housing. The functions of the Student-Community Relations Office were absorbed by the Housing Division creating a single unified housing structure as recommended in 1965 by The President's Commission on Off-Campus Housing.
Knauss enjoyed an initial success with the students as Vice President, by implementing the Office of Student Services' Policy Committee directives as Student Services' policy mandates. However, this ran afoul of assurances provided the President and Regents who were assured that he (Knauss), was totally responsible for all Office of Student Services decisions. Knauss had indicated publicly on a number of occasions that he would resign the Vice-Presidency at the point in time he was in disagreement with the Office of Student Services Policy Committee. In the Spring of 1972, Knauss accepted the Deanship of the Vanderbilt Law School.
During his two-year tenure as Vice President, the Office of Student Affairs/Student Services was substantially reorganized. By the time of his resignation, the eleven offices inherited by Lewis in 1954 had been reduced to six offices; with four functions, namely Admissions, Registrar, School Services, and Financial Aid having been reassigned to Academic Affairs.