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Cooper Library Exhibits

Federal Legislation / Local Impact

 March 17, 2013 - June 25, 2013


Beginning in the 1960s, several federal and state laws, executive orders and court rulings offered American citizens a means of official protection from discrimination in ways that had not existed in the past.  Changes in how society actually operated were not immediate or assured, however. Increasing awareness of discrimination in its many forms, and then transforming attitudes and customs, took much longer.   

As a first step in the process, procedures were established for making sure institutions complied with the new laws.  In subsequent years, the initial laws and regulations often were further interpreted, debated and amended.  

Today, Clemson University’s Office of Access and Equity insures compliance with numerous regulations that protect students, faculty and staff from discrimination. Compliance with these regulations and procedures gradually has changed the look and culture of Clemson University over the past fifty years.  Rulings that had the most impact involved rights of racial minorities, women and people with disabilities. This exhibit looks at some of those changes through photos and documents.

This exhibit is the last of a year-long series in conjunction with the University’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of integration at Clemson.

This exhibit is part of the series of events for “50 Years: Celebrating the Anniversary of Integration at Clemson”.

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women's swimming team

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