In 1974, the Commission for Student Conduct & Legal Issues sponsored four programs at the Chicago ACPA Convention and co-sponsored a regional workshop at the University of Georgia entitled, “Student Judicial Programs and Student Judicial Issues: The Case of the University and the Constitution.” At the Chicago convention, the first directorate was elected and a new position, Vice Chairman-Task Forces, was created.
In 1975, the commission was renamed and a new statement of purpose was drafted. The objective was to demonstrate that the concerns of the commissions went beyond campus judiciaries and student behavior. The new Statement of Purpose read:
To encourage a commitment to the articulation and protection of rights and responsibilities within the academic community to explore and promote an awareness of alternatives in campus student judicial systems; to provide information on legal issues and court decisions affecting students and the campus environment; to suggest approaches which contribute to the development of individual and group responsibility; and to encourage implementation of a student judicial program consistent with educational principles. In scope, the commission attempts to formulate practical applications of student development principles to campus student judicial systems and to those areas of law which have a significant impact on the student in the campus setting.
The purpose of the commission will be carried out through the establishment and maintenance of a clearinghouse on judicially-related information and resource personnel; coordination and dissemination of research and information; newsletter and other publications; and initiation of, participation in, or support of, conventions and workshops.
At the Atlanta convention, six programs were sponsored by the commission. In 1976, the commission embarked on its most ambitious project. For the first time, a commission of ACPA assumed responsibility for the publication of a monograph. Dr. Robert Shaffer and commission member, Ed Hammond, were selected as editors; and a group of contributors was identified. Later in the year, the commission co-sponsored the first student legal services convention at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. At the Denver convention in 1977, the commission sponsored 5 programs. Later in the year, the second student legal services convention was conducted.
The Legal Foundation of Student Services in Higher Education, the first ACPA publication sponsored by a commission, was published in 1978.
In 1979, the membership of the commission had grown to 182 members with an additional 205 individuals receiving the commission’s newsletter.