John W. Egerton Papers, 1961-1965, Box 2 Folder 6

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John W. Egerton Papers, 1961-1965, Box 2 Folder 6

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Title:
John W. Egerton Papers, 1961-1965, Box 2 Folder 6
Series Title:
Florida Legislative Investigation Committee (Johns Committee)
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John Caldwell
Creator:
Egerton, John
Place of Publication:
Tampa, Florida
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University of South Florida
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English
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Box 2 Folder 6

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Academic freedom -- Florida -- Tampa ( lcsh )
History -- Tampa (Fla.) -- 20th century ( lcsh )

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This collection consists of materials relating to the 1962-1964 Johns Committee investigation of the University of South Florida. The collection includes correspondence, press statements, statements to the Florida legislature, editorials, various newsletters and newspaper clippings, as well as the typescript of "The Controversy," John Egerton’s unpublished 300-page study of the Johns Committee.
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Box 2 Folder 6

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University Of South Florida
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University Of South Florida
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028802325 ( ALEPH )
50648262 ( OCLC )
E02-00014 ( USFLDC DOI )
e2.14 ( USFLDC Handle )

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J I I :. t': ; An ther battle in the runnin ar between enator Charle7 John .and th tled 1in Univeraitr ot South Plori a baa r ached ita aad ol John'Cald 11, a n or extra-or41 &rJ ab111tf, baa bee t lat at aaualt7, reaignt 1 ilit atter hia reinatatem t t the tao ltJ dr v ont1nue al ero ar ea troa senater Jo a. .. he It ahockin anc:i 411111 aioni ta t a t ... 11 entir ep1ao4e haa n t bee the. diaol aure ot 1 vr 41 at th u iveraitJJ it h a not eve ake ot e J ttee t Sa b7 tar than either ot eatro7 Jouns ina it tio a een t tact t t t .I gb. at t J oC b.& a.' t to lite bJ a 11 t f over ul ou d oate4 11 ott1 iala know tter have accepted thil rei vi out proteat. e tate itae1t I ita ap val bJ rovi 1 $67,000 in I t ator Johna' witch unt. I laat r .aaint. Be hiaalt a tte4 thia, hi a oand ia refieahi Yet bene t the li elou Yit eration vbioh haa en heaped upon he 11 preaa 1 Senator Johna 1ie the real tacta. TbeJ e.ia to pera n v 11 ua11tied tor hia o oae proteaai 1 no ore auiltr ot t oar i a1 ai attrib ted o hta than ia e ator. Johna hi aelt. It ia, in tact, do ttul t at &DJ eaber ot the Johns Co ttee r ita atatt c uld a i't'e au 1 a1 acruti 7 a theJ haY torced pon Mr. Caldv 11 4 ia oollea

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. .. so, th sacrificial soape :oat as been lain. I S nat or .John a&)" nov hoi at th aa a justification r his invati atio : a,. point. I to tbe.wick Univerait7 of South Florida a his ill stration ot the need tor 9r purg But th r al corpse ia not Caldwellit is the at te university ayate ; and ita body ia too big an apra lin to be buried ietly. This shameful victar7 of r ckleaaneaa ov r r aaon baa laid open tor all to e the. aaaive obataole whioh blo k th attai ent or ualitr higher edu ation in Florida. Moat . riti_cally 'd aged, ot .o9urae, the Univer ity ot South Florida itselfJ. it bee abandon d at th door tep. ----citizen a and p bli oftioiala ... like an unwante hild by the parent not villin to pa7 ,the pric cit greatne a. But th qther universities, too, are ai larly a rick n, and only th ir ai e and age prevent .. the trom ho i their infir i ty: a cl arl;r. The 1 aaona or the pa t six ontha hav not b en lost on tho ae prote or ot stature, both in and out o r t h e stat e upon who t e t rtunea t Fl rid high r e ucatio n would rest Th University or South lqrida baa b en aubje' cted: to this cru itixi tor a n ber ol' interesting d rev ali reason a It ia, tir t' ot JOung nd new, a condition which hiatoricall7 invites attack. It ia a larg pu lie institution, a tact which alienate any ho' a e it aa an n my or rr ent rpria It i 1 the tra tion or rican hi r education, a liberal inati tution, aubj ct to the. ot on rvat'1 ve It. 1a integ ated, conditio b ho r r ny. finally,. it has iven a lo priori y to inter oll 1 t un(orgi abl ain in th s or

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t. "" "" .. Th a c ract ri ti r th Uni r 1 y !'orm d he nucl ua ot hat ro i d t be an tio ot p ri r quali 'in th and ot S n 0 John th have ,, b c t ng r 1 n to 1 to' h poll i ow r, a ho or Pi 0 1 v r nt d the er b v di c tly urn d t ei back In the ont ye ra that 11 ahead, ttort1 ill aur ly b de to aalva e h t a lett of the Univer ity ot out Flori An e 1 ned ti nry, t ro. ita exerc1 or t e -r ., c o 1 raia the Univerjty fro th dead. In the rae h cUaa n pportio n d ciaion, auch a taak bl b it can e don Let th citizen ot thi atateaa no 0 tor hm th 11 toll let th ins d ree ni th a an d i port o thia cri e, n wi h th r 0 a a l y pen 1 to !'it it. .. .. .,,. r

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... On July 25, I suspende' d Professor John Caldw investr\fation into allegations that.his personal conduct was below standards expected or a faculty In accordance with established procedure, this further investigation has been conducted by a committee or I faculty members appointed for that purpose. The committee has given me its recommendation that Professor Caldwell be reinstated, 10n the ground that the evidence does not support his dismissal. li "' I have studied the faculty committee's report carefully, and I concur in its recommendation. I have. therefore notified Professor Caldwell today that hfs suspension has. been lifted. .'

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I j I I The faculty committee appointed to review the status of John Caldwell has made its investigation ., and. paa recommended that Mr. Caldwell s suspension be Today the President accepted the committee's recommendation and reinstated Mr. Caldwell. ( WTVT UJFLA St;

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On July 25, I suspended Professor John Caldwell pending further investigation into allegations that his personal conduct was standards expected of a faculty member. In accordance with established procedure, this further investigation was conducted py a committee of faculty members appointed for that purpose. The committee .has given to me its recommendation that Professor Caldwell be reinstated, on the ground that .XX the axttwmxw evidence does not support his dismissal. I have studies the faculty committee's report carefully, and I concur in its recommendation. I have therefore notified Professor Caldwell today that his suspension has been lifted.

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\ case of hangover and shakes," and that when I was offered a delay in the proceedings I declined, ''stating that he was in as a shape as he would be in the next day." The slanderous implication here is that I was on an extended drunk. The truth of the matter is that I had not been drinking.at all. As you know, I s uffer from a heart condition which in times of heavy strain causes a shortness of breath, extreme nervousness and unsteadiness. I have-witnesses to prove that my condition was not the result of drinking. say the concerns a l g-yeir-,ld aavised the irl \ because of my not run away to get married; it d to her parents male does not The third and most damaging of the falsely "'UJ lodged against me by the Johns Committee -year-old female student. The report, in a contrived implication, and suggests that I encouraged the girl to leave her parents that I her unch81,_peroned into my home for several days. Many pertinent facts given to the committee in my testimony are misstng fromthe report. It is not recorded XkaX in the report that partly as a / -result of my advice the girl decided not elope with a male student of whom her parents-disapproved. It is also not r$eorded my wife, my son and my were in the girl my home when s there, or that the girl eventually returned

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As a result or the extended and continued harassment inflicted upon me by the Legislative Investigating Committee, by Senator Charley E. Johns and by members of the committee's not at this time either physically or emotionally starr, I t-ind that I am able to perrorm my teaching duties. I reluctantly of the University of South Florida. began some six months ago and which has continued in a steady sequence too X. precise to be coincidental. During this time I have what been prominently attacked and vilified in destroy me and my career, though for what-reason I am still unaware. In submitting herein my,resignation, let me address myself briefly to the.most damaging of the false charges brought against me. c.), The rirst of thes estimony contained in the Johns Committee (as in the Tribune Aug. 25) concerning an alleged incident or homosexuality to me by a student. Senator Johns, in his most recent attack against me (as printed in the Tribune Sept. 19), said "The undeniable fact is that Professor Caldwell has admitted that he failed to take any action-to see that an official inquiry was made" into the alleged incident. Yet the Johns Committee report itself states that I reported the matter to the office or the Dean of Student Affairs. The second false charge, made by Senater Johns Sept. 19, is that "It is a matter of record that when Professor Caldwell \ appeared before the committee he was suffering from an extreme

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i .. / home after staying br.iefly in the / home of a member of the University faculty. I helped to keep these two young people from running away toget married, yet. the has twisted my testimony to make it appear that I had. commi t .ted a grievous sin. These are but three of the. ruthless attempts of the I Johns Commttee to defame my character. They are indicitave of the manner in which the entire inv.estigation was carried out, and they explain the low level ,of m&rale to be found amcmg the people who were subjected to degrading These police state methoas have made me my colleagues almost 3 :rinot tell you the I feel. as, a resuJ.t. ,.

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August 14, 1962 :In light of. in-formation brought out by the Johns Committee, the President decided to suspend John Caldwell, associate professor of Fine Arts, pending further investigation. A University faculty cOimnittee is no w in the process of studying the matter further. The on his return, will review the findings and recommend whatever final action he feels is necessary to the Board of Control. Because the inquiry is incom plete, the University feels it would be unfair to Mr. to disclose at this time the reasons for the suspension. Careful consideration has been given to the possible appointment of Dr. D. F. Fleming, former research professor of political scieace at Vanderbilt University, to a half-time lectureship at the University of South Florida. Because he was denied at Vanderbilt, President Allen decided not to offer him an appointment here. Vanderbilt's decision not to renew .his appointment there after 34 years on the faculty was based on his age (69) and the belief that his recent effectiveness as a teacher has diminished. The University of South Florida as a rule does not accept transfer students who cannot return to their previous institution: this same policy has been applied. in Dr. Fleming's case as a teacher. J

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c{ .UfOJ; August 14, 1962 In light of ..... .. _. by the Johns Committee, the President decided to suspend John Caldwell, associate ,professor of Fine Arts, pending further investigation. .A University faculty committee is now in the process of studying the matter further. The President, on his return, will review the findings and recommend whatever final action he feels is necessary to the Board of Control. Because the inquiry is incom-plete, the University feels it would be unfair to Mr. Caldwell to disclose at this time the reasons for the suspension. Careful consideration has been given to the possible appointment of Dr. D. F. Fleming, former research professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, to a half-time lectureship at the University of South Florida. Because he was denied re-appointment at Vanderbilt, President Allen decided not to offer him an appoint-ment here. Vanderbilt's decision not to renew his appointment there after 34 years on the faculty was based on his age (69) ... and the belief that his recent effectiveness as a teacher has diminished. 'l'he University of South Florida as a rule does not accept transfer students who cannot retUrn to their previous institution1 this same policy has been applied in Dr. Fleming's case as a teacher. AP, W7JtrE, WFt.-A-., WTvr; s:. T I .. AA

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The professor from the University of South Florida, who has quit the educational field because of Johns, hnsn't been ns fortunate in having fun or recourse with the committee legalistically. John Caldwell was suspended this fall for three reasons---all unfolded by the committee's costly investigation of USF. He allegedly failed to report properly some other man's approach to a student for homosexual purposes; he was drunk and became abusive toward a and he harbored a girl student in his home. Nonetheless on a thorough investigation by his peers, he was reinstated to his post as a professor of drama. *** Caldwell, a victim of a heart ailment, has offered to produce witnesses to show that he reported the homosexual incident to his superiors, had not been drinking when he tangled with the patrolman, and that he saved the girl student from an unfortunate marriage---and that it was his wife and mother in law who largely influenced her after he took her into his home. During his suspension, he sought an attorney to inquire about damages he felt were due him. He was told Johns is immune---as well as other committee members--for liability in what they say, just as are members of the u.s. Congress or foreign emissaries here. He was reinstated he was absolved by a faculty committee and the universit: administration, but when .Johns issued a stinging denunciation of USF Pres. Johns. Allen for reinstating him, dragging the red herring over the committee's coals again, Caldwell wrote his to the university. "These police state methods have made me and my colleagues almost physically ill and I can't tell you the contempt I feel as a result," he wrote Allen. "I find I can't work in a system where eiuch reckless pursuit of a teacher can take place. Since I am unwilling to suffer such vilification and slander from a source immune from prosecution, I have no choice except to resign from the field of higher educatio n in the State of Florida." Then he added this: "Florida's state universities can't hope to attain greatness under the withering scrutiny of reckless investigations, for no teacher of stature will be willinr, to subject himself to such irresp0nsible attock." NEXT: The inquisition, and toning down. Page 2 -Article IV

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. I Mr. Caldwell has suspended by the President, effective at the end .of the summer term August 11. Mr. Caldwell has indicated he cannot accept the suspension, and has reQJ ested a hearing in accord a nce with University regulations. Accordingly, Dean Sj:dney J. French, acting president in the absence of Dr. Allen, will appoint a five-man faculty committee to hear case and make recommendations to the president. Since _this action is pending j the University feels that in fairness to Mr. Caldwell it cannot disclose the specified causes for sus pension. The findings of the faculty will be forwarded to the Board of Control, which mtist also, ac cording to regulations, conduct a hearing if Mr. Caldwell requests it. The Board will then subse quently take final action.

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