Student Protests and Rallies

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Protests by students at the College of William and Mary have included the following (note this list is incomplete):

Students Fees-Athletic policies

Beer Protests


Peace Movement

1980--Military Draft

1992--Los Angeles Jury Verdict in the Rodney King Beating Case


2008--Resignation of Gene R. Nichol

2010--"Protest against Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's notice to the College that its anti-discrimination policy should not specifically protect employees discriminated against because of their "sexual orientation" or "gender identity and expression.""[1]

Material in the Special Collections Research Center's Collections

  • The University Archives Subject File Collection includes the following folders:
    • Student Protests
    • Student Protests--1980--Military Draft
    • Student Protests--2003 Anti-War
    • Student Protests--Beer Protests
    • Student Protests--Dorm-In (1969)
    • Student Protests--Los Angeles Jury Verdict - Rodney King (1992)
    • Student Protests--Peace Movement
    • Student Protests--Student Fees (Athletics policies)
  • The University Archives Poster Collection also includes many posters from student protests and rallies.
  • The Student Activities Collection includes material related to anti-war protests during the Vietnam War.
  • Records from the Office of the President and other administrative records during the relevant time period as well as personal papers of students, faculty, and staff. See the SCRC Collections Database for further information.
  • Colonial Echo

In the News

A Note About The Contents Of This Wiki
Unfortunately, many of the early original records of the College of William and Mary were destroyed by fire, military occupation, and the normal effects of time. The information available here is the best available from known documents and sources at the time it was written. Information in this wiki is not complete as new information continues to be uncovered in the SCRC's collections and elsewhere. Researchers are strongly encouraged to use the SCRC's access tools for their research as the information contained in this wiki is by no means comprehensive.