Women students stage
flipFlip to Antiwar demonstrators march from Old Main to the Ordnance Research Laboratory, Penn State University, 1970.
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Women demonstrate carrying placards Image right: a crowd gathers

Credit: The Pennsylvania State University

In the 1960s college students across the Commonwealth and nation challenged the authority of college administrations to act in loco parentis; that is, as parents in absentia. Within a decade, they succeeded in ending curfews, strict dress codes, mandatory chapel, bans on visiting with members of the opposite sex, and other restrictions on personal behavior that colleges had enforced for generations.

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