February 17, 1969 - Hesburgh's 15 Minute Rule


During a time of much student unrest and student protests, Father Hesburgh decided to be proactive and warn students of the consequences. In a letter sent to the entire student body, Father Hesburgh outlined the 15-Minute Rule:

"Anyone or any group that substitutes force for rational persuasion, be it violent or non-violent, will be given fifteen minutes of meditation to cease and desist."

After fifteen minutes, the students would be asked for their ID card and face possible suspension. The letter sent shock waves through the academic community as Father Hesburgh was the first university president to take a stand against student protests.

The rule was only enacted once, against the Notre Dame Ten the following November when students sat in protesting the CIA and Dow Chemical holding on campus interviews.

Students protest by sitting in the Dome




Keywords: father hesburgh, fifteen minute rule, notre dame ten, cia, dow chemical

Posted On: 2012-02-17 00:15:02 by IrishTrpt07

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