The political and public controversy surrounding campus unrest has led to the widespread endorsement by politicians and many members of the general public of five propositions: 1. Campus protests are typically violent; 2. campus discipline is too permissive (or repressive); (3) higher education indoctrinates its students; 4. American campuses have been politicized; 5. student discontent with higher education causes unrest. Examination of the by-now-extensive research data on campus protests indicates unequivocally that each of these propositions is false. A better understanding of the determinants of campus protest can be gained by studying the manifest issues involved in these protests as they are selectively responded to by "protest-prone" students.
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