Chanting “Vassar College, take a stand. Don’t support this racist land,” some 400 students and faculty gathered on the second floor of Main Building to protest Vassar’s investments in corporations doing business with the apartheid government in South Africa. Organized by the newly formed Coalition for Social Responsibility, the rally was held outside a meeting of the board of trustees.

The next day, 300 students met with President Smith and 18 members of the board of trustees in the Chapel to discuss the situation, and a four-member Trustee Committee on Investor Responsibility was created.