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W&L in 1970

Like campuses all across the country Washington and Lee reacted to the news of the incursion into Cambodia and Laos and the Kent State shootings. For several days there was an ongoing dialogue between students about how to address the situation. Students who were more involved with the anti-war movement felt that they could not go to class because they needed to be actively involved in anti-war activism full time. The students held a vote which overwhelmingly decided that classes should be cancelled so that students who wished to do so could pursue anti-war activities. After a tense few days the faculty met and decided to continue classes but allow students who wished to do so to take their exams anytime before matriculation in August. Many students did defer exams. Individual groups of students from Washington and Lee travelled to the protests in Washington DC and to anti-war events at other colleges in the area.