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26 form Student Government, and student curfews were abolished for all students except freshmen women. By 1973, the student newspaper was suspended from campus and became the Independent Florida Alligator. These changes marked the end of the university acting in loco parentis, in the place of parents, toward a philosophy of student rights and responsibilities. This was the time period that federal legislation was passed that supported student rights like Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all areas of education and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) that transfers certain rights with respect to educational records including control over disclosure to students at age 18. Cynthia Mays, Homecoming Queen finalist, and Don Gaffney, football team member Homecoming 1973 Photo Credit: UF Archives Digital Collection In his oral history interview, Hale expressed frustration in the students’ change of attitude towards the administration from friendly to adversarial. He believed that the university’s right to exercise authority over students was something that could have been debated in open forums or brought before the Board of Regents without going through the “rebelliousness and the trauma that shook the University to its foundations.” When asked if he had outlived his time, Hale responded that he was the best transition person for this time period. “There was not a single building burned. There wasn’t anybody shot and killed. There wasn’t H i st o ry o f t h e U F D S A