Document Description: Through the 1970s and 1980s, housing administrators ignored student claims made in depositions to the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare’s Office for Civil Rights that Black freshman were assigned disproportionately to South Campus, and instead, continued to argue that students’ choices had established the pattern of housing segregation. By arguing that the creation of the housing pattern had been directed by student choice, the University effectively switched from their early endorsement of de jure segregation, supported by explicitly discriminatory housing policies, to de facto segregation, which “emphasizes the power of individual action and decision-making and veils the deep influences of policy and politics.” Rosalind Fuse, who gave this deposition, later became an administrator at the University and the president of Bennett College in Greensboro. Pictured below are selections from Fuse’s deposition.fuse-hall_deposition_final
Document Type: Legal Document
Creator: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare’s Office for Civil Rights
Campus Space: South Campus
Citation: Deposition of Rosalind Fuse, 1979 in the Department of University Housing of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Records #40129, University Archives, Wilson Library, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.