he presidentof the University of the District of Columbia yesterday ousted the top administrator of the university's Can Nes campus, charging him with aiding a faculty strike that had disrupted classes for two days.
Lisle C. Carter Jr., the university president, said he took the action against Raleigh Allen, dean of the academic affairs and the official in charge of the campus, because Allen had failed to try to get the strikers to return to classes and had told students classes were canceled.
Allen himself had marched on a picket-line outside the University Monday morning. Tuesday he joined about 50 faculty members who went to the District Building to urge the D.C. City Council to rescind a new law the protestors said threatened their tenure and job protection.
Yesterday, almost all striking faculty members returned to work after members of the City Council urged the university to try to settle its own problems and student leaders urged the faculty to resume teaching.
The new law, which went into effect last Thursday, allows university trustees to make temporary appointments to university positions before permanent personnell policies are adopted.
The trustees said they need the authority to begin shaping a consolidated university out of the city's three public colleges - Federal City College, D.C. Teachers COllege and Washington Technical Institute. The colleges were merged officially last August, but their programs and personnel rules remain separate.
The Van Ness campus formerly was Washington Tech.
In a general letter to the faculty explaining his action against Allen, Carte declared, "We were faced with a situation that could not prudently be allowed to continue lest we jeopardize sound administrative principles, subject the university to growing public criticism for failing to act, the place our future in jeopardy."
"Let me emphasize that this was not a matter of the free speech," Carter continued. "Dr. Allen certainly has the right to hold any views that he chooses . . . But as the principal academic administrtor for the Van Ness campus, he had no right to participate in any activities which might to interfere with faculty and student attendance at class."
"In fact, it was his duty to do everthing possible to prevent that outcome," Carter concluded.
A university spokesman said Allen, 53, would resume his tenured position as a professor of agriculture and natural resources at a pay cut of $1,200 a year.
As he left Carter's office in mid-afternoon, Allen declined to talk to a reporter. However, some faculty members who took part in the strike said they were incensed by Allen's removal.
"If Carter fired Allen today, he can fire all the rest of us tomorrow," said Emmanual Chatman, dean of business and public administration at the Van Ness campus and leader of the protest group. "The issue of the (new city) law is still with us, but now this is worse. Academic freedom is the issue."
Chatman said he wanted Carter to resign as university president. He also urged the resignation of Ronald H. Brown, chairman of the university trustees.
At its peak Tuesday, the strike forced the cancellation of about half the classes at the Van Ness campus, but the university's other two campuses continued to operate normally.
The official faculty senates and union groups at all three campus refused to endorse the protestors in denouncing the new city law and in expressing fear that faculty members might be hurt as the three colleges are merged into one.
Carter and the university trustees have declared that faculty tenure right would be protected, although Carter noted that administrative jobs are not covered by tenure rules and some reshuffling would take place.
Chatman said the protestors had decided to resume teaching because "we have responsibility to our students and we have let our feelings be heard by the city." But he said the removal Allen may prompt a resumption of the strike.
Before the three city colleges were merged Aug. 1, Allen was vice president for academic affairs of WTI and was close to its president, Cleveland Dennard, who was rejected by the university trustees as head of the new university.
In a letter notifying Allen of his ouster, Carter said Allen not only had failed to cooperate in trying to end the strike, but also "previously had failed to follow instructions" from university officials.