Withdrawal of University Autonomy Threatened if Excesses Renewed
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Withdrawal of University Autonomy Threatened if Excesses Renewed

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The disciplinary autonomy enjoyed by Vienna University will be withdrawn and police will be stationed on the campus proper should the serious anti-Semitic excesses of the last fortnight be renewed, it was announced today. Further, all persons who have any part in destroying peace and order will be expelled.

The summary action was announced following official intervention into the situation by the American Legation in behalf of four American students who were injured during the excesses.

The intervention of the Legation followed the lodging of a protest with it by a delegation of the American students in Vienna.

United States Minister Gilchrist Baker Stockton personally called upon Chancellor Dollfuss, twice within the past week, to protest against the attacks upon American students and to ask for protection. An American student was injured on Thursday, with reference to which Minister Stockton called on the Chancellor on Saturday. The second visit to the Chancellor was made by the American Minister yesterday.

This morning, Professor Abel, rector of the University, personally called upon the American Minister to convey his regrets.

Apologies were also proffered the American Minister by the Minister of

Education, Dr. Anton Rintelen. The latter issued instructions to the rector to take all possible precautions to prevent renewed excesses.

The announcement that the autonomy of the University would be withdrawn following a meeting of the Council of Ministers with the University authorities.

None of the American students injured sustained serious hurt.

Liberal press organs comment upon the furious activity the government is suddenly evincing in the matter of the Nazi student attacks upon the Jews, as a result of the American protest, while for weeks it looked on passively while hundreds of Austrian students were being maltreated.

The University of Vienna is expected to re-open next week.

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