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The University as Asylum


The word "asylum" has indeed a variety of meanings. It is an ambiguous term. It has been used to denote both places of confinement for mentally unbalanced folk as well as a sanctuary affording security and protection for those in need. The purpose of this essay is to see the large state university as a sanctuary for young people. It is primarily concerned with undergraduate students as persons undergoing crises of identity. It seeks to clarify strategies and goals for professors in dealing with these students. The ambiguity of the term "asylum" suggests, however, the possibility that the large state institutions with which we are concerned could indeed become places of confinement, discomfort, and emotional unbalance.