During the 1960s, Loyola felt the impact of the seminal events and issues affecting the society at large, and mirrored the broader student protest movement in the United States. The issues at Loyola were racial justice, the war in Vietnam, and the desire on the part of the faculty and students to affect university policy. Although Loyola's day school was integrated in 1962, persistent racism on and off the campus fueled discontent; students and faculty protested discrimination at local restaurants and bars. A problem within the Loyola community itself was the continuation of racial exclusion by Loyola's fraternities and sororities. Student and faculty protests led to change.

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