A Brigham Young University student publicly admits that under the direction of BYU's president, he and ten other undergraduates ocmmitted classroom "espionage" on eight professors to document their liberal "political convictions." All student-spies are members of the John Birch Society and of BYU's on-campus Young Americans for Freedom. After the immediate, official denial by BYU's administration, two weeks later President Ernest L. Wilkinson tells a faculty meeting, "I must accept responsibility," but claims "there is misinformation in the charges." Political science professor Edwin B. Morrell resigns as the department chair in protest, remains on the faculty, and later becomes the First Presidency's representative in helping to establish missions in Communist eastern Europe.
[Source: The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]