One year later, faculty voted to suspend classes in the wake of the Kent State shootings and America's invasion of Cambodia. Also in 1969, the school opened its first two co-ed dormitories, and two more followed a year later.
Subsequently, Oxy students wrote 7,000 letters to Washington D. In 1988, John Brooks Slaughter became Occidental's first black president.
There are 12 on-campus residence halls and the main dining facility is The Marketplace, which is located in the Johnson Student Center.
That same year, Occidental President John Willis Baer announced the trustees' decision to convert Occidental College into an all-men's institution.
However, students and faculty protested, and the idea was abandoned. Washington came to visit Occidental, on March 27, 1914, Swan, Fowler, and Johnson Halls were dedicated at its new Eagle Rock campus.
After having its first Rhodes Scholar, Clarence Spaulding, named in 1908, Oxy seniors John Paden and Aaron Segal were awarded Rhodes Scholarships in 1958; the first and only time Occidental has produced two Rhodes Scholars in a single year.
In 1969, 42 students were suspended for peacefully protesting military recruiting on campus. Occidental launched one of the country's first Upward Bound programs in 1966, aimed at increasing the number of low-income, underrepresented high school students who become the first in their family to go to college.