1970 Students take over Rockwell Hall in early May to protest the U.S. invasion of Cambodia and the student deaths at Kent State. When considerable damage is done to the campus, President Fretwell decides to close the college for the semester on May 7. Students milling on Elmwood Avenue are dispersed by police with tear gas.
1971 Muhammad Ali is a featured speaker at the third annual Black Arts Festival, sponsored by the Black Liberation Front Board, and actress Mildred Dunnock appears in two performances of A Place without Doors in Upton Hall Auditorium. The bachelor of fine arts degree is approved.
1972 A record 2,792 students receive degrees at commencement exercises in Memorial Auditorium, ending the college's centennial year.
1975 The master of science degree in creative studies is authorized.
1975 Social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (the first social work program in Western New York to be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education).
1977 The college receives permission to grant master of science degrees in criminal justice and clinical dietetics.
1979 Dr. D. Bruce Johnstone is appointed president.