I've downloaded a LaTeX dissertation template from my university that comes with its own custom .cls file. One of the first things I noticed is the paragraph indentation. Every single paragraph is indented, even those at the beginning of a section. I'm no typographer, but my understanding is that it's conventional to not indent the first paragraph after a centered heading, but to indent the first paragraph after a left-aligned heading and any subsequent paragraph.
I've gone through the custom .cls file and tried modifying the
@afterindentfalse declarations, but I was unable to get things to work consistently. In some cases, first paragraphs following centered section headings were still indented, and some paragraphs following left-aligned subsection headings were not indented.
How do I need to modify the .cls file to get consistent indentation? The thesis template is available from this stable link, and the .cls file is