During the past three years the college rules have been modified and changed in several particulars. The revised regulations which are now being distributed contain no startling changes, but embody the new rules which have been made since the issue of the last pamphlet.
The only new change is rule 3, which now reads as follows:
3. "Petitions relating to absence from college exercises must be presented within one week after the absence to which they refer. Such petitions must contain the student's explicit statement that the absence in question was unavoidable for a reason clearly and fully set forth."
The changes which have been made in the requirements for admission, and the large number of studies which have been made elective for the freshman year, necessitate of course radical changes in the rules relating to prescribed studies. Emphasis is put upon the fact that a student can take as many extra courses as he can profitably pursue. This is quite in contrast to the very illiberal policy which is in vogue at some colleges where the students are forbidden to take any extra courses.
The rules regarding failures and deficiencies have been somewhat changed. Rules 14 and 15 are:
14. "A student who does not attain one half of the maximum mark for the entire work of one year, is held to have failed in the work of that year.
15. A student who has failed in any course of prescribed study must pass the examinations of that course in some subsequent year. A student who has failed in an elective study may make up the deficiency by taking in some subsequent year the same or any equivalent elective study in addition to those required by ??? 6.
Rule 17 relating to failures to hand in written exercises has been posted this fall. It is.
"Every theme, forensic, or other written exercise must be presented at the time appointed by the instructor, or no marks will be given for it; but a student who satisfies the Dean that his failure to present the theme, forensic, or other written exercise, at the appointed time, was caused by serious illness or other unavoidable hindrance, may be relieved from the operation of this rule."
The regulations in regard to continuous residence at the university caused much unfavorable comment when it was passed about two years ago.
371. "Continuous residence at the university is required during term-time. Any student whose residence is interrupted for any cause is required to give immediate notice of the fact to the secretary; and if his absence is prolonged beyond three days, he is further required to report in person to the secretary immediately on his return."
Instead of the regulations in regard to attendance at Sunday services, the following is inserted:
39. "Seats are provided at the expense of the college for all students who attend the Sunday services of the several religious denominations having established places of worship in the immediate vicinity of the college."
Following this is a little rule occupying only two or three lines, yet how much anguish, how much sorrow have those few lines caused! It is the "compulsory prayers" clause. Rule 41 is important; it relates to the discipline of the college. It has been but little changed. Warnings are no longer given, admonition being the first round of the ladder which leadeth to expulsion. The full text of this rule is given below:
41. The college discipline is enforced by admonition, probation, suspension, dismission and expulsion. Whenever a student incurs any of these penalties, notice is immediately given by the Dean to his father or guardian.