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STATUTES



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Its Associated Schools




NEW YORK

PRINTED FOR THE COLLEGE
1885



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Macgowan & SiiipPBR, Printers,
30 Beekman Street, New York.



CONTENTS.



PAGE

Trustees of Columbia College 5

STATUTES OF THE COZ,LE&E.

CHAPTER I.

Of the president 7

CHAPTER II.
Of the Board of the College 8



CHAPTER III.

Of the course of study 10

CHAPTER IV.
Of admission. 12

CHAPTER V.

Of attendance 18

CHAPTER VI.
Of discipline I'S

CHAPTER VII.

Of the proficiency of students 14

CHAPTER VIII.
Of academic honors 16

CHAPTER IX.
Of conimLencements 17

CHAPTER X.
Of vacations , 19

CHAPTER XI.
Of the library 19

CHAPTER XII.
Of free scholarships 31

CHAPTER XIII.
Of foundations 31



iv CONTENTS.

STATUTX! FOn ORaANIZlNG THE SCHOOL OF MINES.

CHAPTER I. PAGE
Of the president 23

CHAPTER II.
Of the faculty of the School of Mines 2?,

CHAPTER III.

Of admission 34

CHAPTER IV.
Of the course of study 35

CHAPTER V.

Of the proficiency of students and of graduation 36

CHAPTER VI.

Of discipline 27

CHAPTER VII.
Of fees for tuition • • • 28

CHAPTER VIII.
Of comuiencement and degrees 28

STATUTE FOR ORGANIZING TME SCHOOL OF LAW.

CHAPTER I.
Of the president 29

CHAPTER II.
Of the warden 29

CHAPTER III.

Of the faculty 30

CHAPTER IV.

Of admissions 31

CHAPTER V.
Of the course of study 33

CHAPTER VI.

Of degrees 32

RESOLUTIONS.

PROVIDIN& FOB A SCHOOL OF MBDICIETE 34

Providing fob a School of Political Scibnck 35



TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA COLLEGE.



NAMES. RBSIDBJSfOBS.

HAMILTON FISH, LL.D., Chairman of the Board, 351 East 17th Street.

HORATIO POTTER, S.T.D., LL.D., D.C.L 38 East 22d Street.

WILLIAM C. SCHERMERHORN 49 West 33d Street.

MORGAN DIX, S.T.D 37 West 25th Street.

FREDERICK A. P. BARNARD, S.T.D., LL.D., L.H.D College Green.

SAMUEL BLATCHFORD, LL.D Washington, D. C.

STEPHEN P. NASH 11 West 19th Street.

JOSEPH W. HARPER. Jr 563 Fifth Avenue.

CORNELIUS R. AGNEW, M.D 366 Madison Avenue.

A. ERNEST VANDERPOEL 114 East 16th Street.

CHARLES A. SILLIMAN 41 West 46th Street.

FREDERICK A. SCHERMERHORN 61 University Place.

GERARD BEEKMAN, Clerk op the Board 5 East 34th Street.

Office, 149 Broadway.

ABRAM N. LITTLEJOHN, S.T.D 170 Remsen Street, Brooklyn.

JOHN J. TOWNSEND 131 Fifth Avenue.

EDWARD MITCHELL 45 West 55th Street.

W. BAYARD CUTTING 18 West 57th Street.

TALBOT W. CHAMBERS, S.T.D 70 West 36th Street.

SETH LOW 201 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn.

GEORGE L. RIVES 15 East 39th Street.

LENOX SMITH 1 Wall Street.

GEORGE L. PEABODY, M.D 57 West 38th Street.

JOHN CROSBY BROWN 36 East 37th Street.



JOHN MCLEAN NASH, Treasurer 67 Wall Street.

5



STATUTES



COLUMBIA COLLEGE



CHAPTER I.



OF THE PRESIDENT,



§ 1. It shall be the duty of the president to take charge and
have care of the college generally, of its buildings, of the
grounds adjacent thereto, and of its movable property upon the
same. To see that the course of instruction and discipline pre-
scribed by the statutes is faithfully pursued, and to prevent and
rectify all deviations from the same.

To call meetings of the faculty, and to give such directions
and perform such acts as shall, in his judgment, promote the
interests of the college, so that they do not contravene the
charter, the statutes, the orders of the Board of Trustees, or the
decisions of the Board of the College.

To visit the class-rooms from time to time, and keep himself
informed of the manner in which the classes are taught.

To report to the trustees annually, at the stated meeting in
May, and as occasion shall require, the state of the college, and
particularly the manner in which the several professors and
tutors perform their respective duties.

§ 2. He shall have power to grant leave of absence from the
college for a reasonable cause, and for such length of time as he
shall judge the occasion may require ; provided that when such
leave of absence exceeds two days, it be entered upon the
minutes of the Board of the College.



8 OF THE BOARD OF THE COLLEGE.

§ 3. He shall preside at commencements and at all meetings
of the board, and shall sign all diplomas.

§ 4. He shall assemble the classes every day except Saturday
and Sunday, at half-past nine o'clock A.M., for the purpose of
attending prayers ; and at these daily prayers it shall be the
duty of each of the members of the board to be present, unless
his presence shall be dispensed with by the president.

§ 5. In the absence or sickness of the president, the senior
professor, who shall be in the regular performance of his duties,
shall have authority to perform the duties and exercise the
authority of the president.



CHAPTER n.

OF THE BOARD OF THE COLLEGE.

§ 1. The president and the professors engaged in the sub-
graduate course of instruction shall constitute the Board of the
College. Tutors shall have seats at the board on all occasions
when the conduct or proficiency of the students under their
charge, in the departments in which they respectively give
instruction, shall be in question, but on no other occasion ; but
they shall have no vote.

§ 2. The professors shall take precedence according to the
date of their appointments.

§ 3. It shall be the duty of the professors and tutors to
assist the president with their counsel and co-operation.

§ 4. The board shall have power :

To try offences committed by the students ;

To determine their relative standing ;

To adjudge rewards and punishments, and to make all such
regulations of their own proceedings and for the better execu-
tion of the college system as shall not contravene the charter of
the college, nor the statutes, nor any oi'der of the Board of
Trustees.



OF THE BOARD OF THE COLLEGE. 9

§ 5, The concurrence of the president shall be necessary to
every act of the board ; and in case the board shall be equally
divided, the president shall have a casting vote in addition to
his vote as a member of the board.

§ 6. In case of the absence of the president, the senior pro-
fessor present shall preside at the meetings of the board, and all
acts of the board thus constituted shall be valid, unless the
president shall, at the next subsequent stated meeting at which
he shall be present, express his dissent, either personally or in
writing.

§ 1. Upon any resolution, duly seconded, a vote shall be
taken, if desired by the mover. When the president dissents
from the vote of the majority of the board, such vote and such
dissent shall be recorded in the minutes.

§ 8. The board shall meet for the purpose of administering
the general discipline of the college once in each week, except
in vacation. At these meetings the professors shall report
concerning the conduct and proficiency of the members of the
respective classes, noting particularly those who have been
delinquent in their behavior or attendance, or deficient or negli-
gent in their recitations, with the number of their absences.

§ 9. The board shall keep minutes of their proceedings, and
shall appoint one of their own number to perform that duty.

§ 10. In those minutes shall be noted the names of the mem-
bers present and absent at each meeting. It shall be the duty
of the president to cause such minutes to be laid before the
trustees at their meetings.

§ 11. No member of the Board of the College, or of the
Faculty of the School of Mines, and no other officer engaged in
instruction shall be employed in any occupation which shall
interfere with the thorough, efficient, and earnest performance
of the duties of Lis office.



10 OF THE COURSE OF STUDY.

CHAPTER III.

OF THE COURSE OF STUDY.

§ 1. There shall be four classes of undergraduate students in
college, to be called the freshman class, the sophomore class,
the junior class, and the senior class. The course of study of
each of these classes shall occupy a year, and the entire course
four years.

§ 2. The freshman class shall be instructed in the Latin and
Greek languages, Grecian history and Roman antiquities,
rhetoric, and the more elementary branches of the pure mathe-
matics,

§ 3. The sophomore class shall be instructed in the Latin
and Greek languages, Roman history and Grecian antiquities,
modern history, English literature, chemistry, and the remain-
ing branches of pure mathematics usually taught in colleges,
except analytical geometry and the differential and integral
calculus.

§ 4. The junior class shall be instructed in the Latin and
Greek languages, history of literature, logic, psychology,
{esthetics, modern history, analytical geometry, mechanics,
and physics.

§ 5. During the senior year, instruction shall be given in
astronomy, physics, political economy, constitutional govern-
ment, geology and mineralogy, the Latin and Greek languages
and literature, history of philosophy, psychology, theoretic,
analytic, or applied chemistry, and the differential and inte-
gral calculus.

§ 6. In each of the four years the student shall be exercised
in English composition, and during the first three years in Latin
and Greek composition also, and in elocution.

§ 7. Instruction shall be given to students who may desire it,
in the German language and its literature, and in such other



OF THE COURSE OF STUDY. 11

modern languages as the Board of Trustees may see fit to
direct.

§ 8. A plan of the course, specifying more in detail the
studies to be pursued in each year and in each of the depart-
ments of instruction, shall be prepared by the Board of the
College, subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees ; and
this plan, after having been so approved, shall be published.

§ 9, The trustees shall assign to each professor or other
instructor such proportion of the time of the classes as may
seem to them judicious ; and the faculty shall prepare, in con-
formity with this allotment, such a scheme of daily instruction
as shall appear to be best adapted to promote the advancement
of the students in their various studies.

§ 10. The text-books to be used by the classes may be
selected by the professors in their several departments, with
the approval of the president, and with the reserved right of
control by the Board of Trustees.

§ 11. The hours of instruction at the college shall be the four
in each day which immediately follow the morning exercises of
the chapel, or so many of them, not less than three, as it may
be found practicable to employ, and such other hours as the
trustees may at any time hereafter assign ; and during those
hours the classes severally, or their several sections, shall attend
such instructors as shall be prescribed in the scheme of daily
instruction, or as the Board of the College may direct, and in
the order which may be so determined.

§ 12. No professor or other olficer of the. college shall excuse
a class or section from assembling at the time and place
appointed for lecture or recitation, or dismiss a class or section
after it may have assembled before the expiration of the
time allotted to the exercise, without the consent of the presi-
dent ; nor, without such consent, shall any class or section be
excused from the performance of any exercise required of them
by law ; but individual students may, for satisfactory reasons,
be excused from such performance by the officers to whom they
are due.



12 . OF ADMISSION.

CHAPTER IV.

OF ADMISSION.

§ 1. As a general rule, no student shall be admitted to the
freshman class, at its formation, unless he shall have attained
the age of fifteen years ; nor shall any one be admitted to a
more advanced standing without a corresponding increase of
age ; but this rule may be dispensed with when, in the opinion
of the faculty, there are sufficient reasons to justify its relaxa-
tion.

§ 2. Every candidate for admission to the college shall be
required to present, before examination, a certificate of good
moral character from his last teacher, or from some citizen in
good standing ; and students from other colleges shall be
required to bring certificates from those colleges of honorable
dismission.

§ 3, Every applicant for admission to the freshman class
shall be examined in the English, Latin, and Greek grammars,
Latin prosody and composition, ancient and modern geogra-
phy, arithmetic, and so much of algebra and geometry, and
such authors in Greek and Latin, as the Board of the College
may prescribe. All the requisitions for admission shall be
annually published, and the Board of the College shall have
power, from time to time, with the concurrence of the Board of
Trustees, to modify these requisitions as the exigencies of the
college may seem to require.

§ 4. No candidate shall be admitted to an advanced standing
until he shall have passed a satisfactory examination upon the
studies which have been pursued by the class for which he
applies, as well as upon those enumerated in the foregoing sec-
tion ; nor, in case he shall have been previously a member of
another college, without a certificate from such college of his
discharge in good standing.

§ 5. Every student admitted to the college will be required
immediately upon his admission, and subsequently at the begin-



OB* ATTENDANCE. — OF DISCIPIilNE. 13

ning of each succeeding academic year, to write in the matricu-
lation book of the college his own name, and the name, place
of abode, and post office of his father or guardian.

§ 6. None but matriculated students or graduates of the col-
lege shall be allowed to attend any of the classes without the
special permission of the Board of Trustees.

§ 7. Tuition fees shall be paid on matriculation.

§ 8. An honorable discharge shall always be granted to any
student in good standing, who may desire to withdraw from the
college ; but no undergraduate student shall be entitled to a dis-
charge without the assent of his parent or guardian, given in
writing to the president,

§ 9. So soon as a student shall have been admitted to the
college, he shall be presented with a copy of these statutes, and
of any printed rules or by-laws made under them for the gov-
ernment of the students by the Board of the College ; and
another copy of the same shall be sent or delivered to his
parent or guardian.

CHAPTER V.

OF ATTENDANCE.

§ 1. The attendance of the students upon all college exercises
shall be obligatory, and shall be enforced by the Board of the
College under suitable penalties.

§ 2. Irregularities in attendance shall be reported to the
president, whose duty it shall be from time to time, as occasion
may in his judgment require, to report such irregularities to the
parent or guardian of the student in f au It.



CHAPTER YI.



OF DISCIPLINE,



§ 1. Cases of misconduct on the part of students shall be
referred in the first instance to the president.



14 OF THE PROPICIBNCY OF STUDENTS.

§ 2. Any member of the faculty may summon a student to
appear before the Board of the College, and in such case he
shall immediately report the facts of the case to the president.

§ 3. In case any member of a class under instruction disturb
the class exercises, the professor may require such student to
leave the room ; and the student shall thereupon forthwith
report himself to the president.

§ 4. All sentences of the board adjudging punishments shall
be reduced to writing before they are pronounced, and the stu-
dents whom they affect shall be cited to hear the same read in
the presence of the board alone.

§ 5. If it appear to the board that the members of a class, or
any number of them, have entered into a combination to avoid
collegiate duties, or to violate any of the statutes or any regu-
lation of the board, any one or more of those embraced in such
combination may be proceeded against separately.

§ 6. No student shall be a member of any professional school
during his academic course.



CHAPTER VII.

OF THE PEOFICIENCY OF STUDENTS.

§ 1. Each professor or other instructor shall make to the
president a monthly report of the names of such students as
may be deficient in his department ; and shall also report daily
those who may have been unprepared to recite, or who may have
made absolute failure in attempting to recite. The president
shall immediately notify each student reported as deficient of
the fact of such report.

By deficiency is here meant such a degree of imperfection in
attainment as is likely, if not removed, to prevent the recom-
mendation of the student for his degree, at the close of the
academic course.

§ 2. Each professor or other instructor shall, at the end of



OF THE PROFICIENCY OP STUDEJNTS. 15

every month after the first month of each year, make and keep
a numerical scale of the standing of all the students under his
instruction, according to a standard prescribed by the Board of
the College — the order of merit to be determined by examina-
tion conducted in any manner which the professor may choose.

§ 3. Besides the monthly examinations provided for in the
foregoing section, there shall be two public examinations of all
the classes every year — the one to commence on the last Mon-
day in January, and the other on the Monday of the third week
preceding commencement ; which examinations shall severally
extend to all the studies pursued during the session immediately
preceding. Each of these examinations shall have a weight in
the determination of scholarship equal to that of all the monthly
examinations of the term. The senior class may be excused
from attendance at college during the week preceding their
final examination.

§ 4. The Board of the College shall prescribe such rules as
may be necessary to make the examinations a true and impartial
test of the attainments of the students ; and any one who shall
be found to have willfully violated these rules, or any of them,
shall be liable to be dropped from the roll of the college.

§ 5. Each professor or other instructor shall, after each semi-
annual examination, report to the president a numerical scale of
the standing in scholarship of all the students under his instruc-
tion during the preceding half year, according to a standard pre-
scribed by the Board of the College.

The sum total of all the valuations assigned to the perform-
ances of each student in any department, in the semi-annual
reports, estimated as above, shall be taken to express the value
of the student's scholarship in said department. These results
shall only be used to ascertain the student's proficiency, and
shall not be made public ; but the president may give to the
parent or guardian of any student the particulars embraced in
them, so far as that student is concerned.

§ 6. Any student who shall be found deficient in the same
department in more than one monthly record may be required



16 OF ACADEMIC HONORS.

to Study with a private tutor the subjects in which he is deficient,
and to pass a rigorous examination on the same, at a time to be
appointed by the Board of the College, or shall no longer be per-
mitted to be a candidate for a degree.

§ 7. No student who, after the close of the intermediate ex-
amination of the senior year, shall be found to have any defi-
ciencies recorded against him, shall be longer a candidate for a
degree in arts, unless the Board of the College shall, for reasons
of weight, see fit to allow him further examination on the sub-
jects in which he is deficient.

§ 8. Every student, whose record of scholarship shall be found
at the close of the academic course to be fair, shall be entitled
to be recommended to the Board of Trustees for the degree of
bachelor of arts. If there be any one against whom there shall
appear a record of deficiency not subsequently made good, in
regard to which the Board of the College is satisfied that there
has been no culpable neglect of duty, such student may, in the
discretion of the board, be recommended for a degree speoiali
gratia ; and every student who may fail of such recommenda-
tion shall be entitled to a certificate stating the duration of his
attendance and the degree of his attainment.

§ 9. Previously to each public examination, notice shall be
given, in two of the daily papers published in the city, of the
time when the examination is to commence ; and the regents of
the university, the trustees of the college, the parents and
guardians of students, and such other persons as the president
may think proper so to distinguish, shall be invited to attend.



CHAPTER VIII.

OF ACADEMIC HONORS.

§ 1. At the close of the senior year the results contained in
all the semi-annual reports of all the four years shall be com-
bined, by adding together the valuations assigned to the per-
formances of each student severally in such reports ; and upon
the basis of the totals thus ascertained, all academic honors
shall be awarded.



OP COMMENCEMBNTS, l'?

§ 2. The Board of the College shall determine what propor-
tion of the maximum of values obtainable shall entitle a student
to be included in the honor list. All those students whose totals
amount to, or exceed, the proportion thus determined shall be
divided into three groups, to be styled the first, the second, and
the third classes of honor ; and the board shall prescribe the
proportion which shall entitle a student to be enrolled in these
classes severally.

§ 3. In the allotment of parts in the litei'ary exercises of the
commencement, preference shall always be given to those mem-
bers of the graduating class whose names are included in the
honor list, and if the number of these others be sufficient, no
shall be selected.



CHAPTER IX.

OF COMMEIirCEMBNTS.

§ 1. There shall be an annual commencement on the second
Wednesday in June, when academic degrees shall be conferred,
and orations shall be delivered by members of the graduating
class, who shall have been selected by the Board of the College,
with reference to their standing in the class and their capacity
to acquit themselves creditably at the commencement, viz. :

One Greek salutatory and oration or poem ;

One Latin oration or poem ;

Two English orations by members of the graduating class
of the School of Mines ;

Two English orations by members of the graduating class
of the college ;

And a valedictory.

But a poem in English or a German oration may be substi-
tuted for either of the English orations.

§ 2. The English orations provided for in the foregoing



18 Oi' COMMENCEMENTS.

section shall be prepared under the following general regu-
lation :

Members of eveiy senior class shall be required, as a condition
of graduation, to prepare and present to the president, and in
conformity with the directions which he may prescribe, on or
before the first day of May in the senior year, a written essay,
dissertation, oration, or poem, suitable to be pronounced before
a public audience ; and after the speakers shall have been
selected for commencement, such speakers shall be allowed to
deliver in public, on commencement day, the compositions
prepared as above directed, except such as may have speeches
assigned them in languages other than the English, or shall be
duly appointed to deliver salutatory or valedictory addresses.

§ 3. All such orations shall be subject to criticism by the
president ; and the student who shall refuse or neglect to adopt
the corrections and amendments pointed out to him, or who
shall deliver his oration or exercise otherwise than is approved
by the president, shall not receive his degree.

§ 4. Any student neglecting or refusing to perform the part
assigned to him shall not receive his degree.

§ 5. No alumnus of this college shall receive the degree of
master of arts in less than three years after the date of his
first diploma, unless he shall pursue a course of study for such
degree for a term of at least one year in the Graduate Depart-
ment of the college, in which case, at the close of such term
of study, he may, on passing an approved examination, and on
recommendation of the Board of the College, receive the
degree of master. The president may assign to one or more of
the alumni of the college who may apply for the degree of master
of arts such orations or exercises as he may deem expedient ;
which orations or exercises shall be delivered the last in the


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