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Title: Excerpt from Board of Trustees Minutes, December 3, 1802 [Containing the Rule Prohibiting Students From Buying on Credit]: Electronic Edition.
Author: University of North Carolina (1793-1962). Board of Trustees
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Title of collection: Records of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina (#40001), University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of document: Excerpt from Board of Trustees Minutes, December 3, 1802 [Containing the Rule Prohibiting Students From Buying on Credit]
Author: Board of Trustees
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Note: Call number 40001 (University Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Excerpt from Board of Trustees Minutes, December 3, 1802 [Containing the Rule Prohibiting Students From Buying on Credit]
University of North Carolina (1793-1962). Board of Trustees

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Friday December 3d 1802
The Board met according to adjournment.



    The President
    Mr Wright
    Mr Hatch
    Mr Lyttle
    Mr. Alves
    Mr Davie
    Mr N. Alexander
    Mr Haywood
    Mr Montgomery
Mr Davie from the Committee on the Report of the Faculty read the following report & ordinance, viz.

The Committee appointed by the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina, to examine the laws established for the good government thereof, and to report any amendments to existing laws, or such additional laws as may be necessary for the better regulation of the Institution, having fulfilled the task assigned them in the best manner they were able, recommend to this honorable Board the adoption of the laws or regulations contained in the sheet marked A.
The Committee are of the opinion, that it will greatly tend to the preservation of order, and will be well calculated to insure

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obedience to the laws, and respect to the Faculty and Teachers, to expel from the University Samuel G. Hopkins, John H. Hawkins, and Hugh Nunn, the two first having been engaged in a duel, the one as Principal and the other as Second, and the latter having been guilty of misbehavior and gross insolence to his Teacher in the preparatory school. They therefore recommend, that the said Samuel G. Hopkins, John H. Hawkins, and Hugh Nunn be expelled. And they further recommend, that the President address a letter to the Parent of each, acquainting him therewith.
The Committee further recommend, that a circular letter be addressed by the President or presiding Professor to the Parent or Guardian of each and every Student who now does, or hereafter may, belong to the University, stating the expense which every Student will incur for each Session and earnestly desiring each Parent or Guardian not to furnish his Child or Ward with more money than is absolutely necessary to meet such expense.
The Committee respectfully suggest, for the consideration of the Board, the propriety of adopting some mode to restrain credit which at present is improperly granted to the Students by the traders and others in the Village.
Your Committee are of opinion, that it would contribute greatly to reclaim dissipation among the Students, and to remove certain prejudices entertained in several parts of the State, against the collegiate and moral regulations of the Institution, if a circular letter of the import of the paper marked B, was hereafter addressed to the Parent or Guardian of every Student, and if one of these letters was lodged with each Trustee. For this purpose, should the Board approve of the measure, the Committee recommend that a sufficient number of copies be printed at once to answer the purpose for one year.

All which is submitted,

WR. Davie Chairman

Ordinance marked A, referred to in the foregoing Report, viz.

Be it ordained by the Trustees of the University of North Carolina, that a Teacher in the Preparatory School shall not be a sitting member of any society of Students, nor shall he ever be present at the meetings of a Society.
That the President or presiding Professor shall cause the laws to be transcribed and shall require each and every Student to

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subscribe his name to them, and to pledge his truth and honor to to observe and obey them, before he shall obtain a certificate of admission.
That a certificate from a Physician, that the state of health of any Student is such as to require peculiar diet, shall not intitle him to board in the Village; but the Faculty may permit a Student, when situation requires it to board in the Village.
That the President or Presiding Professor, when any Student shall be suspended by the Faculty, or expelled by the Faculty and five Trustees, shall address a letter to the Parent or Guardian of such Student acquainting him therewith.
That any Student who may be suspended by the Faculty shall not, during his suspension, reside within two miles of the University, upon pain of final expulsion.
And be it further ordained, that when a Student shall so long persist in habits of indolence and neglect of collegiate duties, or in disorderly and irregular behavior, that there is no hope of reclaiming him to habits of industry and order, it shall be the duty of the principal Professor to address a letter to the Parent or Guardian of such Student, stating the circumstances, and advising him to withdraw him from the Institution: Provided nevertheless, that nothing in this Ordinance shall be so construed as to prevent the Faculty from suspending any Student when the same shall appear to be necessary.
Circular Letter marked B referred to in the foregoing Report, viz.


The Trustees of the University sensible of the ill consequences produced by Students having more money at their disposal than is sufficient to meet their necessary disbursements during the Session, have directed that circular letters should be addressed to the Parents of the Young Gentlemen, containing a list of the established and ordinary expenses of the University, with a hope that the indulgence of the Parents would not exceed those limits so far as to furnish a temptation to dissipation, misapplication of time, and a relaxation of morals.
Expenses of 1st Session Expenses of 2d Session
Board . . . . . $34 Board . . . . . $24
Tuition . . . . . 12 Tuition . . . . . 8
Room rent . . . . . 1 Room rent . . . . . 1
Library . . . . . .50 Library . . . . . .50
Servant hire . . . . . .50 Servant hire . . . . . .50
Washing & mending . . . . . 5.00 Washing & mending . . . . . 4.
Wood & Candles . . . . . 2. Wood & Candles . . . . . 1.
Bed hire . . . . . 3. Bed hire . . . . . 3.
$58 $42

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And to prevent the evils that may result from improper credit being given to the Students by Shopkeepers and others in the Village, the Trustees recommend in the strongest terms, that you should forbid all purchasing on credit, even necessaries, without the approbation of the principal Professor.
The Trustees desirous of maintaining in our national Institution correct principles, pure morals, and a proper reverence for religion, have steadily inforced those regulations which appeared best calculated to promote those important purposes. But experience has shewn the difficulty of imposing salutary restraints upon minds accustomed only to unlimited indulgence; and they are also aware that many of the Students are under impressions that their Parents and Guardians do not wish to see them placed under these restrictions; although they may be dictated by morality, or indispensable in the conduct and discipline of a public Institution. They have therefore directed, that an abstract should be made for your information, of the laws respecting some of the Collegiate duties, and the moral and religious conduct of the Students, under a firm persuasion that these regulations will be seriously inforced by your advice and positive injunctions. As the government of the University must principally depend on a just sense of the importance of character and the influence of moral principle, it cannot fail to derive essential support from the sanctions of Parental opinion and authority.
"There shall be monthly meetings of the Faculty, at which every Professor and Tutor shall make a Report on the conduct and scholarship of the Students, and particularly of those who are under his charge: and the opinions which the Faculty shall then form shall be a history of the character and scholarship of every student to his parent or guardian and to the Trustees.
"The President shall read or say public prayers every evening in the Chapel at five o'clock, except on Saturday evening; and in his absence one of the Professors or Tutors shall perform that duty. In the morning prayers shall follow after the reading of a chapter, or part thereof, in the Old or New Testament, by the Professors and Tutors in turn.
"The hours of study shall be from the time of morning prayers till eight o'clock; from nine till twelve in the forenoon, and from two till five in the afternoon; and at all other times the Students shall observe a proper silence and a respectful deportment.
"Every student shall regularly and punctually attend the recitations of his class at the place appointed by his Instructor, and at the time when the bell shall be rung to give him notice. His Professor or Tutor shall

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call him to account for absence or delay in the presence of his class, and shall be the Judge of his excuse; and if a good reason be not shewn for his delinquency he may be ordered at any time before the Faculty to answer for it.
"If any Student shall be habitually indolent or inattentive to business, or shall be absent from prayers, from recitation, or public worship, or at any other time when it shall be his duty to attend, he shall be punished according to the aggravation of his offence.
"Nothing indecent, profane or immoral shall at any time be delivered on the public stage, under penalty of such censure as the Faculty or Trustees shall judge proper.
"Every Student, whether in the College or in the village, shall attend public prayers morning and evening in the Chapel, and during the worship, shall refrain from all noise, conducting himself with such decorum and reverence as is suited to these solemn services. On Sunday it shall be the duty of every Student to be present at the reading or delivery of a sermon in the Chapel, at the hour appointed by the Faculty for that purpose. No whispering, talking, laughing, or indecent behavior of any kind shall be manifested on such occasions.
"The Students shall attend such instructions in morals and religion as their Professors and Tutors, or the Faculty jointly, shall appoint on Sunday. And if any Student absent himself, or evade such instructions, or conduct himself indecently while attending them, he shall be punished by his Instructor or by the Faculty, according to the nature of his offence, due regard being paid in this as well as in all other cases to the rules hereafter prescribed, pointing out the different degrees or grades of punishment which the Faculty shall be at liberty to inflict.
"At all times the Students shall conduct and express themselves respectfully towards the Faculty, and towards every member of it.
"No insult shall be offered by a Student, or by any number of Students, to the people of the village, or of the country around the University, or of any other place.
"No Student, who does not live in the village, shall go into it on any account in study hours without leave from the President or some member of the Faculty.
"A Student shall not make horse races, nor bet thereon, nor shall they keep cocks or fowls of any kind, or for any purpose.
"No Student shall raffle, play at cards or dice, or bet at any game, without being punished by the Faculty according to the

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aggravation of the offence.
"No Student shall keep a dog or fire arms; nor shall he use fire arms without permission from someone of the Faculty.
"No Student shall have spirituous liquors in his room without particular permission from the President or from some member of the Faculty.
"Every Student who shall be guilty of intoxication, shall receive an admonition before the Faculty for the first offence, and on repetition of the crime, shall be publicly admonished or suspended, according to the nature and aggravation of his conduct.
"Should a combination ever be formed by any number of Students to transgress the laws, or to prevent their execution, or to shew disrespect to the Faculty, or to anyone of its members, or to introduce disorder in any shape, the Faculty shall either punish the whole body according to their demerits, or they shall select such as appear to be most active and forward, as the sole objects of punishment. The Faculty shall choose either of these methods as to them shall appear most expedient.
"All swearing and profane, blasphemous, or impious language shall be utterly excluded from the University. The Student who shall be guilty of these practices, and on being warned to forsake them, shall still persevere, shall be admonished, suspended, or expelled according to the extent of his offence.
"On Sunday the Students shall refrain from their ordinary diversions and exercises.
"If any Student shall use any indecent gesture or language to any other Student or person, he shall be liable to be admonished.
"If any Student shall be convicted of lying he shall be admonished; if he shall be guilty of direct and malicious falsehood, he shall be suspended or expelled, according to the nature of the offence.
"The Students shall keep their rooms clean, and shall not put or procure to be introduced into the College filth of any kind.
"It is recommended to the Students to be plain in their dress; but it is required of them always to appear neat and cleanly: and if any Student shall be grossly negligent in this respect, it shall be the duty of the College officers to admonish him for it, and see that he preserve a decent appearance.
"At the ringing of the bell the first time in the morning, all the [Students] shall rise. As soon as the Bell shall ring a second time, they shall

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repair to the hall without delay, and attend prayers."
Resolved, that this Board do concur with the foregoing Report, Ordinance, and Circular letter with the abstract of laws therein contained, excepting only so much of the Report as recommends the expulsion of Saml G. Hopkins, John H. Hawkins, and Hugh Nunn, which part of said Report was, on motion of Mr Alves, postponed for the further consideration of the Board— [...]