- To observe daily exercise (walk or gymnasium), or to report for not doing so.
- To shop, or go upon Broadway or other business streets, not oftener than once a week.
- Not to visit cafes or restaurants without an official chaperon. Exceptions to this are found on the bulletin board.
- To limit purchases of candy to one pound per week.
- Not to buy bakery goods, tinned goods, or meat.
- Not to visit Postoffice [sic], Express Office, Railway Station, Telegraph Office, physicians’ or dentists’ offices without a chaperon.
- Not to mail any letters or packages outside the college.
- Not to walk with, talk with, or make an appointment with young men while out without a chaperon.
- Not to pay visits in town without special permission to do so.
- To obey all household rules, and to cooperate with the faculty members and officials in maintaining order and promoting high standards of student conduct.
- In case I break one of these pledges I understand that I am to report myself at once to the College President and not wait for a teacher or official to report me.
The concept of honor roll led to the creation of the Honor Roll Society – an honorary scholastic group open to the top 10 percent of the student body. In 1926, the society became a charter chapter of Phi Alpha Theta – the junior college version of Phi Beta Kappa.
Are any of these rules appropriate for today’s students? Leave your thoughts in the comments … and happy New Year!
Rules taken from Columbia College: 150 Years of Courage, Commitment, and Change by Paulina A. Batterson. Page 82.
Photo by William Charles Thompson; April 29, 1912; Library of Congress.