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The president was to direct and govern according to law, to
call faculty meetings, with the secretary and treasurer to secure
needed assistants, and to direct the time of ringing the bell for the
Exercises. His approval was necessary for valid action by the
faculty.
The other officers, under the president, were to take care of the
institution and had authority to punish students by private reproof and
public admonition. During term time the members of the faculty were
instructed to be present at all public and devotional Exercises, to
occupy rooms in the College Building during study hours, and devote
themselves exclusively to the instruction and discipline of the
institution. In their meetings, which they were to hold at such times as
might be deemed expedient, they were to determine such matters as
the law referred to them by majority vote, with the concurrence of the
president. The members of the faculty were also directed frequently to
visit the students in their rooms in order to assist them and prompt
them to diligence in their studies. The Trustees were also careful to
provide the officers with rules for the conduct of their classes; the
teachers were to notice every instance of absence and deficiency, as a
basis for final estimate of character, and keep accurate records of
every student's work, and report both to meetings of the faculty for a
record to be kept by the
president.8
These records were very faithfully kept; those for the spring session
of 1839 reveal hardly any absences or other deficiencies in attendance
on either classes or recitations. No member of the Senior Class has a
mark against his record; in the Junior Class there was a total of five
absences (from prayers), all excused; in the. Sophomore Class the
record is not quite so good; one mem-
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These regulations are as follows: 1. Each officer shall notice every instance
of absence of deficiency from the Exercises, and every violation of the laws
which shall come under his observation, and report the same at every meeting of the
faculty-a record of which shall be kept, which shall form the basis on which an
estimate of character shall be made at the close of each session.
2. Each officer shall observe the relative proficiency and standing of every
student he may instruct, and report the same to the meetings of the faculty, a record
of which shall be kept by the president, which shall form the basis of an estimate of
scholarship.
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