At the opening of next session, September, 1907, ten former
members of the fraternities were recommended by the President for
permission to return. After this there was some improvement, but six
years later on September 26, 1913, the Trustees sought to strengthen
the regulations by prescribing a pledge for all matriculating in the
College and asking cooperation of the faculty. These resolutions are
as given in the footnote, of which resolutions 1, 2, and were published
in the catalogues beginning with 1914-15 and ending with 1921-22.9
These resolutions were read twice to the
Dean E. W. Sikes
took the lead in carrying out the behests of the Trustees, and on
January 27, 1914, associated with himself for the purpose, Professors
Highsmith, Paschal, Timberlake, and Hubbell.11 They found three
groups; the D.V.L. with six members; the A.S.P. with five members,
and the Phi Kappa Beta with three members, all of whom were
allowed to remain in college the remainder of the term on promise of
Resolved, That the faculty be requested to take all practicable measures to
ascertain the names of any student who becomes a member of such fraternity, and,
on conviction, promptly send such student home.
Resolved, That any student already a member of such fraternity who shall be
convicted of seeking in any way or by any means to induce other students to join
such fraternity, or of promoting the fraternity spirit among his fellow students, shall
Whereas, There seems to be some division of opinion as to the meaning of the
action taken by the Trustees some years ago in regard to fraternities, and Whereas,
We learn that social clubs or organizations existed at Wake Forest last year, which
in the opinion of some of those who belonged to them were not in violation of the
action of the Trustees, therefore:
Resolved, 1. That we most emphatically express our disapprobation of any club
or social order of any kind whatsoever, whether regularly organized or not, which
segregate them from the student body.
Resolved, 2. That no student shall be allowed to remain in college who violates in
letter or in spirit the above resolution.
Resolved, 3. That the Faculty require of each student before matriculation a
pledge to abstain from any such order or social club as indicated in the first of these
Resolved, 4. That we have the right to expect, and shall expect, cordial and hearty
cooperation on the part of every member of the faculty in carrying into effect this
action of the Trustees.
Minutes of the Faculty February 10 and March 5, 1914.
11 Dean Sikes used to say that he never expected to get rid of fraternities
altogether, but he had rather deal with them when forbidden than when legalized.