The Laws of Williams College, 1795

Chap. III. - Of Misdemeanors and Criminal offences.

[sections I-XVI]

I. If any Scholar shall associate with any person of dissolute morals, or in the town of Williamstown with one that is rusticated or expelled, within one year after such rustication or expulsion, unless the rusticated person shall be restored within that time, he shall be fined not exceeding two shillings for the first offence; and if any Scholar shall persist therein, he shall be further liable to admonition, suspension, or rustication according to the circumstances of the offence. And if any Scholar shall lead a life of dissipation, after those in the Government of College have endeavoured to reform him by admonition and the lesser punishments, he shall be suspended, or rusticated, as the degree of the offence may require.

II. If any Student shall presume to put on indecent apparel, he shall be punished according to the nature and degree of the offence, by the President or one of the Tutors; and if he wear Woman's apparel, he shall be liable to public admonition, suspension or rustication.

III. If any Scholar shall, for the purpose of tippling or expensive entertainment, frequent any tavern or victualing-house in Williamstown, or be there guilty of any disorderly behaviour, or shall frequent any tippling shop, or house of ill fame in Williamstown, he shall be fined not more than six shillings, or be admonished, suspended, or rusticated, according to the nature and aggravation of the offence.

IV. If any Scholar shall be guilty of Drunkenness, he shall be fined not more than three shillings; or he shall make a public confession, or be publicly admonished, according to the aggravation of the offence. And if any Scholar shall persist in a course of intemperance, he shall be suspended, rusticated, or expelled.

V. If any Scholar shall be convicted of Blasphemy, Robbery, Forgery, or of any crime for which an infamous punishment may be inflicted by the Laws of the Commonwealth, he shall be expelled.

VI. If any Scholar shall profanely curse or swear, or take God's name in vain; be guilty of fornication, or of singing obscene songs, or of any open gross lewdness in conversation or behaviour, he shall be fined for the first offence not exceeding ten shillings. And if he persist in such offences, he shall be publicly admonished, make a public confession, or be rusticated, or expelled, according to the aggravation of the crime.

VII. If any Student shall play at Cards, Billiards, or any Game of Hazard, or at any game for money or other things of value, he shall be fined not exceeding five shillings; if he repeat the offence, he shall be fined not exceeding ten shillings; and if he persist in the practice, he shall be admonished, make a public confession, be suspended or rusticated, according to the aggravation of the offence.

VIII. If any resident Graduate shall be guilty of a breach of the preceding Law, after having been privately admonished by the President, he shall not be allowed to continue any longer at College, nor enjoy the privilege of the Library.

IX. If any Students who are under age shall buy, sell, or barter among themselves, books, apparel, or any other thing above twelve shillings in value, without the leave of the President, one of the Tutors, their Parent, or Guardian, it shall be in the power of the President and Tutors to make void such bargains, and to punish each person, so offending, by fine not exceeding five shillings.

X. If any Scholar shall be guilty of stealing, he shall make full restitution, and be liable, besides, to pay double damages to the party injured; and shall make a public confession, be suspended, or rusticated, according to the degree of the offence. And, if he shall be repeatedly convicted of such offence, he may be punished by expulsion.

XI. If any Scholar shall be guilty of opening by picklock, false key, or other instrument, or breaking open the chamber, chest, desk, or any other place under lock and key, or otherwise secured, belonging to any other person, he shall make good all damages, and be punished by fine not exceeding ten shillings, or make a public confession, or be suspended, rusticated or expelled, according to the degree and aggravation of the offence.

XII. If any Scholar shall be convicted of fighting with, striking, or wilfully hurting any person, he shall be fined not exceeding five shillings, or be admonished, suspended, rusticated, or expelled, according to the aggravation of the offence. And if any person shall be injured by such fighting or striking, full satisfaction shall be made him by the person offending, under the like penalties.

XIII. No Scholar shall keep a gun, or pistol, or any gun-powder, in College, without leave of the President, nor shall any Scholar go a gunning, or fishing, without leave from the President or one of the Tutors, under penalty of one shilling for either of the offences aforesaid. -- And if any Scholar shall fire a gun or pistol within the College walls, yard, or near the College, he shall be fined not exceeding two shillings.

XIV. If any Scholar or Scholars shall be found guilty of making tumultuous or indecent noises, to the dishonor and disturbance of College, or to the disturbance of the Town, or any of its inhabitants; or without leave from the President and Tutors, shall make bonfires or illuminations, or play off fireworks, or be any way aiding or abetting in the same, every Scholar so offending, shall be liable to a fine not exceeding five shillings, or to make a public confession, or be admonished, or suspended, according to the degree and aggravation of the offence.

XV. If any Scholar shall presume to be an actor in, a spectator at, or any ways concerned in, any stage-plays, interludes, or theatrical entertainments, in the town of Williamstown, he shall, for the first offence, be punished by a fine not exceeding five shillings, and for any repeated offence, shall be liable to admonition, suspension, or rustication. And if any Graduate, residing at College, shall offend against this Law, he shall have his chamber taken from him. And if any Graduate, who lives in Williamstown, tho' not residing at College, shall offend in like manner, he shall be denied any privilege of the College Library, or to be, in any regard, a College beneficiary; provided nevertheless, that this law shall not prevent any exhibitions of this kind from being performed as academical exercises, under the direction of the President and Tutors.

XVI. If any combination or agreement, to do any unlawful act, or to forbear or prevent a compliance with any injunction, from lawful authority in the College, shall be entered into by the Students; or if any enormity, disorder, or act of disobedience, shall be perpetrated by them, agreeable to, or in consequence of, such combination or agreement, in both or either of such cases, such and so many of the offenders shall, upon due conviction, be punished by admonition, a public confession, suspension, rustication, or expulsion, according to the circumstances of their offences, as shall be judged necessary for the preservation of good order in the College.