The Laws of Williams College, 1795

Chap. VIII. - Of Chambers, Glass and Damages.

I. Every Scholar shall statedly reside in the Chamber or Room assigned to him by the President and Tutors; and whoever shall not comply with this Law, shall be fined not exceeding three shillings, or be suspended, as the circumstances of the case may require.

II. No Undergraduate shall study or lodge, during term time, in a room or chamber out of College, without leave from the President and Tutors; unless his parent or guardian dwell so nigh, that he may conveniently study and lodge with him, nor shall he do this, while the College Edifice is sufficient to accommodate all the Students. And if any Undergraduates obtain leave to study and lodge out of College, it shall be at such houses only as are approved of by the President and Tutors.

III. Every Scholar, whether present or absent, shall find his proportion of wood, candles and furniture, during the whole time of his having a Chamber assigned to him; and if any shall refuse or neglect to make such provision, the President and Tutors may charge such delinquent, in his Quarter Bills, his full proportion, which sum shall be paid to his Chambermates. Provided, nevertheless, if his Chambermates consent that he shall pay less than his proportion during the time of his absence, they are at liberty to settle it among themselves.

IV. Graduates, Undergraduates, and Scholars of the Grammar School, shall be accountable for all glass broken and other damages done in the Chamber or Room assigned them; unless they can prove that the glass was broken, or damages done, by some other person, or by the inevitable providence of God, or in such a manner as to imply no carelessness in them. The individual who breaks any glass, or does any damage in the room or Chamber which he occupies, shall, when known, be charged with it; but if not known, it shall be charged equally to all, to whom the Room or Chamber is assigned. If a Graduate, Undergraduate, or Grammar Scholar, breaks any glass in, or does any damage to, a Room or Chamber occupied by another person, or to any part of the College Edifice, or to any other building, or its appurtenances, belonging to the Corporation, he, if known, shall be charged with it in his Quarter Bills. And when any damage is done, by persons unknown, to any part of the College Edifice, not occupied by the Students, or to any of the aforesaid buildings, it shall be charged equally, in the Quarter-Bills, to all the Undergraduates and Scholars of the Grammar School.

V. To prevent as far as possible, the damages enumerated in the preceding section, the Students in College and Scholars in the Grammar School, shall not be permitted to play at ball, or use any other sport or diversion, in or near the College Edifice, by which the same may be exposed to injury, on penalty of being fined for the first offence, and suspended, if the offence is often repeated. -- And it shall be the duty of every Scholar to give information to the President, one of the Tutors, or the Preceptor of the Grammar School, of any such damage which may have come to his knowledge.

VI. As great damage is done to the Doors of College, by putting on and shifting locks and thumbs and latches; no Graduate, Undergraduate or Scholar of the Grammar School, shall put a lock or thumb and latch on the door of any Chamber, closet or book-cupboard in College, or procure it to be put on, without permission from the President; and when a lock is put on, it shall not be taken off without the like permission, and by a Joiner, but shall be transferred to the next occupants of the Chamber, who shall pay the value of it to the owner or owners. -- Whoever transgresses this Law shall be fined the full value of the door on which he has put, or from which he has taken, a thumb and latch, or a lock.

VII. On the last day of each Quarter, it shall be the duty of the President and Tutors to visit and inspect every Room or Chamber occupied by Students, to estimate the damages which have been done in it during the Quarter then ending, and to enter in a book, to be kept for that purpose, that state of the damages in it at that time.