June 29th, 1871

The Society of Alumni appoints a committee to "examine into the expediency of admitting women as students to college."

Prof. John Bascom, David Dudley Field, Francis H. Dewey, Clement Hugh Hill, and Rev. Henry Hopkins were appointed to study the introduction of coeducation and submit their report at the 1872 Society of Alumni meeting. The majority opinion advised postponing "the further consideration of the subject to another generation..." The minority report, written by Bascom and also signed by David Dudley Field, supported the admittance of women.