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§ 3. College Discipline.
To some extent the discipline of a College or Hall covers the same ground as that of the University ; but it differs from it inasmuch as from the nature of the case it is more domestic in its character, allowing in some respects of closer restraint, and in others of greater elasticity. Every College and Hall has its own special code, and its own special mode of administering it; but there are certain general regulations which, with slight varieties of detail, are common to almost all Colleges and Halls, and which can therefore be stated here.
(1) All Undergraduates are required to commence their residence in each Term on a certain day, to reside during the prescribed length of time (usually eight weeks), and not to leave Oxford without having obtained leave from the Head or Vicegerent of their College or Hall.
(2) They are required, unless specially exempted, to attend certain lectures. The number of lectures which are thus required varies so much that no general rule can be laid down, but when once an Undergraduate has been requested to attend a particular course he must either send a valid excuse to the Lecturer, or attend under pain of censure.
(3) They are usually expected, but not compelled, to attend the chapel of the College or Hall at least once a day, a certain proportion of such attendances being at morning chapel. At the Halls the rules as to attendance at chapels are prescribed by the Statuta Aularia of the University; they are to the effect that in every Hall prayers out of the Book of Common Prayer must be read every day, and that all members of the Hall must attend. But in both Colleges and Halls those who are not members of the Church of England are in all cases exempted; and in the following Colleges attendance is either alternative or voluntary:
At Balliol, Undergraduates must attend either chapel or roll-call in the College hall on five mornings in every week during Term. On Sundays they are expected, but not compelled, to attend chapel.
At Merton and New College, Undergraduates are expected to attend chapel twice on Sundays, and, during the week, either to attend chapel or to present themselves at roll-call at 8 A.M. on at least four mornings.
At Corpus, attendance at chapel is not enforced by any penalty,
(4) The gates of Colleges and Halls are usually closed at 9.10 P.M. (at Christ Church 9.15 P.M., at St. Mary Hall 10 P.M.): after that hour no one is allowed, without special permission, to leave his College or Hall, and a small fine is imposed upon those who come in. Lodging-house keepers are required to close their doors at 10 P.m., and to keep a list of all who go out or come into their houses after that hour. No Undergraduate is allowed to remain out of either College or lodgings after midnight without the special permission of the Head of his College or Hall: and any Undergraduate who without leave passes a night away from his College or his lodgings, renders himself liable to a severe penalty.
(5) Undergraduates are not allowed to enter their names for University Examinations without the consent of their Tutor : they are usually required to pass such Examinations within certain prescribed limits of time; and they are usually also required to pass certain examinations in the College or Hall itself.
At University, Responsions must be passed within the first two Terms. All Undergraduate members of the College are required to read for Honours in some one Final School, and, unless specially permitted to do otherwise, for Honours in either Classics or Mathematics at Moderations.
At Balliol, all University Examinations must be passed, unless special permission be given to do otherwise, at the earliest opportunity. There is a College examination at the end of each Term, at which every Undergraduate member of the College is expected to bring up a portion of his work for Moderations or one of the Final Schools, as the case may be. At each of such examinations he is also liable to be examined in the work of previous examinations: the merit of his work in each subject is denoted by a class-letter, A, B, C, or D. · At Merton, Responsions must be passed within the first two Terms of standing, Pass Moderations within the first eight Terms. There is a terminal College examination, at which prizes are awarded.
At Exeter, Responsions must be passed within the first year of residence, Pass Moderations not later than the tenth Term of standing. A College examination is held at the end of each Term, the result of which is shown by a class-list.' All who are placed in the first class receive a prize of books.
At Oriel, all University Examinations must be passed not later than the second opportunity. There is a terminal College examination.
At Queen's, Responsions must be passed by the end of the fourth, and Pass Moderations by the end of the twelfth Term. (I) There is a terminal College examination. (2) All Classical Scholars of the College and Hastings' Exhibitioners who have not passed Moderations are required twice a year to pass an examination in portions of their Moderations' work; the Tutors offer a prize of books to the person who passes the best examination ; any member of the College who has not passed Moderations is allowed to compete. (3) Prizes are offered annually for Greek or Latin, and for English, composition.
At New College, all University Examinations must, as a rule, be passed at the earliest opportunity, and every Undergraduate must read for Honours in some one School."
At Magdalen, all University Examinations must, as a rule, be passed on the earliest opportunity. There is a terminal College examination. Prizes are offered annually for Greek and Latin Composition, Modern History, and Natural Science. - At Brasenose, Responsions must be passed within the first year. There is a terminal College examination, in which candidates are arranged in four classes. Prizes are occasionally awarded for essays.
At Corpus, there are College Examinations at the end of each Term. All University Examinations must be passed, unless special leave be given to the contrary, as early as possible. All members of the College are expected to seek Honours in at least one School.
At Christ Church, Responsions must be passed before the end of the second Term of residence, Moderations within eight Terms of standing, and all Examinations required for the Degree of B.A. by the end of their fourteenth Term of standing, except in the case of Candidates for Honours. Every Undergraduate is required to pass a College examination once a year : those who pass are arranged in classes, and prizes are awarded, subject to certain regulations.
At Trinity, it is expected that Undergraduates should offer themselves for all University Pass Examinations at the earliest opportunity. There is a terminal College examination.
At St. John's, all Examinations must be passed not later than the second opportunity. There is a terminal College examination. ..
At Wadham, Undergraduates are required to pass Responsions, and (except Candidates for Honours) Moderations, at the earliest opportunity, unless from some special reason to the contrary. If any one has not passed Responsions before the end of his first year, and Moderations before the end of his second, his name is removed from the College books. Undergraduates who are not Candidates for Honours are required to pass all Examinations necessary for the Degree of B.A. before the end of their fourteenth Term.
At Pembroke, Undergraduates are required to Pass Responsions not later than their sixth Term, and Pass Moderations not later than their twelfth Term. There is a terminal College examination.
At Worcester, Responsions must be passed before the end of the first year; and if an “ Undergraduate fails to Pass Moderations on his third opportunity he must discontinue residence, if he fails on the second opportunity subsequent he must remove his name from the College books." There is a terminal College examination.
At St. Mary Hall there is a terminal Hall examination.
At Keble, Responsions must, under ordinary circumstances, be passed by the end of the second Term, Moderations by the end of the eighth, and the Final Schools by the end of the sixteenth. Those who read for Honours in any School are, in regard to that School, exempt from this rule. Each Undergraduate is examined in Collections at least once before each of his University Examinations : there are also Honour Collections, at which prizes of books are awarded to Honour men.
§ 4. Disciplinary Regulations of the Delegates of
1. The usual residence of students is not less than eight weeks in each of the Michaelmas and Lent Terms, and eight in the Easter and Trinity Terms taken together; this residence must be within dates fixed by the Delegates. If any student desires to reside a shorter period in any Term; or to be entirely nonresident for a Term; or to reside during any vacation; he must obtain the previous permission of the Delegates.
2. The students as soon as possible after their arrival in Oxford in each Term, are expected to call on the Censors at their office (between the hours of 10 and 12 A.M.) to report themselves, and to be directed as to their studies.
3. They must also call at the end of each Term in order to obtain leave to go down,
4. No student is to engage lodgings without the sanction of the Delegates first obtained.
5. All students who are out of their lodgings after 10 P.M. are reported to the Delegates by the lodging-house keepers. If out after midnight they will be required to account for themselves.
6. Any student who wishes to offer himself for any University Examination, must apply to the Censors for the necessary form, and must not give in his name to the Proctor without their approval: nor may he withdraw his name from the Proctor's list without first consulting them.
7. At the beginning of Term, the dues (£1 25. 6d.) must be paid to the Delegates; the dues for the Michaelmas quarter must be paid before the end of Act Term.
Service is held in the chapel adjoining St. Mary's Church at 9.30 every Sunday morning in full Term; this Service concludes in time for students to go to the University Sermon at 10.30. Attendance is voluntary.