of the College of Arts and Sciences together with this resolution be transmitted to the Board of Trustees.

It has been the custom at the beginning of each college year for the Secretary of the University Faculty to send to each fraternity a reminder of the action taken by the fraternity conference on November 9th, 1899, in regard to the avoidance of practices in connection with initiatory exercises which might possibly result in bodily or mental barm to initiates. This reminder has in many cases been received by the fraternity to which it was addressed and placed upon file without being brought to the attention of the individual members of the fraternity. On January 4th, 1907, the University Faculty requested the President to appoint a committee of three to advise means for the enforcement of the present legislation regarding fraternity initiations and to recommend such further legislation as may be deemed advisable. On February 8th, 1907, the committee so appointed recommended the annual transmission of the following form of pledge to each fraternity in the University : "That the Chapter of the

Fraternity hereby pledges itself to hold no initiatory exercises outside of the club house and to refrain from any ceremonies that might endanger the body or mind of the initiate, or might otherwise be prejudicial to the good name and welfare of the fraternity itself or of the University at large.

The recommendation of the committee was adopted. It was further resolved that it be a regular part of the Secretary's duty to transmit annually the foregoing pledge-form to each fraternity with a request that the fraternity take action on the same, which action it shall then become the duty of the Secretary to communicate to this Faculty.

In my report for 1903-1904 (PP. VIII-IX), I stated that a number of students in the New York State College of Forestry at the time of its discontinuance entered other schools of Forestry and were granted the degree of Forest Engineer from Cornell University on completion of their studies in the schools which they entered after leaving Cornell. Seven students received the degree of Forest Engineer from Cornell University under these circumstances, all of whom had completed three full years of work in Cornell University. One student, who had completed two years of work in Cornell University and two in the Yale Forestry School of Yale University, asked to receive the degree of Forest Engineer from Cornell University on the same terms as the seven above mentioned students. As

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the question involved both the Board of Trustees and the Uviversity Faculty in regard to the questions of equity and educational policy, the case was referred to a joint committee of the Board of Trustees and of the University Faculty, and upon the recommendation of this committee the University Faculty recommended to the Board of Trustees the conferring of the degree as in previous cases.

Ever since the organization of the University Faculty it has held its meetings on the first Friday of each month at 5:00 P. M., immediately after the meeting of the Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences held in the same place at 4:00 P. M. As the majority of the members of the University Faculty are also members of the Faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences, this arrangement has been convenient in many respects. Often, however, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences has been unable to complete its business within the hour between 4:00 and 5:00, and the University Faculty has frequently been unable to transact its business within an hour. It is difficult to find a convenient hour for special meetings, and the business of the Faculty has suffered from want of time for leisurely and thorough discussion. In view of these facts, the University Faculty voted on the 3rd of May, 1907, that, beginning with the next academic year, the regular meetings of the University Faculty be held on the second Friday in each month at 4:00 P. M.

Respectfully submitted,


Dean of the University Faculty APPENDIX III



To the President of the University :

SIR :- I have the honor to submit here with my fifth report as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences covering the academic year 1906-1907.

In my last report it was stated that “the functions of the Dean are in a process of rapid modification” and that “the opening of Goldwin Smith Hall .. marks a most important stage in that process.” A year's experience confirms the convictions thus expressed and shows more clearly the nature and tendency of these modifications. Placing the Dean in charge of Goldwin Smith Hall has increased the administrative and supervisory duties of the position, but has not entailed a material or significant increase in the contact between the office and the teachers or departments housed in the building. In this respect the modification has been less than was anticipated. Whether the equipment of the proposed reading room with books, the change of persons in the Dean's office, or other developments now unforeseen will modify this conclusion, it is impossible yet to say.

On the other hand the transfer to Goldwin Smith Hall has greatly increased the amount and changed the character of the intercourse between the Dean and the students in the College, especially those who do much or all of their work in this building. Hitherto it has been usual and easy for the office hours of the Dean, except during the first week or two of each term, to be limited to one hour a day for five days in the week and probably not more than half of this time has been occupied by interviews with students. Most of the routine administrative business of the College has been transacted through the Registrar's office, which has been easily accessible from the Dean's office. The Registrar's office contained the only set of records for each student in the College and the large majority of questions asked by students require reference to those records. But with the transfer of the Dean's office to Goldwin Smith Hall it became necessary for this College, like the other Colleges of the University, to maintain a set of College records apart from the University records. Thereupon it became possible to answer at the Dean's office most of the questioners who had previously been referred to the Registrar. Not a little of the correspondence relating to students already admitted to the College has been transferred likewise to the Dean's office. The amount of change in this direction is best measured perhaps by a comparison of the expenditures for clerical help last year and this year. From September ist, 1905, to July 1st, 1906, those expenditures were $67.25; from September ist, 1906, to July 1st, 1907, they were $247.72, an increase of nearly four times. My impression is that the increase in the amount of my own time given to such duties has been even greater. Certainly much more than half of my time has been given to the Dean's work. The tendency has been to make the Dean's office a bureau of information for students in the College of Arts and Sciences. This change I believe to be beneficial to the College. It contributes to develop in the minds of the students the idea that there is a common center where their interests are considered, their work followed, and their inquiries answered. It is a great help to the Dean in the proper performance of his duties as chairman of the committees of the Faculty. But it is also very time consuming. The increase of this administrative work, when there is no corresponding increase in the other and in my judgment more significant duties of the position, tends to decrease the attractiveness of the office by assimilating its duties to those of the Registrar. Perhaps this tendency can be checked and the advantages of the change secured without the disadvantages. I hope my successor may find a way to secure that result.

In my last annual report I ventured to propose that the scope of the Dean's Report be widened so as to make it an annual resume of the history of the College of Arts and Sciences as a whole and in all its branches.' In your discussion of the general questiona you suggested the possibility of having “a head of the combined Arts departments.” After further thought and an experience of several weeks in our new quarters in Goldwin Smith Hall I renewed my suggestion in a modified form by means of the following letter:

1. Cornell University-the President's Report, 1905-1906, Appendix, pages XXX, XXXI.

2. Id., pages 24, 25.

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NOVEMBER 23rd, 1906
President J. G. Schurman,


Regarding the suggestion in my last report as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, that the scope of future reports shall be widened and made to cover all aspects of the work of the College of Arts and Sciences, allow me to state that since our conversation on the subject I have given it further consideration and desire to modify the suggestion as follows:

1. There is no statutory authorization, I believe, for my annual report and consequently no statutory definition of its nature and scope.

In default of such definition and of any quotable warrant for a change I do not feel at liberty to deviate materially from the scope established by uniform practice since the creation of the position of Dean.

3. The University statutes do contain provision for the annual report of the Deans and Directors of each of the professional Colleges, except that of the Professor in charge of the College of Architecture and that of the Secretary of the Ithaca Division of the Medical College.

4: The statutory provisions for these reports are substantially identical in terms. That regarding the annual report of the Dean of the College of Law may be quoted as an example. “It shall be the duty of the Dean . . to make . an annual report to the President on the condition and needs of the school.”

5. Under the circumstances it seems to me that the wisest procedure would be for the Trustees to amend the statutes by inserting a provision for the annual report of the Dean of the University Faculty and for the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

6. As a basis for discussion I propose the amendment of paragraph 5, “Directors and Deans,” in the Statute of May 26th, 1896, reorganizing the faculties of Cornell University, so that it should read as follows, the italicized words constituting the amendment which I submit:

“5. Directors and Deans.-Every College has a Director and every Faculty has a Dean. The powers and functions of Directors are fixed at the time of their appointment. Directors are also Deans

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