A High Tone of Morality Will Prevail Within These Walls

Colby Bicentennial Seal 1813-1863

July 25, 1831

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July 25, 1831

Students should not be reluctant to testify against other students. And those who do should not be shunned or worse.

That was the report of the Committee on College Discipline, which came to the Trustees and asked that the College take the problem seriously and discipline violators to the full extent of College laws. Trustees agreed, passing a resolution intended to serve as a warning to “Any young men of vicious character, the sons of misrule,” who might take retribution against a student who testifies against an offender.

Whereas in all colleges there is found among students a strong reluctance to giving testimony before the Government against their fellow students, and usually an appalling odium is cast on those who do this; and whereas the good of our Colleges urgently demands that false delicacy on this subject should be sternly discountenanced, the Trustees recommend to the executive government a rigid adherance to the 12th section of the 6th chapter of the College laws.

Submission to Law is honourable and indicative of a truly noble spirit. We would hope that the students of this College will be distinguished for this spirit, that a high tone of morality will prevail within these walls, and that vice, of every description, will be frowned upon.

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