Faculty Kills Last Hope For New Parietal Rules
Council's Parietal Petition for 11 p.m. Weekend Permission Ends With Faculty Decision
Hopes for parietal rule revision died yesterday as the University's highest court of appeal turned thumbs down on the Council's recommendation for liberalization of room permissions.
In the meeting yesterday afternoon the faculty upheld the Administrative Board's refusal to extend room permissions to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Dean Bender brought up the Council's proposal and the Board's rejection at the meeting and a short discussion ensued.
It was the third topic on the docket and Bender was asked to report on "the parietal regulations on entertainment of woman guests in college dormitories." It is seldom that such a purely undergraduate matter is placed on the agenda of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The faculty has the seldom used power to ask the Administrative Board to reconsider its decisions.
This is the final step in the train of events initiated by a letter to the House-masters October 4 written by Council President Richard M. Sandler '52 and six House Committee chairmen requesting extension of parietal rules. Five days later the Council approved the petition, and the Housemasters followed suit October 18, although they were silent as to their decision until the Administrative Board met.
In an editorial, The Dartmouth criticized the administration's feeling an "inescapable responsibility" to protect student morals and not allow the student some responsibility for his own conduct. "The only inescapable responsibility of any college administration," the editorial said, "is to see that its students grow in responsibility themselves."