1850* Laws of Beloit College, ch. 4, § 2.

“…Therefore, no student shall be allowed to have in his room, spirituous, vinous or malt liquor; to play at cards, dice, or any similar game; to use or keep upon the College premises, fire-arms, or gunpowder; to attend assemblies for dancing or theatrical amusements; or to give or attend convivial entertainments, either in students’ rooms or in public houses….”

Full Text: 1850, Beloit College

The Laws of Beloit College (s.l.: s.n., 1850*), 4. Chapter 4—Of the Deportment of the Students, § 2.

*The publication date is not on the monograph itself, and sources differ. Some give the vague date of 185? (i.e., eighteen-fifty-“something”); others plainly state 1850.

1865 Laws of Brown University, § 5, no. 4.

    “No student is permitted to use camphene or any burning fluid, to keep in his room gunpowder, fire arms, or any dangerous weapon, or any intoxicating liquor, or allow noise or any disturbance in his apartment.”

Full Text: 1865, Brown University

The Laws of Brown University (Providence, RI: Knowles, Anthony & Co., 1865), 16-17. § 5—Of Discipline, no. 4.

1839 Laws Of Middlebury College, ch. 7, §§ 1, 11.


    1. If any student shall be guilty of blasphemy, or robbery, fornication, theft, forgery, duelling, or any other crime for which an infamous punishment may be inflicted by the laws of the State, he shall be expelled…

    11. No student is allowed to keep any kind of fire-arms or gunpowder in his room or in any part of the College buildings, nor to fire a gun or pistol within or near said buildings.”

Full Text: 1839, Middlebury College

The Laws Of Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT: People’s Press, 1839), 16-18. Chapter 7—Of Crimes and Misdemeanors, §§ 1, 11.

1878, Laws of Williams College, ch. 3, § 3.

“No student shall have or keep any gunpowder or fire-arms in his room, or in any building or other place on College grounds; nor shall he at any time use gunpowder or fire-arms within half a mile of the College grounds.”

Full Text: 1878, Williams College

Laws of Williams College, Authorized by the Trustees at Their Meeting in July, 1878 (North Adams, MA: James T. Robinson & Son, 1878), 13. Chapter 3—Of Deportment and Discipline, § 3.

1855, The Laws and Regulations of Amherst College, ch. 9, § 7.


VII. In no case shall a student bring into the College premises, any cannon, musket, pistol, or other species of fire-arms, or any gunpowder in any mode of preparation; and in no case, in term time, shall any student be concerned in the discharge of any fire-arms or fire-works in the town of Amherst.”

Full Text: 1855, Amherst

The Laws and Regulations of Amherst College (Amherst, MA: William Faxon, 1855), 16. Chapter 9—Damages and Repairs, § 7.


1825, Statutes and Laws of the University in Cambridge, ch. 7, § 76, no. 3.


76. High offences may be punished at the discretion of the Faculty with any of the College punishments…
The following are deemed high offences:

3. Keeping any gun, pistol, or gun-powder, or firing or using the same in the town of Cambridge.—Being concerned in any bonfire, fireworks, or unauthorized illuminations.—Being an actor or spectator at any theatrical entertainment in term

Full Text: 1825, Cambridge

Statutes and Laws of the University in Cambridge, Massachusetts (Cambridge, MA: Hilliard and Metcalf, 1825), 23. Chapter—7, § 76, no. 3.

1819, Laws of the College of New Jersey, ch. 17, § 9; ch. 19, § 10.



…9. Any student convicted of sending or receiving a challenge to fight a duel, or who shall carry such challenge, or be a second in a duel, or in any wise aid or abet it, shall immediately be dismissed by the faculty, and as soon as practicable expelled by the trustees.”



…10. No student shall keep for his use or pleasure any horse or riding beast; nor shall any student keep a dog, or gun, or fire-arms and ammunition of any kind, nor any sword, dirk, sword-cane, or any deadly weapon whatever.”

Full Text: 1819, College of NJ

Laws of the College of New Jersey; Revised, Amended, and Adopted by the Board of Trustees, April 14th, 1819 (Trenton, NJ: George Sherman, 1819), 21-26. Chapter 17—Of Religious Worship and Moral Conduct, § 9; Chapter 19—Miscellaneous Regulations, § 10. Adopted April 14th, 1819.

N.B. “The College of New Jersey” here refers to what is now Princeton Universitynot the current College of New Jersey.

1824, Laws of the Columbian College, ch. 5, § 2, no. 10.

“10th. No student shall keep a servant, nor shall he keep fire arms, or any deadly weapon whatever. He shall bring no gun-powder upon the College premises; nor shall horses or dogs be kept by students for their private use or pleasure.”

Full Text: 1824, Columbian College

Laws of the Columbian College in the District of Columbia (Washington City, D.C.: The Columbian Office, North E Street, 1824), 10. Chapter 5—Students, § 2—Religious and Moral Deportment, no. 10.


1824, Laws of Harvard College, ch. 6, § 1, no. 2.


    1. For either of the following offences, Students may be punished by any of the college censures, at the discretion of the Immediate Government, viz.

    (1.) Profane language; intoxication; falsehood; gaming; extravagance; dissipation; indecency in language, dress, or behaviour; the offering of violence to the person or the chamber of a student; also violations of the respect due to the instructers and officers of the College.

    (2.) Making or being present at any festive entertainment, except at Commencement season, or on Exhibition days with the permission of the President; or going into any tavern or victualling house in Cambridge for the purpose of eating or drinking.

    Making noises to the disturbance of the College, or of any of the inhabitants of the town.

    Having any concern in bonfires, fire-works, or illuminations.

    Being an actor or spectator in any theatrical entertainment, or being present at any ball, assembly, or party of pleasure, in term time, without leave from the President, at the request of a parent, guardian, or patron.

    Playing at cards or dice.

    Buying, selling, or bartering books, apparel, furniture, or any other property, without leave from the President, or a written permission from a parent or guardian.

    Keeping a gun or pistol, or gunpowder, or firing a gun or pistol.”

Full Text: 1824, Harvard

Laws of Harvard College, for the Use of the Students (Cambridge, MA: Hilliard and Metcalf, 1824), 15-16. Chapter 6—Misdemeanors and Criminal Offences, § 1, no. 2.

1859, Code of Laws for the Government of La Grange Synodical College, ch. 10, §§ 2-9.


    SEC. 2. No student shall be condemned without an opportunity for explanation of his conduct.
    SEC. 3. Any student charged and proved guilty of carrying about his person, or keeping in his possession, fire-arms, or any deadly weapon, shall be suspended.
    SEC. 4. A student using, or threatening to use, a weapon in a quarrel, shall be expelled.
    SEC.  5. A student sending, or accepting, or bearing a challenge in a duel, shall be expelled.
    SEC.  6. A student guilty of a flagrant offence against morality shall be expelled.
    SEC.  7. No student shall be permitted to keep a pistol or gun, or other deadly weapon, at his room, under any circumstances.
    SEC.  8. Students may not use a gun in hours of recreation, for hunting, without permission from the President.
    SEC.  9. All guns owned by students (save those who reside with their parents) must be deposited with the President, and kept under his control…”

Full Text: 1859, La Grange Synodical College

Code of Laws for the Government of La Grange Synodical College, La Grange, Tennessee (s.l. : s.n., 1859), 12. Chapter 10—Discipline, §§ 2-9.

Eighteenth Annual Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the Albion Female College, and Wesleyan Seminary 32 (1860-1861)

PROHIBITIONS. . . . Gunpowder, firearms, or deadly weapons of any kind on the premises. 

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Laws of Illinois College, 1850, in Transactions of the Illinois State Historical Society for the Year 1906, at 245

Chapter XII. Of Crimes and Immoralities. 

Sec. 5. No student shall carry deadly weapons upon his person, on penalty of admonition, dismission or expulsion, according to the aggravation of the offense. 

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The Laws of Kemper College, Near St. Louis, Missouri 9 (1840)

Chapter VIII. Miscellaneous. . . .

6. No Student shall keep arms of any sort, or keep or fire powder on the College premises.

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Law of the University of Nashville for the moral conduct of the students, in American Annals of Education and Instruction for the Year 1837, at 185 (1837)

No student shall bring, or cause to be brought into College, or, on any occasion, keep in his room, any spirituous or fermented liquors; nor any fire-arms or ammunition of any kind; nor a sword, dirk, sword-cane or any deadly weapon whatever, upon penalty of such censure or punishment as the Faculty may judge the offence to deserve. 

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Constitution & Laws of the Institution of Learning Under the Care of the Mississippi Presbytery, Oakland College (Miss.), at 10 (1831)

Chapter XI. Of Misdemeanors, Offences and Punishments. 

Sec. 1. Neglect of study-interrupting the studies of others-profaneness-playing at games of cards or chance-duelling, or aiding or abetting it-wearing or carrying a dirk or other deadly weapon-intemperance in any degree-keeping company with persons of known immoral character-resorting to places of expensive amusement, & every other species of immoral conduct, of which the Faculty are the sole judges, are offences; and shall be punished as hereinafter directed.

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Laws and Regulations of the College of William and Mary, Volume 276 (1830)

Regulations of the Society.

29. Students are strictly forbidden to keep, or to have about their person, any dirk, sword or pistol. Firing squibs or crackers in and about College or elsewhere is also strictly forbidden.

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The statutes of Dickinson College, as revised and adopted by the Board of Trustees, April 16, 1830, 22-23

Chapter VI. Of the deportment of the students, of misdemeanors and their punishment

Section 1. . . . 12.–If any student shall keep for his use or pleasure any riding beast, dog, gun, fire arms or ammunition, sword-dirk, sword-cane, or any deadly weapon whatever, or shall ride out unless the Principal may think his health or any special circumstance may require it, and grant him permission to do so, he shall be publicly admonished, suspended, or dismissed. 

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Franklin Bowditch Dexter, Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College: May 1745-May 1763, Annals, at 8 (1745)

14. If any Scholar Shall keep a Gun or Pistol, or Fire one in the College-Yard or College, or Shall Go a Gunning, Fishing, or Sailing, or Shall Go more than Two Miles from College upon any Occasion whatsoever : or Shall be Present at any Court, Election, Town-Meeting, Wedding or Meeting of young People for Diversion or any Such-like Meeting which may Occasion Mispence of precious Time without Liberty first obtain’d from the President or his Tutor, in any of the cases abovesaid he Shall be fined not exceeding Two Shillings. 

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A Copy of the Laws of Harvard College, 1655, at 10

Thirdly concerneing penall lawes. . . .

8. No undergraduate shall buy, sell, barter, or exchange books, apparrell or any thing of considerable value ; but by the leave of the President or his Tutor, Guardian or Parent, or If he shall sell or pawne any thing to any scholler, the President shall make the bargaine and admoni[sh] [the] student noe students shall be suffered to have [a g]un in his or theire chambers or studies, or keepeing for theire use any where else in the town, or If they be found to have such by the President or Theire Tutors, then they shall be admonished by the President or theire Tutors to put it away : which If they shall refuse to doe, the President shall have power to take it quite away from them, and If they resist the President herein, they shall upon due proofe be expelled out of the Colledge by the advise of the Colledge overseers : the same penalty is appointed to any student that shall make resistance against or offer violence unto the President or fellows.

Full Text: Internet Archive