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Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA). Faculty Committee on Fraternities Box 30, 1951 - 1971

Identifier: RG3-1-2-043

Scope and Contents

The first file contains information on the American Commons Club, a fraternity founded nationally in 1921 and which sparked the Davidsonian version, Campus Club. Correspondence file 1956 contains information on dancing at Davidson. Correspondence file 1958 contains information on faculty regulations of fraternities. Information on sophomore rush and after-dark regulations are found in correspondence files 1960-1961. The proposals made by the 12 presidents of the Davidson College fraternities involving pledging are found in correspondence files 1962. Information on punishment of the various fraternities for violating college rules is found in the 1963-1964 files. Information on the Evaluation of the fraternities to determine if fraternities should continue to exist on the Davidson campus can be found in correspondence files 1965-1966. Information on the Campus Club can be found in correspondence file 1967. The Minutes cover 1961 to 1969 with some gaps. The 1965 minutes also include a series of minutes from the Interfraternity Council. The minutes for 1969 document the self-abolition of the committee. The Freshman Rushing Poll file contains information regarding a typical freshman's outlook on rushing and some response evoked by this ritual. Several files are set aside for the National Interfraternity Council, which was involved in helping Davidson evaluate its fraternities. The Pledge Rushing Poll was administered to all pledging students and the result of the poll is included in the files. The Recommendations and Final Report of the committee are located in the corresponding files. Finally, each fraternity on campus was solicited for information in order that the committee could better understand the role of fraternities on campus. This information is found in the files pertaining to the individual fraternities. Of particular interest is the file on "Delta Kappa Epsilon" and "Delta Tau Delta." Both of these files show evidence that the committee solicited information in order to try and establish chapters of these fraternities on the Davidson campus. It is interesting because this came at a time when fraternities were undergoing severe scrutinization and were even being considered "done away with."


  • Creation: 1951 - 1971


Biographical / Historical

This committee, which was also known as the Committee on the College Union, Fraternities, and Clubs and the Faculty Committee on Fraternities, Social Life and Clubs, was established to study and investigate the role of fraternities on the Davidson College Campus. Next, the committee evaluated the role of Fraternities in order to determine if they should continue to exist at Davidson College. Then, the committee made necessary recommendations regarding this evaluation and produced a final report on their findings.


3 boxes (61 folders)