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Colleges Vary Policies on Sex

Poll Views


Associated Press Newsfeatures Writer
NEW YORK-Sex I-and prob-
ably II, III and IV, too-is still a
popular *ubject on the college
campus, even though it's not list-
ed in the catalogue and students'
get no credits for passing the
In fact, concerned parents will
be happy to know, most colleges
still devote considerable time and
energy to erecting a fence of rules
and regulation s between their lusty
males and nubile coeds.
The subject came up recently at
1 Harvard.
Fair Harvard, it seems, permits.
its students to entertain women in
their dormitory rooms for a total,
of 35 hours a week. There are in-
dications that some of the enter-
tainment would startle the city'
censor in nearby Boston.
"Trouble has arisen," said Dean
John U. Munro, "because what
was once considered a pleasant
privilege has come to be a license
to use the college rooms for wild
parties and sexual intercourse."
At the same time, Miss Helen
E. Clark, Dean of Women at the
University of Maryland, tightened
up rules which allow undergradu-
ate women, with permission from
their parents, to spend nights off
the campus.
"A number of instances of stu-
dent partying in apartments, con-
siderable imbibing of alcohol and
lack of moral behavior have been
drawn to our attention," Miss
Clark said.
And only this fall, tiny Earlham
College (945 students) in Rich-
mond, Ind., revoked Sunday visit-
ing privileges for men and women
students. Too many doors were be-
ing closed.
"We are on record as a place
that opposes extramarital inter-
course," Dean Eric Curtis said,
"and we see no reason why we
should provide students with a
situation where this may be pos-
Liberal MIT
Few colleges are as liberal as
the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology where women are al-
lowed to visit men's dorm rooms
58 hours a week and the only rule
is the interfraternity council sug-
gestion that "promiscuous activity
should not be permitted."
On the other hand, few are as
strict as little Mars Hill College in
Mars Hill, N.C.-known to its stu-
dent body, incidentally, as "the
buckle on the Bible Belt"-where
women are not even permitted to
enter men's dormitory buildings.
Representative of the great
number of colleges which have
found a middle ground between
MIT and Mars Hill is Union Col-
lege, near Albany, N.Y., Women
are banned from dorm rooms but
they are permitted in the social
rooms from noon to 8 p.m. on

Sunday and Friday and from noon
to 1 a.m. Saturday.
"An essential difference exists
between what students think is
fitting and proper and what their
parents think is fitting and pro-
per," says a Union College official.
"We are trying to reach a median
point but with emphasis on the
wishes of the parents."
The colleges that take the most
benign attitude toward boy-girl
relationships are concentrated
chiefly in the northeast. Some
have gotten their fingers burned.
Yale allows dorm room visits on
weekend evenings. They were per-
mitted during the week, too, until
1960 when 20 students were al-
lowed to resign or were disciplined
for importing a 14-year old girl
from a nearby town for nightly
dorm visits.
Goddard College, often describ-
ed as an "experimental" school in
Plainfield, Vt., allows coeds and
men students to mingle unchaper-
oned in dorm rooms up to 9 p.m.
Girls are never required to check
in and out of their own dorms.
"We have a few serious inci-
dents, now and then, as every
college does," Provost John Hall
says, "but generally it works out
But not well enough, apparently,
for Dean Forest K. Davis has asked
the student body to "think over"
the current visiting rules with an
eye toward changing them at the
end of the current semester.
Across the continent, at Harvey
Mudd College in Claremont, Calif.,
coed visits to dorm rooms are
permitted to midnight on Friday
and Saturday: 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Most permissive colleges require
that doors be left ajar during such
visits. But not Harvey Mudd.
Chilly Winter
"All the doors open to the out-
side," Dean Eugene Hotchkiss says.
"It would be pretty chilly in the
Dean Warner A. Wick of the
University of Chicago, where dorm
visits are allowed on weekends,
sums up the case for liberal visit-
ing privileges when he says, "For-
tunately, colleges are less often
thought of as places where chil-
dren can be sent to be safe and
out of trouble and more as places
where they will learn about the
world and themselves.
"That means taking risks, not
only with their thinking but with
what they do."
Many of the colleges that pre-
fer not to take the risks are lo-
cated in the South and Midwest.
"Old Fashioned"
"We may be old fashioned," says
Catherine Carmichael, dean of.
women at the University of North
Carolina, "but we take the view
that one little girl ought not to
be alone in one little boy's room."
(The theory that there is chas-
tity in numbers is widely held.

Johns Hopkins University, an all-
male school in Baltimore, permits
weekend dorm visits, specifying
that if one couple is present the
door must be open; if two couples
are present it may be closed but
not locked.)
"Some of these girls are a
thousand miles from their moth-
ers," says Col. Frank Hutchins of
Tampa University. "We feel we
have a certain moral responsibil-
ity to watch out for them."
Social Hours
Fraternizing between the sexes
in dormitory rooms is forbidden at
both North Carolina and Tampa
but boys and girls are permitted
to mingle occasionally in the social
The college rules have drawn
protests, support and noncommit-
tal shrugs from the students them-
At Williams College in Williams-
town, Mass., the school paper as-
sailed Harvard's Munro as "ab-
surdly righteous" and consigned
him "to the puritan heaven where
collected martyrs to their faith
peep at each other through key-
The University of Utah forbids
women to visit men's dorms en-
tirely but there is little student
protest. W. David Smith Jr., editor
of Utah's Daily Chronicle, thinks
he has discovered the reason.
"Why should they worry?" he
says. "There are plenty of places
to go off campus if they want to."
It would seem that a good num-
ber really want to.
Dr. Graham B. Blaine Jr., a psy-
chiatrist for Harvard University
health services, reported recently
that sexual relations between col-
lege men and women are on the
A 1938 survey, he said, showed
that 35 per cent of college women
were not virgins; a 1953 survey
placed the figures at 50 per cent;
a current survey shows "they have
Over the years, thoughtful col-
lege students have come up with
a choice assortment of methods of
circumventing the rules-and not
all of them are as crude as sneak-
ing away to an off-campus motel
or lovers' lane.
Vocal Fight
At the University of Rhode Is-
land several years ago a girl in-
filtrated her boy friend's room by
mixing in with visitors during a
parents' day open house. What did
they do? They got into a loud
argument that brought half the
house to their door.
And the story, possibly apo-
cryphal, is told of the time Dart-
mouth permitted girls to visit boys'
dormitory rooms, but only if a
100-watt bulb were kept burning
all the while.
One enterprising student re-
portedly made a quick financial
killing-selling 100-watt bulbs
painted black.

.S., Japan
Rights Ideal
WASHINGTON-A recent sur-
vey of the attitudes of students
in three American and three
Japanese universities toward civil
liberties has backed charges of
civil libertarians that the United
States is falling away from some
of the basic concepts of the Bill
of Rights.
The survey, conducted by Prof.
Elliott McGinnies of the Univer-
sity of Maryland, was conducted
under grants from the University
of Maryland and the Office of
Naval Research, the Washington
Post reported.
Ask Questions
Groups of 100 freshmen in each
of the universities were asked to
respond to a series of statements
about civil liberties prepared in
conjunction with the American
Civil Liberties Union.
The results of the survey tend
to support indications of a greater
concern by Japanese youth than
American youth with civil liber-
Both groups defended the prin-
ciples of freedom of speech, em-
ployment based solely on ability,
right to cross-examination and
against self-incrimination. But the
Japanese showed far more liber-
tarian views on the teaching of
religion in public schools, wire
tapping and supression of offen-
sive ideas.
New Statements
Some of the statements put to
the groups of students and their
responses were:
-The teaching of sectarian re-
ligion should be permitted in pub-
lic schools. United States, 72 per
cent agree, 16 per cent disagree;
Japan, 6 per cent agree, 83 per
cent disagree.
-Police officials should have
the right to listen in on private
phone conversations. U n it e d
States, 75 per cent agree, 15 per
cent disagree; Japan, 4 per cent
agree, 87 per cent disagree.

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Present draft
laws are being studied by the
Pentagon with an eye to their pos-
sible major revision with an early
result being the newly-ordered
testing of 18-year-old men.
Officials point out, however, that
complete abandonment of some
form of conscription is not likely
without a vastly more drastic re-
duction of military forces than can
now be expected.
Nonetheless, studies have been
undertaken on all aspects of con-
scription, including its possible
abandonment. The studies are be-
ing directed by William Gorham,
a deputy assistant secretary of de-
Escape Draft
A major objection to present
draft laws is that the broadening
of deferment possibilities has
brought charges that young men
with enough money to get married
or enter college have an advantage
over those who must go to work
immediately out of high school.
Selective Service regulations are
said to be applied differently in
different communities.
President Lyndon B. Johnson,
alarmed by the reported deficien-
cies of thousands of young Ameri-
can men, has ordered pre-
induction draft examinations given
to all eligible 18-year-old males
"as soon as possible." In the same
directive, he ordered the secre-
taries of labor and of health,
education and welfare to set up
programs to correct the personal
problems found in the examina-
Backing Johnson's action was a
report from a special task force
on manpower conservation set up
last Septembercby :the late Presi-
dent Kennedy. Of 306,000 men who
reported for preinduction exami-
nations in 1962, 49.8 percent were
disquajlified. "These youths were
found lacking in the physical,
mental or moral equipment con-

Pentagon Considers Draft Law Overhaul

sidered essential to absorb mili-
tary training and to perform
satisfactorily in our modern armed
forces," the report said.
Mind, Body
The report estimated that about
half of the rejections would be
for physical reasons and the other
half for mental reasons.
Potential inductees at present do
not receive their examinations un-
til the age of 22 or 23. Johnson
said that he is not rushing young
men into the armed forces through
the Selective Service system, but
to get the speediest possible treat-

ment for those unqualified for
Another hope in lowering the
age at which the examinations are
given is that the chances of a
man 18 years old accepting such
rehabilitation are far greater than
the chances of acceptance by a
man 22 or 23 years old. Under the
plan, rejectees will not be required
to seek out remedial services but
will be referred to public and vol-
untary rehabilitation agencies.
Some Time
"I must emphasize that early
examination will not mean early

induction," Johnson said. " There
will be no change in the present
practice of calling older regis-
trants for actual induction into
the armed forces before younger
ones are called."
Secretary of Labor W. Willard
Wirtz added that 18-year-olds
still in school or married will not
be called for the early preinduc-
tion examinations on the theory
that they probably will not be
called for service in any event. The
labor secretary also noted that
the heavily expanded examinations
would not begin until after July 1,

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