During the early 1900s, hazing of freshmen was gradually replaced by milder ways of keeping the new boys aware of their low status on campus. Freshmen caps, which first year men were required to wear at all times, were introduced in 1920. The caps had to be worn all year long unless the freshman were victorious in the sophomore-freshmen day contest, usually consisting of a football game or other athletic contests held in the Fall.
In 1921, the student body voted to abolish hazing and in 1923 the Freshmen Court of Control was established. This organization, consisting of eight upperclassmen, composed a list of rules and regulations to govern the freshmen’s behavior. Any freshman suspected of violating these rules was tried, and if found guilty, punished by additional restrictions. The student government in 1968-69 abolished the Court of Control and the use of freshman caps.
Author: Dustin Edge
Date: May 2001
Cite as: Edge, Dustin. “Hazing” Davidson Encyclopedia May 2001.https://digitalprojects.davidson.edu/omeka/s/encyclopedia/page/hazing