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School CP - February 1914

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Morning Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, 6 February 1914

Hazing is Ruled Out

Class Fights Also to End, Says Washington Faculty

Freshmen Need Not Wear Green Caps Longer at Seattle -- Fraternities to Be Held to Account.

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UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, Seattle, Feb. 6. (Special.) As a result of a faculty ruling there will be no more hazing of any nature at the University of Washington and with it go all class fights conducted annually between the classes, and the rules laid down by the upper classes upon the freshmen. The action comes after a deliberate consideration of the matter for the past two years. Injuries and many of them permanent have brought the Interclass contests into disrepute.

From this time on there will be no more spanking freshmen, or ducking. No freshman will be compelled to wear the traditional green cap and the annual Interclass tie-up and the pushball contest will be a thing of the past.

Fraternities will be responsible for their own conduct in the matter of initiating men and forms which border upon hazing. A form of student government under the direction of a discipline committee to be composed of members of university faculty and upper classmen students will govern student conduct and will have absolute control.

The motive for abrogating the freshmen rules set up by one of the university's honorary societies is that the contests have not in any way settled the question of underclassmen discipline, but have tended rather to stir up conflicts which in many instances resulted in serious injuries to individual students.

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