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An Act to Carry into Effect Certain Provisions of the Constitution of the State in Regard to the University.

1881 Public Laws: Chapter 141

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1881 - Pages 290-293.

Whereas, The constitution of this state, by section sixth, chapter ninth, provides that the general assembly shall have authority to provide for the maintenance and management of the University of North Carolina;

And whereas, By article ninth and section seventh of the constitution, it is made the duty of the general assembly, as soon as practicable, to provide that the benefits of the University shall be extended to the youth of the state free of charge for tuition;

And whereas, By article ninth, section fourteenth of the constitution, it is made the duty of the general assembly to establish and maintain in connection with the University, a department of agriculture, of mechanics, of mining and of normal instruction;

And whereas, Twelve years having elapsed since the adoption of the foregoing provisions of the constitution, in the opinion of the general assembly, it is now practicable, and it therefore becomes their duty to the extent hereinafter mentioned, to carry the same into effect;

And whereas, An efficient system of public schools cannot be obtained without competent teachers for the same, and it is of vast importance to the well-being of the state that its young men of all pursuits shall be able to secure the advantages of higher education as cheaply as possible; therefore,

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. That sum of five thousand dollars shall be and is hereby appropriated out of any moneys in the treasury not otherwise appropriated, payable to the treasurer of the trustees of the University of North Carolina in equal semi-annual installments, on the first days of April and October of each and every year, beginning on the first day of April, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-one.

Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the trustees of the University to use said appropriation, as far as may be practicable, in carrying into effect the above recited sections of the constitution, and particularly they shall provide such advanced instruction as may enable their students to learn the art of teaching in the University normal school, and to be well qualified to become teachers of the schools of the state.

Sec. 3. No person shall be appointed as a county student in the University of North Carolina under the Act of the general assembly ratified February eleventh, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-seven, chapter second [not found by this Author], unless it shall be proved to the satisfaction of the board of commissioners of said county, by the oaths of the applicant and of one or more credible witnesses, which shall be by affidavit in writing, to be kept in the office of said board, that neither said applicant, nor his guardian, nor parents, or either of them, has the requisite means to pay his tuition and room rent at the University, that he is a citizen of the state and a resident of said county, and that he is of good moral character and capacity for usefulness. The said appointment shall be revocable, if at any time the board shall be satisfied that the facts sworn to, or either of them, are untrue, or that the applicant, or his guardian, or parents, or either of them, shall have become able to pay such tuition and room rent. If the faculty of the University shall become satisfied that said student is not really entitled, they shall, after ten days' notice given to the said student, bring the facts to the attention of the board, and ask that his appointment be revoked, which it shall be the duty of the board to do, if satisfied of the truth of the allegations. If any student shall obtain the county appointment as aforesaid without being entitled thereto, he shall be liable to pay tuition and room rent to the same extent as if the appointment had not been made, and if he be a minor, his father or guardian shall be liable to pay the same.

Sec. 4. The trustees shall require each student who may receive tuition free of charge at the University, to promise in writing to teach in some school in the state after leaving the University, for a period of time of at least half the length of that during which he may receive such free tuition at the University.

Sec. 5. That the state board of education be directed to establish other normal schools than those at Fayetteville and the University, and that the sum of two thousand dollars per annum is hereby appropriated for such schools for white teachers, and the sum of two thousand dollars for such schools for colored teachers authorized by this Act, in addition to the appropriation heretofore made for normal schools: Provided, however, That the number of schools shall not be less than four for each color.

Sec. 6. This Act shall be in force from and after its ratification.

In the general assembly read three times, and ratified this the 1st day of March, A.D. 1881.

Thomas J. Jarvis, Governor
Charles M. Cooke, Speaker of the House of Representatives
James L. Robinson, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, May 14th, 1881.

I, William L. Saunders, Secretary of State, hereby
certify that the foregoing are true copies of the original
acts and resolutions on file in this office.

William L. Saunders,
Secretary of State.

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