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An Act to Incorporate the Grounds of Trinity College as Trinity College Park, and an Act to Amend the Charter of Trinity College so as to Provide for the Admission of Students to Share in the Government Thereof.

1891 Private Laws: Chapter 263

Private Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1891 - Pages 1238-1239.

The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact:

Section 1. The grounds of Trinity College adjacent to the city of Durham in the county of Durham, North Carolina, are hereby incorporated under the charter of the college as Trinity College Park, and shall have the benefit of and be subject to all the provisions of law in reference to the government of municipal communities as set forth in chapter sixty-two (62) [of The] Code of North Carolina not inconsistent with this Act and not inconsistent with the purposes of said college as defined in its charter granted to the board of trustees of Trinity College.

Sec. 2. The geographical limits of said park shall embrace the sixty-two-and-a-half acres of land in Durham County now owned by Trinity College and such other lands adjoining or adjacent thereto as may from time to time come into the possession of said board of trustees and be used for the purposes of the college, and also such other lands not adjacent as may be owned by and set apart for the express use of the college.

Sec. 3. The officers of said park shall consist of a mayor, three commissioners and a constable, to be elected on the first Monday of May, eighteen hundred and ninety-two, and annually thereafter.

Sec. 4. The qualified voters in the election of said officers shall be all residents within the limits of said park who are entitled to vote under the laws of the state of North Carolina and of the United States. The mode of election shall not be inconsistent with said laws.

Sec. 5. Said park shall be open to public use, as such subject to such regulations and restrictions as the legally constituted commissioners may from time to time enact, and the entire population resident thereon shall in any official enumeration district as part of the population of the city of Durham, so far as the provisions of this section of this Act shall not be inconsistent with the government of the college as hereinafter defined.

Sec. 6. The jurisdiction of the municipal officers herein provided for shall also extend to the enforcement of the authority of the governing powers of the college.

Sec. 7. In order to provide for the better government of the college under its charter, the government of the college shall be in loco parentis so far only as said governing relates to that portion of the students of the college who have not been admitted to full standing into the junior or the senior classes or into any of the professional schools of the college.

Sec. 8. It shall furthermore be provided that all minor members of the junior and senior classes and all members not of age of the professional schools, who shall have complied fully with the requirements for admission thereto, are hereby constituted a self-governing body to be known as the lower council, whose rules of government and acts of discipline must, to be valid and binding, have the approval of the majority of the upper council, which shall be composed of all such citizens among the faculty and officers of the college, and all students thereof having attained the age of twenty-one years or over, over all of which rules and acts the president of the college, as the authorized representative of the board of trustees, shall have an absolute veto. Any or all such laws or Acts may at any time be declared null and void by vote of the board of trustees.

Sec. 9. This Act shall be in force from its ratification by the general assembly and acceptance by the board of trustees of Trinity College.

Ratified the 7th day of March, A.D. 1891.

Daniel G. Fowle, Governor
Thomas M. Holt, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate
Rufus A. Doughton, Speaker of the House of Representatives

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, June 13, 1891.

I, Octavius Coke, Secretary of State, hereby certify that the fore-
going are true copies of the original acts and resolutions on file in
this office.

Octavius Coke,
Secretary of State.

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