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An Act Further to Amend the Acts to Incorporate the University of South Carolina.

March 3, 1869

Acts and Joint Resolutions of the General Assembly of South Carolina 1868-69, Pages 203-204.

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of' the State of South Carolina, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, The Board of Trustees of the University of South Carolina shall hereafter consist of seven members, who shall be elected on joint ballot by the General Assembly, and shall hold their offices for the term of four years and until their successors shall be appointed, no one of whom, during his continuance in oflice, shall be in any other manner connected with the University. Neither the said Board of Trustees, nor the Faculty of the University, shall make any distinction in the admission of students or the management of the University on account of race, color or creed.

SEC. 2. The Board of Trustees, when elected, shall meet at Columbia at such time and place as the Governor shall, by summons, direct, and the Governor of the State shall be the President of the Board of Trustees by virtue of his office; in his absence the Board shall elect one of their own number to act as President. The stated meetings of the Board shall be held at least once in three months; but the President of the Board shall have power to assemble it at any time in extra meeting, and it shall be his duty to do so whenever requested by the Faculty of the University; any five of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

SEC. 3. The tuition fees to be paid by the students in the several schools shall hereafter be as follows: For entrance into the school of law or medicine, fifty dollars, with the privilege of entering any of the other schools, upon the payment of fifteen dollars for each school; for entrance into three or more of the other schools, fifteen dollars for each school; for entrance into any two of the other schools (if a student shall enter but two), twenty dollars; and for entrance into any one of the other schools (if a student shall enter but one), twenty-five dollars. The tuition fees shall be paid into the treasury of the University in advance, and shall be set apart and known as “the tuition fund.”

SEC. 4. To each of the Professors shall be paid, from the Treasury of the State, quarterly, an annual salary of two thousand dollars, and to the demonstrator of anatomy an annual salary of one thousand dollars. There shall also be paid to each Professor, from “the tuition fund,” as additional salary, the sum of five hundred dollars, which shall be paid at the expiration of the University term. If the tuition fund shall not be sufficient therefore, the Treasurer shall apportion the same among the Professors, and should there be, at the expiration of any University term, a surplus of “the tuition fund,” it shall be passed by the Treasurer into the University fund, to be applied, under the direction of the Trustees, to the general purposes of the University.

SEC. 5. The Trustees shall have authority to assign any Professor to additional duties in any other school or schools without additional salary. All Professors shall be members of the Faculty of the University; and one of the members shall be chosen annually, by a vote of the Faculty, to act as Chairman of the Faculty.

SEC. 6. When the first election of the Board of Trustees shall take place, under the provisions of this Act, the offices of those who now constitute the Board of Trustees shall cease and determine. All vacancies in the Board of Trustees shall be filled by appointment of the Governor.

SEC. 7. There shall be admitted to the University one student annually from each County in the State, who shall be entitled to entrance into as many as three of the schools, not including either the school of law or medicine, without the payment of tuition fees. Such student shall be appointed by the Governor, on the nomination of the delegation in the General Assembly from the County in which the students shall respectively reside; the nomination to be made by the delegation in accordance with such regulations as the Governor may prescribe: Provided, That every student thus appointed shall show, upon examination before the Faculty, the degree of proficiency required of other students for admission into the University, and shall be otherwise admissible, according to the regulations governing the University.

SEC. 8. The Board of Trustees shall have the authority to establish, in connection with the State University, a preparatory school, under such rules and regulations as they may think best to adopt: Provided, That a course in the University shall not be made a condition of admission into said school: And provided, further, That said school shall at no time receive any pecuniary aid from the State.

SEC. 9. All Acts or parts of Acts inconsistent with the provisions of this Act are hereby repealed.

D. T. CORBIN and CHAS. W. MONTGOMERY, Presidents of the Senate.
FRANKLIN J. MOSES, Jr., Speaker of the House of Representatives.
ROBERT K. SCOTT, Governor.

Approved: March 3, 1869.

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