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Regulations for Students, Faculty, and Instructors

Identifier: UA372

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The Regulations for Students, Faculty, and Instructors consists of booklets and some accompanying textual material outlining the rules and regulations for governing the student body at Georgia Tech.


  • 1904-1971 (bulk 1904-1941)
  • Majority of material found within 1904 - 1941


General Physical Description note

(2 document cases)

Restrictions: Access


Restrictions: Use

Permission to publish materials from this collection must be obtained from the Head of Archives and Special Collections.


0.8 Linear Feet (2 document cases)

Scope and Contents

The content of the regulations remained similar throughout the years of its publication. The regulation booklets provided some guidance to faculty and instructors, such as reporting requirements for absences and grading, as well as disciplinary procedures. However, the bulk of the guidance was aimed at providing rules and regulations for governing the student body. Regulations aimed at the faculty and instructors often appeared as part of regulations for students. Basic categories of regulations covered throughout its publication included guidance on attendance; class standing and examinations; deficiencies; graduation requirements; rules for conduct; and thesis creation. Earlier booklets contained rules and safety regulations for work done in the shop or the mill.

As Georgia Tech grew and developed as a school, it added and expanded regulations on topics such as athletics; degrees; fraternities; registration; rewards for scholarship; ROTC (Reserve Officers' Training Corps); social activities; student organizations; summer school; and vehicles on campus. As the regulations expanded, tools such as an index or a table of contents were added to the booklets.

The Georgia Tech Archives' holdings of the regulations (1904-1971) are incomplete with several years not represented, particularly those years after 1941. Years missing include 1907, 1929, 1931, 1935, 1938, 1940, 1942-1947, 1950, 1953-1956, 1958-1959, 1961-1964, and 1966-1970. The printing of regulations for 1951 only exists for the Engineering Evening School. A portion of the publications of regulations appeared as part of the Bulletin of the Georgia School of Technology, the copies of which are included in the collection. At the time of writing (April 2011,) it is unknown whether or not the regulations were published prior to 1904; additionally, although the 1971 regulations are the last year represented in these holdings, 1971 is not necessarily the year in which publication ceased.

Several of the booklets contain marginalia.

Administrative History of the Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology, commonly referred to as Georgia Tech or Tech, was founded on October 13, 1885 as the Georgia School of Technology. The creation of the educational institution was part of the plans of Georgia leadership to reconstruct and revitalize the state's economy following the Civil War. Eighty-four candidates took the first entrance examination on October 3, 1888 and the school formally opened on October 5, 1888. Over the next several decades the school evolved from trade school to a recognized research institute with increased focus on scientific and technological studies. The school's name was changed from the Georgia School of Technology to the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1948 to reflect this development.

In order to provide procedural, behavioral, and academic guidance to its faculty, instructors, and students, the school began publishing its rules and regulations annually in booklet format. At the time of writing (April 2011,) the earliest known publication date for the regulations was 1904. In August 1923 the regulations started appearing as part of the Bulletin of the Georgia School of Technology and continued to do so on a regular basis for several years, although they were also published as standalone publications outside of the Bulletin in later years. The Bulletin was a Tech publication that began around 1901 and has had numerous forms, such as the General Catalog, the Student Handbook, and the Cooperative Bulletin. The name of the regulations has appeared in different variations, including--but not limited to--Regulations; Faculty and Instructors and Regulations of Georgia School of Technology; Regulations for Faculty and Instructors; Regulations for Students; Student Rules and Regulations; and Undergraduate Student Rules and Regulations. Circa 1928 the regulations appeared as By-Laws Rules and Regulations of the Gas Fitters and Helpers Association; an issue of Technique (Vol. XVII, No. XVII, Feb. 24, 1928,) the student newspaper of the Georgia Institute of Technology, commented on the practical joke qualities of the distinct cover. In some cases individual divisions had a unique set of regulations, such as the Student Rules & Regulations for the Engineering Evening School, published in 1951.

Sources: Engineering the New South: Georgia Tech 1885-1985 (1985) written by Robert C. McMath, Jr. et al. and the regulation booklets were consulted during preparation of historical note.


Items are arranged chronologically.

Physical Characteristics

Several of the booklets have had non-original library bindings added to them for physical support.

Other Finding Aids

A print copy of this finding aid is available in the Georgia Tech Archives reading room.


This is an artificial collection. Accession number 2011.025.

General Physical Description note

(2 document cases)


Access to the collection is available through an onsite visit to the Georgia Tech Archives.

Processing Information

The collection was arranged into archival document cases prior to 1999. Brittany Parris completed processing of the regulations and encoding the finding aid in April 2011.

Inventory of the Regulations for Students, Faculty, and Instructors, 1904-1971 (bulk 1904-1941)
Brittany Parris
Copyright April 2011
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Library, Georgia Institute of Technology Repository

Georgia Institute of Technology
266 4th Street, NW
Atlanta 30332-0900 USA