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AN ACT to change the name of the Agricultural and Mechanical
College of Kentucky to State University, Lexington, Kentucky, and to amend parts of the laws with reference to said College and to make the whole apply to said University.
WHEREAS, the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky has out grown its original proportions and has for some years past maintained fourteen distinct courses of study, each extending over four years in the college proper and each leading to a degree, and
WHEREAS, this diversity of education, theoretical and practical, requires that the name, title and designation of this institution, owned, managed and ministered by the State of Kentucky, should be commensurate with its character and work. Therefore
Be it inacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:
§ 1. That the institution founded under the land grant of 1862, by the Congress of the United States, and known hitherto under the corporate designation and title of “Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky,” be hereafter known and designated as the “State University, Lexington, Kentucky.”
$ 2. That the said State University be maintained by the Commonwealth with such endowments, incomes, buildings and equipments as shall enable it to do work such as is done in other institutions of corresponding rank, both under-graduate and postgraduate, and embracing work of instruction as well as in original research.
$ 3. That all the acts of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, making provision for the establishment, support and maintenance of
Previous Acts referred
Previous Acts referred to.
the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, heretofore enacted, viz: An act appointing a commission for the location of the Agricultural and Mechanical College, approved March 13, 1878; an act locating and establishing the Agricultural and Mechanical College, approved February 6, 1880; an act incorporating the Agricultural and Mechanical College, approved March 4, 1880; an act amending the act of incorporation, approved April 23, 1880; an act of the
the referious acts General Assembly approved April 29, 1880, and section 184 of the Constitution of Kentucky, guaranteeing the validity of the tax levied for the benefit of the Agricultural and Mechanical College by said act, approved April 29, 1880; an act of incorporation, amending the acts of March 4, 1880 and April 23, 1880, approved May 9, 1893; an act for the maintenance of the girl's dormitory, approved March 21, 1900, and an act making an annual appropriation for the maintenance and support of the said college, which became a law March 26, 1904; and that all the acts of the Congress of the United States, creating and endowing colleges under the land grant of 1862, viz: The act providing for the establishing of the college for the benefit of agricultural and mechanical arts, approved July 2, 1862; the act of establishing experiment stations as departments of agricultural colleges, approved March 2, 1887; the act for applying a portion of the proceeds of the public lands to the more complete endowment of the colleges established under the act of July 2, 1862, which passed the Senate June 23, 1890; the act known as the “Adams Act,'' further endowing experiment stations, passed by Congress March 16, 1906; an act known as the “Nelson Act,” for the further endowment of Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, passed by Congress March 4, 1907, shall not be affected by this change of name, and the revenues accruing from these and from all other sources, state and federal, shall continue to be paid over by the state and federal authorities to the
gress to be carried out.
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Treasurer of the State University, Lexington, Kentucky, for its use and maintenance, in accordance with the provisions of said acts of Congress and of
the General Assembly of Kentucky. Acts of Con- $ 4. That the requirements of the law of Congress.
approved July 2, 1862, for the instruction in these branches of learning, relating to agriculture and the mechanic arts and to military tactics, shall be carried out fully and that those branches shall continue to be integral and indispensible courses of instruction in the State University; and that in addition to the other colleges of the said University, one of the colleges shall be denominated the Agricultural College, and another the College of Mechanical Arts of
the State University. Department $ 5. That a department of law, or course of in
struction in the science of law leading to the degree of Bachelor of Laws, shall be established in said University. The course prescribed leading to said degree shall be of equal dignity and rank to that of ortiher corresponding institutions.
$ 6. That a Department of Medicine and Surgery, or course of instruction in the science of medicine and surgery, leading to the usual degrees conferred in such courses, shall be established in said University. The courses prescribed, shall be of equal dignity and rank to that of other corresponding institutions, and that a diploma issued from this department shall be accepted throughout the State on equal terms with diplomas issued from other corresponding institutions.
§ 7. That so much of the law for the benefit of said college designated as section 26 of the Kentucky Statutes as applies to the manner of making the appointment of beneficiaries to said college be stricken out, and the following language be inserted instead thereof:
“Each County in the State, in consideration of the
Department of Medicine and Surgery established.
incomes acruing to said institution under the present laws, for the benefit of the said Agricultural and Mechanical College, be entitled to select and to send to said University each year one or more properly prepared students as hereinafter provided for, free from all charges for tuition, matriculation fees, room rent, fuel and lights, and to have all the advantages oi the said University and dormitory free, except board. Each county in the State shall be ithe unit of appointment and each county shall be entitled annually to appoint to said University one white pupil for every Appointment three thousand, and one for each fraction thereof over fifteen 'hundred of white school children based upon the last official census preceding said appointment, Provided, however, that each county shall be entitled to at least one annual appointment.” So that said section when amended, will read as follows: “Each county in the State, in consideration of the incomes accruing to said institution, under the present laws for the benefit of the said Agricultural and Mechanical College, be entitled to select and send to said University each year one or more properly prepared students as hereinafter provided for, free from all charges for tuition, matriculation fees, room rent, fuel and lights, and to have all the advantages and privileges of the said University, one white pupil for every three thousand, and one for each fraction thereof over fifteen hundred of white school children based upon the last official census preceding said appointment. Provided, however, that every county shall be entitled to at least one annual appointment. Said students shall be entitled, free of any cost whatever, to the benefits enumerated above for the term of years necessary to complete the course of study in which he or she matriculates for graduation, or during good behavior. All beneficiaries of the State who continue students for one consecutive, collegiate year, or ten months, unless unavoidably
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prevented, shall also be entitled to their necessary traveling expenses in going to and returning from said college. The selection of the beneficiaries shall be made by the Superintendents of Common Schools in their respective counties, upon competitive examination, on subjects prepared by the faculty of the University and transmitted to said Superintendents before the first day of June, of each year. Said competitive examinations shall be open to all persons between the ages of fourteen and twenty-four years. Preference shall be given, other things being equal, to those who have passed with credit through the public school, persons of energy and industry, whose means are small, to aid whom in obtaining a good education, this provision is intended. Said competitive examination shall be held, and the successful competitor appointed between the first day of June and the first day of August of each year. It shall be the duty of the County Superintendent to make known the benefits of this provision to each common school district under his superintendency, with the time and place, when and where such competitive examination shall be held. He shall, for this purpose, appoint a Board of Examiners, whose duty it shall be to conduct the examination. This shall not interfere with any appointment already made to said college.
$8. That the Board of Trustees of said University may within their discretion, concede the privilege of free tuition to students who are preparing for the ministry in connection with any white religious denomination.
$ 9. That the Board of Trustees shall from and after January 1, 1910, be bi-partisan, and the Governor in making the appointments of trustees shall so make them as to divide the representation upon said board equally between the two leading political parties of this Commonwealth, including the ex-officio