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Southern Methodist University student handbook collection
A Guide to the Collection
The first student handbook of SMU was called The M Book and was published by the YMCA organization starting in 1916. It contained information for orientating new students to campus. Included in The M Book was information on clubs, classes, buildings, sports, proper clothing attire, student government, traditions, cheers, and religious groups.
Beginning in the fall of 1962 the YMCA stopped publishing the student handbook. Instead, the Student Senate began publishing the Student Handbook, which contained the official university policies, a complete list of SMU activities and organizations, information on services and facilities which SMU offered, and university regulations. It lasted six years.
In the fall of 1968 the Office of the Vice-President for Student Affairs began publishing the SMU Enchiridion. The SMU Enchiridion was a manual of rules governing students of Southern Methodist University and mainly contained rules and regulations. It was published for eight years.
During the 1973/74 school year the Student Senate of SMU published doing it, or a student handbook, which was a student handbook with more depth and humor than the Enchiridion. It contained information about academics, student activities, special programs, organizations, campus facilities, counseling, and entertainment. Doing it lasted only one year.
Inside SMU: The Student Handbook was published in the fall of 1975 as the new student orientation handbook. It lasted only one year.
The university student handbook took another form during the 1976/77 school year, as FOCUS: SMU Student Magazine. It was published for six years before the student handbook changed names yet again and became the Peruna Express in the fall of 1982. The Peruna Express contained similar information as the others with an added "Big 'D'" section, which was an extended section on entertainment in the city. This version of the student handbook lasted until 2005.
Beginning in 1994 the office of student affairs began published the code of conduct separately from the student handbook, as SMU Policies for Community Life. This volume contained only university rules and regulation, lasting for five years.
The SMU Peruna Express reemerged in 2000/01 and was published by the student senate as a handbook and orientation guide.
By the 2004/05 school year, the name was changed back to The Student Handbook and contained university regulations and a planner for incoming students.
This collection is organized chronologically and by handbook title. Most of the handbooks are in very good shape, including the earliest copies.
Originally, the handbooks were separated in three separate collections by the name of the handbook (SMU 1993.0190, SMU 1993.0191, and SMU 1993.0192). A decision was made in 2010 to consolidate the collection to make it easier for researchers.
Access to Collection:
Collection is open for research use.
Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.
It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.
Southern Methodist University student handbook collection, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.
Originally, the papers in this collection were arranged in three separate collections, but were combined since all were student handbooks.
Aaron Sanchez, 2010.
Lara Corazalla, 2010.