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including tutor, housemother, hall manager,

head resident,

and

residence hall director to name a few. During the Colonial Era college housing was designed merely to provide a place for students to eat and sleep as

well as to have their out-of-classroom life strictly supervised. Individuals in charge of the dormitories of that day were most often faculty members who were instructed to punish students with floggings, beatings, and other severe forms of reprimand if they did not live up to the high religious standards imposed (Powell, Plyler, Dickson, McClellan, 1969).

From approximately 1850-1900, or what has been referred to as the Student Control Model, colleges became more and more accessible to the common person and began to deemphasize

the

inflexible

religious

mode.

The

staff

member

in

charge

was

hired to act "in loco parentis"

and adopted a more benevolent

parental attitude toward the students

(Chesney,

Stamatakos,

Septanovich,

1978).

During that period, Women's Colleges

began to develop with away from the evil of

the

primary

the

world.

intent of keeping The person at the

women helm,

most commonly called housemother; inspected the rooms for

cleanliness, criticized the manners and morals of the women,

supervised behavior and even screened callers who came to

visit the women (Reich, 1964).

After the turn of the century,

the educational value of

the residence hall became very important.

Thus more and more

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