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Fundamentalist UKeeping the Faith in American Higher Education$
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Adam Laats

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190665623

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190665623.001.0001

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“I Came to Be Went With”

“I Came to Be Went With”

(p.87) 4 “I Came to Be Went With”
Fundamentalist U

Adam Laats

Oxford University Press

Even more than most colleges, fundamentalist schools between the 1920s and 1950s tried hard to supervise student behavior. With strict rules against drinking, smoking, and sexual relationships, many institutions found enforcement to be a challenge. This was especially true in the realm of sexuality and dating. Students, families, and the institutions themselves often viewed college as the proper place to meet potential marriage partners. Evangelical institutions of higher education wrestled with challenge of allowing students to search for future spouses without allowing them to take their courtship too far. This chapter looks at the ways administrators hoped to guide and control student behavior, especially in the realm of sex and dating. It also explores the ways students responded to those efforts. Some students appreciated the strict guidelines, while others worked hard to find ways to break the rules.

Keywords:   gender, sexuality, homosexuality, marriage, dating, in loco parentis, behavior rules

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