Back in 1963-1964, when ISU was still ISNU (Illinois State Normal University), the female students (especially the younger ones) were evidently regarded as so wild and dangerous that they had to be kept locked in at night. The ISNU “Code of Student Life” handbook from that time describes how this was carried out:
4. Regulations for Women
A. Closing hours for all women’s residences are as follows:
Sunday-Thursday: 10:30 p.m. (Residence hall freshman women 10 p.m.)
Friday-Saturday: 12:30 a.m. (Residence hall freshman women 12 M.)
Exceptions to the above:
For junior and senior students, Wednesday and Sunday, 11:30 p.m.
For nights preceding and closing a vacation, 11:00 p.m.
For functions on the University Calendar requiring later hours: time will be announced on the weekly printed calendar.
B. Undergraduate women are eligible for late leaves each semester on the following basis. Late leaves are not cumulative from semester to semester:
Freshmen: 1 per semester
Sophomores: 2 per semester
Juniors: 3 per semester
Seniors: 4 per semester
C. Termination times for personal late leaves describe above, are as follows:
Sunday-Thursday: 12 midnight
Friday-Saturday: 1 a.m.
Thank goodness the male students and the rest of the community were protected from these women!