Northwestern University is a private research university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago in northeastern Illinois; as well as a campus in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern has 12 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools offering 124 undergraduate degrees and 145 graduate and professional degrees.
Northwestern was founded in 1851 by John Evans, for whom Evanston is named, and eight other lawyers, businessmen and Methodist leaders to serve the people of a region that had once been known as the Northwest Territory. Instruction began in 1855; women were admitted in 1869. Today, the main campus is a 240-acre parcel in Evanston, along the shores of Lake Michigan. The university's law and medical schools are located on a 25-acre campus in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. In academic year 2010-11, Northwestern enrolled 8,397 undergraduate and 7,870 graduate and professional students.
Corporal punishment for undergraduates was introduced in 1922, when it was announced that students of either sex could be spanked for a range of offenses in public, including swearing, smoking (if aged under 21), rollerskating in the downtown district, joyriding, or being rowdy in an ice cream parlor. There was a minimum sentence of five spanks and a maximum of 25. Male students were spanked by Policeman Carl Exman, and female ones by Policewoman Georgiana Jerell. It is not stated whether the spankings were administered publicly or privately, or how many such punishments were carried out, or when these rules were abolished, assuming they have been.
- Undergraduate Programs: A to Z Guide. Northwestern University.
- Graduate and Professional Programs: A to Z Guide. Northwestern University.
- Common Data Set – Enrollment and persistence. Northwestern University.
- Ten College "Don'ts.": Evanstan Judge Tells Northwestern Students What Not to Do. (PDF). The New York Times (February 14, 1922).