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Act 5, 1852 (V) (Class 1) – Act anent the Constitution and Government of the College. 1st June 1852. (As amended by Act 9, 1861 (IX) – Act anent the Constitution of the New College, Edinburgh)

The General Assembly, with consent of a majority of Presbyteries Enact and Ordain,-

That the Theological Faculty shall consist in the mean time of four Professors, who shall endeavour to give instructions in Exegetical as well as in Systematic Theology, during all the four sessions of the curriculum.

That the election of Professors shall be vested in the General Assembly, under such regulations as the Assembly may from time to time enact, for securing due deliberation in the discharge of this important duty.

That the ordinary discipline of the College, and the regulation of the Library and Museum, shall be vested in the Senatus Academicus, consisting of the Principal and Professors, subject to such rules as the Assembly may lay down according the laws of the Church.

That the right now enjoyed of sending representatives to the General Assembly shall be vested in the Principal and Professors, being office bearers of this Church eligible to be members of Assembly.

That all Professors of Theology shall be inducted into their respective offices by the Presbytery of the bounds, in the same manner in which ministers are inducted into their charges.

That a Select Committee shall be appointed by the General Assembly, to consist of eleven Ministers and ten Elders, of whom five shall retire by rotation from year to year, two only of whom may be re-elected, and reserving the rights competent to all parties according to the laws of the Church, with authority to undertake the general administration of College property and finances, to give advice in cases of difficulty, to originate and prosecute before the Church Courts processes against any of the Professors for heresy or immorality, and to make necessary inquiries for that purpose; to originate also, and prepare for the decision of the General Assembly, proposals for the retirement of Professors disabled by age or infirmity, and for fixing the retiring allowances they are to receive.

That the General Assembly shall institute a Quinquennial Visitation of the College by a Special Commission, to consist chiefly of the Senior Ministers of the Church; and that said Commission shall bring up a special report to the Assembly on the general state of the College.