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College Regulations

I. The Purpose and Nature of the Regulations

Vassar College regulations protect the rights, interests, and safety of the college community. They cover all areas deemed essential to maintaining an environment conducive to carrying out the educational goals of the college. Within the framework established in these regulations, the individual is as free as possible to conduct her or his own academic and non-academic life. However, the privilege of making independent decisions involves the acceptance of responsibility should such choices violate the regulations. Therefore, the college expects students, faculty, administrators, staff, and other employees to uphold its standards of personal and social conduct at all times when they are associated with Vassar, and assumes that individual decisions will be accompanied by careful consideration of the standards maintained by the community.

The following statement, adopted by the faculty at its meeting of February 25, 1987, articulates the fundamental principle of civil discourse that underpins these regulations:

Statement on Civility and Responsibility in an Academic Community

Vassar College is dedicated to freedom of inquiry in the pursuit of truth, and is vigilant in defending the right of individuals to free speech. The college, however, is also a community dedicated to the cultivation of an atmosphere in which all of its members may live and work free from intolerance, disrespect, or harassment. The college, therefore, defends free speech and also embraces the principle of civil discourse. In this regard, members of the college community accept constraints, similar to those of parliamentary debate, against personal attacks or courts of law against the use of inflammatory language. Under the rule of civility, individuals within the community are expected to behave reasonably, use speech responsibly, and respect the rights of others. Genuine freedom of mind is not possible in the absence of civility.

As a private institution, Vassar is a voluntary association of persons invited to membership on the understanding that they will respect the principles by which it is governed. Because Vassar is a residential college, and because it seeks diversity in its membership, individuals have a particular obligation beyond that of society at large to exercise self-restraint, tolerance for difference, and regard for the rights and sensitivities of others. When individuals violate their obligation to the community, such as through the denigration of groups within the college, it is not simply a matter for those particular groups, but it offends the sensibilities of the entire community. The strength and health of the college rests on the affirmation by all of its members of these principles of freedom with responsibility and respect for others.


The following rights and expectations apply to all Vassar students:

You have the right to freedom of inquiry, and you are expected to know and adhere to the standards of academic integrity.

You have the right to freedom of expression, and you are expected to exercise regard for the rights and sensitivities of others.

You have the right to freedom of discussion, and you are expected to respect diverse opinions.

You have the right to freedom of action, and you are expected to obey all local, state, and federal laws and to accept responsibility for any actions in which you may be involved which are injurious to the welfare or property of the college or of other members of the college community.

You have the right to privacy of your personal life, property, and records subject to the provisions of law and to the duties of faculty members and academic and administrative officers of the college as defined by college policies.

You have the right to participate in the establishment of college policies directly affecting your interests through student government and representation on college committees, and you are expected to exercise informed opinion and sound critical judgment and to bear in mind that your actions have a broad effect on the interests of the college.

For further information regarding your rights when found in violation of college regulations, please refer to the section on Students’ Bill of Rights.

II. Public Law

Vassar College cannot and will not give members of its community protection from the consequences of violations of federal, state, and local laws. The college has certain legal obligations when a student or employee violates local, state, or federal law, and for this reason reserves the right to impose sanctions on any member of the college community (student, administrator, staff, or faculty) who is in violation of the law. These sanctions may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following legal proceedings off-campus at the discretion of the college, and can include but are not limited to expulsion from school or termination of employment and referral to the authorities for prosecution. The college reserves the right to contact law enforcement. Vassar College Security will confiscate, and not return, any item that is used as part of any violation of these regulations.

III. Policy on Use of Drugs and Alcohol (in Compliance with Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989)

Vassar College aims to create an environment that promotes the highest levels of learning alongside a healthy and vibrant social atmosphere. To this end, the college is constantly reevaluating the quality of life on campus. In order to protect all members of the Vassar community, members should understand that the unlawful possession, use, distribution, or manufacture of illicit drugs by students and/or employees, on college property or as part of any school activity, is strictly prohibited by the college, as well as by New York State law.

Furthermore, members of the community should understand that Vassar College observes all laws and regulations governing the sale, purchase, and serving of alcoholic beverages by all members of its community and expects that these laws, regulations, and procedures will be adhered to at all events associated with the college. This includes activities on Vassar campus, in any work area, and at off-campus functions sponsored and supported by Vassar College. The college will continue to work cooperatively with local police agencies to maintain an environment conducive to the learning and social development of our members. The college cannot and will not protect any member of the Vassar community who has broken federal, state, and/or local law.

A. Risks Associated with Drug and Alcohol Abuse

The college recognizes that alcohol and illicit drug abuse are harmful to relationships and family life, work and creativity, study and research, and the health and safety of our community members. Specifically the college would like to remind the community of the following risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol:

Interpersonal Problems: The more a person abuses alcohol or illicit drugs the greater potential for problems within relationships.

Academics: Difficulty meeting academic responsibilities is one of the most common consequences of alcohol and illicit drug use. Academic problems may include earning lower grades, doing poorly on exams or papers, missing classes, and falling behind on assignments.

Accidents: The use of alcohol and drugs can alter a person’s judgment, normal reaction, and perception; impair motor skills; lower inhibitions; and intensify emotions. All of these increase the chances of accidents either to the user or to others.

Illness and Health Problems: The use of alcohol and drugs can impact a person’s health by putting them at greatly increased risk for health and psychiatric problems, as well as increased morbidity and mortality.

Alcohol and illicit drugs can interact negatively with over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Every individual reacts differently to alcohol and drugs, at different times.

Short-term alcohol and drug abuse can lower a person’s immune system, making them more susceptible to colds, illnesses, and injuries.

Long-term alcohol and drug abuse can lead to serious health risks such as addiction, liver disease, heart disease, and certain kinds of cancers.

B. Alcohol and Drug Education Program

Vassar would like to emphasize that its primary goal is to educate students on the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. In this effort the college takes several steps. The college provides an alcohol and drug education program for all new students, as well as ongoing programming about alcohol and drug use and abuse for students throughout the academic year.

Additionally the college provides educational workshops for students in violation of campus policy on the use of drugs and alcohol.

Vassar College has a deep-rooted respect for its students and employees, and for this reason seeks to share the responsibility of promoting a healthy, safe environment free of drug and alcohol abuse with all members of the Vassar community.

C. Individual Responsibility

Vassar College emphasizes the responsibility of each community member to be law-abiding, knowledgeable, and thoughtful about any decisions regarding alcohol consumption.

The college provides information about alcohol use and abuse through a number of resources, such as the Office of Health Education, and urges all community members to be informed about the potentially harmful or negative effects of alcohol. The Drug and Alcohol Education Committee (DAEC), composed of students, faculty, and administrators, helps to formulate college policy and programs relating to alcohol and drug use and abuse. Questions or concerns related to the use of alcohol and drugs on our campus should be referred to the DAEC.

Individuals with concerns about their own use or another person’s use of alcohol and/or other drugs are encouraged to seek confidential and private assistance. The college will make every effort to arrange for treatment for those who abuse drugs and/or alcohol. Confidential counseling services and medical services are available. The college also welcomes any information that will help restrict the sale and distribution of illicit drugs on our campus.

The college believes that it is the personal responsibility of each student to call for medical assistance (845-437-7333) for themselves or for any other member of the Vassar community in the event of an alcohol or drug-related overdose or in any instance in which medical attention is needed.

The safety and health of students is the overriding concern of the college. In order to encourage those who may be in danger from alcohol poisoning or alcohol/drug-related injury to get proper assistance, no student in need of medical treatment for her or his alcohol or other drug-related overdose, or assisting another student in obtaining such medical treatment, will be found responsible for the violation of using alcohol or drugs or of providing alcohol or drugs to the student they have assisted in obtaining treatment. Students may, however, be found responsible for violations outside of drug/alcohol use and/or distribution of drugs/alcohol if they are identified.

The college also recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) in situations involving domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. Vassar strongly encourages students to report domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to institution officials. A reporting individual acting in good faith or a bystander acting in good faith that discloses any incident of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault to college officials or law enforcement will not be subject to Vassar’s code of conduct for violations of alcohol and/or drug use policies occurring at or near the time of the commission of the domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault.

In accordance with state and federal laws, the college will respect and protect the privacy of students, faculty, and staff who voluntarily seek assistance.

D. Room Entry

The college respects a student’s right to privacy and reserves the right to enter a room only in the circumstances listed below.

Members of the Office of the Associate Dean of the College, Residential Life and Wellness will infrequently conduct health and safety inspections in order to ensure that fire safety regulations are not being violated. Announcements will be made in advance to notify students of these inspections.

Members of the Office of the Associate Dean of the College, Residential Life and Wellness will enter rooms after closing housing for breaks in order to ensure that students have vacated, doors and windows are closed and locked, the heat is on a medium setting, and there are no obvious safety or security concerns.

Safety and Security officers may enter a room if there is a reason to believe that one or more college regulations are being violated within the room. Examples of such behavior and situations include, but are not limited to, the smell of smoke, yelling, and loud noises. Ordinarily, when students refuse to cooperate in such a scenario, the security officer will:

a.   Identify him/herself and formally state the perceived need to enter and ask for cooperation.

b.   Communicate that if the door is not opened, a master key will be obtained and the room entered; and

c.   Have another security officer or administrator present.

Safety and Security or Residential Life staff may enter a room if there is reason to believe that the occupant’s health or safety is in immediate jeopardy.

Safety and Security officers may enter rooms when residence halls are officially closed if the door to the room is left open or unlocked (after the Office of the Associate Dean of the College, Residential Life and Wellness members have closed and locked them all—see #2 above) in order to identify if someone is illegally residing within the room or someone has broken into it.

Members of Buildings and Grounds may enter a room to address physical plant emergencies as well as in response to a work request.

In cases of room entry in the absence of a resident, with the exception of situations described in #1 or #2 (above), a note will be left indicating the time, date, reason, and name of the college person or office responsible. It is important to note that Vassar staff and security are expected to fully and effectively address any situation that suggests the violation of Vassar College regulations. Requests to open refrigerators, closets, or other rooms within a room may be necessary in order to do so.

IV. Public Order

In accordance with Article 129-A of the Education Law of the State of New York, the college has adopted the following regulation relating to the maintenance of public order: A member or several members of a group violating public order regulations may be held accountable for such infractions on an individual basis. Any group wishing to use a public or academic facility for a meeting, lecture, concert, or other occasion, other than for usual and routine purposes, should give advance notice to, and obtain approval from, the director of campus activities. The library, Computer Center, Health Services, music building, art gallery, science laboratories, museums, athletic facilities, and the Observatory are not available for such uses except with the additional approval of the appropriate director or department chair. If any event is planned during which a roadway, walkway, or doorway must be temporarily blocked—as, for example, during a parade—advance notice of the event must be given to the director of campus activities, and written approval must be obtained so adequate fire and other safety precautions can be taken. Otherwise, free passage on and to the campus must be maintained. Any individual or group using or occupying college property is responsible at all times for any damage done by them to the property. In the event of damage not attributable to the user or occupant of a room or corridor, all occupants of the building shall share in the repair cost equally.

V. Specific College Regulations

1: Alcohol

2: Assault

3: Automobile Regulations

4: Confidentiality

5: Discrimination and Harassment/Sexual Misconduct

6: Disruptive Conduct

7: Dating/Domestic Violence

8: Drugs

9: Employment

10: Endangerment

11: Failure to Comply

12: Fire Safety

13: Hazing

14: Identification/Keys

15: Motorcycles

16: Pet Regulations

17: Public Areas and Facilities

18: Publicity

19: Residential Facilities

20: Retaliation

21: Skateboards, Rollerskates, Rollerblades, Scooters, and Longboards

22: Smoking

23: Stalking

24: Theft

25: Unauthorized Entry/Exit/Occupancy

26: Vandalism

27: Visitation/Guest

28: Weapons/Dangerous Items

Anyone found to have engaged in the following behavior is subject to the disciplinary sanctions outlined in Part K.

SECTION 1: Alcohol

1.01 Distributing to anyone under the age of 21.

1.02 Consuming, possessing, purchasing, and/or selling by anyone under the age of 21.

1.03 Consuming and/or possessing opened containers in public areas without permission.

1.04 Publicly or privately gathering (four or more people in a single, eight or more people in a double or triple, 12 or more in a suite, 15 or more in apartment area) in relation to the consumption of alcohol without proper approval.

a. The Office of Residential Life must approve any gatherings in the houses, Town Houses, Terrace Apartments, South Commons, and Co-Operative Housing Units.

b. The director of campus activities must approve the use of public spaces on campus.

1.05 Possessing or using kegs or common containers of alcoholic beverages without permission from the Office of Campus Activities. Unauthorized kegs or common containers will be confiscated and emptied and will not be returned.

1.06 Bringing alcoholic beverages either into any facility where alcohol is being sold or to any public or private event.

1.07 Hosting of any gathering of any number of students at which alcoholic beverages are being, or are likely to be, used in any manner inconsistent with college regulations.

SECTION 2: Assault

2.01 Acting in an intentional or reckless way that threatens physical injury, or violence, to another person.

2.02 Acting in an intentional or reckless way that inflicts physical injury, or violence, on another person.

2.03 Aggravated assault: an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.)

SECTION 3: Automobile

3.01 Driving in a reckless or dangerous manner.

3.02 Operating any moving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

3.03 Failing to comply with all posted traffic regulations and the campus speed limit of 15 miles per hour.

3.04 Parking illegally.

SECTION 4: Confidentiality

4.01 Failing to maintain confidentiality on all aspects of cases heard when serving on Academic, Student Conduct, and/or College Regulations Panels.

SECTION 5: Discrimination and Harassment

5.01 Discrimination: Using or creating any distinction, preference, advantage for or detriment to an individual compared to others that is based on an individual’s actual or perceived race, color, religion or religious belief, citizenship status, sex, marital status, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, military service or affiliation, genetic information, or age that adversely affects a term or condition of an individual’s employment, education, living environment or participation in a college activity, or is used as the basis for or a factor in decisions affecting that individual’s employment, education, living environment or participation in a college activity.

5.02 Discriminatory Harassment: Engaging in unwelcome conduct directed toward an individual based on the individual’s actual or perceived race, color, religion or religious belief, citizenship status, sex, marital status, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, military service or affiliation, genetic information, or age, that is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or abusive environment for that individual’s employment, education, living environment, or participation in a college activity.

5.03 Retaliatory Harassment: Intentional action taken by an individual or allied third party as reprisal for engaging in a “protected activity,” that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or educational performance; or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or abusive environment for that individual’s employment, education, living environment; and/or participation in a College activity. Protected activities for which protections apply, include but are not limited to:

  • Reporting, making a complaint, participating in an investigation or grievance proceeding or for assisting in any such proceeding.
  • Communicating with a supervisor or manager about employment discrimination, including harassment
  • Refusing to follow orders that would result in discrimination
  • Resisting sexual advances, or intervening to protect others
  • Requesting accommodation of a disability or for a religious practice
  • Asking managers or co-workers about salary information to uncover potentially discriminatory wages.

Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, intimidation, coercion, harassment, making threats, and any other adverse educational or employment action. Retaliation should be reported promptly to the EO/AA Office for investigation, which may result in disciplinary action independent of any sanction or interim measures imposed in response to any underlying allegations

5.04 Retaliatory Harassment: Intentional action taken by an individual or allied third party, absent legitimate nondiscriminatory reasons, that harms an individual as reprisal for engaging in a “protected activity.”

5.05 Sexual Harassment: unwelcome conduct which is either of a sexual nature, or which is directed at an individual because of that individual’s sex that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s employment or educational performance; or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive, or abusive environment for that individual’s employment, education, living environment; and/or participation in a College activity. This includes harassment on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, self-identified or perceived sex, gender expression, gender identity and the status of being transgender. The College’s policy on sexual misconduct may also apply when sexual harassment involves physical contact. Examples of sexual harassment can include, but are not limited to:

Egregious, unwanted sexual attention or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature;

Implied or overt threats of punitive action, a result of rejection of sexual advances;

Conditioning a benefit on an individual’s acceding to sexual advances;

Unwelcome, sexually explicit messages, statements, or materials;

Attempting to coerce an unwilling person into a romantic or sexual relationship;

Sexual violence;

Intimate partner violence;

Stalking; including cyberstalking;

Gender-based bullying.

5.06 Sexual Misconduct: Engaging in non-consensual sexual contact (or attempts to commit same), non-consensual sexual intercourse (or attempts to commit same), and/or sexual exploitation.[1]

5.056A Non-consensual sexual contact is any intentional sexual touching, however slight, or with any object, by a person upon a person, that is without consent and/or by force. Sexual contact includes intentional contact with the breasts, buttocks, groin, or genitals, or touching another with any of these body parts, or making another touch yourself or themselves with or on any of these body parts; any intentional bodily contact in a sexual manner, though not involving contact with/of/by breasts, buttocks, groin, genitals, mouth or other orifice.

5.06B Non-consensual sexual intercourse is any sexual intercourse, however slight, or with any object, by a person upon a person, that is without consent and/ or by force. Intercourse includes vaginal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger, anal penetration by a penis, object, tongue, or finger, and oral copulation (mouth to genital contact or genital to mouth contact), no matter how slight the penetration or contact.

5.06C Sexual exploitation occurs when a person takes or attempts to take non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for her/his own advantage or benefit, or to benefit or advantage anyone other than the one being exploited, and that behavior does not otherwise constitute one of the other sexual misconduct offenses. Sexually based stalking and/or bullying may also be forms of sexual exploitation. Examples of sexual exploitation may include, but are not limited to:

Invasion of sexual privacy;

Prostituting another person;

Non-consensual taking of pictures, video recording, and/or audio recording of a sexual activity;

Non-consensual distribution of pictures, video recording, audio recording, or live-streaming of a sexual activity;

Allowing third parties to observe sexual activities without consent;

Engaging in voyeurism;

Exposing one’s genitals in non-consensual circumstances;

Knowingly transmitting an STI or HIV to another person;

Inducing another to expose their genitals.

Sexually-based stalking and/or bullying may also be forms of sexual exploitation.

SECTION 6: Disruptive Conduct

6.01 Substantially interfering with the living, learning, or working environment of another individual.

6.02 Using or attempting to use electronic or other devices to make an audio or visual record of any person while on college premises or during a Vassar College sponsored event without her or his knowledge or prior consent when such a recording is likely to cause harm or distress.

SECTION 7: Dating/Domestic Violence

7.01 Emotional/Verbal Abuse is persistent abuse that undermines an individual’s sense of self-worth and/or self-esteem. This may include, but is not limited to constant criticism, diminishing one’s abilities, name-calling, and/or damaging one’s relationship with her or his friends and/or family.

7.02 Psychological Abuse is abuse that would cause fear in a reasonable person. This includes but it not limited to intimidation; threatening physical harm to self, partner, children, or partner’s family or friends; threatening to disclose partners orientation, destruction of pets and property; and isolating from family, friends, or school and/or work.

7.03 Economic Abuse is intending to make or attempting to make an individual financially dependent on their partner. This includes but is not limited to maintaining control over financial resources, withholding one’s access to money, or forbidding attendance at school, employment or other activities.

7.04 Physical Abuse is physical harm by partner. This includes but is not limited to hitting, slapping, shoving, grabbing, pinching, biting, hair-pulling, spitting, physical restraint and/or restricting breathing. Physical abuse may also include denying a partner medical care or coercing use of alcohol and/or other drugs, touching in ways that make a person uncomfortable, and persistent treatment of the victim and other people as objects via actions and remarks.

7.05 Sexual Abuse involves violating an individual’s autonomy over her/ his body. Sexual abuse may include, but is not limited to, coercing or attempting to coerce any sexual contact or behavior, forcing the partner to dress in a sexually explicit way, forcing to watch or simulate pornography, rape, or accusing the victim of sexual activity with others.

SECTION 8: Drugs

This includes hallucinogenics, barbiturates, amphetamines, narcotics, and prescription and controlled drugs, except as expressly permitted by law.

8.01 Possessing.

8.02 Using.

8.03 Intending to distribute.

8.04 Distributing.

8.05 Selling.

8.06 Manufacturing.

8.07 Altering a prescription.

8.08 Possessing drug paraphernalia.

SECTION 9: Employment

9.01 Acting as an agent on campus for any company or organization, including travel agencies, without permission from the director of campus activities.

9.02 Soliciting funds or selling articles on the campus without permission from the director of campus activities.

9.03 Soliciting door-to-door, face-to-face, and/or electronically in residential areas.

9.04 Undertaking a commercial enterprise that does not provide a necessary service or educational benefit to the college community without approval of the director of campus activities.

9.05 Using post office boxes for any purpose except personal correspondence and college-related business.

9.06 Abusing student employment assignments, including but not limited to the falsification of timesheets.

SECTION 10: Endangerment

10.01 Acting in a reckless or intentional way that endangers the welfare of any member of the college community.

10.02 Acting in a way that interferes with the operation of any vital safety-providing service, including but not limited to the Campus Response Center, law enforcement, or emergency medical or fire services.

SECTION 11: Failure to Comply

11.01 Failing to comply with the terms of sanctions.

11.02 Violating a ban, suspension, or expulsion sanction.

11.03 Interfering with efforts by personnel to perform their duties.

11.04 Failing to comply with a reasonable mandate or restriction given by a college official.

SECTION 12: Fire Safety

12.01 Tampering with fire equipment, including but not limited to extinguishers, sprinkler systems, smoke detectors, decals, fire doors, exit lights, firehoses, pull stations, or the fire alarm system.

12.02 Falsely reporting fires.

12.03 Remaining in a building when the building’s fire alarm has been activated.

12.04 With the exception of charcoal fueled grills no closer than 10 feet to a building, creating open fires in any public area, including but not limited to tiki torches and portable fireplaces, without written permission from Vassar College Buildings and Grounds and only if consistent with Town of Poughkeepsie and NYS Department of Environmental Conservation regulations.

12.05 Burning of any kind (e.g., candles, incense, cigarettes, pipes, hookahs, nonelectric lanterns, camp stoves, etc.) within a Vassar College building.

12.06 Possessing candles or incense without prior approval from house advisor or director of residential education.

12.07 Hanging any fabric to walls/ceilings.

12.08 Hanging anything on sprinkler pipes.

12.09 Littering within room to the extent that ability to quickly and efficiently vacate is significantly hampered.

12.10 Failing to gain approval for all decorations, flats, or scenery in auditoriums, stages, or other public rooms.

12.11 Possessing/using appliances that are not permitted by the college, including items that do not have an automatic shutoff or UL approval. Please refer to the Residential Life website for a list of prohibited appliances.

12.12 Using extension cords or multi-plug adaptors that do not have power strips with circuit breakers and UL stickers.

12.13 Changing the electrical, data, or telephone wiring (including attachment of dimmer switches).

12.14 Obstructing the free flow of pedestrian or vehicular traffic on college premises or at a college-sponsored event.

12.15 Having a gathering of four or more people in a single room, eight or more people in a double room, 15 or more people in a suite, or over 50 people in any apartment (TA, TH, or SoCo), or over 60 people in a co-op.

SECTION 13: Hazing

Hazing is a fundamental violation of human dignity and is strictly prohibited by Vassar College, the VSA, and New York State law. Individuals and groups that engage in hazing may also be subject to consequences imposed by sponsoring departments (e.g., VSA, Department of Athletics and Physical Education, etc.). The expressed or implied consent of the victim is not a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is also not a neutral act, and is a violation of college regulations.

13.01 Acting in any reckless or intentional manner, occurring on or off-campus, that produces physical, mental or emotional pain, discomfort, humiliation, embarrassment, or ridicule directed toward other students or groups (regardless of willingness to participate), that is required or expected of new members and which is not related to the mission of the team, group, or organization. Prohibited acts of hazing include, but are not limited to:

Any physical act of violence or brutality expected of, or inflicted upon, another, including paddling; striking with fists, open hands or objects; branding and tattooing;

Any forced or coerced physical activity including calisthenics, exercises, or so-called games;

Any forced or coerced consumption of food, alcohol, other drugs, or any other substance;

Deprivation of food;

Excessive fatigue resulting from sleep deprivation, physical activities, or exercises;

Kidnapping, unauthorized road trips, or stranding of individuals;

Forced weather exposure;

Required carrying of or possessing a specific item or items;

Servitude (expecting a new member to do the tasks of an experienced member);

Verbal abuse, including “line-ups” and berating of individuals;

Any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism;

Coerced lewd conduct;

Engaging in morally degrading or humiliating games, pranks, activities, or public stunts;

Requiring individuals to walk or march in formation of any kind;

Interference with academic, athletic, or occupational obligations;

Forcing or endorsing members to violate any college policy or any local, state or federal law.

SECTION 14: Identification/Keys

Guests must have a New York State required form of identification, as well as a Vassar College guest pass.

14.01 Failing to identify and show Vassar ID card at the request of any member of the community.

14.02 Using or possessing a fraudulent identification or key.

SECTION 15: Motorcycles

15.01 Possessing or using a motorcycle, motor scooter, moped, or similar vehicle on the campus.

SECTION 16: Pets

16.01 Possessing an unauthorized pet. Except for very small animals kept at all times within cages, aquariums, or terrariums, students are not allowed to bring pets into any college-owned buildings. All roommates within a room, suite, or apartment must approve of the pet. Students are strictly prohibited from having any venomous or dangerous pets. Other than service animals trained to provide assistance for the benefit of a student with a disability, dogs and cats are strictly prohibited.

SECTION 17: Public Areas and Facilities

Permission must be obtained from the Office of Campus Activities for the use of any auditorium, lecture hall, or classroom. Permission for the use of residence hall space—except for the use of house parlors by students living in the house—must be obtained from the house advisor of the respective house. The Registrar’s Office approves requests for daytime use of classrooms.

17.01 Improperly using areas and facilities, or using without necessary permission.

17.02 Going on any roof or balcony without the consent of the appropriate administrative officer.

17.03 Sleeping outside on campus grounds without written authorization from the director of campus activities.

17.04 Removing college property from public areas without the consent of the appropriate administrative officer.

17.05 Consuming food or drink in an uncovered container in public auditoriums or the libraries.

SECTION 18: Publicity

18.01 Using the name of the college or of students’ names, as Vassar students, for commercial promotion.

18.02 Using the Vassar seal and logo on anything other than official college publications.

18.03 Failing to include contact information of the individual or student organization responsible for the posting to all fliers and posters.

SECTION 19: Residential Facilities

19.01 Painting college property.

19.02 Possessing a waterbed in campus housing.

19.03 Removing college furniture from student rooms without the permission of the director of residential education or her/his designee.

19.04 Changing rooms without authorization.

19.05 Possessing or using unauthorized items as outlined in the Vassar College Regulations or on the Residential Life website.

SECTION 20: Retaliation

20.01 Retaliation against any person, including the accuser or person accused, for making a complaint, cooperating with an investigation, or participating in a grievance procedure is a violation of college policy. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to, intimidation, coercion, harassment, making of threats, and any other adverse educational or employment action.

SECTION 21: Skateboards, Rollerskates, Rollerblades, Scooters, and Longboards

21.01 Using skateboards, rollerskates, rollerblades, scooters, and longboards inside any college building and on all ramps, patios, stairs, and areas around building entrances.

SECTION 22: Smoking

22.01 Smoking of any substance in the buildings and exterior grounds of the college. “Smoking”, means consumption, inhaling, exhaling, or burning any type of matter or substance that contains tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation including but not limited to cigarettes, electronic nicotine delivery systems, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, hookahs and marijuana whether natural or synthetic, in any manner or any form. Smoking will also be prohibited in college and personal vehicles on campus.

SECTION 23: Stalking

23.01Stalking occurs when a person engages in a course of conduct directed toward another person and knows or should reasonably know that such conduct is likely to alarm, harass, or cause reasonable fear of harm or injury in that person, or in a third party. The feared harm of injury may be to physical, emotional, or mental health, personal safety, property, education, or employment. Stalking may include, but is not limited to, unwanted visual or physical proximity to a person, repeatedly conveying oral or written threats, extorting money or valuables, implicitly threatening physical conduct, or any combination of these behaviors directed at or toward a person. The following are some examples of stalking type behavior:

Unwelcome communication, including, but not limited to: face-to-face, telephone, voice message, electronic mail, written letter, and/or contact; unwelcome gifts or flowers, etc.

Threatening or obscene gestures






Unwelcome touching or physical contact

Gaining unauthorized access to personal, medical, financial, and/or other identifying information, including, but not limited to: access by computer network, mail, telephone, or written communication

23.02 Cyber-stalking is an extension of the physical form of stalking where electronic media such as the internet, pagers, cell phones, or other similar devices are used to pursue, harass or to make unwanted contact with another person in an unsolicited fashion and will not be tolerated. Some examples of cyber-stalking include but are not limited to: unwanted/unsolicited emails or instant messages, disturbing messages on online bulletin boards, unsolicited communications about a person, their family, friends, or co-workers, or sending/posting disturbing messages with another username.

SECTION 24: Theft

24.01 Participating in the theft (attempted or actual theft) of property or services.

24.02 Possessing and/or using goods that should reasonably be known to be illegally procured.

SECTION 25: Unauthorized Entry/Exit/Occupancy

25.01 Entering or using Vassar premises without authorization.

25.02 Entering or being present within a building—without authorization—after it is closed.

25.03 Failing to vacate rooms and residence halls by the posted closing time at all vacation periods, including the end of the academic year.

25.04 Failing to leave campus within 48 hours after effective date of leave or withdrawal.

SECTION 26: Vandalism

26.01 Damaging college or personal property in a reckless or intentional manner.

26.02 Behaving in a manner that is likely to cause damage to college or personal property.

26.03 Using paint, chalk, or any other marker on the grounds and buildings of the college unless approved by the campus activities office.

SECTION 27: Visitation/Guest

When an individual or group invites guests not directly connected with the college, the individual or group assumes responsibility for their guest’s awareness of, and compliance with, Vassar College regulations and should expect to be held responsible for the behavior of their guests. All guests, licensees, and visitors are subject to the Vassar College regulations. Any student on leave of absence from the college is considered a guest during the period of the leave. Students who have completed requirements for graduation in January and who are not registered for courses are considered to be guests when they visit on campus prior to graduation weekend.

27.01 Failing to register the guest properly to obtain a guest pass or failing to ensure that the guest has valid guest passes at all times. Guest passes may be obtained at each residence hall or at the Residential Operations Center during its hours of operation and at the Campus Response Center at all other times.

27.02 Failing to be with guest at all times.

27.03 Sponsoring more than two guests on campus at any one time.

27.04 Hosting a guest for more than three consecutive nights without prior authorization from the Office of the Associate Dean of the College, Residential Life and Wellness.

27.05 Hosting anyone who has been suspended, expelled, or otherwise excluded from the campus by prior college action.

SECTION 28: Weapons/Dangerous Items

28.01 Possessing a dangerous item. Dangerous items may include but are not limited to bows and arrows, firearms, explosives, unauthorized dangerous chemicals, ammunition, knives, fireworks, paintball guns, foils, and air guns (including BB guns). Permission to sponsor events where prohibited items may be used must be obtained from the director of campus activities or, when appropriate, the individual responsible for fire safety on the campus of Vassar College.

28.02 Using any object in a dangerous manner.

28.03 Using real firearms that are functional as props. Vassar students who intend to use as props a facsimile of a weapon for their project or event must get written permission to do so from their instructor or the director of campus activities, as appropriate. Students must also inform Vassar College Security in writing beforehand of the time and place these props will be used. Notification must be made at least 48 hours before the event. If using these props off-campus, written permission from the instructor or the director of campus activities is required. The student must also inform the police department in the proper jurisdiction in writing of the location and time of the event.

For on and off-campus use, students must obtain a grip stand and display a ‘PROP WEAPONS IN USE’ card. The grip stand and card must be positioned at the location so that any arriving persons, police, or fire department personnel can clearly see it. The person responsible for the prop weapon must only give the prop weapon to the actor for the shot and take it back immediately. Under no circumstances is an actor to leave a set with a prop weapon on her or his person. Prop weapons must be stored in secured locations designated by the Drama and Film Departments or the Campus Activities Office.

[1] See Part F Sexual Misconduct and Gender-based Violence for additional information about resources and applicable student conduct procedures.