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their guests are informed of the following guidelines, and that they act accordingly:
● Keys and OneCard access are issued for students’ use and may not be altered, duplicated, or distributed to a guest for their use.
● It is the host’s responsibility to accompany their guests at all times while on the campus and inform guests of College policies. Guests are not permitted to live, cohabitate, or stay in a student’s room for an extended period of time, not to exceed three consecutive days.
● Students will be held responsible for any violation that involves their guests. This includes responsibility for the consequences of their guest’s actions, such as payment for any damages and reimbursement for any extraordinary expenses incurred by the College as a result of the guest’s actions or behavior, and any fines or non-monetary sanctions impose.
● Guests also should be informed that failure to properly identify themselves upon request by a member or representative of the Office of Public Safety, Student Affairs, or the Office of Residence Education may result in their being asked to leave the campus.
● A guest’s or host’s failure to leave the campus when ordered to do so by College authorities may result in the issuance of a No Trespass Order. A violation of a trespass order may result in an arrest.
● The right of a student to live in reasonable privacy takes priority over the right of their roommate to entertain a guest in the room.
● The right of residents in a hall to live in reasonable privacy takes priority over the right of a student in the hall to entertain a guest in their room.
● Guests who are non-Babson students and plan to park a vehicle on campus must obtain a visitor’s parking pass from the Office of Public Safety. Failure to obtain a visitor’s parking pass may result in the issuance of a fine (for which the host would be responsible, and/or removal of the vehicle from campus at the host’s expense). It is expected that guests will abide by all parking regulations while on campus.
HARASSMENTHarassment is severe, persistent or pervasive conduct, including any form of communication or expression, any physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at one or more individuals that has the purpose or effect of: causing physical or unreasonable emotional harm to such individual(s) or damage to their property;
placing the individual(s) in reasonable fear of harm to their safety or property; or infringing on the rights of other community members to fully participate in the programs, activities, and mission of the College.
The College will use the reasonable person standard when evaluating this information. The College will also consider the full context of the conduct, giving due consideration to the protection of the College climate, individual rights, freedom of expression and academic freedom. Not every act that might be considered offensive to an individual or a group constitutes harassment and/or a violation of College policy.
HAZINGBabson College adheres to and enforces Massachusetts state law that prohibits the practice of hazing. Members of any organizations who fail to comply with the hazing law will be subject to the student conduct process or other disciplinary processes, which may result in immediate suspension from College housing, suspension or expulsion from the College, loss of organizational recognition, and other sanctions. Criminal charges also may be brought against individual members of any organization who are found to practice hazing. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts passed legislation in November 1985 regarding the issue of hazing. The College also is required by this statute to issue a copy of the law to the leadership of every registered student organization. The Office of Student Activities and Leadership will request all groups to sign an acknowledgment of this law.
Hazing is a crime defined under the law as “any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping; beating; branding; forced calisthenics; exposure to the weather; forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug, or any other substance; or any other brutal treatment, or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest, or extended isolation.” A second important aspect of the law concerns the failure to report hazing. It states, “Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing (as defined) and is at the scene of such crime shall, to the extent that such a person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable.” Babson College expanded upon the Massachusetts law to also include the following as part of the Babson College Hazing Policy: Any act committed against someone joining or becoming a member or maintaining membership in any organization that is humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning, or endangers the health and safety of the person.
Hazing includes active or passive participation in such acts and occurs regardless of the willingness to participate in the activities. This may include activities that are a violation of international organizational policies related to hazing. Hazing creates an environment/climate in which dignity and respect are absent.
Examples of hazing include but are not limited to behaviors that emphasize a power imbalance between members of the group or team. This form of hazing typically involves activities or attitudes that breach reasonable standards of mutual respect and place members on the receiving end of ridicule, embarrassment, and/or humiliation tactics.
Members often feel the need to endure this form of hazing to feel like part of the group/team/organization.
Behaviors that cause emotional anguish or physical discomfort in order to feel like part of the group. This form of hazing confuses, frustrates, and causes undue stress for members. Behaviors that have the potential to cause physical and/or emotional, or psychological harm.
Examples include but are not limited to:
● Deception ● Assigning demerits ● Silence periods with implied threats for violation ● Deprivation of privileges granted to other members ● Requiring members to perform duties not assigned to all members ● Socially isolating members ● Lineups and drills/tests on meaningless information ● Name calling ● Requiring members to refer to other members with titles (e.g. “Mr.,” “Miss”) while they are identified with demeaning terms ● Expecting certain items to always be in one’s possession ● Verbal abuse ● Threats or implied threats ● Asking members to wear embarrassing or humiliating attire ● Stunt or skit nights with degrading, crude, or humiliating acts ● Expecting members to perform personal service to other members, such as carrying books, errands, cooking, cleaning, etc.
● Sleep deprivation ● Sexual simulations ● Expecting members to be deprived of maintaining a normal schedule of bodily cleanliness ● Be expected to harass others ● Forced or coerced alcohol or other drug consumption ● Beating, paddling, or other forms of assault ● Branding ● Forced or coerced ingestion of vile substances or concoctions ● Burning ● Water intoxication ● Expecting abuse or mistreatment of animals ● Public nudity ● Expecting illegal activity ● Bondage ● Abductions/kidnaps ● Exposure to cold weather or extreme heat without appropriate protection The law includes references to fines and sanctions for violations. If you have any questions about hazing or would like any further information, contact the Office of Community Standards.
HAZING AMNESTY POLICIES FOR INDIVIDUALSA student can report hazing behavior, even if they participated in such behavior, and will not be individually sanctioned through the College disciplinary process for violating the hazing policy, as long as their behavior did not contribute to causing harm and as long as that student participates fully and truthfully in the College’s investigation of the incident and disciplinary process, if necessary. Students should be aware that any amnesty granted through the College disciplinary process does not extend to criminal or civil action or penalties that may result from the incident. Also, this amnesty policy does not apply if the student’s or organization’s behavior has already been discovered or reported to a College staff member or law enforcement. Please note that a Babson student who reports hazing behavior, that they participated in, on more than one occasion, may be subject to disciplinary action.
HAZING AMNESTY POLICIES FOR ORGANIZATIONS (“FRESH START”) POLICYIf members of an organization, club, or team are concerned that any of the organization’s activities, traditions, or rituals may violate the College’s hazing policy, they may confidentially report any past or recent hazing behavior to the head of the department that supervises their organization (e.g. Athletics, Student Activities and Leadership, etc.). This staff member will then work with the organization in question to develop a plan to address any behavior that may be considered hazing. The organization in question will not be subject to the College disciplinary process for the reported behavior as long as the organization fully discloses any past behavior and the behavior in question did not cause harm. Additionally, in order for amnesty to be granted, the organization must fully implement the plan they designed to avoid hazing and discontinue any behavior that may violate the College’s hazing policy.
Organizations that choose to utilize this amnesty policy should be aware that if it is discovered that the organization continues to violate the College’s hazing policy after completing this process, they will be subject to the disciplinary process for those violations. Also, this amnesty policy does not apply if the organization’s behavior has already been discovered or reported to a College staff member or law enforcement. As with the individual hazing amnesty policy, any amnesty from the College disciplinary process does not extend to any relevant civil or criminal penalties. Please note that a Babson student organization that reports hazing behavior, that the organization participated in, on more than one occasion, may be subject to disciplinary action.
INTERFERENCE WITH STUDENT CONDUCT PROCESSAll persons responsible for addressing incidents (this includes but is not limited to: resident assistants, staff or faculty members and/or public safety personnel) have the right to document, investigate, participate, or administer the student conduct process free of any interference, retaliation, or intimidation by any member of the Babson community.
INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE See Gender-Based Misconduct Policy