General Information

Hazing Policy

All student organizations must be aware of the Hazing Policy: Ithaca College does not support hazing in any form. The Ithaca College Policy Manual defines hazing as “intentionally or recklessly subjecting any person to the risk of bodily harm, or severe emotional distress, subjecting a person to treatment intended to put that person in a humiliating or disconcerting position, or causing or encouraging any person to commit an act that would be a violation of law or college regulations for the purpose of initiating, promoting, fostering, or confirming any form of affiliation with any group, including, but not limited to, recognized organizations or athletic teams on College-owned or -operated property or at College-sponsored activities.” Any action that causes or encourages another individual to violate Ithaca College policies or local, state, and federal laws is considered hazing. Student organizations are expected to foster a culture of respect and civility. Reports of hazing will be swiftly investigated and appropriately handled. Student organizations found to be in violation of the Ithaca College hazing policy will be in jeopardy of losing their registration for the academic year and/or beyond.

Harassment Policy

I. Policy Statement on Discriminatory and Harassing Conduct

Ithaca College student organizations are committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere where all members of the community are treated with respect and dignity. It is the policy of Ithaca College student organizations to provide equal educational opportunities for all qualified persons. Student Organizations do not discriminate in programs and activities on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal or state law. This commitment includes the provision that all student organizations are free from discrimination and harassment. OSE will not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment and will not condone any actions or words that constitute such.

II. Definitions

Discrimination occurs when an individual is treated adversely because of membership in one of the legally protected groups under federal or state law. Discriminatory practices based on bias against a person’s age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status are prohibited. Harassment occurs when unwelcome conduct based on an individual’s membership in a protected group unreasonably interferes with the individual’s work or educational environment. It includes verbal, visual, or physical conduct where such conduct may have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.

Prohibited conduct may include, among other things, telling racist or sexist jokes or making offensive or derogatory remarks about another person’s race, ancestry, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, or membership in another protected group. Prohibited conduct may occur through:

  • Direct oral expression and/or physical gestures or actions
  • Notes, letters, and other forms of written communication distributed via U.S. mail, campus mail, or otherwise made visible to the public
  • Phone calls, phone messages, or other forms of electronic verbal communication
  • Email, text messages, instant messaging, social networks, or other means of electronic communication

If you or a member of your student organization is being mistreated or being hazed please contact the Associate Director of Student Involvement.