Institute policies, rules & regulations
Discipline and suspension
See also Involuntary Medical Withdrawal below.
I. General Discipline Policy
- The sections that follow discuss the discipline policies of the
Institute in detail. This section summarizes those policies,
showing the areas of jurisdiction and the levels of appeal. The
major focus in this document is on the procedures of the Institute
Rules and Discipline Committee, since rules governing general
student conduct are discussed in the appropriate student
- There are two major areas of jurisdiction. The Dean of Students
and the Dean's staff handle cases of Non-Academic Misconduct.
Individual faculty members and the Institute Rules and Discipline
Committee handle cases of Academic Misconduct. All cases of
misconduct must be reported to the Dean of Students.
- Whenever a student is charged with Non-Academic Misconduct, a
disciplinary conference will be scheduled with the Dean of
- Any student charged with misconduct is urged to consult with
the Dean of Students or the Chairperson of the Institute Rules and
Discipline Committee to be informed of the procedures that will be
followed and to receive assistance in preparing a defense.
- The Institute values its reputation for moral leadership as
much as its reputation for academic excellence and expects all
persons associated with it to maintain this reputation. The
Institute's Code of Ethics is simple and direct:
Rose-Hulman expects its students to be responsible
adults and to behave at all times with honor and
- All students are expected to abide by this Code and to aid in
its enforcement by reporting violations of it.
- All Institute administrative officials, faculty, and staff are
authorized to enforce the rules and policies of the Institute, are
expected to report any violations thereof to the appropriate
disciplinary agencies, and will be given full legal support for
Institute-related disciplinary actions they may take, on or off
- All Institute personnel are urged to be both firm and fair in
taking disciplinary action and to do so in consultation with other
Institute personnel to avoid illegal actions.
- The Board of Trustees has granted authority to the President of
the Institute, in an instance of major disturbance or civil
disobedience, to immediately dismiss any student or employee who
refuses to leave the scene of the disturbance.
- The Board has granted authority to the Faculty to admit and
dismiss (suspend) students and the responsibility for all matters
involving student discipline.
- The Faculty has delegated to the Dean of Students and to the
Institute Rules and Discipline Committee the authority to dismiss a
student, i.e., to impose temporary or permanent suspension.
Procedures and Appeals in Cases of Non-Academic
- Non-Academic Misconduct includes action such as theft, damage,
or unauthorized use of Institute property, the disruption of
Institute activities on or off campus, disorderly conduct on
Institute property or in off-campus fraternity or sorority houses,
or violations of Institute regulations as set forth in the Student
- Jurisdiction in such cases lies with the Dean of Students and
instances of such misconduct witnessed by Institute students,
faculty, or staff should be reported to the Dean.
- Routine problems in the residence halls are handled by the
Resident Assistants with the help of professional members of the
Student Affairs staff (the Associate Vice President and Dean of
Student Affairs or the Director of Residence Life). A student may
appeal their rulings to the Dean of Students.
- Whenever a student is charged with Non-Academic Misconduct, a
disciplinary conference will be scheduled with the Dean of
Students. If the facts of the case and the penalties to be imposed
can be agreed upon, the Dean of Students and the student will sign
a Statement of Agreement. This Statement of Agreement, when signed,
will constitute a waiver of the right to a hearing or any appeal
and an acceptance of the findings and penalties imposed.
- If an agreement cannot be reached regarding both the facts of
the case and the penalty to be imposed (i.e., a Statement of
Agreement has not been signed) and the Dean of Students has
determined that suspension from Rose-Hulman may be warranted, then
the Dean of Students has the authority to suspend the student or
refer the case to the Rules and Discipline Committee. If the
Dean of Students determines that suspension is not an appropriate
penalty, and a Statement of Agreement has not been signed, the
student must select one of the following three committees to hear
the case. The chair of the chosen committee must be contacted
within five business days. If none of the chairs are contacted
within five business days, then the Dean of Students will issue a
ruling which is final.
A hearing by the Student Judicial
Council. The Student Judicial Council is a committee of students
appointed by the Student Government Association to handle cases of
non-academic misconduct. The student may have counsel with him or
her (a current student, faculty, or staff member). Appeal of
any sanctions assigned by the Student Judicial Council may be made
to the Institute Rules and Discipline Committee if initiated within
five business days. If the chair of the Rules and Discipline
Committee is not contacted within five business days, then the
decision of the Student Judicial Council will be final. The appeal
to the Rules and Discipline Committee will be final.
A hearing by the Student Affairs
Judicial Board. The Board consists of three members of the
professional Student Affairs staff and cannot include the Dean of
Students. In all cases the student may have counsel (a
current student, faculty, or staff member) with him or her. Appeals
of sanctions assigned by the Student Affairs Judicial Board may be
made to the Institute Rules and Discipline Committee if initiated
within five business days. If the chair of the Rules and Discipline
Committee is not contacted within five business days, then the
decision of the Student Affairs Judicial Board will be final. The
appeal to the Rules and Discipline Committee will be final.
A hearing by the Rules and
Discipline Committee. This is a committee consisting of
faculty, staff, and student(s) that hears cases of academic and
non-academic misconduct. A Committee decision to suspend may be
appealed to the Faculty (see below, "V: Appealing a Suspension to
the Faculty"). In all other cases the decision of the Committee is
final. An appeal of suspension by the Institute Rules and
Discipline Committee decisions must be initiated within five
business days by contacting the chair of the Rules and Discipline
Committee. If the chair of the Rules and Discipline Committee is
not contacted within five business days, then the decision of the
Rules and Discipline Committee will be final.
Suspension by the Dean of Students
- The Dean is specifically delegated by the Faculty the authority
to suspend a student, temporarily or permanently. The student
may appeal such a decision to the Institute Rules and Discipline
Committee within five business days and should be informed of the
right to do so by the Dean.
- The Dean may, in consultation with the President of the
Institute, invoke summary suspension, barring a student from the
Institute immediately. This may be done when required for the
well-being of the student, of other persons, or of the Institute.
The student must comply with this ruling, but may appeal to
the Institute Rules and Discipline Committee within five business
- A suspension ruling will be recorded on the student's academic
record, unless the case is successfully appealed. In the case
of temporary suspension, this record will be removed at the end of
the suspension period. In the case of permanent suspension it
will remain permanently.
- The Dean of Students shall report all instances of suspension
of a student by the Dean of Students at the next regular Institute
III: Academic Misconduct
Actions by an Instructor
- Academic Misconduct includes actions such as cheating,
plagiarizing, or interfering with the academic progress of other
- In such cases, the instructor may choose to give reduced credit
or no credit for work dishonestly done. This may result in a
lowering of the student's course grade.
- In addition, the instructor may appropriately levy some further
penalty, since the student has violated the Institute Code.
Penalties include but are not limited to a warning, (further)
lowering the course grade, failure in the course, or turning the
case over to the Institute Rules and Discipline Committee.
- The student has the right to appeal the instructor's decision
to the Institute Rules and Discipline Committee. The instructor
should inform the student of this right of appeal at the time the
decision is discussed with the student.
- In all instances, the instructor shall submit a brief written
report of the case and any action taken to the Dean of Students,
the Head of department, and the student. In case a penalty course
grade (F, D, or D+) has been assigned, a copy of the report shall
also be submitted to the Registrar. These reports will be kept on
file until the student graduates, at which time the records will be
destroyed. If the case is successfully appealed, the records will
be expunged unless the student requests that they be retained. For
example, they may be retained in an instance where the course grade
has been lowered by the instructor but the Committee subsequently
exonerated the student. (See: "Hearings Before the Institute Rules
and Discipline Committee: Committee Actions.")
Bringing a Case to the Institute Rules and Discipline
- If a student accused of Academic Misconduct feels that an
instructor has been unfair or has imposed a penalty too severe the
student may appeal to the Institute Rules and Discipline
- An instructor, who would like a recommendation of what further
penalty should be assessed or would like a penalty that carries the
weight of faculty action, may bring the case to the Institute Rules
and Discipline Committee. This should be done particularly if the
instructor feels that the case is serious enough to warrant
suspension from the Institute. In turning the case over to the
Committee, the instructor should indicate what actions have already
taken in the case to aid them in judging what further penalty, if
any, is appropriate. The instructor should also be prepared to
abide by the recommendation of the Committee, whatever it might
- If the Dean of Students finds a student involved in more than
one instance of Academic Misconduct, the Dean may bring the case to
the Institute Rules and Discipline Committee.
- If a Board of Inquiry finds evidence of Academic Misconduct, it
will bring the case to the Institute Rules and Discipline
Committee. (See Below.)
Board of Inquiry.
- A student or any other person connected with the Institute who
witnesses Academic Misconduct or who has reason to believe that it
has occurred should discuss this with the instructor, the
Department Head, or the Dean of Students. They may bring the case
directly to the Institute Rules and Discipline Committee or, if
more investigation is required, they will bring the matter to the
Dean of the Faculty who, in consultation with the Dean of Students,
will appoint a Board of Inquiry.
- This Board will consist of two faculty members who are not
members of the Institute Rules and Discipline Committee.
- If the Board finds sufficient evidence of misconduct it will
bring the case to the Institute Rules and Discipline
IV: Hearings Before the institute Rules and Discipline
Types of Cases Heard by the Committee.
- A student may appeal a disciplinary action of an individual
- A student may appeal a suspension ruling by the Dean of
- A faculty member, the Dean of Students or other Institute
official, or a Board of Inquiry may bring a case against a
- The party requesting a hearing shall submit a complete written
statement to the Chairperson of the Committee, who will distribute
copies to all persons involved and to the Dean of Students. The
Chairperson shall invite the other parties involved to submit
written rebuttal statements. The Chairperson shall schedule a
hearing date and notify all parties, calling the procedures herein
described to their attention so that they will be aware of their
rights and of the conduct of the hearing. All this shall be
accomplished as expeditiously as possible, preferably within a few
- At the hearing, the student may be accompanied by a faculty
member or other person affiliated with the Institute to serve as
counsel. The Chairperson shall contact the student prior to the
hearing to ascertain whether counsel is required and, if necessary,
shall assist in the selection.
- The accused has the right to hear all testimony, to examine all
evidence, to question all witnesses, to present evidence, and to
ask that witnesses be called on the accused's behalf. The student
also has the right to remain silent and a decision to do so will
not be taken as an admission of guilt.
- Witnesses may be requested to appear before the Committee by
the Chairperson if desired by the accused, by the person bringing
charges, or by the Committee itself.
- Any member of the Committee directly involved in the case under
consideration or who, for any reason, would be biased in the case,
will be excused from the hearing by the Chairperson. The accused
and the accused's counsel may petition the Chairperson to excuse a
Committee member whom they believe holds a serious bias in the
- Guilt or innocence in a case shall be determined solely on the
merits of that case. The Committee shall not review the previous
disciplinary record of the accused before the hearing, or permit
such information to be introduced in the hearing, or allow such
knowledge as they may have to bias their judgment.
- Any finding requires concurrence by a majority of Committee
members taking part in the hearing.
- A recording of the hearing will be made.
- After the close of the hearing, the Committee will privately
consider the case, call additional meetings if necessary, reach a
decision, notify all parties of the decision, and prepare a brief
written statement. Copies of this statement will be sent to all
parties and to the Dean of Students to be made a part of the
student's personal (not academic) record.
- The intent of the foregoing procedures is to make clear to all
parties what will occur during the hearing and to safeguard the
rights of the accused. It is also their intent to make the hearings
as relaxed as possible and to permit free interchange of
information between the accused and the Committee in an effort to
ascertain the relevant facts of the case.
- In the case of a student appealing the disciplinary action of
an instructor, the Committee may uphold the action of the
instructor, may decide that the student is innocent, or may decide
that the student has been too severely penalized. Accordingly, it
may recommend that the instructor reconsider actions (such as
lowering a grade) that have been taken. However, because of the
limitations of academic freedom, the Committee is not empowered to
change any grade. If the instructor chooses not to follow the
Committee's recommendation the Committee will prepare a written
statement of its findings for inclusion in the student's personal
records. It is hereby specifically noted that, in cases of student
appeal, the Committee may not recommend penalties in addition to
those which the instructor has already imposed.
- In the case of a student appealing a suspension by the Dean of
Students, the Committee may affirm the suspension, may mitigate the
suspension (changing permanent suspension to temporary suspension
or reducing the terms of suspension), or may remove the suspension
and recommend that the Dean substitute other penalties or that no
penalties be assessed. The Committee may not levy additional
penalties. The Committee is not empowered to review other
disciplinary actions of the Dean, such as removing a student from
the Residence Halls, which may be appealed to the President of the
- In the case of a hearing initiated against a student, if the
Committee finds the student innocent it may recommend, but cannot
require, that any penalties previously assessed be removed. Its
report shall include its determination of innocence and shall
direct that all written reports of the case be expunged from the
student's personal record unless the student requests that they be
retained. For example, they may be retained in an instance where a
course grade has been lowered by the instructor but the Committee
subsequently exonerated the student.
- In the case of a hearing initiated against a student, if the
Committee renders a finding of guilty, the Dean of Students will
then review the student's previous disciplinary record, if any, to
aid the Committee in its decision as to the penalty. Penalty
options include, but are not limited to, a reprimand, a
recommendation to the instructor that the student's grade be
lowered or that the student be failed in the course, suspension of
the student from extra-curricular activities, a referral of the
case to civil authorities, or suspension of the student from the
Institute. The Committee will not seek to devise 'novel' penalties
or forms of restitution unless they seem clearly appropriate and do
not constitute 'cruel and unusual punishment'.
- A decision to suspend may be appealed to the Faculty. (See
below.) In all other cases, the decision of the Committee is final;
that is, no further appeal is permitted by the student and no
penalties beyond those recommended by the Committee should be
assessed by the instructor.
Suspension by the Institute Rules and Discipline
- Should the Committee decide to suspend the student from the
Institute, it will notify the Dean of Students, the Registrar, and
the Chairperson of the Admissions and Standing Committee of the
suspension. A student choosing to appeal the decision to the
Faculty, may remain enrolled and in attendance at the Institute
until the appeal has been heard, unless the Committee shall decide
on immediate dismissal for reasons relating to the well-being of
the student, of other persons, or of the Institute.
- The Committee may stipulate suspension for one, two, or three
terms. After the suspension period the student will normally be
permitted to submit a written petition to the Dean of Students who
will review it. After the review, the Dean of Students will submit
a recommendation to the Admissions and Standing Committee for final
action. See PROBATION AND DISMISSAL and
RE-ADMISSION. In unusual cases, such as repeated misconduct,
personal injury, or serious violations of law, the Committee may
impose permanent suspension, thus ruling out readmission.
- A suspension ruling will be recorded on the student's academic
record, unless the case is successfully appealed. In the case of
temporary suspension, this record will be removed at the end of the
suspension period. In the case of permanent suspension it will
- A student who is suspended forfeits all rights to a refund of
any portion of fees paid and will remain liable for all monies
owed.See TUITION AND FEES.
- The Committee may stipulate that the Institute will not accept
TRANSFER CREDIT earned at another school by a student during the
period of suspension from the Institute.
- The Chairperson shall report all instances in which the
Committee has suspended a student at the next regular Institute
V: APPEALING A SUSPENSION TO THE FACULTY
- The grounds for appeal will generally be (but are not limited
- That the hearing was not fair (because of biases of members of
the Rules and Discipline Committee, etc.)
- That the findings of the hearing were not accurate (because
evidence was overlooked or improper evidence taken into
- That the findings were accurate but the penalty too severe
(because mitigating circumstances were not taken into
- That the student accepts the findings and the penalty as just
but wishes to plead for special consideration.
- A student who is suspended and wishes to appeal this ruling to
the Faculty must submit a written appeal to the Chairperson of the
Institute Rules and Discipline Committee within five business days
of the Committee's ruling.
- The Chairperson will provide the student with a copy of the
minutes or a recording of the hearing.
- Within five business days of receiving the minutes or
recording, the student must make a written appeal to the President
of the Institute, who will distribute copies to the Dean of
Students, the Chairperson of the Institute Rules and Discipline
Committee and other persons involved.
- The case will be heard at either a regular or special Institute
Meeting at the discretion of the President, who will preside at the
- All parties in the case will be permitted to appear at the
hearing to make statements and answer questions. The student may be
accompanied by a faculty member or other person affiliated with the
Institute whom the student selects to serve as counsel.
- The proceedings will begin with a report by the Chairperson of
the Institute Rules and Discipline Committee, summarizing the
previous hearing(s). Then the parties involved shall make their
statements of appeal and answer questions from the Faculty. Since
this is an appeal and not a re-hearing, witnesses will not be
re-heard nor evidence reviewed. The focus will be on errors in the
previous hearing, unfairness, or mitigating circumstances.
- With all parties dismissed, the Faculty shall discuss its
decision. Any faculty member directly involved in the case will be
excused from this final deliberation. The decision shall be arrived
at by simple majority vote. At the request of any faculty member,
the vote will be by secret ballot.
- The decision will be announced to all parties and a written
report will be prepared by the Institute Secretary, with copies to
all parties and a copy to the student's personal record in the
Office of the Dean of Students.
- The Chairperson will provide the student with a copy of the
minutes or a recording of the hearing.
- Since the Board of Trustees has granted authority to the
Faculty to dismiss students, the Faculty's decision shall be
Faculty Action Options.
- The Faculty may affirm the action to suspend.
- The Faculty may mitigate the penalty, changing permanent
suspension to temporary suspension or reducing the terms of
- The Faculty may substitute another penalty for suspension.
- The Faculty may remand the case to the Institute Rules and
Discipline Committee for re-sentencing (i.e., specifying that a
penalty other than suspension be assigned).
- The Faculty may remand the case to the Institute Rules and
Discipline Committee for re-hearing (in cases where there seem to
have been serious improprieties in the hearing).
- The Faculty may remove all penalties.
- The Faculty may not levy penalties in addition to those already
Committee in Charge: Rules and Discipline
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords
students certain rights with respect to their education records.
- The right to inspect and review the student's education records
within 45 days of the day the Institute receives a request for
access. Students should submit to the Registrar, Dean, Head of
the academic department, or other appropriate official, written
requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The
Institute official will make arrangements for access and notify the
student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
If the records are not maintained by the Institute official to whom
the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student
of the correct official to whom the request should be
- The right to request the amendment of the student's education
records that the student believes are inaccurate or
misleading. Students may ask the Institute to amend a record
that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write
the Institute official responsible for the record, clearly identify
the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is
inaccurate or misleading. If the Institute decides not to
amend the record as requested by the student, the Institute will
notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or
her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.
Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be
provided to the student when notified of the right to a
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable
information contained in the student's education records, except to
the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without
consent. One exception which permits disclosure without
consent is the disclosure to school officials with legitimate
educational interests. A school official is a person employed by
the Institute in an administrative, supervisory, academic or
research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit
personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the
Institute has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or
collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a
student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or
grievance committee, or assisting another school official in
performing his or her tasks. A school official has a
legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an
education record in order to fulfill his or her professional
responsibility. Upon request, the Institute discloses
education records without consent to officials of another school in
which a student seeks or intends to enroll. Unless you request
in writing to withhold disclosure of some or all information known
as "Directory Information" such "Directory Information" may be
disclosed without consent. "Directory Information" includes: name
of student, year at Rose-Hulman, local telephone number, local
e-mail address, local address, home address, date and place of
birth, photograph, participation in officially recognized
activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic
teams, dates of attendance, anticipated graduation date, class
schedule, class roster, declared major, degrees and awards received
and the most recent previous educational institution attended. If
you do not want some or all of the "Directory Information"
disclosed, you must inform the Institute in writing on a Request
Form to prohibit the release of the information. Forms are
available at the Office of the Registrar and must be filed with the
Registrar on or before seven days after the first day when classes
begin in the fall. Please consider very carefully the consequences
of any decision by you to prohibit the disclosure of any category
of "Directory Information". Should you decide to file a request
form to prohibit release of information, any future requests for
such information from non-institutional persons or organizations
will be refused and, for example, this information about you would
be omitted from listing to recruiters and commencement
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of
Education concerning alleged failures by Rose-Hulman to comply with
the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that
administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance
Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue,
SW Washington, DC 20202-4605.
Involuntary medical withdrawal guidelines
Subject to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's duties under
the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a
student may be administratively withdrawn involuntarily from the
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology seeks to establish and
maintain a community environment that promotes education, research,
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is particularly concerned
with the health and safety of its students, faculty, and staff in
an environment that is conducive to personal and intellectual
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology desires to create a
procedure separate from the student Discipline and Suspension
policy for those students engaged in certain inappropriate
behaviors (as described below) resulting from medical reasons.
The Involuntary Medical Withdrawal process will be initiated and
a student may be administratively withdrawn from Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology when, in the judgment of the Vice-President
for Student Affairs, the student's medical condition involves one
or more of the following:
- A significant danger or imminent threat of harm to self,
others, or property.
- Behavior that signifies a chronic or repeated threat of harm to
others or property.
- Behavior that is disruptive to the Rose-Hulman community in
that the behavior disturbs the academic pursuits or infringes upon
the rights, privileges, health, or safety of others.
- The student cannot be effectively treated medically while a
member of the academic community.
Any member of the Rose-Hulman community who has reason to
believe that a student may meet one or more of the above
circumstances may contact the Office of Student Affairs. The
Vice-President for Student Affairs will review any information
provided and consult with the counseling staff and/or the attending
physician or psychiatrist regarding the health of the student (as
permitted by FERPA guidelines). The student may be directed in
writing and/or orally (depending upon the urgency of the situation)
to attend a meeting with the Vice-President for Student Affairs.
The Vice-President for Student Affairs will meet with the
student at the earliest possible time to discuss the student's
Potential Outcomes of Such a Meeting
- No action taken. The student is permitted to remain at
Rose-Hulman subject to no special conditions.
- Conditional enrollment letter outlining specific actions
required by the student to continue at Rose-Hulman.
- Withdrawal from Rose-Hulman. Withdrawal can be
- The Vice-President for Student Affairs may invoke a summary
suspension that will result in the student's immediate withdrawal
from the Institute. (This may be necessary for the well-being of
the student, other persons, or of the Institute.) The student
must comply with this decision, but may proceed with the appeal
process within the 48-hour appeal period.
The student may appeal the Vice President of Student Affairs'
decision to the committee consisting of the Rules and Discipline
Committee and the Director of International Student Services and
Special Programs. Any appeal must be submitted to the chair of the
Rules and Discipline Committee in writing within 48 hours of the
An appeal meeting will be scheduled to allow the student to
present relevant information concerning the matter. A
representative (a student, faculty, or staff member from
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) may be present to assist the
student throughout the formal process.
At the conclusion of the meeting with the Committee, all
information will be considered and a letter will be furnished to
the student and the Vice-President for Student Affairs containing
the committee's conclusions regarding the appeal.
If an involuntary medical withdrawal occurs, conditions for
re-admittance may be imposed by the Vice President of Student
Affairs at the time of the withdrawal. As the result of an
involuntary medical withdrawal under this policy, a student may be
asked to submit, prior to resuming classes or on-campus residence,
a letter to the Vice-President for Student Affairs from a licensed
health care professional stating that the student is capable of
resuming academic course work and adhering to the responsibilities
of living in a residence hall community. In addition, the
student will schedule and attend a meeting with the Admissions and
Standing Committee as a condition of readmission. This
meeting can be arranged through the assistance of the
Vice-President for Student Affairs or the Registrar's Office.
The Admissions and Standing Committee will determine whether
the student shall be readmitted.
A student withdrawn from classes under this policy is eligible
for tuition and fee refunds and residence hall refunds according to
the Rose-Hulman Student Handbook.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology strictly prohibits campus
student organizations from hazing or participating in activities
which recklessly or intentionally endanger the mental or physical
health of students including the forced consumption of liquor or
drugs for the purpose of initiation into or association with these
In short, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is strictly
Any person violating this policy is subject to suspension,
expulsion, or other firm Institute disciplinary action. An
organization which authorizes hazing activities will forfeit all
campus privileges, including the right to license or exist on the
All organizations should understand that offenders are also
subject to prosecution through applicable criminal statutes on
manslaughter, reckless endangerment, or assault.
Policy on drugs and alcoholic beverages
The Institute believes that the development of self-discipline,
individual responsibility and respect for law will be enhanced by
entrusting to students a greater responsibility for compliance with
State law and by the removal of complete prohibitions which are not
enforceable in practice.
Therefore, the Institute draws to the attention of all its
members that it is unlawful for any person to sell, furnish, give
or cause to be sold, furnished or given away any alcoholic
beverages to any person under the age of 21 years. The Institute
expects each individual student and each student living unit to
assume responsibility for compliance with this provision of the
Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Control Act on the Rose-Hulman campus.
The Institute has particular concern for the assumption of this
responsibility by students who are not yet 21 years of age and are,
therefore, more exposed to violations of the law; this concern
applies especially to freshman students, not merely because they
are exposed to violations of the law but also and importantly
because they are new to college life with its attendant problems of
adjustment and achievement. These regulations rest on the
assumption that Rose-Hulman students, relying on residence
regulations and their own judicial procedures, are capable of
individual and group self-discipline.
- Each Rose student is individually and personally responsible
for compliance with the applicable provisions of the law of the
state of Indiana.
- Alcoholic beverages may not be used by students on the campus
except within the privacy of their own living quarters.
- Alcoholic beverages shall not be possessed, nor consumed by
students in the "public" areas (i.e., lobby areas, corridors, or
reception areas) of residence halls nor can they be made generally
available through bar setups, at "rush" functions in fraternity
- Alcoholic beverages may not be dispensed on the campus or at
fraternity houses at any time through the use of beer trucks, kegs,
etc., which are clearly for the purpose of mass consumption by
- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at varsity or intramural
- Alcoholic beverages shall not be sold on the Rose campus
without the approval of the President of the Institute.
- Violations of these alcoholic beverage regulations, as of other
Institute regulations, shall be subject to discipline through
- Consumption of alcohol is prohibited at all athletic
It is emphasized that when alcoholic beverages are used at all,
they should be used in moderation and that the conduct of students
on the Rose-Hulman campus shall at no time be disorderly or
otherwise offensive due to immoderate use of alcohol or for any
other reason. The Institute does not condone violation of the State
law concerning the use of alcoholic beverages under any
circumstances when such use impairs personal health, academic
achievement, or the best interest of the Rose-Hulman community.
DRUG ABUSE AND THE COLLEGE
Rose-Hulman is a microcosm of American mainstream society. As
such, its citizens reflect all of the general characteristics of
such a richly diversified nation.
The news media throughout the country report daily on the
alarming incidence of various forms of "drug abuse" among our
citizens. Some have even stated that drugs may be the single most
dangerous domestic threat facing this country.
Clearly, drug abuse is a problem which we need to address in all
segments of society. The Rose-Hulman community is no exception.
It's simply naive to believe that drugs and the potential for drug
abuse do not exist here. They do exist here, and there
At their worst, drugs kill. At their very least, they disrupt
lives, cut short promising careers, and cause a wide variety of
physiological and psychological problems. Moreover, distribution
and/or use of illegal drugs can lead to serious legal problems.
We have prepared this brochure as a quick reference for all
citizens of the campus. Its overriding goal is to prevent drug
abuse by providing facts that refute any alleged benefits. However,
we also realize that some may be currently abusing drugs, and
specific steps are offered for getting professional help.
This brochure is both an educational piece and a statement of
policy for students and employees of Rose-Hulman. If you have never
abused drugs, it's our hope that this information will be
reinforcing. If you are currently abusing drugs, hopefully this
piece will help you recognize the problem for what it is, admit it
to yourself, and seek help. Together, we can strive to make the
Rose-Hulman environment drug-free.
DRUGS: Their Impact on Daily
Why do people abuse drugs? There are almost as many "reasons" as
there are people who abuse drugs. At first, many young people experiment with drugs
because of "peer pressure", "adult examples", "to feel grown up",
'to rebel" against parental values and authority, "curiosity", "for
kicks", "to escape" problems, or because of their wide
availability. Later, some may decide to continue using drugs 'to
relieve boredom", "to get more energy, to obtain a "high", 'to feel
more creative", 'to improve performance", 'to reduce anxiety and
tension", 'to solve problems", 'to escape reality, or 'to help
relate to other people". Whatever the reason, the fact
is that drugs can become a daily habit and can actually create a
physical or psychological NEED within the user. In this
sense, they can have a devastating effect on the daily life of the
user and those closest to that individual.
The stereotype of the drug abuser (i.e., the dead beat, skid row
bum, etc.) can blind us to the existence of a student's or
co-worker's drug or alcohol problem. Most abusers do not "fit" this
stereotype. For example, a serious cocaine user is typically:
- well educated (14 years of schooling)
- employed (77 percent)
- well paid (37 percent earn over $25,000 annually)
- engaged in illegal activities to support the drug habit (56
STATE AND FEDERAL
Both the State of Indiana and the Federal Government have
statutes which expressly prohibit the possession, use or
distribution of illicit drugs. In addition, Indiana statute
prohibits the possession, use or distribution of alcohol by persons
under the age of 21. Federal penalties for illegal
possession of a controlled substance are
- 1st conviction: Up to 1 year imprisonment and fined at least
$1000 but not more than $100,000, or both.
- After 1 prior drug conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not
to exceed 2 years and fined at least $2500 but not more than
$250,000, or both.
- Special sentencing provisions for possession of crack cocaine:
Mandatory at least 5 years in prison, not to exceed 20 years and
fined up to $250,000 or both, if:
- 1st conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds
- 2nd crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds
- 3rd or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack
possessed exceeds 1 gram.
AND NARCOTICS POLICY
The following is a listing of some of the commonly abused drugs
with related physical and psychological side affects. It is because
of the severity of these harmful effects, both for the individual
and in some cases, for those around him, that the Institute has
adopted strict policies regarding illegal drugs and narcotics on
the campus. In short, Rose-Hulman will not tolerate the possession,
use or distribution of illegal drugs on the campus by anyone
associated with the Institute. Anyone found violating this policy
will be subject to disciplinary action, including possible
dismissal and criminal prosecution. (Employees- See additional
Policy statement in Appendix A.)
Here, then, is an analysis of the impact of some of the commonly
Type of Drug
Speed up the action of central nervous system.
Amphetamines ("speed, "uppers", "bennies", "pep pills")
psychological and possible physical dependence can develop.
Hallucinations may occur. High doses can cause heart problems,
"snow", "crack", "base", "rock") - a narcotic
hallucinations may occur.
Tolerance and physical dependence.
Physical effects unpredictable-convulsions, coma, and death are
Nasal membrane damage.
Relax the central nervous system
("barbs", "goofballs", "downers", "blues")
Tranquilizers ("valium", "librium")
Methaqualone ("soapers", "quads", "ludes")
Confusion, loss of control, etc., may occur.
Tolerance, physical and psychological dependence can
Overdose can cause coma, death.
In combination with alcohol, can be fatal.
Alters mood and perception.
("grass", "pot", "weed")
Hashish ("hash", "oil")
of control, hallucinations.
Moderate tolerance and long-term psychological dependence.
Damage to lung tissue.
Depressed central nervous system
|Don't be fooled by
the fact that alcohol is not controlled in the same way that other
drugs are - it's a powerful depressant. Long-term, heavy drinking
is linked to cancer, heart disease, liver damage, loss of muscle
tone, and other serious illnesses. (For Rose-Hulman Institute of
Technology student policy on alcohol please refer to pp. 16-17 of
the Student Handbook.)
Temporarily distort reality.
Diethylamide ("LSD", "acid")
Tolerance develops. Effects can recur ("flashbacks").
("PCP", "angel dust")
Legally classified as a depressant.
confusion, irrational behavior.
Overdose can cause convulsions, coma, death.
DMT, STP, psilocybin ("designer drugs")
||Effects similar to those of
Lower perception of pain.
("H", "scag", "junk", "smack")
Morphine ("M", "dreamer")
Lethargy, apathy, loss of judgment and self-control may occur.
Tolerance, physical and psychological dependence can develop.
Overdose can cause convulsions, coma, and death.
Risks include malnutrition, infection, and hepatitis.
Clearly, abusing drugs can be extremely DANGEROUS, especially
when taken in excess, for a long time, or in the wrong
combinations. If you take drugs, you risk - OVERDOSE. DEPENDENCE. ILL
HEALTH. ACCIDENTS, and it can lead to LEGAL PROBLEMS. ECONOMIC
PROBLEMS. and PERSONAL PROBLEMS.
The Signs of Drug Abuse
Obviously, the best time to prevent drug abuse is before it
starts. Unfortunately, that is not possible in all cases. The next
best alternative is to recognize the symptoms and attempt to get
professional help for the individual.
Though each drug has its own set of symptoms, there are many
characteristics that are common to the abuse of virtually all
drugs. They include:
- Abrupt changes in attendance, a decline in grades or
- Deterioration of physical condition - less stamina, poor
- Out-of-character mood swings. Over-protection of "personal"
- Wearing sunglasses in inappropriate weather.
- Unusual borrowing of money.
- Social withdrawal from usual group of friends.
- Stealing of items that can be pawned or sold. Changed frequency
in trips to bathroom, basement, etc.
- More specific symptoms for individual drug types include:
- Dilated pupils.
- Excessive activity, irritability, nervousness, and
- Dry mouth and nose (user licks lips frequently), bad
- Weight loss (abuser will go long periods without food or
- May have needle marks if injecting the drug.
- Appears intoxicated, but with no alcohol odor on breath.
- Tends to fall asleep in class or in meetings.
- Loss of interest in previously important activities.
- Often seems to be in dreamlike or trancelike state.
- May examine everyday common objects for long periods of
- Body image and shapes may be distorted; panic may result.
- Sweating, flushed skin, and excessive salivation (for PCP
- Odor of marijuana present.
- Whites of eyes irritated.
- Less active, quieter than normal
- Episodes of acute anxiety, panic attacks.
- Raw, red nostrils if sniffing, needle marks if injecting.
- Lethargy, drowsy behavior when high.
- Intensely purposeful when trying to obtain money or locate
- Excessive need for money.
Getting Help: Decision
Do people who abuse drugs need help? Do people who abuse drugs
While help for the individual abuser is available in the
community on a highly confidential basis, it is extremely difficult
to break through the abuser's denial - denial of being an abuser,
denial that there is a problem. In fact, denial is one of the most
prevalent traits exhibited by the drug abuser. In many cases, they
have even deluded themselves for long periods into believing,
'there is no problem."
Therefore, confrontations, even by a close friend, are likely to
have little impact on the suspected abuser. If you should opt for
that course of action, be
prepared. That means having documentation that supports your
suspicions. Have a list ready of symptoms of behavioral changes
which you have noticed that may indicate the possibility of drug
use. Be prepared, too, for the immediate denial by the individual
and the potential for a "loss of friendship". But, if your
"hunches" are correct and you feel strongly about the "evidence",
persistence can help break through the barriers.
If you do not wish to confront the individual even if your
suspicions are very strong, it is best to involve professional
counselors on the campus. In any event, don't simply 'throw up your
hands" and give up! Your action, even indirectly, could help to
save a life!
Whether you are a fellow instructor, a fellow staff member, or a
fellow student, if you suspect that someone you know is abusing
drugs, it is important that you keep those suspicions confidential
until you've decided to act. That means sharing your thoughts only with the suspected
abuser, with those who are qualified, and those who are in
positions of responsibility. Rule of thumb: The fewer people you
tell the better for everyone concerned.
The Abuser is Me!
If reading through this information has maybe helped you to
focus on your own problem or potential problem with drug abuse,
then let us help you further by suggesting specific sources of help
in our community. Keep in mind that confidentiality is a central
feature of all such agency services. Also keep in mind that
breaking a drug habit without outside help can
be dangerous (because of withdrawal symptoms) and difficult
(because of psychological need).
Community Substance Abuse Services
|AA Treatment Center, 24 Hour Helpline
|Clay County Addiction Program
|Hamilton Center Addiction Services
|Prenatal Substance Abuse Program
|Regional Hospital Behavioral Health Service
|Sullivan County Addiction Program
|Union Hospital Behavioral Health Service
|Vermillion County Addiction Service
Other sources of help include the family physician, clergy, and
psychologists and psychiatrists in private practice.
If you would like help in making contact with any community
agency, please visit the Student Affairs Office in the Student
Union Building, or dial Health Services at ext. 8367 or Student
Health Counseling at ext. 8537. No names have to be given to get
help with a referral.
REMEMBER: DRUG ABUSE IS A SERIOUS MATTER!
THE RISKS ARE GREAT AND THE RESULTS CAN BE DEADLY!
Some of the information in this section was taken from About Drug Abuse, a
Channing L. Bete Co., Inc. publication.
Sexual harassment policy
It is the goal of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology to provide
the optimal educational and professional environment for all
students, faculty, and staff. Rose-Hulman is committed to a policy
of nondiscrimination, equal employment, and equal educational
opportunity with respect to recruitment, hiring, training,
promotion, and treatment of persons in all organizations, services,
and programs. Discrimination based on race, religion, color,
national origin, sex, age, citizenship status, disability, veteran
status or sexual orientation is prohibited.
It is a violation of Institute policy for any employee or
student to sexually harass any other employee or student.
Prohibited conduct includes making requests for sexual favors,
unwelcome sexual advances or other verbal or physical conduct of a
sexual nature a condition of an employee's continued employment or
a student's continued education, as well as both the taking or
failure to take any personnel or academic action as a reprisal
against any person for rejecting such prohibited conduct. No
employee or student shall threaten or insinuate, either explicitly
or implicitly, that an individual's submission to or refusal to
submit to sexual advances will affect the person's employment,
academic progress, evaluation, wages, advancement, assigned duties,
shifts, or any other condition of employment or academic
development. All persons are prohibited from conduct of a sexual
nature that creates an intimidating, humiliating or offensive
working or educational environment.
Examples of sexual harassment may include, but are not limited
to, such conduct as the following:
- Unwelcome sexual advances, flirtations, requests for sexual
activity, verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
- Sexual jokes, slurs, speculations about sexual orientation or
experience, or sexually explicit statements.
- The display of sexually suggestive objects or pictures.
Any student who believes that he or she has been subject to
sexual harassment, whether on the premises of the Rose-Hulman
campus or elsewhere, should promptly report the incident in
writing* by completing a Sexual Harassment Resolution Form (
and submitting it to one of the following persons:
- Dean of Students
- Title IX Coordinator (Associate Dean of Student Affairs or
- Assistant Title IX Coordinator (Director of Human Resources or
- Academic Advisor
- Residence Hall Staff
- Student Affairs Staff
*While it is preferable to have the complaint in writing, a
verbal complaint will also be acted upon in the same manner.
It is the Institute's policy to investigate promptly all
complaints of sexual harassment and, where appropriate, to take
prompt remedial action. Additionally, if the Institute knows
about student-on-student harassment that creates a hostile
environment, it will take immediate action to eliminate the
harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.
Reports of alleged sexual harassment or sexual misconduct will be
investigated as discreetly as the circumstances permit and without
recrimination, regardless of where the harassment or misconduct
occurred. If the complainant requests confidentiality or asks
that the complaint not be pursued, the Institute will take all
reasonable steps to investigate and respond to the complaint
consistent with the request for confidentiality or request not to
pursue an investigation.
After appropriate investigation, any individual who is found to
have engaged in sexual harassment or sexual misconduct will be
subject to appropriate sanctions up to and including
suspension/expulsion from school for a student or termination for
an employee. Additionally, any person who discriminates or
takes adverse action against another person because that person
complains of harassment or assists in an investigation of a
harassment complaint will also be subject to disciplinary action,
up to and including expulsion from school or the termination of
While the investigation's duration will depend on the nature of
the alleged act, generally, a standard investigation, without an
appeal process, will take approximately 60 calendar days. All
parties involved will be promptly notified of the outcome of the
investigation, provided with a copy of the written report, and
informed of the actions, if any, taken in connection with the
Any person who engages in sexual harassment is subject to
disciplinary action, including termination of employment or
expulsion. Any person who discriminates or takes adverse action
against another person because that person complains of sexual
harassment or assists an investigation of a sexual harassment
complaint will also be subject to disciplinary action, including
termination of employment or expulsion.
Policy on sexual assault
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has a clear institutional
policy against rape and other forms of sexual assault. It is
important for all campus citizens to understand that these crimes
will not be tolerated under any circumstances. Sexual violence on
campus is repugnant. It's an extreme violation of individual
rights, and it is contrary to the mission of this college.
Therefore, it is extremely important that all students, faculty,
and staff understand the policy in detail. Compliance with this
policy is a condition of enrollment or employment at
Definition of Rape
While there are many forms of sexual assault, rape is by far the
most prevalent. Rape is generally defined as forced sexual
intercourse that is perpetrated against the will of the victim. The
type of force may involve physical violence, coercion, or threat of
harm to the victim. It is an extremely violent crime.
On college campuses the most prevalent form of rape is
acquaintance rape. The acquaintance may be a date or a friend of
the victim, or someone the victim knows casually, from a residence
hall, from a class, or through mutual friends.
Regardless of the relationship between parties, if one person
uses force to coerce another to submit to sexual intercourse, the
act is defined as rape. The same criminal laws and penalties apply
in cases of acquaintance rape as in cases of stranger rape.
Other Criminal Sexual Assaults
Besides rape, there are other types of felonious sexual crimes
that involve forced penetration of the victim including sodomy,
oral copulation, and rape by a foreign object.
"Sexual battery," as defined in courts of law, is generally the
unwanted touching of an intimate part of the victim's body, such as
sexual organ, buttocks, or breast, for the purpose of sexual
While sexual harassment is yet another form of sexual assault,
the sexual harassment policy of the college is detailed in a
separate policy statement (above).
Disciplinary Hearings, Criminal Process, and Disciplinary
Where there is probable cause to believe that policies
prohibiting sexual assault have been violated, Rose-Hulman will
pursue strong disciplinary action through its own channels. This
discipline includes the possibility of suspension.
It is important for all constituents to understand that they can
be both prosecuted under the State of Indiana criminal statues and
disciplined by Rose-Hulman. It should also be understood that
Rose-Hulman can pursue disciplinary action even if the criminal
justice authorities do not prosecute.
The procedures for disciplinary hearing in student sexual
assault cases will be as described under "Institute Policies,
Rules, and Regulations", Section II-Non-Academic Misconduct in the
Student Handbook (
If found guilty by the hearing body, other possible penalties
include suspension for a specified time, exclusion from certain
areas of the campus, and/or mandatory counseling. Various sanctions
can also be invoked against entire organizations whose members may
be found guilty of sexual assault, including disbanding the
organization, restricting female guests, or requesting action by
the national office if it is an affiliated organization.
The Trauma of Sexual Assault
Those victimized by sexual assault generally experience profound
emotional trauma which severely impacts their daily functioning.
Some common responses include feelings of shock and disbelief,
intense fears about personal safety, preoccupation with recurrent
and intensive thought about the assault, sleep disturbances,
anxiety, impaired concentration, mood swings, depression, feelings
of anger, shame, and self-blame. These reactions are called
"post-traumatic stress disorder" or "rape trauma syndrome".
Rights of Victims
Rose-Hulman will do everything it can to assist the victim with
appropriate counseling and support. Victims of sexual assault shall
be afforded the opportunity to be present at hearings and to have
counsel present. That person can be a member of the faculty or
counseling staff of Rose-Hulman, a friend, or anyone else at the
college that the victim feels can provide either valuable insight
or reassurance throughout the hearing process. The willingness of
the victim to "confront" the assailant(s) is important to the
community as well as the victim's psychological well-being.
Unfortunately, many sexual assault victims never report their
assault, for a variety of reasons. Many experience such intense
feelings of shame and self-blame that they are reluctant to report
the assault or to seek assistance. Some are afraid that their
assailant may retaliate against them if they report the crime.
Others may believe that family and friends will criticize or
perhaps even blame them. Some may feel that the "system" will, in
effect, put them on trial. Whatever the reason, not reporting may
encourage assailants to attack others.
Victims of sexual assault are strongly urged to report the
assault immediately to residence hall staff, to professional staff
in Student Affairs, to Public Safety, to the Title IX Coordinator
or Assistant Title IX Coordinator, or to any faculty or
administrative staff member in whom they have confidence, via
reporting procedures described above (
Reports will be given the highest degree of confidentiality until
such that a hearing should take place or that criminal action is
sought through the Prosecutors Office.