Table of Contents:
Responsibilities and Expectations
Student Affairs Freedom of Association, Inquiry and Expression
Code of Conduct
Social Events
Hazing
Alcohol and Other Drugs
Information Technology Acceptable Use

Responsibilities and Expectations

As a student organization affiliated with Lafayette College your behaviors, events and organizational standards should reflect the mission and philosophy of the institution, as well as the values the college seeks to instill in the campus community. Each organization should meet the following standards:

  • Organization officers should be in good academic standing (at least a 2.0 GPA) and not on disciplinary probation.
  • Maintain registration throughout the year by keeping your organization’s officer information updated and current in LAFSync.
  • Maintain a constitution, mission and goals for your organization.
  • Receive approval from Student Leadership and Involvement for fundraising activities, contracting with vendors, and other actions as determined by the department.
  • Be open to accepting members of all backgrounds and offer broad programming for the campus community; comply with the College’s non-discrimination policy (see below).
  • Use the appropriate paperwork when your organization is participating in high risk activities, travel or extended stays away from campus.
  • Maintain an active advisor for the organization and an active relationship with the advisor throughout the academic year, including developing honest and open lines of communication regarding organizational activities.
  • Participate in student organization training opportunities provided through Campus Life departments.
  • Officers will accept responsibility for all program planning functions including following appropriate event planning and management procedures by adequately informing Student Leadership and Involvement of the dates and times of your event, discussing availability and restrictions of the budget, and programming needs.
  • Accept responsibility and accountability for organization members and guests at all on and off campus events.

Student Affairs Freedom of Association, Inquiry and Expression

No campus organization may discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age or disability. Religious qualifications, however, may be required by organizations whose aims are primarily sectarian. 

Code of Conduct

As members of the Lafayette community, students and student organizations are expected to uphold community standards. Actions, attitudes, and involvement in activities on and off campus will have both positive and negative impacts on a student’s future; when students or student organizations decide to engage in behaviors that violate College policy, or choose to associate with those involved in violating the College policy, they must be prepared to assume responsibility for any consequences associated with these behaviors. See Student Handbook

Social Events

Activities sponsored/hosted by students or student groups must not interfere with the educational purposes of the College, disturb others, or conflict with other College events.  Students and student groups must inform Student Leadership and Involvement in advance of any social event; the enforcement of regulations pertaining to organized social events sponsored by a student organization is the responsibility of the organization’s officers. 

Hazing

Lafayette College requires that no student participates in and that no student organization allows any of its new members, current members, or others to participate in any pre-membership ceremony or practice that involves mental or physical exhaustion or abuse, or in any way interferes with the students’ mental or physical ability to perform their work at Lafayette College. These rites must not reflect unfavorably upon either the group or the College or be of a dangerous, rude or demeaning nature.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

The laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania pertaining to drugs and alcoholic beverages are applicable to the College. Lafayette College prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution dispensation, sale or possession or use of any drug by any of its students, or its premises or as part of any of its activities.  All persons while in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are subject to the Pennsylvania Liquor and Legal Code.  Students or student organizations who violate these laws are also in violation of the Code of Conduct.

Information Technology Acceptable Use

Lafayette College’s Information Technology (IT) resources are intended to support the educational, administrative, and campus-life activities of the College. The use of these resources is a privilege extended to members of the Lafayette community, who are expected to act in a responsible, ethical and legal manner. In general, acceptable use entails behavior that respects the rights of others, does not compromise the security of integrity of IT resources, and complies with all applicable laws and license agreements.