Member Bill of Rights

It is the responsibility of all student organizations and campus programs to cultivate and encourage an environment of learning, personal growth and respect for the individual, the organization’s values, and the Elon University honor code. There are a number of activities that are constructive parts of a member/new member process and will contribute to your becoming a more active and productive member of your student organization. Activities should support and encourage the individual not “break them down” to “build them up.”  However, there are other activities in which you might be asked to take part that are a violation of organizational regulations, and/or Elon policies. These activities constitute “hazing.” A general guideline in defining whether an activity is hazing is to ask:  1.  Does participation in the activity further the success and welfare of three entities- you, the organization and the university?  2.  Would you be comfortable telling the dean of students about the activity?

Listed below is a Member/New Member Bill of Rights that specifically outlines activities student organizations cannot require of you. If they do so, the organization and the individual member(s) in question are subject to severe penalties up to and including permanent removal of Elon recognition, suspension from Elon, and possibly removal of a Greek chapter’s charter.  New members involved in “hazing” activities may also be subject to judicial sanctions. Please study your rights and make certain that they are not violated.

No new or current member shall be required by any person or persons to perform any act that:

  1. Interferes with the academic process by causing the member to miss or be ill prepared for classes, labs, study sessions, exams or required speakers or other academic activities.
  2. Leads the member to violate Elon policies or violate state or federal laws, including improper use of a vehicle, the use of drugs or alcohol, or directly or indirectly pressures the member to consume alcohol
  3. Prevents the member from getting appropriate amounts of sleep or takes so much of the new member’s time that s/he cannot fully participate in curricular or co-curricular activities.  REMINDER: No activities may be planned between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.)
  4. Places the member in physical danger or at risk of injury.
  5. Places emotional stress upon the member, or jeopardizes his or her sense of dignity and well being, such as being asked harassing or unanswerable questions, performing acts of servitude, or interfering with a student’s normal daily routine.
  6. Prevents the member from maintaining his or her personal hygiene.
  7. Requires the blindfolding or placing a sack over the head of the member. (Exceptions to blindfolds: during low ropes course with trained facilitator, or as officially prescribed in writing for inter/national ritual.)
  8. Involves the abandonment of members, thereby requiring them to find their own way back to campus.
  9. Requires members to attend unscheduled “call-down” meetings, involuntary excursionsor sleep in the house/suite/apt. Together for any length of time without written permission from Elon and inter/national office

Any questions regarding hazing, violation of members’ rights or other questionable activities should be reported to the HAZING HOTLINE at 336-278-HAZE (4293) or the Hazing webpage at: www.elon.edu/hazing/

Each member must sign the Member Bill of Rights Confirmation Form to acknowledge his or her understanding and support of Elon’s zero tolerance for hazing.