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Hazing, Drug, and Alcohol

View Colorado College's policy on Hazing, Alcohol, and Drugs in the Pathfinder.

1.  The College forbids hazing, which is defined as any act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroys or removes public or private property, or which produces ridicule, embarrassment, harassment, intimidation, or other such result, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition of continued membership in, a group or organization., regardless of the individual’s willingness to participate. Examples include paddling, creating excessive fatigue, physical and psychological shock, public stunts and buffoonery, and morally degrading or humiliating games and activities. 

The express or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense of this violation, and apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is also seen as a violation of this policy       

The College is opposed to hazing and other activities that do not contribute to the positive development and welfare of initiates and members. A true sense of community is nurtured in an atmosphere of social and moral responsibility and mutual respect.       

2. A club sport’s president, captain and other elected or appointed executives or leaders are responsible for informing members of the hazing policy and enforcing it. The policy will be printed annually in the Pathfinder and distributed periodically to organization advisors, sponsors, and coaches.

Students must report immediately any action or practice believed to be hazing to the organization’s officers or to a College official. Complainants will not be penalized in any way as long as they have reported their concerns in good faith. Reprisal against a complainant will be considered a serious offense for both the individuals and the organization involved.

A formal grievance procedure can be initiated through the Dean of Students or the Student Conduct Committee. 

3. The unlawful use, possession, distribution, manufactures or dispensing of illicit drugs or alcohol is prohibited on Colorado College property or as a part of any of the College’s activities. While the College’s alcohol policy reflects current interpretations of federal, state and local laws governing the possession, distribution, and use of alcohol, it also expresses the College’s commitment to responsible drinking and behavior. As an educational institution, Colorado College attempts to educate its community members about unlawful use of illicit drugs and alcohol, and to encourage appropriate responsible behavior.

Alcohol is not permitted on or in any other campus property or facility unless it is at a pre-approved function. This includes academic buildings, athletic facilities, and outdoor locations. In addition, alcohol is prohibited for both players and officials at indoor or outdoor intercollegiate, intramural, or club sport activities.

In accordance with the Colorado Springs Open Container Law, the college prohibits alcohol in outdoor campus areas, unless contained within the established perimeter of a pre-approved function.