Student Life Policies
Alcohol • Firearms • Sexual Harrasment & Assault • Open Space • Hazing • Student Activities • Postering • Vending & Solicitation • Group Members & Leaders • Fundraising • Student Responsibility • Automobiles & Parking • Pets
Alcohol, and Firearms Policies for Students
The university further recognizes that alcoholism
and drug addiction are illnesses that are not easily resolvable by
personal effort and may require professional assistance and/ or treatment.
Participation in such programs may be required of a student as a “condition of continual
enrollment.” The university will adhere to strict policies of confidentiality
for all participants in drug/ alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs as
described in university and federal regulations covering confidentiality
of student health records. Maryland and District of Columbia laws prohibit
the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under
the age of 21. The possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs
as defined by federal, state, and local statutes is prohibited.
Students are expected to obey the law. Individuals who violate the law, in addition to being subject to criminal penalties, may be subject to university disciplinary measures. The university will not excuse acts of misconduct committed by students whose judgment is impaired due to alcohol or drug abuse.
Activities Alcohol Provisions
1. Only beer and/or wine may be served. Kegs and other bulk quantities are not permitted.
2. The organization must agree to follow the procedures for assuring that persons attending the event who are underage will not be served. In addition, the organization and/ or individuals in the organization may be subject to University disciplinary action if underage patrons are served alcoholic beverages.
3. Publicity (posters, etc.) for events at which alcoholic beverages are served must not include any mention of beer/ wine. “Refreshments available” or some facsimile thereof will be acceptable. News-Letter ads may publicize beer/wine, but it cannot be the main thrust of the ads.
4. Persons who violate or attempt to violate these regulations (restrictions) will be asked to leave the event and may be subject to university disciplinary action. The Associate Deans limit the number of events at which alcohol may be served. Organizations that violate the alcohol policy will lose the privilege of serving alcohol at their events.
5. No alcoholic beverages may be purchased through student organization funds nor may the purchase of alcoholic beverages for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of or on behalf of the student organization.
6. The sale of alcoholic beverages at Johns Hopkins’ student organization events must be through a licensed vendor and must be sold on a “per drink” basis; “open bar” events are prohibited. Bverages should be sold at reasonable market value and prices should be included in the event contract. The distributing of drink tickets/vouchers at student organization events is prohibited.
7. No member of Johns Hopkins’ student
organizations, collectively or individually, shall purchase for, serve
to, or sell alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21.
8. Alcohol events hosted on campus by Johns Hopkins’ student
organizations must comply with university policies regarding the reservation
of adequate security and age verification procedures.
9. All recruitment activities hosted by a Johns Hopkins’ student organization must be dry, meaning no alcoholic beverages will be served.
Policy on Sexual Harassment and Assault [Top]
Harassment Prevention and Resolution Policy Preamble
Sexual harassment, whether between people of different sexes or the same sex, is defined to include, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other behavior of a sexual nature when:
1. Submission to such conduct is made implicitly or explicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment or participation in an educational program.
2.Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basic for personnel decisions or for academic evaluation or advancement.
3. Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work or academic performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment. Fundamental to the university’s purpose is the free and open exchange of ideas. It is not, therefore, the university’s purpose, in promulgating this policy, to inhibit free speech or the free communication of ideas by members of the academic community.
The university encourages reporting all perceived incidents of sexual harassment, regardless of who the alleged offender may be. Individuals who either believe they have become the victim of sexual harassment or have witnessed sexual harassment should discuss their concerns with any member of the Sexual Harassment Prevention and Resolution System. Complainants are assured that problems of this nature will be treated in a confidential manner, subject to the university’s legal obligation to respond appropriately to any and all allegations of sexual harassment.
The university prohibits acts of reprisal against anyone involved in lodging a complaint of sexual harassment. Conversely, the university considers filing intentionally false reports of sexual harassment a violation of this policy. The university will promptly respond to all complaints of sexual harassment. When necessary, the university will institute disciplinary proceedings against the offending individual, which may result in a range of sanctions, up to and including termination of university affiliation.
Policy on Sexual Assault
Members of the university community, who are the victims of or who have
knowledge of a sexual assault occurring on university property, occurring
in the course of a university-sponsored activity, or perpetrated by a
member of the university community, are urged to report the incident
to campus authorities, Residential Life, or the Dean of Student Life.
Persons who are victims of sexual assault will be advised by campus security
of the option to file criminal charges with local police of the jurisdiction
where the sexual assault occurred. Campus Security and the Office of
the General Counsel will provide assistance to a complainant wishing
to reach law enforcement authorities.
A victim of sexual assault on university property should immediately
notify campus security, who will arrange for transportation to the nearest
hospital. Persons who have been sexually assaulted will be taken to one
of three hospitals in Baltimore city designated as rape treatment centers.
They are Mercy Hospital, 301 St. Paul Place (410-332-9000); University
of Maryland Hospital, 22 S. Greene St. (410-328-8667); Johns Hopkins
Bayview Medical Center, 4940 Eastern Ave. (410-550-0100). These hospitals
are equipped with the State Police Sexual Assault Evidence Collection
The university will provide counseling to any member of the Hopkins community
who is a victim of a sexual assault, and also provide information about
other victim services. Students can seek the assistance of counseling
through their divisional counseling offices, and members of the faculty
and staff can seek assistance through the Faculty and Staff Assistance
student who is a victim of a sexual assault also may pursue internal
university disciplinary action against the perpetrator. The university’s
disciplinary process may be initiated by bringing a complaint of sexual
assault to the attention of a dean, department chairman or director,
supervisor, divisional personnel office, or security office. The university’s
affirmative action officer also is available to render assistance to
any complainant. Allegations of sexual assault will be investigated by
the appropriate security offices and by any other offices whose assistance
may be valuable for gathering evidence.
A student who is a victim of sexual assault may request a transfer to
alternative classes or housing, if necessary, to allay concerns about
security. The university will try to accommodate the request if such
classes and housing are reasonably available.
university reserves the right to independently discipline any member
of the student body, staff, or faculty who has committed a sexual or
other assault whether or not the victim is a member of the university
community and whether or not criminal charges are pending. Disciplinary
actions against students accused of sexual assaults will be processed
by the appropriate student affairs office of the school or campus attended
by the accused student in accordance with established disciplinary procedures
pertaining to the school in which the student is enrolled. Disciplinary
actions against staff members will be governed by the procedures set
out in the university’s personnel policies. Disciplinary action
against members of the faculty will be processed by the offices of the
dean of the appropriate academic division according to the procedures
established by that division.
Both a complainant and the person accused of a sexual assault will be afforded the same opportunity to have others present during a university disciplinary proceeding. Attorneys, however, will not be permitted to personally participate in university disciplinary proceedings. Both the complainant and the accused will be informed of the resolution of any university disciplinary proceedings arising from a charge that a sexual assault has been committed. The disciplinary measures which may be imposed for sexual assault will vary according to the severity of the conduct, and may include expulsion of a student from the university and termination of the employment of a member of the staff or faculty.
Students may also seek an informal or formal resolution handled by designated persons in each university division. In these cases, privacy is maintained, but since these designated handlers must uphold University regulations, other people may become involved in order to ensure resolution of complaints. For these cases, the contacts are: Compliance and Conflict Resolution Coordinator (x6-4282); Dr. Susan Boswell, Dean of Student Life (x6-8208); and Ray Gillian, Vice Provost for Institutional Equity (x6-8075). Brochures are available through these offices.
Space Policy Enforcement Procedures
Policy on Hazing
1. All forms of physical activity not part of an organized, voluntary athletic context or not specifically directed toward constructive work.
2. Any activity (including voluntary athletic contests
and constructive work) that might reasonably bring harm to the individual.
3. Paddling, beating, or otherwise permitting undergraduate
or alumni members to hit individuals.
4. Depriving individuals of the opportunity for sufficient sleep, decent
and edible meals, or access of means of maintaining bodily
5. Activities that interfere with an individual’s
academic efforts by causing exhaustion, loss of sleep, or loss of reasonable
6. Requiring individuals to consume alcohol or drugs.
7. Forcing, coercing, or permitting individuals to eat or drink foreign
or unusual substances.
8. Any requirement which compels an individual to participate in any activity which is illegal, perverse, publicly indecent, contrary to the individual’s moral and/ or religious beliefs, or contrary to the Student Code of Conduct and/ or policies and regulations of the university.
Groups such as fraternities, athletic teams, and student organizations may be held accountable for misconduct by individuals committed in the context of group membership.
Each student organization will designate not more than two people per academic year who will take responsibility for reserving rooms with the scheduling coordinator. Please contact Pat Forester, scheduling coordinator, at 6-2224 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org, with your scheduling representative’s name, telephone numbers, and e-mail address.
Any group failing to use a confirmed room for two consecutive meetings without formally canceling the room with the scheduling coordinator may have their remaining reservations canceled for that semester. In addition, if your group has been suspended and appears on the FROZEN ACCOUNT list, please resolve those issues before coming to reserve rooms. If your group does not appear on the list of Recognized Student Groups, please see the office staff so that your status can be verified.
1. Posters and flyers may be placed on campus bulletin boards only.
2. Bulletin board flyers should be 8.5 x 11 in. and not fixed over another flyer. Requests for exceptions for larger flyers or posters must be forwarded to the Office of Student Development and Programming in the Mattin Center.
3. Flyers advertising expired events or not meeting this policy’s criteria may be removed.
4. Chalk is allowed to promote events on sidewalks only. It is the individual or group’s responsibility to remove chalk marks after the event.
5. Banners may be hung on approved campus structures. Contact the Office of Student Development and Programming in the Mattin Center for scheduling, approval, and necessary arrangements for hanging banners on campus.
Groups Using Chalk
other Postering Locations
Penalties for Improper Postering
and Solicitation Policy
Members and Leaders Academic Policy
Policy on Automobiles and Parking
Students who live more than one mile from campus can purchase a parking access card to park on campus while using university facilities. Owners of two-wheeled motor vehicles must also pay for parking. The parking rules are in effect Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the campus is open.
Those who are eligible for paid parking must bring with them the following to show proof of eligibility:
Policy on Pets
The university also has the following policy on dogs:
1. While on university property, dogs must be leashed, licensed, and under the control of their owners or handlers at all times.
2. Dogs are not allowed in the common areas of any university building, including classrooms, except when being taken to and from non-public areas. (Guide dogs for the visually impaired are permitted in common areas.)
3. Dogs may not be tied up and left unattended on any campus grounds.
4. Owners or handlers are responsible for the removal of excrement deposited by their animals on university property.
If any infraction of these rules is observed, Campus Security should be notified (6-4600), and they will attempt to resolve the problem with the owner. If unsuccessful, or unable to locate the owner, the Municipal Animal Shelter will be notified to impound the dog in accordance with applicable animal control laws. Owners will be responsible for all impoundment fees.
The university strongly encourages students not to bring their pets to school unless they have cleared it with both their landlord and their roommates and are sure they have the means to care for their pets properly. Pets are often abandoned because there is no one to care for them over vacations, or the landlord threatens to evict the owner. If you do own a pet and cannot keep it, contact Animal Rescue (410) 636-1360 or the Humane Society (410) 833-8848, which will do its best to find the animal a new place to live.