Prefrosh Weekend Rules

I. Preamble

The intent of these rules is not to provide a complete set of guidelines for Prefrosh Weekend, but rather to outline some general rules and attitudes that are appropriate for interactions with prospective students; the majority of that interaction occurring during the three day period when the admissions office encourages all prospective students to visit the campus, but these rules also apply within the Facebook group, chats, Caltech-In-A-Day, and any other interactions with prefrosh.

During the time before a student decides to attend Caltech, they are primarily evaluating the school as a whole. Although this evaluation may include details about the Houses and variations among them, prefrosh weekend should not be viewed as an opportunity to begin recruiting new members into an individual House or residence. We do, however, encourage students to speak of the diverse residential life options at Caltech and other information that will help them with their college decision.

Any topic not mentioned in this document may be freely spoken about within the constraints outlined by the Caltech honor code.

II. Regulations

  1. These rules are in effect for any contact with a student that has been accepted by Caltech until the deadline for acceptance, after which rotation rules apply.
  2. Throughout these rules the term "House" refers to both the organization as a whole and any of its members.
  3. Houses are authorized to do the following during prefrosh weekend:

    1. have receptions and refreshments when prospective students arrive
    2. have planned social events anywhere available with the consent of the Admissions Office, Safety, and the approval of the IHC
    3. serve non-alcoholic refreshments at events for free
    4. fairly speak to prefrosh about Caltech as a whole. The purpose of PFW and communications with prefrosh before the deadline for acceptance is to give them a comprehensive view of Caltech.
  4. Houses are prohibited from doing the following during prefrosh weekend:

    1. having any public events or releasing publications without the approval of the IHC and Admissions, Safety, or other relevant bodies.
    2. spending excessive money on an individual, prospective student, providing goods or services on credit or for no charge. Note: Note: the operative word here is excessive. Taking a prefrosh to the coffeehouse or other CDS operated establishment and paying is allowed.
    3. serving alcohol and other psychoactive and controlled substances to prospective students or directly consuming these substances while interacting with prefrosh. If someone is of legal age and not interacting with prefrosh, they may drink within the confines of the institute alcohol policy.
    4. otherwise unfairly biasing a student toward or against an individual House or residence (including Bechtel, Marks, and Braun). Students are allowed to talk about their own house(s) and experiences along with facts about the other residences (i.e number of rooms, layouts, PFW events, Bechtel suite arrangements, etc.). However, students are not allowed to speak of stereotypes or rumors about houses they are not members of or residences they have never lived in, in order to make sure prefrosh get an accurate representation of what the residential life options at Caltech are like.
    5. due to liability issues, Caltech students are prohibited from taking prefrosh off-campus (driving or walking). This is enforced by Admissions, Safety, and other relevant bodies.

III. Penalties

The penalties for violation of these rules are the same as those outlined in the Rotation Rules, IV.Penalties.