ROTATION RULES

I. Rotation Code


The spirit of Rotation is to allow new students, current students, and Houses to arrive at accurate representations of each other. No participant should unfairly bias any new student for or against any House or residence. Following this serves the purpose of best matching new students with Houses. These rules should be clarifications of principles governed by the honor code, and breaking these rules is an honor code violation.


II. Preamble

All new students are given a voice in selecting their House or residence, and the Houses have some say in choosing their members. The motivation behind these rules is the Honor Code. The intention is to prevent the Houses, residents of Bechtel, and the new students from taking unfair advantage of any other House, Bechtel resident, or new student. Undergraduates are responsible for understanding and following these rules, and just as with the Honor Code, ignorance is not an acceptable excuse for violating them.


III. The Three Laws of Rotation

These Three Laws are meant to be the guiding principles of Rotation. They are second in importance only to the Rotation Code, and the spirit of Rotation embodied therein.

1. Upperclassmen may speak freely and truthfully about their experiences in and opinions of their House(s) or residences. Upperclassmen may not discuss stereotypes or rumors of any House except their own. Upperclassmen may speak objectively of facts surrounding other Houses and residences, including number of beds and layouts, as well as multihouse events. They may not speak of subjective experiences in other Houses or residences to ensure upperclassmen are not unfairly biasing prefrosh for or against Houses or residences.

2. Upperclassmen may not provide special or extraordinary favors or services to new students. This includes alcohol and other drugs.

3. Any remaining questions or concerns must be addressed by the IHC (2018ihc@googlegroups.com).


IV. Special Note to Prefrosh

There are no restrictions on what prefrosh may ask upperclassmen with regards to Rotation or the Rotation System. However, there are restrictions on what prefrosh may say to each other. Prefrosh should not discuss stereotypes or rumors of any House or residence with other prefrosh. Like upperclassmen, prefrosh may speak freely of the facts of each House or residence.

Prefrosh may also speak about their actual experiences in the Houses and residences with other prefrosh (i.e. prefrosh can talk about the events they attend, what went on during a dinner they went to, etc.) but not their opinions or rankings with other prefrosh to ensure that prefrosh end up in a House or residence that is best for them without peer pressure from friends to select a certain House or residence.

Prefrosh may speak about their rankings with upperclassmen, RAs, RLCs, Deans, and other relevant non-prefrosh. Upperclassmen cannot tell prefrosh how to rank Houses or ask them to reveal their decisions.

Prefrosh should also report Rotation violations committed against them by an upperclassmen. The prefrosh will not be punished in any way, and their identity will be kept confidential. They will simply be asked to speak with the relevant members of the IHC to develop a correct understanding of the discussed material. They can also report violations anonymously through the IHC website.

If a prefrosh is found violating any of the Rotation rules themselves, they will meet with the IHC.

V. Special Note to Upperclassmen

When a violation is reported, relevant bodies will first meet with the IHC, who will verify the violation and determine how to move forward. Any upperclassmen found of committing at least one Rotation violation may be banned from participating in the rest of that year’s rotation.

VI. Examples and Clarifications

1. Rotation rules are in effect for any contact with new students from the time they are a prospective applicant (including before they matriculate) until all freshmen have submitted their rating lists (as stipulated at 4:00 pm on Friday of Rotation week). See the PFW Rotation rules for guiding principles on how to interact with students before they commit.

2. Informational media (posters, videos, propaganda sheets, social calendars, etc), social events, and pranks that accurately reflect the House and are approved by an IHC member in advance are all acceptable.

3. Alcohol and other drugs may under no circumstances be given directly or indirectly to prefrosh publicly or privately, left for prefrosh to drink, or purchased for prefrosh. Unofficial open bars at public events are also prohibited.

4. Prefrosh are not allowed to drink or take psychoactive substances during Rotation.

5."Special or extraordinary favors" may include giving prefrosh expensive (>$20) gifts, taking prefrosh on long (>4 hours) off-campus trips, loaning prefrosh a car, and setting up a prefrosh on a date. It is up to the judgment of the IHC what constitutes "special or extraordinary," and the examples above are just guidelines.

6. An upperclassman who attends a dinner, dessert, or reception for a House of which they are not a member without permission of the House's president is not representing that House accurately, and thus likely in violation of the spirit of Rotation. Likewise, alumni should speak with the President of their House before attending dinner or events. If you are a member of multiple Houses, you must discuss your participation in House events with the relevant presidents.

7. Discussion of future and past events should focus on portraying the House or residence accurately. Outlandish and inaccurate promises of future events do not give prefrosh a sense of the House or residence.

8. Students may describe the noise level, alcohol use, and social atmosphere of their House as long as it is reflective of their experience in the House.

9. Rotation Rules extend to Bechtel in order to ensure it is accurately represented by fact. This rule is to ensure that prefrosh are able to decide which Houses or residences best suit their needs. Students living in Bechtel may freely speak of their experiences there once they move in, though we ask that they do so with discretion.

10. These guidelines are not exhaustive. It is up to the judgment of the students to determine whether they are providing accurate information to the Prefrosh.