ROTATION RULES

I. Rotation Code


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


II. Preamble

All new students are given a voice in selecting their House, and the Houses have some say in choosing their members. The motivation behind these rules is the Honor Code. The intention is to prevent both the Houses and the new students from taking unfair advantage of any other House or new student. All 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 Four Laws of Rotation

These Four 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). Upperclassmen may not discuss stereotypes or rumors of any House except their own.

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

3. No upperclassman or new student should discuss rating strategies or past or future student picks procedures.

4. Any remaining questions or concerns must be addressed by the IHC (2017ihc@googlegroups.com).


IV. Special Note to Prefrosh

There are no restrictions on what prefrosh may say or ask with regards to rotation, other than rating strategies and past or future picks procedures. Prefrosh should remember that they and other prefrosh do not have a fully developed understanding of any house.
Prefrosh should also report rotation violations committed against them by an upperclassmen. The prefrosh will not be punished in anyway, and their identity will be kept confidential. They will simply be asked to speak with the relevant house presidents to develop a correct understanding of the discussed material.

V. Special Note to Upperclassmen

Any upperclassmen found of committing at least one verified rotation violation or at least two unverified rotation violations will 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).

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 to prefrosh. Upperclassmen of legal drinking age may drink otherwise as long as they are following Institute policy.

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

5. A student 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.

6. Discussion of future and past events should focus on portraying the House accurately. It is unlikely that events that happened 10 years ago, and not since, are accurate depictions of the current House environment, and outlandish promises of future events like yacht rentals are likewise inaccurate.

7. 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.

8. Students should consult an IHC member before speaking about a House of which they are not a member.

9. 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.