These policies serve to educate the student as to their civic and social responsibilities as members of the Wright State University community.
Gender-Based Harassment and Violence Policy
Wright State University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the university community is, on the basis of actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression and or sexual orientation, excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination in any university program or activity. Wright State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in its education programs and activities. Gender-based harassment and violence, including sexual violence, are forms of sex discrimination in that they deny or limit an individual's ability to participate in or benefit from university programs or activities.
All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others. The university prohibits gender-based harassment and violence under any circumstances. This policy has been developed to reaffirm these principles and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated.
Nothing in this policy shall be construed to abridge academic freedom and inquiry, principles of free speech, the Collective Bargaining Agreements between the AAUP-WSU, the right to redress to the Ohio Civil Rights Commission or the Office for Civil Rights, or the university's educational mission.
This 2015-2016 Student Handbook has been prepared by the Division of Student Affairs and put online by the WSU Web Team. The University reserves the right to update, revise, and promulgate these and other policies at any time. Final interpretation of these policies remains with the University. Every effort is made to keep this website updated.
Questions and concerns may be addressed to the Office of Student Support Services.
Last Revised May 10, 2016
Wright State University and Residence Life & Housing have instituted a Code of Student Conduct and Campus Housing Policies in order to promote a safe community conducive to academic success.
There are policies in the Code of Student Conduct that are specific to University Housing. The Residence Life & Housing Campus Housing Policies are specific only to residential students.
Please take the time to review these policies so that you will know the behavior that is expected from students living in campus housing at Wright State University.
Wright State University recognizes that membership in organizations can significantly enhance the learning and experiences of university students. In addition, the University is committed to cultivating a community that fosters respect for the dignity and rights of all its members. In our community there is no place for hazing which includes abusive behavior, harassment, or assault. Group loyalty and unity is built on trust and mutual respect. Hazing is an abuse of power and relationships, and puts individuals at risk; therefore, Wright State University will not tolerate hazing in any form by any members of the University community. This policy applies to all student organizations including but not limited to fraternities, sororities, military orgainzations, etc.
Hazing in any form is prohibited. This policy applies to all members of the University community, and applies to behavior that occurs on or off University property, regardless of a person's willingness to participate.
- Any member of the University community (individual or group) with knowledge or suspicion of hazing is expected to report the activity to the appropriate University officials or the University Police.
- Retaliating in any manner against an individual who reports hazing or who participates in an investigation of a hazing report is strictly prohibited and will be investigated by the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct.
- Making an intentionally false accusation of hazing is strictly prohibited.
- All members of the University community shall cooperate in an investigation of hazing.
- Any organization or individual may be found responsible for any violations of this policy if it is shown that the organization or individual did not discourage or did not take reasonable steps to prevent hazing.
Rights of Those Who Report
The Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct will not pursue disciplinary violations against students or organizations under the following circumstances:
- Individuals who are victims of hazing and truthfully report the activities to the University Police Department and/or an appropriate University official.
- Individuals who have knowledge of a hazing incident, but did not participate, and truthfully report the activities that occurred.
- An organization that seeks assistance in preventing hazing from occurring, even if past behaviors have included hazing.
- Any organization that self-reports a hazing incident to the appropriate University officials prior to the incident being reported by another source will be given the opportunity to present to Community Standards and Student Conduct their plans to self-govern and address the conduct violation and change the behavior. At the discretion of Community Standards and Student Conduct, the organization's sanctions could be accepted without any further disciplinary sanctions.
- Any organization that self-reports must identify those individuals responsible for the hazing behaviors to be held individually responsible through the appropriate conduct process.
If evidence is presented in subsequent semesters that hazing behaviors have continued within the organization, that orgnaization or individuals may be held responsible for current and past behaviors.
For more information please see the full Hazing Policy at www.wright.edu/hazing.