Additional Policies and and Procedures
1. Academic Honesty Policy
Academic honesty is a fundamental principle of learning and a necessary foundation for all academic institutions, particularly those dedicated to independent project-based education, such as WPI. Violations of the principle deny the violators an opportunity to obtain confident command of the material they are credited with knowing, cheat their classmates out of deserved rewards and recognition, debase the institution, and demean the degree that it awards. It is, therefore, a matter of great and mutual concern to all members of the WPI community that a concerted effort be made to maintain high standards of integrity, both to protect the value of the educational process in which we are engaged and to maintain the credibility of the institution.
Individual integrity is vital to the academic environment because education involves the search for and acquisition of knowledge and understanding, which are, in themselves, intangible. Evaluation of each student's level of knowledge and understanding is a vital part of the teaching process, and requires tangible measures such as reports, examinations, and homework. Any act that interferes with the process of evaluation by misrepresentation of the relation between the work being evaluated (or the resulting evaluation) and the student's actual state of knowledge is an act of academic dishonesty. The following acts are examples of academic dishonesty at WPI:
- Altering grades or other official records
- Changing exam solutions after the fact
- Inventing or changing laboratory data
- Falsifying research
- Inventing sources
- Sabotage of another student's work or academic record
- Misrepresenting the work of another as one's own
- Inaccurately or inadequately citing sources including those from the Internet
- Use of purchased term papers
- Copying on exams, homework, or takehome exams
- Use of unauthorized materials or sources of information such as "cheat sheet," preprogrammed calculator
- Assistance of another person in cases where prohibited
- Sharing test questions or answers from an exam with another student
- Letting another student copy a solution to a homework problem, exam, or lab
- Taking an exam for another student
- Assistance in any act of academic dishonesty of another student
Responsibilities of Faculty Members and Students
Faculty members should outline their policies concerning evaluation procedures and their expectations pertaining to academic integrity at the beginning of each course. Faculty must ensure that student performance is judged solely on the basis of academic work in courses and projects. Because of the differences in disciplines and the type of work involved, faculty interpretation regarding what constitutes academic dishonesty may vary across campus. Since project-based education places a strong emphasis on group work, faculty and students should be particularly attentive to the distinction between group work and individual performance expectations. Faculty and students are responsible for knowing and understanding WPI's policy and procedure for dealing with academic dishonesty. Faculty are encouraged to implement measures designed to minimize or prevent academic dishonesty.
The WPI faculty and administration have developed a set of procedures designed to ensure uniform (and fair) treatment of undergraduate or graduate students suspected of academic dishonesty. Students or others who suspect a faculty member of professional dishonesty should consult the academic department head or the provost.
- Faculty shall report to the department chair any suspected act of academic dishonesty.
- The chair shall review cases referred to him/her to determine if there is reason for believing that academic dishonesty may be involved.
- Faculty shall allow the student to continue in the course without prejudice, pending resolution of the case.
- The chair or instructor shall check with the Dean of Students Office to determine if the student has any record of prior offenses involving academic dishonesty.
- The chair or instructor shall consult with the student involved. If the act of academic dishonesty is admitted and is the first violation of that nature, the chair or instructor may resolve the complaint within the department, provided the penalty is accepted by the student in writing. The maximum penalty that can be applied at the department level is dismissal from a course or a project without credit. In all cases, a signed, written report on the matter, including the action taken, shall be sent to the Dean of Students Office.
- For the second and subsequent violations, the case shall be submitted to the Campus Hearing Board for resolution.
- The Campus Hearing Board shall hear the allegations, following standard procedures for disciplinary hearings established by WPI. The board may impose normal disciplinary sanctions and may recommend loss of any credit or grade for the course or project. If a student is found not responsible on a complaint of academic dishonesty, he/she may not be failed or penalized by the instructor on the grounds of dishonesty. The instructor shall assign a grade based on his or her assessment of the student's mastery of the material being evaluated.
- Disciplinary records for any act of academic dishonesty shall be retained in the Dean of Students Office for two years from the date of graduation or withdrawal from WPI, except when the sanction includes suspension or expulsion. In cases resulting in suspension or expulsion from WPI, disciplinary records shall be kept in perpetuity. Records for cases that are pending completion of the hearing and/or the sanction shall be kept in perpetuity. Judicial records are kept separate from a student's academic records. A student's judicial record may be shared internally as appropriate to determine if a past record exists. Records shall be available to prospective employers and other authorized individuals, in accordance with federal regulations that require written permission from the student involved.
2. Anti-Harassment/Anti-Discrimination Policy
It is the policy of WPI that each qualified individual, regardless of (1) race, (2) gender, (3) age, (4) color, (5) national origin, (6) religion, (7) handicap, (8) marital status, (9) sexual orientation, and (10) veteran status, shall have equal opportunity in the education, employment or services of WPI. Furthermore, WPI prohibits all forms of retaliation for filing complaints of discrimination.
Individuals who believe that they have been subjected to discrimination should immediately bring the matter to the attention of the vice president of human resources, who is also the Title IX Coordinator, at 1-508-831-5470, who will make an independent inquiry into any allegations. All allegations of discrimination will be immediately investigated.
It is the policy of WPI that all our employees should be able to enjoy a work environment free of disruptive elements (e.g. noise, scents, etc...), discrimination and harassment. This policy refers to, but is not limited to, harassment in the following areas: (1) race, (2) sex, (3) age, (4) color, (5) national origin, (6) religion, (7) handicap, (8) marital status, (9) sexual orientation, and (10) veteran status. Harassment includes display or circulation of written or electronic materials or pictures degrading to either gender or to racial, ethnic, or religious groups; and verbal abuse or insults directed at or made in the presence of members of a racial, ethnic, or minority group.
Sexual harassment by any community member whether occurring within or outside the confines of the institution, and sexual harassment of employees occurring in the workplace or in other settings in which employees may find themselves in connection with their employment, is unlawful and will not be tolerated by the university. Further, retaliation against an individual who has complained about sexual harassment or who has cooperated with an investigation of a sexual harassment complaint is similarly unlawful and will not be tolerated. To achieve the university's goal of providing an academic environment and a workplace free from sexual harassment, inappropriate conduct described in this policy will be dealt with using the established informal and formal procedures of the University, including disciplinary action, where appropriate.
WPI takes allegations of sexual harassment seriously and will respond promptly to complaints. In fulfilling their obligation to maintain a positive and productive work environment, managers and supervisors are expected to immediately halt any harassment which comes to their attention and are expected to report such violations to the Human Resources office. Where it is determined that such inappropriate conduct has occurred, the university will act promptly to eliminate the conduct.
Definition of Sexual Harassment
In Massachusetts, the legal definition for sexual harassment is:
Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when
- submission to or rejection of such advances, requests or conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or as a basis for employment decisions; or
- such advances, requests or conduct have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or sexually offensive work environment.
Under these definitions, direct or implied requests by a supervisor for sexual favors in exchange for actual or promised job benefits such as favorable reviews, salary increases, promotions, increased benefits, or continued employment constitutes sexual harassment. The legal definition of sexual harassment is broad. In addition to the examples above, other sexually oriented conduct that, whether intended to be or not, is unwelcome and has the effect of creating a work place environment that is hostile, offensive, intimidating or humiliating to male or female employees may also constitute sexual harassment. While it is not possible to list all of the circumstances that may constitute sexual harassment, the following are some examples of conduct that, if unwelcome, may constitute sexual harassment depending upon the totality of the circumstances, including the severity of the conduct and its pervasiveness:
- Unwelcome sexual advances - whether or not they involve physical touching;
- Sexual epithets, jokes, written or oral references to sexual conduct; gossip regarding one's sex life; comments on an individual's body; comments about an individual's sexual activity, deficiencies or prowess;
- Displaying sexually suggestive objects, pictures, cartoons;
- Unwelcome leering, whistling, brushing against the body, sexual gestures, suggestive or insulting comments;
- Inquiries into one's sexual experiences;
- Discussion of one's sexual activities.
All employees should take special note that, as stated above, retaliation against an individual who has complained about sexual harassment or who has cooperated with an investigation of a sexual harassment complaint is unlawful and will not be tolerated by the university.
Individuals who believe they have been subjected to harassment from a member of the WPI community should make it clear to the offender that such behavior is offensive to them and unwelcome, and should immediately bring the matter to the attention of the vice president for human resources (in the case of an exempt or non-exempt staff member charged with harassment), +1-508- 831-5470; the provost (in the case of a member of the faculty charged with harassment), +1-508- 831-5222; or the vice president for student affairs and campus life, +1-508-831-5060 or the dean of students +1-508-831-5201 (in the case of a student charged with harassment), who will make an independent inquiry into any allegations. All allegations of harassment will be immediately investigated. It is important for WPI community members who feel that they have been harassed to report incidents to management. Anyone found to have engaged in harassment shall be subject to discipline, up to and including discharge.
Sexual Harassment Investigation
When the university receives notice of conduct which appears to be sexual harassment, it will promptly investigate the allegation in a fair and expeditious manner. The investigation will be conducted in accordance with the university's customary procedures, and in such a way as to maintain confidentiality to the extent practicable under the circumstances and permissible by law. The investigation may, as appropriate, include private interviews with the person filing the complaint, with witnesses, and with the person alleged to have committed sexual harassment.
When the investigation is completed, the person filing the complaint and the person alleged to have committed the conduct will be informed, to the extent appropriate, of the results of the investigation.
Appropriate Response/Disciplinary Action
If it is determined that a member of the WPI community has been engaged in inappropriate conduct, appropriate action will be taken immediately, using the university's established procedures, to fulfill its obligations under the law to promote a workplace that is free of sexual harassment. Such action may range from counseling to termination of employment, and may include such other forms of disciplinary action as appropriate under the university's procedures. Students who violate this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion.
3. Policy on Sexual Misconduct
WPI will not tolerate indecent assault, abuse, rape (including acquaintance rape) or other forms of forcible or nonforcible sexual misconduct.
Indecent Assault is defined as attempted or actual unwanted sexual activity such as sexual touching or fondling. (U. Maryland, 1993)
Abuse is defined in the General Laws of Massachusetts as the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between family or household members:
- Attempting to cause or causing physical harm;
- Placing another in fear of imminent serious physical harm (applies to threats and to situations where the abuser has assaulted the victim but no battery has occurred. The protections of this law are extended to individuals who are or were involved in what is termed by statute as a "substantive dating or engagement relationship.");
- Causing another to engage involuntarily in sexual relations by force, threat or duress.
Rape is defined as forced, manipulated or coerced sexual intercourse (or other sexual act) against the will of the victim. If the act occurs while the victim is unconscious, asleep or otherwise unable to communicate unwillingness, it is still considered rape.
Acquaintance Rape is defined as forced, manipulated or coerced sexual intercourse (or other sexual act) by a friend or an acquaintance. If the act occurs while the victim is unconscious, asleep, or otherwise unable to communicate unwillingness, it is still considered acquaintance rape.
Forcible Sexual Offense is defined under FBI Uniform Crime Reporting as any sexual act directed against another person forcible and/or against that person's will; or not forcible where the victim is incapable of giving consent. Examples include forcible rape, forcible sodomy, forcible fondling, and sexual assault with an object.
Nonforcible Sexual Offense is defined under FBI Uniform Crime Reporting as unlawful, nonforcible sexual intercourse, i.e., incest and statutory rape (under age 16).
WPI strives to create an environment that is free of acts of violence. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action, which may include separation from the university. The various sanctions outlined in the WPI campus judicial system are applicable to students found responsible of violating WPI's policy on sexual misconduct.
In accordance with the requirements of the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act as amended in 1992, in any campus judicial case alleging some form of sexual assault, the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a campus disciplinary proceeding and, both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding brought alleging a sexual assault.
4. Hazing Policy
Massachusetts law prohibits the practice of hazing by a student organization. WPI, in an effort to educate the entire student population about hazing, requires each student to read and sign the statement below as part of the academic registration process twice a year.
WPI is committed to emphasizing that all pledge activities be made constructive, educational and safe for individuals and for student organizations. Therefore, in support of the university's commitment to the mental emotional and physical well-being of every student, it is the policy of WPI and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that hazing in any form be prohibited, and its practices in any fashion be condemned
An Act Prohibiting the Practice of Hazing in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
Chapter 269 of the General Laws is hereby amended by adding the following three sections:
Section 17. Whoever is a principle organizer or participant in the crime of hazing as defined herein shall be punished by a fine of not more than $3,000 or by imprisonment in a house of correction for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment. The term "hazing" as used in this section and in sections 18 and 19, shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include but is not limited to whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any other brutal treatment or forced physical activity that is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or that subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this section to the contrary, consent shall not be available as a defense to any prosecution under this action.
Section 18. Whoever knows that another person is the victim of hazing as defined in Section 17 and is at the scene of such crime shall, to the extent that such person can do so without danger or peril to himself or others, report such crime to an appropriate law enforcement official as soon as reasonably practicable. Whoever fails to report such crime shall be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000.
Section 19. Each institution of secondary education and each public and private institution of post secondary education shall issue to every student group, student team or student organization that is part of such institution or is recognized by the institution or permitted by the institution to use its name or facilities or is known by the institution to exist as an unaffiliated student group, student team or student organization, a copy of this section and sections 17 and 18; provided, however, that an institution's compliance with this section's requirements that an institution issue copies of this section and sections 17 and 18 to unaffiliated student groups, teams or organizations shall not constitute evidence of the institution's recognition or endorsement of said unaffiliated student groups, teams or organizations.
Each such group, team or organization shall distribute a copy of this section and sections 17 and 18 to each of its members, plebes, pledges or applicants for membership. It shall be the duty of each such group, team or organization, acting through its designated officer, to deliver annually, to the institution an attested acknowledgment stating that such group, team or organization has received a copy of this section and said sections 17 and 18, that each of its members, plebes, pledges, or applicants has received a copy of sections 17 and 18, and that such group, team or organization understands and agrees to comply with the provisions of this section and sections 17 and 18. Each institution of secondary education and each public or private institution of post secondary education shall, at least annually, before or at the start of enrollment, deliver to each person who enrolls as a full-time student in such institution a copy of this section and sections 17 and 18.
Each institution of secondary education and each public or private institution of post secondary education shall file, at least annually, a report with the regents of higher education and in the case of secondary institutions, the board of education, certifying that such institution has complied with its responsibility to inform student groups, teams or organizations and to notify each full time student enrolled by it of the provisions of this section and sections 17 and 18 and also certifying that said institution has adopted a disciplinary policy with regard to the organizers and participants of hazing, and that such policy has been set forth with appropriate emphasis in the student handbook or similar means of communicating the institution's policies to its students. The board of regents and, in the case of secondary institutions, the board of education shall promulgate regulations governing the content and frequency of such reports, and shall forthwith report to the attorney general any such institution that fails to make such report.
5. WPI Alcohol and Other Drug Policy and Statement of Behavioral Expectations
WPI seeks to establish an environment—personal, social and academic—that supports its commitment to an excellent undergraduate and graduate education. WPI encourages the student's maturity into early adulthood and discourages experiences that may compromise such maturity. The university will support timely educational programs as resources for the student's personal development.
WPI recognizes that drugs and alcohol constitute significant personal and social problems within society in general and colleges in particular. WPI supports, promotes, respects and expects adherence to federal and state laws regarding alcohol and drugs.
WPI demonstrates its values concerning an excellent education, encouragement of a student's maturity, and federal and state laws regarding drugs and alcohol in a variety of ways. Faculty, alumni, staff and other members of the WPI community are expected to serve as positive role models, especially with respect to the responsible use of alcohol.
WPI promotes and presents, to all members of the community, drug and alcohol awareness programs that address issues proactively. More specifically, WPI presents a multitude of programs on student development; provides programming to students on developing the skills necessary to be effective at WPI and in life; empowers students who choose not to drink; offers easy access to services that are intended to assist students who have alcohol or drug problems; and provides students with the opportunity to choose a substance-free living and learning experience.
The WPI community is composed of students, their families, faculty, staff and alumni. The entire community must assume responsibility for providing a climate that represents personal rights, federal and state laws, and models of appropriate behavior as defined by the Alcohol and Drug Policy.
WPI Drug and Alcohol Policy
In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989, and the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, WPI prohibits the unlawful possession, use, and/or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol on its property and/or as part of its activities.
- Students under the age of 21 may not possess, consume, transport, or be served alcohol.
- Kegs, beer balls, bulk containers, or any other common sources of alcohol are not permitted on WPI owned, operated or affiliated property at any time.
- Students may not possess, use, or distribute illicit drugs or possess drug related paraphernalia.
- It is a criminal offense, punishable by up to a year in jail and $2,000 fine, for any person to furnish any alcoholic beverage to a person under 21 years. According to Massachusetts state law, "furnish" means to knowingly or intentionally supply, give or provide to or allow a person under 21 years of age to possess alcoholic beverages on premises or property owned or controlled by the person charged.
Student members of the WPI community who are in violation of this policy are subject to local, state, and federal law as well as disciplinary adjudication under the WPI code of conduct, the WPI Residence Hall Policy, and/or the WPI Greek system policy. The various sanctions outlined in the WPI code of conduct are applicable to students found responsible for violating WPI's Drug and Alcohol Policy.
Dangerous and/or Binge Drinking
The WPI code of conduct guarantees certain rights and responsibilities to members of the WPI community. Among those responsibilities is the expectation that no member of the community shall impair the well being of another community member or self. Dangerous drinking and/or binge drinking is an example of behavior that can be injurious and is prohibited under the WPI code of conduct.
Education and counseling services are available to all members of the WPI community. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to refer persons troubled by alcohol and/or drug use to the WPI Student Development and Counseling Center or to one of the various community support services available in or around Worcester:
107 Lincoln Street
Worcester MA 01605
1-800-ALCOHOL or 508-798-9946
Worcester Medical Center
Saint Vincent Hospital
20 Worcester Center Blvd.
Worcester, MA 01608
WPI Community Support Services
WPI provides alcohol and other drug information, education and counseling services to meet individual needs for students, faculty and staff.
Director, Charlie Morse
Student Development and Counseling Center
Director, Regina Roberto
Student Health Center
Vice President, Tracy Hassett
Human Resources Employee Assistance Program
Chief, Cheryl Martunas
The Effects of Alcohol Abuse
Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increases the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including spouse and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol causes marked impairment in higher mental functions, severely altering a person's ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.
Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.
Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at a greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics.
Summary of Legal Penalties Covering Drug Abuse
Massachusetts has criminal penalties for use of controlled substances, or drugs, with penalties varying with the type of drug. In general, narcotic, addictive, and drugs with a high potential for abuse have heavier penalties.
Possession of drugs is illegal without valid authorization. While penalties for possession are generally not as great as for manufacture and distribution of drugs, possession of a relatively large quantity may be considered distribution. Under both state and federal laws, penalties for possession, manufacture and distribution are much greater for second and subsequent convictions. Many laws dictate mandatory prison terms and the full minimum term must be served.
Massachusetts makes it illegal to be in a place where heroin is kept and to be in the company of a person known to possess heroin. Anyone in the presence of heroin at a private party or residence risks a serious drug conviction. Sale and possession of drug paraphernalia is illegal in Massachusetts.
Persons convicted of drug possession under state or federal law are ineligible for federal student grants and loans for up to one year after the first conviction, five years after the second; the penalty for distributing drugs is loss of benefits for five years after the first, 10 years after the second, permanently after the third conviction.
Under federal law, distribution of drugs to persons under the age of 21 is punishable by twice the normal penalty with a mandatory one to three years in prison depending on the class of drugs; a third conviction is punishable by mandatory life imprisonment. These penalties apply to distribution of drugs within 1,000 feet of a college or school. Federal law sets greatly heightened prison sentences for manufacture and distribution of drugs if death or serious injury results from the use of the substance.
Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101 226)
Section 22 of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989, entitled "Drug-Free Schools and Campuses," reads as follows:
Section 22 Drug-Free Schools and Campuses.
- Certification of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program—Title XII of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end a new section 1213 to read as follows: "Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention" Sec. 1213. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no institution of higher education shall be eligible to receive funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program, including participation in any federally funded or guaranteed student loan program, unless it certifies to the secretary that it has adopted and has implemented a program to prevent the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees that, at a minimum, includes
the annual distribution to each student and employee of
- standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of any of its activities;
- a description of the applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
- a description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol;
- a description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, rehabilitation or re-entry programs that are available to employees or students; and
- a clear statement that the institution will impose sanctions on students and employees (consistent with local, state, and federal law), and a description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution, for violations of the standards of conduct required by paragraph (1)(A); and
a biennial review by the institution of its program to
- determine its effectiveness and implement changes to the program if they are needed; and
- ensure that the sanctions required by paragraph (1)(E) are consistently enforced.
Massachusetts Law Regarding Possession and Consumption of Alcohol
The legal age in Massachusetts is defined by M.G.L.A.C. 138 §12, which makes it unlawful for licensed vendors to sell to anyone under 21 years of age. Minors are not permitted to purchase or even make arrangements to purchase alcoholic beverages (M.G.L.A.C. 138 §34A). It is also unlawful for minors to transport in any way any alcoholic beverages (M.G.L.A.C. 138 §34B).
Anyone who procures any alcoholic beverages for a minor violates M.G.L.A.C. 138 §34. The sale of alcoholic beverages by a licensed vendor to a minor is illegal under M.G.L.A.C. 138 §34, which also makes it unlawful for a patron to procure such beverages for a minor at any licensed establishment. The penalty for violating this law is a $1,000 fine or six months imprisonment, or both.
In the same section, it is a criminal offense, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine, for any person to furnish any alcoholic beverage to a person under 21 years, parents or grandparents of the person excepted. For the purposes of this section, the word "furnish" means to knowingly or intentionally supply, give or provide to or allow a person under 21 years of age to possess alcoholic beverages on premises or property owned or controlled by the person charged.
Minors may not misrepresent their age in order to purchase or attempt to purchase any alcoholic beverages (M.G.L.A.C. 148 §34A). The same law makes it illegal to deface, alter or otherwise falsify an identification card to obtain alcoholic beverages. The penalty for violating this statute is a $300 fine. Those of legal age are precluded by the same law from making a false statement about a minor's age in order to effectuate a sale to a minor or from inducing a minor to make a false statement in order to obtain alcoholic beverages.
Persons under 21 years of age may not transport alcoholic beverages and those who do so while operating an automobile are subject to revocation of their driver's license for a maximum of three months (M.G.L.A.C. 138 §34C).
Regulations for Alcohol Service in WPI Facilities
WPI has adopted the following policy relating to the responsible use of beer and wine service for functions on the WPI campus. *
- All events must comply with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the City of Worcester ordinances and WPI policies regarding the service of alcohol.
- Any event requesting beer/wine service must be approved by the Events Office.
- Events requiring beer/wine service and a oneday license request must be submitted to the Events Office 45 days prior to the event. A license fee may apply. (The City of Worcester requires that a license be issued at least 30 days prior to an event.)
- Beer/wine service is available on campus after 4:00PM weekdays and after 12:00PM (noon) on weekends in the following public locations: Alden Hall, Alumni Gym, Campus Center, Collegiate Religious Center, Daniels Hall, Ellsworth/Fuller Apartments, East Hall, Founders Hall, Gateway Park, Harrington Auditorium, Higgins House, Institute Hall, Morgan Hall, Sanford Riley Hall, Stoddard Complex and the Wedge. The Goat's Head Restaurant in Founders Hall also serves beer and wine.
- Chartwells Dining Services is the only approved provider of beer/wine service for WPI events. No individual person or group may provide or donate alcohol for any event.
- Certain events with alcohol may require a campus police officer(s) depending on specific event details including total number of guests, location and event type.
- Kegs, beer balls, bulk containers, or any other common sources of alcohol are not permitted on WPI owned, operated, or affiliated property at any time.
- Applicable fees for the service of alcohol will be charged to the event sponsor including but not limited to Campus Police, Facilities (custodial services), bartender service, wait-staff service and license fees.
- Proper identification must be furnished upon request by all guests who appear to be under the age of 21 years.
- WPI accepts no responsibility through the adoption of this policy for the behavior of guests at functions. This responsibility rests solely with the sponsoring group or individual. WPI, through the Events Office and Chartwells Dining Services, reserves the right to schedule and manage each function in the best interest of all parties.
*Students in residence halls must adhere to the Residence Hall Alcohol Regulations.
6. Expectations for Fraternity and Sorority Chapter Functions
- All Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including those pertaining to health, safety and the possession and consumption of alcohol must be strictly adhered to at all functions, which includes any activity while on chapter premises or during a chapter event, in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the chapter, or any event an observer would associate with the chapter.
- Alcohol is allowable only at closed functions (invitation only). Functions may not be advertised if alcohol will be present.
- Only beer and beverages of less than 6% alcohol by volume, contained in single serving non-glass containers of no more than 12 oz., will be allowed at functions at chapter facilities. Nonalcoholic beverages and food must also be available at all functions.
- Functions involving alcohol where guests are present are not allowed on weeknights at any chapter facility.
- No more than two guests are allowable for each chapter member in attendance. Total attendance is not to exceed limits of existing fire and safety codes for the building as a whole or for any one room.
- Guests must be invited prior to the function and a typed list with all the invitee's names will be present at the door for check-in. Only those guests listed may be permitted entry to the function.
- All guests must be 18 or over to be at a function when alcohol is present.
- During functions when alcohol is present, each member and guest must carry an identification card issued by a governmental agency which includes that person's picture and date of birth. Acceptable forms of identification include official driver's licenses, Massachusetts alcoholic beverage purchase card, passport or military identification card.
- All guests who are 21 or older will be given a wrist band which must be worn at all times during the function. Only persons 21 years of age or older who are wearing a wrist band will be allowed to consume alcoholic beverages.
- All functions in chapter facilities are BYOB. Guests who are 21 years of age or older are allowed to bring one six-pack of 12 oz beers or one 4 pack of wine coolers to be turned in at the door for tickets. Beer, and other approved beverages, will be distributed by the chapter in a controlled manner using appropriate risk management techniques and then only to guests who are 21 years of age or older and wearing a wristband. In accordance with Massachusetts state law, intoxicated individuals should not be served alcohol.
- Alcohol may not be purchased through or with chapter funds. No bulk quantity or common sources of alcohol (e.g., kegs, party balls, punch containers, pitchers, or cases) are permitted at functions at chapter facilities.
- The possession, sale, or use of illegal drugs or controlled substances while on chapter premises or during a chapter function or any function that an observer would associate with the chapter is strictly prohibited.
- No chapter may co-sponsor, finance, attend, or participate in a function where alcohol is purchased by any of the host chapters, and/or any other student groups or organizations.
- Under no circumstance may a fee be charged for entry or to obtain alcohol at a function hosted at a chapter facility.
- Individuals under 21 may not possess, consume, be served, or bring alcohol to any chapter function.
- Chapters must effectively control access to premises when alcohol is served. Party monitors should be present in accordance with inter/national risk management guidelines and applicable governing council policies.
- All recruitment activities will be alcohol free.
- No alcohol shall be present at activities, programs, or rituals designed exclusively for new members/pledges/associates/novices.
- No member or new member shall permit, tolerate, encourage or participate in drinking games or other activities promoting dangerous consumption of alcohol.
- To host a third party vendor event, the vendor should be properly licensed by the appropriate local and state authority, be properly insured with a minimum of $1,000,000 of general liability insurance, and assume in writing all the responsibilities that any other purveyor of alcoholic beverages would assume in the normal course of business, including but not limited to: checking identification cards upon entry, not serving minors, not serving individuals who appear to be intoxicated, maintaining control of alcoholic containers present, and collecting all remaining alcohol at the end of a function.
- When hosting a function with a third party vendor, hired transportation will be provided to and from the venue if the venue is beyond a one mile radius from campus.
- Chapters will respect the rights of neighbors, which includes managing the level of noise, the actions of function attendees, and cleanup immediately following a function.
- University officials, including Campus Police, will be allowed prompt entry into chapter facilities when they have health or safety concerns.
- Violation of policies will result in judicial proceedings which may include the following sanctions for the chapter as outcomes: Social Probation: A period during which a chapter may not sponsor any social functions, on or off campus, where alcohol is present. Recognition Probation: A period of review during which a chapter will be notified of specific concerns and must comply with requests for remediation by a specific date. Recognition Suspension: A period during which a chapter is no longer a member of the WPI Greek system; is not entitled to participate in rush; may not use WPI's name; and is no longer considered as a recognized student organization. Recolonization is not guaranteed, and is subject to the current recolonization procedure on file in the Student Activities Office.
- All violations of the above expectations will be reported to the chapter's inter/national headquarters.
- Individual chapter members who violate these expectations may also be subject to judicial action.
7. Relationship Statement for WPI and the Fraternity/Sorority Community
The relationship between WPI and the fraternity and sorority community is one of mutual respect, cooperation, understanding, and trust. This trust is based on mutual goals, the expectations of WPI, the community, the fraternity/sorority chapters, and the responsibilities of each in this relationship.
WPI is responsible for:
- continuing its commitment to support and develop the fraternity/sorority community;
- providing administrative resources and funding for advisement and programming related, but not limited to academic support, leadership development, career advancement, and chapter management;
- advocating on behalf of the fraternity/sorority community as a liaison between internal and external parties; and
- providing assistance and training for the self-governance system, and providing a judicial process for cases that WPI and/or the fraternity/sorority self-governing bodies determine to be outside the self-governing bodies' jurisdiction, specifically, but not limited to, offenses that might lead to suspension or revocation of university recognition based on criteria set forth by the institution.
The fraternities and sororities are responsible for:
- establishing and maintaining strong academic standards that exemplify and strengthen WPI's educational mission;
- fostering positive relationships within the WPI community and encouraging participation in activities that cultivate well-roundedness of members;
- respecting the rights of the WPI community and surrounding neighborhoods;
- complying with the campus code of conduct and other WPI policies, including those of the fraternity/sorority self-governing bodies;
- minimizing the risk of liability and harm to people and property, adherence to all inter/national risk management policies, and maintaining accountability for the actions of the chapter and its members;
- ensuring that new member and initiation practices satisfy all inter/national standards of the respective chapter;
- promoting a sense of respect and dignity for all members within the fraternity/sorority community;
- supporting the fraternity/sorority self-governing councils and maintaining good standing with an inter/national organization and WPI;
- maintaining an active mentoring relationship with an advisory individual or committee; and
- supporting a culture that encourages lifelong personal and professional development.
To ensure that each chapter is living up to its ideals as well as those of the university, each chapter shall conduct an annual self evaluation and planning program. The criteria for this evaluation are articulated in the WPI Chapter Excellence Plan and Annual Report.
The relationship between WPI and the fraternity/ sorority community requires open and honest communication bound by a spirit of goodwill. Other organizations that play a vital, supportive role for the fraternity/sorority community includes the Division of Student Affairs, house corporations, chapter advisors, intern/national organizations, fraternity/sorority self-governing bodies, Greek Alumni Council, faculty advisors and parents. These organizations and individuals, together, serve to strengthen, and therefore, benefit fraternity/sorority life and our campus community.
8. Time, Place and Manner Statement
WPI reserves the right to regulate the time, place and manner for activities occurring on WPI owned or controlled property
9. WPI Intellectual Property Policy
Worcester Polytechnic Institute exists to foster education and research and to promote the dissemination of knowledge. As an institution of higher education, it enjoys the public's trust, and, in turn, performs a valued educational service, part of which is to make advancements in knowledge and to contribute to the public good. In this endeavor, faculty plays a central role by virtue of their contributions to teaching, research, and public service.
Opportunities to extend the boundaries of knowledge are at the very core of Worcester Polytechnic Institute's educational process. However, it is also recognized that an educational institution's primary purpose is not to produce inventions. Faculty at WPI are hired to teach, to do research, and to perform service, rather than to produce inventions, and their compensation is not set at a level to match that of professionals hired to invent.
While the role of the faculty can be significant in the development of intellectual property, others such as students, research personnel, staff, and visitors are also able to conceive and develop intellectual property. The payment of tuition should allow a student reasonable use of university facilities. Inventions resulting from student efforts involving such use should rightfully belong to the student(s). WPI encourages intellectual curiosity on the part of faculty, students, and staff, and rewards the creation of intellectual property.
When intellectual property is created, it is important that its disclosure be made in a timely manner in order to protect its commercial value and to permit its being made public. To protect intellectual property rights, it is important that inventors be aware of the legal requirements for protecting those rights. The purpose of this document is to set forth WPI's general policies on intellectual property such as inventions, copyrights, trade and service marks, mask works, tangible research, and trade secrets.
Intellectual Property Policy
For the purpose of applying these rules, all persons performing research or scholarship at WPI, utilizing resources or facilities at WPI, or deriving funds through WPI are subject to the rules applying either to faculty and staff, or to the rules applying to students. Students who receive compensation from WPI because they are students or because they perform teaching duties (e.g., Teaching Assistants, graders) fall under the student rules. Students who receive compensation from WPI because they are research assistants fall under the faculty/staff rules
Ownership of Inventions
A. Faculty/Staff rules
- For an invention made by faculty or staff, on their own time, with their own facilities and resources, and in research/projects not within the stated objectives of their current sponsored research, PLAN projects, or thesis or dissertation research, the invention is owned by the inventor(s). Royalties for such inventions are covered by Rule III.
- For an invention made by faculty or staff while working on a sponsored project (research or educational), including off-campus PLAN projects, the invention is owned by WPI, subject to any other agreements. Royalties for such inventions are covered by Rule I.
- For an invention made by faculty or staff while in the role of a student, as a part of any project or sufficiency report, thesis, dissertation, course work, directed study, directed research, or examination, the invention is owned by WPI, subject to any other agreements. Royalties for such inventions are covered by Rule I. In cases not specifically covered by the above three cases,
- For an invention made by faculty or staff without significant use of WPI resources, the invention is owned by the inventor(s). Royalties for such inventions are covered by Rule III.
- For an invention made by faculty or staff with significant use of WPI resources, the invention is owned by WPI, subject to any other agreements. Royalties for such inventions are covered by Rule I.
B. Student Rules
- For an invention made by students, on their own time, with their own facilities and resources, and in research/projects not within the stated objectives of their current sponsored research, PLAN projects, or thesis or dissertation research, the invention is owned by the inventor(s). Royalties for such inventions are covered by Rule III.
- For an invention made by students while employed on a sponsored project (research or educational), including off-campus PLAN projects, the invention is owned by WPI, subject to any other agreements. Royalties for such inventions are covered by Rule I.
- For an invention made by a student as a part of any project or sufficiency report, thesis, dissertation, course work, directed study, directed research, or examination, the invention is owned by WPI, subject to any other agreements. Royalties for such inventions are covered by Rule II. In cases not specifically addressed by the above three cases,
- For an invention made by students without significant use of WPI resources, the invention is owned by the inventor(s). Royalties for such inventions are covered by Rule III.
- For an invention made by students with significant use of WPI resources, the invention is owned by WPI, subject to any other agreements. Royalties for such inventions are covered by Rule II.
C. Royalty Rules
- Rule I. If WPI pursues the patent, then WPI will absorb the costs and will share royalties on a 50-50 basis with the inventor(s), after the costs of the patent are recovered, or will share royalties in accordance with WPI institutional agreements.
- Rule II. If the student(s) wish to pursue the patent, WPI will assign any ownership rights it may have to the student through a jointly signed agreement providing that the student will give 10 percent of net future financial gains from the patent to WPI. The student will absorb the costs of pursuing the patent. Alternatively, if the student wishes to have WPI absorb the costs of pursuing the patent, then Rule I applies.
- Rule III. The inventor(s) will pay all costs associated with patenting the invention, and will receive all benefits from the patent. In the case that multiple inventors fall under different royalty rules, then all inventors will be subject to a single rule. In determining which rule applies, Rule I takes precedence over Rules II and III, and Rule II takes precedence over Rule III.
The remainder of the Intellectual Property Policy, as well as the full policy, may be found here.
10. WPI Computer Network Acceptable Use Policy
The full, online copy of the Acceptable Use Policy may be seen here.
11. Information Security at WPI
For information regarding Information Security at WPI, please consult this document (PDF, 167 KB).
12. Massachusetts Jury Service State
According to the Office of the Jury Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. "Every U.S. Citizen 17 years of age or older who is a Massachusetts resident or an inhabitant for more than 50% of the time is eligible to serve as a juror. If you are a resident of another state but a student at a Massachusetts college, you are an inhabitant for more than 50% of the year and, therefore, eligible to serve as a juror in Massachusetts."
It is not unusual for students residing in Worcester County to be summoned to serve as trial jurors. Jury service, on a short term basis, can provide students with a good opportunity to fulfill one of their important responsibilities as members of the community. WPI supports students in their fulfillment of this civic duty.
Students should carefully read all materials they receive with their summons to service, which contain helpful information about confirming, postponing, rescheduling, or relocating service, and address many of the most frequently asked questions. Jury duty is an important legal obligation, and those who fail to respond are subject to criminal prosecution.
Students who miss class in order to fulfill their jury service requirement should notify each of their instructors of the summons and make arrangements to complete any missed work. Please note that you may be required to furnish your summons notice or the certificate of service when requesting excused absence(s).
If you have any questions about jury duty, including confirming, postponing, rescheduling, or limiting your service, please contact the Office of the Jury Commissioner (1-800-THE-JURY/1- 800-843-5879). Further information can be found on the Office of Jury Commissioner's website.