The topics below apply to all of Simpson College property and programs. For a housing-specific list of prohibited items, please visit the Residence Life Polices and Procedures page.
No firearms are permitted on the Simpson campus except those that are being stored in the firearms safe room located in Campus Services (See Campus Security for Weapons Storage Protocol). Possession of any weapon such as, but not limited to, knives, rifles, shotguns, handguns, air guns, bb guns, and ammunition including explosives (e.g. – firecrackers), is prohibited while on College-owned or -controlled property. Possession of a firearm will result in College disciplinary action and/or arrest, imprisonment or fine according to state law.
In accordance to the Iowa Smoke Free Air Act, Simpson College is a smoke free campus. This act prohibits smoking inside all buildings, outside all buildings, and on all college property. Simpson College also prohibits the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems (i.e. electronic cigarettes) in the same locations.
As stated in the Simpson Code, the College expects students to respect the rights of others and follow governing laws. The College expects students to have an experience that is free of harassment, as defined by Iowa Code 708.7, and any report of such harassment will be investigated and guided through the appropriate conduct process.
Simpson College is also committed to providing an environment that is free from all forms of discrimination that constitutes harassment. Actions, words, jokes, or comments based on an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, creed, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or any legally protected characteristic will not be tolerated.
Harassment on the basis of sex can constitute discrimination and under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX, such harassment is prohibited and may warrant corrective disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. More information about harassment on the basis of sex can be found in the Sexual and Relationship Misconduct Policy. Any students or employees who believe they have been harassed should immediately report the incident to a staff member in the Office of the Vice President of Student Development or the Director of Human Resources, respectively. Other college officials who receive a report of harassment should similarly report the matter to the individual identified above.
On receipt of a complaint or report of harassment, an investigation will be conducted and, when appropriate, sanctions and corrective measures will be taken in accordance with applicable college disciplinary options. All investigations will be conducted as discretely as is practicable. Individuals making good faith allegations of harassment and those participating in such investigations will not be subjected to retaliation.
Bias-related behavior may contain elements of harassment. For more information concerning situations related to bias focused on personal identities, please visit here. You may use the Incident Report via Security’s website to report an incident of bias. The report will be directed to the Dean of Students, and they will follow-up with you regarding the situation.
Simpson College, in accordance with the state of Iowa’s anti-hazing law, defines hazing as any act or action taken, however communicated, involving or resulting in abusive physical contact or mental harassment of a member or prospective member, whether on or off the organization premises, campus, or place where chapters or prospective members meet, designed to, or the result of which is to produce excessive mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment or harassment. Furthermore, hazing is also defined as any action or situation that involves ridicule, any form of verbal or physical harassment or abuse, engaging in public stunts, morally degrading or humiliating behavior of games, food/sleep deprivation, food/alcohol/drug consumption, and threatening in any manner or form for the purpose of cajoling individuals into secrecy in regard to breaches of this statement. Excessive demands on a student’s time so as to interfere with academic performance are also prohibited.
Consent by an individual to hazing does not relieve the organization of responsibility. Any chapter found in violation of this hazing policy may be subject to suspension or removal of recognition by the College. No student should ever be in a situation that either is physically or psychologically harmful.
Examples of hazing include, but are not limited to:
Subtle hazing includes actions that are in conflict with the College or group’s standards of conduct. This includes any activity or attitudes directed toward a pledge/associate member/new member/member (hereinafter known as “individual”) which ridicules, humiliates, or embarrasses. For example:
- Calling individuals demeaning names
- Silence periods
- Threatening individuals with what might happen during initiation
- Any form of demerits
- Requiring individuals to call members certain names
- Scavenger hunts of any type
- Phone or house duties if only assigned to individuals
Harassment hazing includes any action that may cause mental anguish or physical discomfort to a member or individual. This includes any activity or attitude directed toward an individual which confuses, frustrates, or causes undue stress. For example:
- Hell night or Hell week
- Verbal abuse
- Personal services such as carrying books, running errands
- Requiring individuals to wear ridiculous costumes or sing embarrassing songs
- Requiring only individuals to enter by back door
- Stunt night or skit night with demeaning or crude skits
- Line ups or interrogations of any type
- Mock initiation
Dangerous hazing includes any activity or attitude which may endanger the life of health of an individual. This includes any action or activity which has the potential to cause bodily injury or permanent psychological damage. For example:
- Requiring walking, standing, sitting, or lying in any unpleasant substance or position
- Sexual harassment or abuse
- Alcohol or drug consumption
- Forced eating or drinking
- Placed in a confined area
- Physical abuse
Depending on the nature of the offense, severe penalties may be enacted at the discretion of the College. Furthermore, depending on the nature of the offense and willingness of injured persons to pursue, College judiciary charges and/or criminal or civil charges may be pressed against the group or individuals involved.
Visitors and Guests
It is the responsibility of any student who hosts a visitor or guest on campus to ensure that the person knows and adheres to the expectations stated in the Simpson College Student Handbook. In instances where guests violate rules or codes, the student host will be held responsible. Residential students are responsible for all that occurs within that dwelling including any guest misconduct. Whether a visitor is a student, non-student, or non-identified guest, the student host will be held responsible for violations of the Simpson College Student Handbook. Responsibility under these rules may occur even if the host is not a participant in the activity or has left the visitor(s) alone.
During summer 2020 and academic year 2020-2021, special guidelines regarding who may have as visitors in your residence are in place. For full details about who you can grant access to our housing, please visit https://simpson.edu/internal/residence-life/housing-during-covid. Inviting guests into your housing who are not able to be here may constitute a violation for providing unauthorized access.