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Office of Student Leadership and Activities

Student Organization and

Advisor Handbook

Table of Contents

introduction 3


Office 4

Student Leadership 4

Student Activities 5


Role of an Advisor 6

Benefits of Serving as an Advisor 7

Responsibilities of an Advisor 7

Advisor’s Commitment 8

Guidelines for Effective Advising 9


Registered Student Organization 12

New Organizations 12

Returning Organizations 12

Mini-Grant Opportunity 12

Facilities Management 13

Membership 13

Advising 14

Student Leadership Institute 15

Elections 16

Relinquishing of positions 17

University Remedies 18


Alcohol and Drugs 19

Hazing 20

Sexual Abuse and Harassment 21

Education 21

Behavior 21


What is a Fraternity/Sorority 22

National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc. 23

The Inter Greek Council (IGC) 24

Basic requirements 25


OSLA Flyer Approval Policy 28



Process 31








This handbook has been developed by the Office of Student Leadership & Activities (OSLA) to assist advisors and student organization members at Delaware State University with guidance on organizing and hosting student academic and social activities. It provides guidelines on being an effective advisor, information regarding the purpose of student organizations, and the policies and procedures that govern them.

OSLA supports the mission of DSU of providing students a meaningful and relevant education that emphasizes both the liberal and professional aspects of higher education. To this end, OSLA provides consultation, support services and opportunities for student involvement and leadership development through participation in co-curricular activities which ultimately assist the university in educating graduates to become competent, productive, and contributing citizens.

Contact information for OSLA:

The Office of Student Leadership & Activities
Delaware State University

Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center Suite 325

Phone: 302.857.6390

Fax: 302.857.7408


Office of Student Leadership and Activities

The mission of the Delaware State University Office of Student Leadership and Activities (OSLA) is to enhance the overall education experience of students through the development of, exposure to, and participation in organized groups, programs and activities that complement the institution’s mission, core values and academic programs and improves leadership and social assets while preparing students to be responsible advocates and global citizens. OSLA is comprised of three functional areas: 1) the Office, 2) Student Leadership, 3) and Student Activities.


  • Develop policies and procedures for student organizations designed for optimal student engagement, development, college-level academic and experiential learning

  • Serve as a liaison between administration and students regarding the social landscape of the campus

  • Implement and coordinate student development for academic, social, and vocational enrichment

  • Provide advice and counsel to student organizations, advisors, faculty, and professional staff pertaining to student leadership and activities

  • Assess activities, events, programs towards accreditation requirements

  • Produce activities, events, and programs that foster innovative and technological advancements in an emerging socioeconomic society

  • Hire and develop workforce capable of directing and developing student learning based on emerging and preferred college-level critical thinking, systems thinking, and knowledge management

Student Leadership

  • Use leadership and student development methods, theories, inventorying, education, and activities to refine and advance student leadership potential

  • Facilitate a Student Leadership Institute designed to provide leadership training and development to all student leaders and those aspiring to leadership development

  • Mentor/advise/coach student leaders personally and professionally

  • Direct student employment/elections in leadership roles and leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Create and facilitate leadership curriculum, workshops, conferences, and events

  • Create and facilitate leader stewardship venues (i.e., community service, volunteerism, etc.)

Student Activities

  • Develop and facilitate activities in education, leisure, arts, entertainment, and social etiquette that values students’ social currency and social assets

  • Provide advice and counsel to student organizations with the development of on-campus activities

  • Coordinate and organize a student-led Campus Activity Board

  • Develop OSLA signature programs and activities for traditional and non-traditional students and on- and off-campus living/learning societies


The advisor plays an integral role in helping student leaders create an environment within their organizations that is productive, safe, enjoyable, and educational. As a student organization advisor we challenge you to develop programs that foster greater understanding and implementation of the Delaware State University core values of outreach, community, scholarship, diversity and integrity. The following are some key roles and responsibilities of a student organization advisor and helpful tips on managing student organizations.

Role of an Advisor

  • Resource – The advisor is a valuable resource for information about DSU, the organization, and the various campus policies and procedures. The advisor facilitates, manages, and aligns the organizations budget and activities towards the University’s resources.

  • Consultant – Members of the student organization are required to consult with their advisor on issues of programming (e.g., financial concerns, what risks are involved and how to best execute the program, etc.), or on policies they may not understand or agree with. Students may need assistance in event and meeting planning, budgeting, fundraising and development of organization rules and procedures.

  • Mediator – from time to time issues may arise between the members of a student organization, different organizations, or between the organization and the DSU administration. The advisor’s role is to facilitate the resolution of the situation by including students in resolving the issue amicably for all parties involved. Most of the time, it will be as simple as having a discussion with the stakeholders of the issue.

  • Liaison – an advisor can be a very useful person to bridge the gap between student organizations and university administration or even within the student organization community. The advisor should look for opportunities to advocate on behalf of the student organization and assist them in connecting with the appropriate office and departments on campus.

Benefits of Serving as an Advisor

Being an advisor to a student organization not only benefits the group, but also provides great rewards to the advisor. While each person may have a different experience and gain different things from being an advisor, some benefits are:

  • Satisfaction of seeing and helping students learn and develop new skills;

  • Watching a group come together to share common interests and work towards a common goal;

  • Developing a more personal relationship with students;

  • Furthering your own personal goals and interests by advising a group that shares those same interests and goals;

  • Enhancing students’ college experiences and personal lives by sharing your knowledge with them;

  • Witnessing the progression and growth that students go through as members of a student organization;

  • Being recognized for your service to the student organization;

  • Having an opportunity to network with colleagues with whom you may not have had the opportunity before.

Responsibilities of an Advisor

The specific responsibilities of a student organization advisor will differ from one organization to the next. However, there are a few responsibilities which are essential to foster a collaborative and beneficial relationship between the advisor and the members of the student organization. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Attend executive board and organization meetings. This helps keep advisors up to date on what the members are doing. In addition, the advisor’s presence will demonstrate his or her commitment to the organization’s purpose, program(s), and constituency.

  • Attend organization events. The advisor’s attendance serves to support the student leadership, especially in the event that something goes wrong. But most of all, it will show the students the advisor’s commitment to the organization’s success.

  • Be available in case of an organization emergency. Advisors do not have to be on call 24-hours a day, but if there are events, trips, or meetings he or she cannot attend, it is the advisor’s responsibility to make sure that members of the organization have sufficient contact information.

  • Accompany organizations when attending off-campus activities. The Advisor or co-advisor is required to travel with their students to all off-campus events. This is an important measure to ensure the safety of members of the organization, as well as compliance with University policies.

  • Monitor financial accounts. The organization may have a treasurer, but it is still the responsibility of their advisor to ensure they are being fiscally responsible with the organization’s funds. Advisors are not in charge of the organization’s finances, but are required to help them maintain responsibility with their money.

Advisor’s Commitment

As an advisor you agree:

  • That you are an employee (person employed by the university on a full- or part-time basis, including academic professionals, administrators, classified staff, faculty, and service professionals) at Delaware State University and that you will notify OSLA immediately if your employment status changes.  

  • To assist your student organization in developing realistic goals for the academic year. This will contribute to the educational and personal development of the students involved.

  • To be familiar with the student organization's constitution and all other governing documents, so that you may advise effectively.

  • To attend executive office, general meetings, and organization events when possible.

  • To receive and review monthly financial reports from the organization's treasurer.

  • To encourage the officers of the organization to share information with the general membership.

  • To assist in the orientation of new members and with the transition process each year.

  • To be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct and other institutional guidelines that establishes expectations for student behavior and activities.

  • To guide the group and its officers to established policies, answer policy questions, and explain the consequences for choosing to operate outside their parameters.

Guidelines for Effective Advising

While the personality traits that cater to being a good advisor may come naturally, the know-how of the role may not. Below you will find some useful guidelines for working with students and being the best DSU advisor:

  • Learn the History
    Learn about the history, structure and goals of the organization, but don’t allow tradition to dictate your relationship with students and your expectations for the organization. Effective advisors honor the past and keep what is working for the group, but are also active change agents.

  • Understanding your group dynamic
    Determine which advising style is most appropriate for the group’s needs and stage of development. There may be times when you will need to adjust your advising styles as the organization develops and the leaders become active.

  • Consider your responsibility as a role model.
    Have an open mind and understand the impact your personal and professional behavior, communication style, values and opinions will have on your organization.

  • Time Commitment
    The amount of time required to serve as a student organization advisor varies based on the needs of the group. Minimally, an advisor should expect to spend two or three hours per month on student organization issues during the academic year. A very active advisor for a large student organization could expect to spend as many as two to four hours per week engaged in related activities.

  • Working with Organization Officers

Leadership is more than just having a position in an organization. It is a process in which an individual initiates, directs, and/or assists a group accomplish a shared goal, unified vision, or common purpose. Every student has the potential for leadership; getting involved with a student organization is the first step towards unleashing that potential.

The officers of student organizations are essential to the success of the group. The president/chairperson is generally the most influential member of an organization. The advisor should work closely with this person and assist them in developing plans for the organization.

  1. Meetings with the President/Chairperson

  1. Some organizations do not have regularly scheduled executive committee meetings. If this is the case, the advisor should schedule periodic meetings with the president/chairperson during which planning and discussion of concerns should take place.

  2. Although it is preferable to have several officers involved in planning agendas and developing programs for the organization, it is sometimes necessary for the advisor and the president/chairperson to do this or to initiate it. In this type of situation the advisor should allow the president/chairperson to present her ideas. The advisor may then want to help the officer evaluate these ideas. If the advisor feels an idea is inappropriate, the officer should be encouraged to consider alternatives. The officer may want the advisor to make the decisions. In such cases, the advisor should guide the officer toward a decision but should not assume the deciding role. The advisor may also help the officer to evaluate the effectiveness of the decision.

  3. Even in organizations that have executive committee meetings, it is desirable for the advisor to meet with the president/chairperson periodically.

  1. Executive Committee Meetings

  1. Some organizations have regularly scheduled executive committee meetings. The officers meet to set agendas, to discuss plans for programs or projects, and to develop goals for the organization.

  2. These meetings can also serve to help develop the role of the officers in the organization. They can serve as occasions for evaluating the organization and for discussing concerns and problems.

  3. The role of the advisor can be most actively demonstrated in this setting. The advisor should feel free to express his/her opinions and make recommendations regarding internal organizational difficulties (communications, delegating responsibilities, etc.) and to assist the officers with their resolution. This should be done with discretion. In this setting the advisor can easily serve as a resource and provide guidance.

For more information, please consult the Advisor’s web page at

Student Organizations

Under the provision of Freedom of Association, students may form organizations and groups with specific interests. Student organizations are where leadership skills may be gained and perfected. They provide students an opportunity to pursue their interests, to explore new interest, to expand cultural competencies, and build social assets. Having membership in a student organizations enables students to build and apply organizational and individual capacities for the public good. At DSU, student organizations and groups will be governed by the Delaware State University Student Handbook, Student Organization and Advisor’s Handbook, Judicial Affairs Handbook, and all other DSU policies and procedures that cover conduct on campus.

Registered Student Organization (RSO)
All student organizations must register with OSLA by the beginning of the Fall semester each academic school year to be recognized by DSU as an active organization. No activities are permitted until after the student organization successfully registers. Once registered as an active student organization for the current academic year, the advisor and president of the organization will receive confirmation in their DSU email accounts of the status of the organization as a RSO. The student organization will be assigned an account number and a mailbox in OSLA. To qualify as an RSO all paperwork must be submitted by September 30th each academic year.

New Organizations
New student organizations must fill out the “New Student Organization” application form and return it to OSLA by the deadline. Upon submission of the application, the new student organization must have at least five members, which will encompass their executive board. New organization documents (APPENDIX A) can be downloaded at

Returning Organizations
Returning RSO’s must update their Organizational Roster and Advisor Information packet and return it to OSLA by the deadline. PLEASE NOTE: No activities are permitted until after the Organizational Roster and Advisor information has been successfully updated. Returning RSO documents (APPENDIX B) can be downloaded at

Mini-Grant Opportunity
All RSOs are eligible to apply for a $250 mini-grant from the Student Government Association (SGA). All applications are due to OSLA by September 30th each academic year. Awards of Grants are subject to review and approval of SGA Executive Council. A formal notification will be sent to the Advisor’s and student organization treasurer’s DSU e-mail addresses.

Facilities Management

All RSOs may use campus facilities that have been designated by the University administration for meetings and other programmed activities. Use will depend upon the scheduled availability of the facility. All contractual agreements must first be approved by the Director of OSLA and then by the Vice President for Student Affairs before service is rendered.

Normally there is no charge to student organizations for the use of facilities. However, for some types of activities, there may be a charge for the facility and/or equipment. When charges are to be assessed, the organization will receive advanced notice from a Conference and Events staff detailing the criteria for the assessed charge. Failure to reimburse the Business Office shall disqualify the organization for further use of the facilities until the bill is satisfied. The sponsoring organization will be billed for all damages to University property and the organization will not be allowed further scheduled use of facilities until the bill is paid in full.


Membership in student organizations is limited to full-time students, unless otherwise authorized by the OSLA Director or Vice President for Student Affairs. Membership must be open to all full-time DSU students except for groups where membership is based upon specific skills or achievements (e.g. Departmental Clubs, honor societies, etc.).

Members of student organizations are required to conduct themselves according to the codes of conduct outline in the Student Handbook, Judicial Handbook, and the Student Organization and Advisor’s handbook as well as all other University codes of civility. Organizations that have members who consistently fail to conform to the DSU codes of conduct risk being suspended from operating on campus.

Students seeking membership into an organization can contact the OSLA personnel for assistance and information at, 302-857-6390, or in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center, Suite 325, Monday through Friday, 9:00AM – 4:00PM. Students seeking applying for a role into the Student Government Association (SGA), Campus Activity Board (CAB), or Residential Housing Association (RHA) must attend and interest meeting and not have been found guilty of any on- or off-campus judicial violations or a pattern of judicial violations or on academic probation within the past year at the time of application.


Every student organization must have at least one on-campus advisor selected from the DSU faculty or professional staff in good standing with the University. Advisors are required to attend the Advisor orientation hosted by OSLA and be approved to advise the organization by the Director of OSLA or Vice President for Student Affairs.

Advisors are selected by members of the student organization with the exception of the SGA, CAB, and (RHA). The Vice President for Student Affairs selects the advisors for the SGA, CAB, and RHA Executive Council. Generally, the Director of the Office of Student Leadership and Activities serve as the advisor to the SGA Executive Council (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Correspondence Secretary, and Recording Secretary) and Royal Court. The Director of Residential Education generally serves as the main advisor for RHA Executive Council. The Associate Director of OSLA generally serves as the advisor to Greek-lettered organizations. The Assistant Director of Activities generally serves as the advisor to the CAB. Advisors for other roles in SGA, CAB, or RHA are selected by the Directors of OSLA and Residential Education respectively.

It is recommended to also have an advisory committee for SGA, CAB, RHA, and the National PanHellenic Council (NPHC) (which aligns with CAS standards) consisting of faculty, student leaders, and staff representative of the campus. The advisory committee generally would serve as advocates for the student organizations, assist OSLA advisors in problem-solving, participate in election and appointments of new student leaders, and support organization programs, events, and activities. SGA, CAB, and RHA can be served by the same advisory committee; NPHC should have a separate advisory committee consisting of seasoned Greek campus professionals and student representatives of active undergraduate Greek organizations. Advisory committee members should be appointed by Vice President for Student Affairs or his designee and should:

  • Be knowledgeable of student development theory and philosophy to appropriately support students and also to encourage learning and development

  • Have adaptive advising styles in order to be able to work with staff and students with a variety of skill and knowledge levels

  • Have an interest in students organization advising

  • Understand organizational development processes and team building

  • Knowledgeable of institutional policies; especially regarding safety and risk management

  • Be available for adequate advising

Incorporating advisory committees into the advising processes fulfills the strategic leadership concept of equipping and engaging a broad range of minds within the operating environment.

Student Leadership Institute (SLI)

Actions and behaviors consistently tell the story of the behaviors valued by the culture of an organization. Whether subtle or overt, actions and behaviors demonstrated by student leaders are instrumental in conveying shared values, guiding strategy, and inspiring passion and interest in other students. When a shared value is conveyed as being meaningful and purposeful, the effect is far more powerful than merely putting on a program or activity.

With the above in mind, OSLA Professional staff provides monthly or quarterly instruction of a comprehensive strategic leadership curriculum and workshops for the Student Leadership Institute (SLI). The SLI curriculum/workshop information is designed to produce student strategic leaders who consistently create, promote, and execute projects and activities that are attractive and intentionally convey shared values. SLI information assists students with capturing mental models that convey ideal preferred futures that pace or out-pace change in the global society.

Student strategic leaders learn to conduct environmental scans through mosaic lenses for the purpose of discovering all possibilities and select the ones that are beneficial to them and their constituents. They are encouraged to cooperate and use ethics and emotional intelligence to embrace alternate viewpoints and seek equitable solutions that promote inclusion and diversity. Students learn strategies and practices that are honorable and can be easily adopted by all student groups. They make proficient use of campus resources while adhering to safety and risk management policies and procedures with a focus on the well-being of campus and community constituents.

Students also learn to integrate technology to create a unique,e multicultural information literate student body. They establish functional media and community relations tasks, technology, activities, communication, and events that promote inclusion so that a diverse group of staff, students, and affiliates is involved in fostering healthy relationships on and off campus. The goal is to offer and encourage student participation in student-led technology and activities that build their psychosocial well-being.

All members of SGA, CAB, RHA, and NPHC are required to attend Student Leadership Institute (SLI). All other student organization members are encouraged to participate in SLI.


On campus, student leaders represent the student body before faculty, administration, staff, and University guests. Off campus, student leaders represent Delaware State University before the world. Elections for student leader roles in SGA, CAB, and RHA are held during the spring semester (typically the beginning of April). Before the elections take place, all candidates vying for positions are required to attend interest meetings and leadership workshops sponsored by the Office of Student Leadership and Activities (OSLA) or those authorized by the Vice President for Student Affairs. Students unable to attend the required meetings/workshops must obtain a written approval of absence from the Director of OSLA of Vice President for Student Affairs in order to continue their candidacy. Students who do not attend required meetings/workshops and do not have an approved absence excuse will not move through the election process toward an elected position.

Each candidate for will be interviewed by the Student Leadership Advisory Council prior to the campaigning and promotion to balloted status. Interviews will conclude prior to the mandatory campaign workshops. Candidates who are unable to be interviewed will relinquish their candidacy unless they receive written permission from the Vice President for Student Affairs or Director of OSLA that they may continue on through the election process.

Candidates who interview and are selected to attend the mandatory campaign workshop will receive notice of balloted status once the campaign workshops conclude. Those who move on to balloted status are required to complete the campaign mode specific to the role for which they seek candidacy. Royal Court members will ready themselves for the Royal Court pageant managed by Mr. and Miss DSU as governed by the Mr. and Miss DSU and Royal Court Handbook. Candidates seeking roles in SGA, CAB, and RHA are governed by the election process outlined in the SGA/RHA Constitution and By-laws to include (but are not limited to) attending Speech Night, Debate Night, and the Speak Out session prior to election day.

Candidates are required to follow election guidelines on Election Day as presented by OSLA. Candidates who fail to comply with Election Day guidelines automatically relinquish their candidacy. Student voting generally decides who wins elected positions with the exception of Mr. and Miss DSU whose roles are guided by the election process outlined in the Mr. and Miss DSU and Royal Court Handbook. Current student leaders host a new student leader luncheon and installation ceremony for elected student leaders. The newly elected student leaders swear in with an official oath of office that upholds the Universities policies and procedures and student organization’s Constitution and By-laws.

Relinquishing of positions

Under normal situations, student leaders relinquish their positions during student elections to the student leader voted into office for the next academic year. Under abnormal situations, a student leader may be asked to relinquish their role should they be found guilty of: 1) any improper acts through the judicial system; 2) any misdemeanors or criminal acts through the court system; 3) do not maintain the minimum GPA; 4) or should they willingly decide they do not want to continue their role. Student leaders may also be impeached by two-thirds vote of the members of their student organization’s Executive Council and approval of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of the Office of Student Leadership and Activities.

If a student leader’s position is relinquished, (whether voluntarily or involuntarily), the benefits they are entitled to will immediately cease. The next in command of the student organization will assume responsibility as the new leader within the group. The newly elected titleholder will be entitled to the remainder of the benefits.

Titleholder agrees to the following as a newly elected leader after former student leader has relinquished his or her role:

  • Maintain the minimum cumulative GPA required of the role

  • Refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages during his/her appointment as governed by the Student Handbook and Judicial Affairs

  • Must not commit acts of a violent nature

  • Must not use illegal drugs, be caught stealing, or be involved in illicit or carceral activities

  • Must not be deemed guilty of any other unreasonable acts that are considered demeaning to the Title in accordance to appearance, ethics, moral, or code of conduct as outline in the Student Handbook or determined by advisors, Director of OSLA, or Vice President for Student Affairs

  • Must not appear nude, provocative or indecently exposed in public or in media, communication, social networks, photographs of any kind (electronic or physical), audio or visual devices

  • Must not receive monetary rewards or be compensated for their appearances for the student leader role

University Remedies

If Titleholder defaults on any of the provisions outlined in this handbook, the DSU Student Handbook, Judicial Affairs Handbook, or policies, procedures, ethics, or values of Delaware State University, the Director of Student Activities or Vice President of Student Affairs take the appropriate disciplinary action which may include but not be limited to the following (which the Titleholder hereby expressly waives):

  • Revoke the title from the Titleholder;

  • Demand the return of all prizes, awards, and/or monies/benefits given to Titleholder;

  • Pass the title to the next in line for student leadership as outlined in the organizations Constitution and By-laws , or any other person felt to be qualified by the Vice President for Student Affairs or Director of Student Activities

  • Refuse bookings of an official nature to Titleholder

  • Impose any sanctions deemed appropriate by the Vice President for Student Affairs or Director of the Office of Student Leadership ad Activities, or Judicial Affairs

  • Assess fines for breach of any part of the Contract. Said fines shall not exceed the amount of benefits Mr. or Miss DSU and Royal Court members received as the titleholder. These fines shall include, but are not limited to, room and board and wardrobe expenses


Delaware State University requires that all student organizations recognized by the Office of Student Leadership & Activities comply with the following Risk Management Policy. The Risk Management Policy applies to all student organizations entities and all levels of membership.


  1. The possession, sale, use or consumption of ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, while on campus premises, or during a student organization event in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the student organization, or at any event an observer would associate with the student organization, must be in compliance with any and all applicable laws of the state, province, county, city and institution of higher education, Delaware State University Student Handbook, Delaware State University Judicial Handbook, and must comply with either the BYOB or third party vendor guidelines.

  2. Alcoholic beverages may not be purchased through or with student organization funds nor the purchase of same for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of, or on behalf of, the student organization. The purchase or use of a bulk quantity or common sources(s) of alcoholic beverages, for example, kegs or cases, is prohibited.

  3. OPEN PARTIES, meaning those with unrestricted access by non-members of the student organization, without specific invitation, where alcohol is present, are prohibited.

  4. No members, collectively or individually, shall purchase, or sell alcoholic beverages to any minor (i.e., those under legal “drinking age”), members of the organization, or guest at any student organization event.

  5. The possession, sale or use of any ILLEGAL DRUGS or CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES while on University premises or during a student organization event or at any event that an observer would associate with a Delaware State University student organization event is strictly prohibited.

  6. No student organization may co-sponsor an event with an alcohol distributor, charitable organization or tavern (tavern defined as an establishment generating more than half of annual gross sales from alcohol) where alcohol is given away, sold or otherwise provided to those present. This includes any event held in, at or on the property of a tavern as defined above for the purposes of fundraising. A student organization may rent or use a room or area in a tavern as defined above for an event held within the provisions of this policy, including the use of a third party vendor and guest list.

  7. No student organization may co-sponsor or co-finance or attend or participate in a function where alcohol is purchased by any of the host chapters, groups or organizations.

  8. All recruitment or rush activities associated with any student organization will be non-alcoholic. No recruitment or rush activities associated with any student organization may be held at or in conjunction with an alcohol distributor or tavern as defined in this policy.

  9. No member or associate/new member/novice, shall permit, tolerate, encourage, or participate in “drinking games.”

10. No alcohol shall be present at any associate/new member/novice program, activity or ritual of the student organization. This includes, but is not limited to activities associated with “bid night,” “big brother/big sister night” and initiation.


Hazing is defined as any conduct which subjects another person (whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or psychologically) to anything that may endanger, abuse, degrade or intimidate the person as a condition of membership in an organization, regardless of the person’s consent to the activity. Hazing is not permitted by any national fraternity or sorority, is illegal in most states, and is against the student code of conduct on most campuses.

Organizations found to be in violation of this may lose their status as a recognized student organization of the University.

Individual members of student organizations who are found to be in violation of this policy and/or in violation of the Student Judicial code and may be disciplined in accordance with the University’s disciplinary procedures.

Students/members are encouraged to report hazing incidents and may contact Delaware State University Public Safety at (302) 857-6290 or 7911; Office of Student Leadership and Activities at (302) 857-6390 or; Vice President for Student Affairs at (302) 857-6300; Judicial Affairs at (302) 857-6470.

For more information on Delaware State University that follows the State of Delaware anti-Hazing Policy, including examples of the behaviors that could be construed as hazing, please consult the Delaware Code, Chapter 93 Anti Hazing Law at 14/c093/index.shtml and Delaware State University Student Handbook.


Delaware State University’s codes of conduct do not tolerate or condone any form of sexist or sexually abusive behavior on the part of its members, whether physical, mental or emotional. This includes any actions which are demeaning to women or men, such as verbal harassment. The student organization will not tolerate sexual assault in any form. All incidents of sexual harassment must be reported immediately to Public Safety, Department of Judicial Affairs, Office of Student Leadership and Activities, or the Vice President of Student Affairs. Victims of sexual harassment should seek immediate assistance by dialing (302) 857-7911 or finding safety and assistance through a trustworthy source.


Each student organization shall annually instruct its members on the Risk Management Policy. Additionally, all student and alumni members shall annually be sent a copy of the Risk Management Policy. A copy of the Risk Management Policy shall be available on the Office of Student Leadership and Activities’ Student Organization website.


Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated during any DSU hosted events. This includes but is not limited to:

  1. Removal or the absence of shirts or any other article of clothing during parties, stroll competitions, and other similar events

  2. Sexually explicit gestures, dances, steps, or strolls.

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