The policies and rules indicated in this document herein are intended to clarify the University’s relationship to the REGISTERED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS (RSO’s) and also are intended to reflect the institution’s concerns and interest for promoting awareness, values, and responsible behavior.  It is important to note that when persons are functioning in the capacity of members of a RSO, they will be held accountable for their organizational related conduct individually and collectively.

Notification of cancellation of events must be received in writing by the Office of Campus Life three (3) business days prior to the scheduled event. Failure of an organization to cancel confirmed reservations may result a fee for services and in cancellation of future all activities by the sponsoring organization for a two (2) month period.Cancellation forms are available at the Service Desk in the Student Services Center. Major events must be canceled two (2) weeks prior to the event. All other events/activities must be canceled three (3) business days prior to the event.

Request for parties or balls must be made a minimum of 14-business days in advance.  There will be no exception to this provision. An organization sponsoring a ball will be required to attend the organizational bi-weekly meetings and student leadership development retreats.

Possession, use or distribution of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on University property. Alcoholic beverages may not be possessed, distributed, or consumed on the campus except where specific written approval has been obtained for the event in advance.  Compliance with all pertinent University regulations and State, County, or Municipal laws is mandatory, and in particular, sponsors and/or alcoholic event managers shall exercise due caution to ensure the following:

a.  No person under the legal age for drinking shall be sold or served alcoholic  beverages.
b.  All sales of alcoholic beverages must cease promptly at 1:00 a.m. or earlier as stipulated by the Office of Campus Life.
c.  Reasonable order decorum shall be maintained during such events to avoid disturbance of adjacent campus and off-campus residents.
d. Alcoholic beverages may not be sold or furnished to any person under the legal drinking age or who at the time of the sale or exchange, is visibly under the influence.
The hazing policy applies to all student groups and organizations of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.


It is the responsibility of all student organizations to encourage an atmosphere of learning, social responsibility, and respect for human dignity and to provide positive influence and constructive development for members and aspiring members.  "Hazing" is an unproductive and hazardous custom that is incongruous with this responsibility and has no place in university life: either on or off campus. The purpose of this policy is to define hazing and to provide guidelines with regards to hazing which student organizations and their members must follow.
Hazing, as defined in this policy, is prohibited and :
1. Organizations found to be in violation of this policy may lose their status as recognized student organizations of the University.
2. Individual members who are found to be in violation of this policy are in violation of the Student Judicial Code and may be disciplined in accordance with the University's disciplinary procedures.

HAZING:  The word "HAZING" is any intentional action taken, activity required, or situation created, however, communicated, involving or resulting in abusive physical contact, mental harassment, excessive mental or physical discomfort and/or embarrassment to any individual.  This policy applies to activities which take place on or off the campus so long as they take place in the name of the organization involved.

The following are examples of actions which might constitute hazing:
1.  paddling;
2.  required or compelling excessive exercise and calisthenics;
3.  road trips (involuntary excursions);
4.  requiring or compelling excessive exposure to uncomfortable elements;
5.  requiring or compelling activities creating unnecessary work, duties, detention, or any duties which impair academic efforts;
6.  verbal harassment;
7.  requiring or compelling the wearing in public of apparel which is not in good taste; and
8.   requiring the forced consumption of any liquid or solid substance of drugs, or the forced inhalation of any substance.

To Better Understand Organizations Responsibilities
Read The
OCL Policy and Procedure Handbook