At the beginning of the 2017-2018 Academic Year, each of the 11 Eating Clubs agreed to a common set of health and safety principles in order to promote safe and welcoming environments for all members of the Princeton University community. These standards are outlined by the following Statement of Health and Safety Principles:
Princeton Eating Clubs
Statement of Health and Safety Principles
The Princeton Eating Clubs exist to provide a positive learning and social environment in which members interact in a mutually respectful atmosphere that is consistent with the values represented by Princeton University. The Clubs enhance the academic and social experience of their members; encourage the free exchange of ideas among them; foster collegiality; and cultivate enduring commitments by each member to their Club and to their fellow members. Members are expected to adhere to a Code of Conduct established by their Club which requires they be respectful of the Club, its property, its staff, its alumni members, its undergraduate members and the guests of any Club member, and the University community in general. The following principles (i) have been endorsed by the Graduate Boards and undergraduate officers of the Clubs whose names appear below and (ii) inform the Codes of Conduct of each of the Clubs:
Each Club shall adopt and maintain in effect a Code of Conduct that is based upon applicable provisions of the University’s most recent edition of “Rights, Rules, Responsibilities” provided to it by the University and is consistent with any and all applicable New Jersey and Federal laws.
For the same health reasons that New Jersey State law bans indoor smoking in public places, each Club shall be a smoke free environment and smoking is strictly prohibited in all Clubhouses.
The introduction, possession, storing, or use on any Club premises of firearms of any type, ammunition for any firearm, explosive or incendiary devices is inconsistent with the personal safety of Club members and accordingly prohibited, as is the use on the premises of any other object as an offensive weapon in an attempt to cause injuries.
Sex and gender-based discrimination and sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, (as defined under “Rights, Rules, Responsibilities”) are prohibited on or about all Club premises. Each Club shall adopt and implement policies on responses to incidents of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct that include informing those individuals involved of their option to take advantage of SHARE services. All Club members and employees are expected to ensure and make clear that no Club will tolerate sexual misconduct of any kind. Members shall endeavor to ensure that the Club maintains an atmosphere free of any pressures on other members, guests and employees relating to sexual misconduct. Best practices with respect to these issues are included in the “ICC Best Practices for Eating Clubs Regarding Sexual Misconduct Prevention.”
Each Club shall adopt and implement policies that conform to University policy and state, county and local laws and ordinances related to the consumption and possession of alcohol, and the possession, use, manufacture and sale or other distribution of controlled dangerous substances. These policies have most recently been included in the brochure What Every Student should know about Alcohol and Other Drug Use.
Persons under the age of 21 are not permitted to bring alcohol onto any Club premises. Bottles, cups, mugs, flasks ect. from the outside are prohibited and will be turned away at the door of each Club by Security and/or Club officers. Persons who show signs of obvious intoxication such as an inability to maintain balance, passing out or vomiting, or slurred speech will not be allowed to enter a Clubhouse beyond its vestibule or to consume more alcohol on its premises. Those individuals who become obviously intoxicated while on Club property will not be allowed to consume more alcohol. As indicated in “Rights, Rules, Responsibilities,” Club members need to call for help for a severely intoxicated person and will not be disciplined by the University for doing so; if contacted at 609-258-3333, Public Safety will assist in transporting the person to appropriate care. Failure to call for assistance is considered by the University an especially serious violation of its policy.
All Club officers will attend a session on alcohol risk reduction given by University Health Services soon after they are elected. Club members are also encouraged to consult with Health Promotion and Prevention Services within UHS around alcohol-related policy and practices. In addition, Club officers will attend the Risk Reduction and Management Seminar hosted annually by the Princeton Prospect Purchasing Group, LLC; and each Club shall adopt, implement and communicate risk management policies to their entire memberships in regularly scheduled sessions.
Participation by Club members in any form of hazing (as defined in “Rights, Rules, Responsibilities” and by New Jersey law), and/or any initiation ritual that could be harmful, or result in injury to current prospective Club members is prohibited, whether conducted on or off Club premises. Initiation rituals that include the implicit or explicit requirement to ingest alcohol or any other substances are likewise prohibited.
Clubs will strive to create a healthy, safe, and welcoming environment for those who do not drink alcohol. In order to do so, Clubs will offer water and other non-alcoholic beverages when alcohol is being served. Club members are admonished against organizing activities that encourage excessive drinking, and/or which may create an environment in which non-drinkers may feel excluded and create an unsafe setting for those who are drinking.
Club members need to be vigilant in creating an environment that reduces the likelihood of injury such as slips and falls, through paying attention to the condition of floors, stairwells, railings, balconies, and other parts of the facilities.
Each Club shall maintain adequate Commercial General Liability and other insurance through Princeton Prospect purchasing Group LLC or other sources; and post and familiarize Club members with its facility’s fire evacuation plans.
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