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ASA Rush Rules

The following Rush Rules have been established by the Association of Student Activities to balance the exposure of incoming students to the demands of new academics, dormitories, and student life at MIT. These rules are in place to facilitate transition time for new students into life at MIT without inundation by too many new opportunities. All ASA-recognized groups are mandated to follow these rules.

The 2003 Rush Rules apply from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 15 through the beginning of the ASA Activities Midway at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29. This period is referred to as the “Recruiting Moratorium Period.”

Inside the Recruiting Moratorium Period, ASA-recognized groups and/or members of ASA-recognized groups may not:

1. Actively collect any information from new students.

2. Hold any recruiting events of any sort.

3. Place advertisements of any kind anywhere that include recruiting language.

The ASA Executive Board reserves the right to broadly interpret the definitions of “recruiting events” and “recruiting language” on a case-by-case basis.

Exemptions to these exclusions may be sought by e-mailing the ASA Executive Board at at least one week before the date the exception is needed. In general, activities and postings associated with the Undergraduate Orientation or Graduate Student Council Orientation programs are automatically exempt. However, the ASA Executive Board reserves the right to request a formal letter from the Undergraduate Orientation Committee or the GSC Orientation Committee to verify the legitimacy of a group’s claim of affiliation.

Within the Recruiting Moratorium Period, ASA-recognized groups may advertise general events and/or events to be held after the Recruiting Moratorium Period, provided these advertisements do not violate the stipulations of the Rush Rules.

The following means of advertisement are acceptable within the Recruiting Moratorium Period:

1. Use of the student group’s bulletin board (if this resource has been granted).

2. Advertisements/coverage in regular campus publications.

3. Web sites.

4. Flyers distributed around campus (where “distributing” is distinct from posting).

5. Posters placed on MIT public bulletin boards.

Any other method of advertising must be cleared in advance with the ASA Executive Board by e-mailing

In general, ASA posting rules continue to apply through the Recruitment Moratorium Period. However, fines will be automatically tripled for violations occurring within the Recruitment Moratorium Period.

The ASA Executive Board will interpret the Rush Rules and act on violations of them. Violations may come to the attention of the Board via regular ASA policing activities or through formal complaints e- mailed to by MIT community members. The Board will consider each case, and if necessary, impose upon the group found to be in violation of the Rush Rules the appropriate penalty or set of penalties from the following list of punishments:


Monetary fine

Mandatory Community Service

Barring from participation in 2004 First Year Summer Mailing (FYSM)

Loss of ASA Activities Midway space

Loss of bulletin board space

Loss of office/locker space

Suspension from event/room registration privileges for specified duration

Group suspension

Group de-recognition

If more serious punishments than those listed are required, the ASA Executive Board reserves the right to involve the Undergraduate Association, GSC, the Student Life Programs office, and/or other relevant MIT entities.

Decisions by the ASA Executive Board affecting time-sensitive privileges are final. Non-time-sensitive decisions may be appealed through the regular process outlined in the ASA Constitution.

SouRCE: Association of Student Activities