Neither shalt thou haze

Leipzig University issued this rule just in time for the fall semester, 1495:

Statute Forbidding Any One to Annoy or Unduly Injure the Freshmen. Each and every one attached to this university is forbidden to offend with insult, torment, harass, drench with water or urine, throw on or defile with dust or any filth, mock by whistling, cry at them with a terrifying voice, or dare to molest in any way whatsoever physically or severely, any, who are called freshmen, in the market, streets, courts, colleges and living houses, or any place whatsoever, and particularly in the present college, when they have entered in order to matriculate or are leaving after matriculation.

Senator John Blutarsky was not available for comment.

(Via Pejman Yousefzadeh.)


  1. sya »

    12 September 2013 · 6:38 pm

    I’m sure they soon found a loophole.

  2. CGHill »

    12 September 2013 · 7:10 pm

    I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised.

  3. McGehee »

    12 September 2013 · 7:37 pm

    “Thou didst not say we could not pour vast quantities of ale down their gullets, Lord Dean W├╝rmer.”

  4. fillyjonk »

    13 September 2013 · 7:14 am

    But it was perfectly okay to do any of that stuff to the SOPHOMORES.

  5. Tatyana »

    13 September 2013 · 8:01 am

    Erica, I was just going to say that!

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