Wesleyan’s naked parties are so well known that student tour guides sometimes mention them as they escort high school students and their parents around campus. But administrators frown. Last year, a naked party was thrown at Earth House, a university-owned off-campus residence, and a resident assistant formally warned students not to throw it again.
“When we get wind of them, we try to discourage them, because it creates a condition too ripe for sexual harassment,” says David Pesci, a university spokesman. “Do we catch them all? Obviously not.”
Lauren Pellegrino, a Wesleyan junior who threw a naked party two years ago in her dorm, says there are clear but unstated rules for behavior at these gatherings. “Touching is an extreme no-no,” Ms. Pellegrino says. “It’s in very bad taste. People look each other in the eyes more than you’ve ever seen. It’s not a place to pick people up.”