Hazing includes acts which endanger the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or which destroy or remove public or private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with or as a condition for continued membership in, a group or organization. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not considered neutral acts; they are violations of this policy. The express or implied consent of the victim, tradition, and intent of such acts are not valid defenses.
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 influences and constructive development for members and aspiring members. Organizations are expected to use good judgment to determine the abilities of individual students as they relate to organizational activities and requirements. “Hazing” is an unproductive and hazardous custom that is incongruous with this responsibility and has no place in our university life, either on or off campus.
Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities and situations include paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities; wearing publicly, any apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts of buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games or activities; late work sessions which interfere with scholastic activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with the regulations and policies of the College.
Hazing shall include, but not be limited to forcing, requiring, or expecting pledges, associate members, prospective members, or members of university organizations to participate in any of the following actions or activities:
Organizations found to be in violation of this policy may face sanctions ranging from a warning to a loss of status as a recognized student organization. Individuals found to be in violation of this policy may face sanctions ranging from a warning to dismissal.