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Hazing
‘Hazing’ means any act committed by a person, whether individually or in concert with others, against a student in connection with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization which is affiliated with an educational institution; and which is intended to have the effect of, or should reasonably be expected to have the effect of, humiliating, intimidating or demeaning the student or endangering the mental or physical health of a student. Hazing also includes soliciting, directing, aiding, or otherwise participating actively or passively in the above acts. Hazing may occur on or off the campus of an educational institution. Hazing shall not include any activity or conduct that furthers legitimate curricular, extracurricular, or military training program goals, provided that:

(1) the goals are approved by the educational institution; and
(2) the activity or conduct furthers the goals in a manner that is appropriate, contemplated by the educational institution, and normal and customary for similar programs at other educational institutions.
Examples of prohibited individual/group activities include but are not limited to the following:
  • requiring the use of alcohol in any process or activity;
  • requiring nudity at any time;
  • vandalizing, defacing, or stealing any property;
  • verbal abuse or threatening physical harm;
  • forcing a person to eat something against his or her will;
  • requiring excessive exercise.

  • Hazing activity may lead to student conduct proceedings with penalties up to and including suspension or expulsion. Hazing may also lead to the termination of a student organization. Hazing will be reported to a law enforcement agency when activity leads the hospitalization of a person or to substantial damage to property.
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