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Administrative Procedures

Procedure: 3360

Title: Prohibition of Hazing

Based on Policy: 3.36 - Prohibition of Hazing

Office of Primary Responsibility: Vice President for Educational and Student Services


  1. Purpose:

    To define actions or situations that recklessly or intentionally endanger the mental or physical health or safety of a student and are considered to be hazing activities\
  2. Procedure:
    1. Prohibitions regarding hazing will include, but are not limited to
      1. Any brutality of a physical nature or any other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the individual.
      2. Any activity which would subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which would adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual.
      3. Any activity described above shall be presumed to be a forced or coerced activity, and the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.
    2. This rule shall apply to acts conducted on or off college sites whenever such acts are deemed to constitute hazing by college or non-college sponsored organizations.
    3. Any organization suspected of blatant disregard of the above hazing rules will be investigated by the dean, student services and if found to be in violation of the procedure, the organization’s charter will be revoked and the organization will cease to operate on or off campus under the sanction of the college.  Any individual(s) suspected of violating the above hazing rule shall be investigated by the Office of the Dean of Student Services and, if warranted, referred to the Student Judicial Committee (SJC) for appropriate action.
    4. Violations of the hazing rule may lead to suspension or expulsion of the club or organization and the students directly involved.
    5. A violation of II.A.1. above will result in either suspension or expulsion.  Expulsion of an organization would apply to a gross violation of one or more of the acts listed in II.A.2 above.  The organization’s charter will be removed, and the organization will cease to operate on or off campus under the sanction of the college.  Any other violation of II.A.2 above will result in the suspension of the club or organization by the dean, student services.  Suspension will result in the following:
      1. A loss of the rights to induct new members for one term and preclusion from participating in college-sponsored activities as a recognized organization.
      2. Denial of the use of the name of the college when engaged in activities off the campus.
      3. Denial of access to facilities and all other college resources that are normally provided to officially recognized clubs and organizations.

The above penalties for suspension will be imposed for a minimum of one or a maximum of six terms.

    1. Disciplinary probation will be imposed upon clubs and organizations found guilty of II.A.2 above if they have not been responsible for such violations previously.  Probation carries the following penalties:
      1. A loss of the rights to induct new members for one term and preclusion from participating in college-sponsored activities as a recognized organization.
      2. Denial of the use of the name of the college when engaged in activities off the campus.

History: Last Reviewed: 4/12/12

Adopted: 8/27/1984

Reviewed: 4/12/12

Revised: 8/1/89, 1/21/02, 7/19/05, 7/15/08, 10/6/09