Hazing and Initiation Activities
The following regulations are in effect regarding hazing or initiation activities:
All University-affililated organizations, students or groups of students, members of the University faculty or staff, other persons anywhere on University faculty and staff, or other persons anywhere on University campuses are prohibited from taking any action or creating any situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health or involves the forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with any organization.
Violation of this policy by any student or member of the University faculty or staff, shall result in disciplinary action under the provisions of the Redbook, including dismissal from the University in any case where there is clear and convincing evidence of direction violation of this policy.
Any organization which is found by University officials based on substantial evidence, to have authorized or condoned violation of this policy directly or indirectly by participation of its officers or members or by permitting its facilities to be used for such violation shall be excluded from University campuses for a minimum period of two years as determined by the President or his designee. In addition, such organizations may be subject to loss of official recognition or probation. Appeals of such decisions may be considered in an informal hearing before the President or his designee, and the decision of the President shall be final.
In the event a local organization's inter/national organization concludes a club or organization is in violation of their hazing policy, the University will adhere to the conditions and terms of the inter/national organization. The University, however, is not precluded from establishing additional sanctions appropriate to the campus.
Many national or regional organizations have defined hazing to include the following:
Any act or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities include: paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks, forced quests, or any other such activities carried on inside or outside the confines of the campus; wearing publicly apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities which are not consistent with the regulations and policies of the University.
*This is not an exhausive list but one that will help your organization to plan activities that contribute to the positive development and welfare of members.