Hazing

Hazing is not permitted and is defined by the university as:

  1. An individual (members or prospective members) associated with an organization, athletic team, class, cohort, or group; (that primarily consists of members of the university community);
  2. Who is voluntarily or involuntarily;
  3. Actively or passively;
  4. Directly or indirectly;
  5. Involved in the planning of, in instructing, in facilitating, in observing, or by participating in;
  6. An activity that is done in connection to an individual’s initiation into, admission into, continued membership in, or association with the same organization, athletic team, class, cohort, or group;
  7. And that activity, whether with intention or not, is likely or would be perceived as likely to result in unreasonable physical, mental or emotional harm, discomfort or distress to an individual in the same organization, athletic team, class, cohort, or group.

If you are unsure as to whether or not an activity would be considered inappropriate contact the Director of Residential Life, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Student Life, Associate Director of Hartman Union, Assistant Directors for Student Activities, Dean of Students or Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

These are some activities that may be considered hazing.  Some of these activities may be allowed if appropriate administrative approval is given and proper supervision is provided. This list is not all inclusive.

  • Personal servitude
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Academic dishonesty
  • Calisthenics such as push ups, sit-ups, runs, or abusive exercise
  • Nudity
  • Paddle swats
  • Consumption of an alcoholic beverage or other drug
  • Ingestion of undesirable or unwanted liquid, food, or other item
  • Hitting, pushing, shoving, beating, or attacking
  • Kidnapping
  • Running up stairs while reading material
  • Excessive yelling, screaming or use of obscenities
  • Burning, branding, or tattooing any part of the body
  • Blindfolding
  • Confinement of a person
  • Restraint of a person’s limbs or body
  • Jumping from heights
  • Dangerous activities
  • Activities that encourage failure to comply with laws or directions of faculty, staff or other university officials
  • Physical or psychological shocks
  • Wearing of apparel that is not in good taste
  • Engaging in public stunts or buffoonery
  • Rides
  • Merit/demerit systems
  • Being fed or eating in a way that may psychologically or physically cause revulsion or regurgitation
  • Showers
  • Subjecting the body to inappropriate environments
  • Subjecting the body to inappropriate temperatures
  • Subjecting the body to outside elements without proper attire
  • Outside singing
  • Exercise beyond the physical limits of an individual
  • Pranks such as stealing, party raids, harassment of another individual or organization
  • Calling individuals degrading names
  • Actions that obstruct, disrupt or physically interfere with the use of college premises, buildings, streets, or other facilities
  • Morally degrading or humiliating games or activities
  • Activities that are debasing or gross
  • Activities that could contribute to:
    • Loss of personal dignity or self worth
    • Lowering of one’s personal standard’s
    • Sleep deprivation
    • Creation of excessive fatigue
    • Personal embarrassment or shame.
    • An individual being the object of malicious amusement or ridicule.
    • Private or public humiliation
    • Endangerment of the health or safety of individuals

New Hampshire State Hazing Law:

Hazing in all forms, is a violation of good order and personal liberty, and is prohibited.
Effective on July 1, 1993, New Hampshire Law defines Student Hazing as: any act directed toward a student, or any coercion or intimidation of a student to act or to participate in or submit to any acts, when:

  1. Such act is likely or would be perceived by a reasonable person as likely to cause physical or psychological injury to any person; and
  2. Such act is a condition of initiation into, admission into, continued membership in, or association with any organization.

New Hampshire Law provides that a natural person is guilty of a Class B misdemeanor if such person:

  1. Knowingly participates as an actor in any student hazing;
  2. As a student, knowingly submits to hazing and fails to report such hazing to law enforcement or educational institution authorities or
  3. Is present at or otherwise has direct knowledge of any student hazing and fails to report such hazing to law enforcement or educational institution authorities.

Furthermore, the law also requires that an educational institution or an organization at or in conjunction with an educational institution is guilty of a misdemeanor if it:

  1. Knowingly permits or condones student hazing; or
  2. Knowingly or negligently fails to take reasonable measures within the scope of its authority to prevent Student hazing; or
  3. Fails to report to law enforcement authorities any hazing reported to it by others or of which it otherwise has knowledge.