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Hazing

Responsible Department
Student Affairs
Effective Date
06/22/2016
Revision Date
01/12/2021
  1. .

    Purpose

    1. The University is dedicated to promoting a safe and healthy campus environment for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. In addition, the University is committed to cultivating a community that fosters respect for the dignity and rights of all its members. As such, the University does not tolerate Hazing.

    2. The purpose of this policy is to state the prohibitions against Hazing at the University of North Georgia (the “University”).
  2. .

    Definitions

    1. Group: A number of persons who are associated with the University and each other, but who have not registered, or are not required to register, as a student organization (e.g. athletic teams, musical or theatrical ensembles, academic or administrative units, clubs).

    2. Hazing: To force or subject a minor or student to perform an activity which endangers or is likely to endanger the physical health or mental health of the minor or student or which causes or is likely to cause the minor or student to:

      1. Violate federal or state law;

      2. Consume any food, liquid, alcoholic liquid, drug, or other substance in a manner which subjects the minor or student to a substantial risk of emotional, mental, or physical harm, including sickness, vomiting, intoxication, or unconsciousness;

      3. Experience threatened or actual exposure to physical injury, including injury resulting from whipping, beating, paddling, branding, dangerous physical activity, or exposure to elements, which exposure results in medically verifiable mental or physical harm; or

      4. Experience threatened or actual exposure to mental injury, including injury resulting from activity adversely affecting the mental health or dignity of the individual, sleep deprivation, exclusion from social contact, or conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, which exposure results in medically verifiable mental or physical harm.

    3. Registered Student Organization or RSO: Any group of students who have obtained status as an RSO, per the University, including fraternities, sororities, sports clubs, honors/academic organizations, NCAA sports teams, the Corps of Cadets and affiliated co-curricular organizations.

    4. University Community Member: Any persons enrolled at or employed by the University including faculty, staff, administrators and employees, and recognized University affiliated entities including University foundations, Student Organizations, University Departments, and University Volunteers.

    5. University Official: Any person (faculty or staff) who is employed by the University, and who performs assigned administrative or professional responsibilities.

             For the purposes of this policy, the “Appropriate” University Official to receive reports of hazing is defined as follows:
      1. Students – Dean of Students or Commandant of Cadets;
      2. Faculty – Provost or designee; and
      3. Staff – Associate Vice President for Human Resources or designee.

        For other University Community Members (volunteers, organizations, groups, vendors, patients, customers, alumni, and visitors) the Appropriate University Official to receive reports of hazing is any of the above University Officials or the University Public Safety Department.

    6. University Premises or Facilities: Includes all land, building, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used, contracted with, or controlled by the University (including streets, sidewalks, and public property within or immediately adjacent to campus).
  3. .

    Statement

    1. It shall be prohibited for any person to haze any minor or student in connection with or as a condition or precondition of gaining acceptance, membership, office, or other status, including enhanced status.

    2. Incidents of alleged Hazing may be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency for additional investigation.

    3. The following is not a defense to a charge of Hazing:

      1. The express or implied consent of the individual was obtained; Hazing may
        occur regardless of the individual’s willingness to participate;

      2. The conduct or activity was not part of an official RSO or Group event or was
        not otherwise sanctioned or approved by the RSO or Group; or

      3. The conduct or activity was not a condition of membership or affiliation with the RSO or Group.

    4.  Examples of Hazing include, but are not limited to, the following:

      • Coerced or forced consumption of food, alcohol, or drugs
      • Paddling in any form
      • Activity of any kind that may create physical stress and/or unnecessary fatigue (i.e. Running, flutter kicks, burpees, lifting heavy objects, calisthenics, etc.)
      • Personal servitude (i.e. purchasing of/picking up items, completing manual labor, chauffeuring, etc.)
      • Physical and/or psychological shocks and/or stressors
      • Misuse of authority by virtue of one’s class rank or leadership position
      • Taking a student to an outlying area and dropping him or her off and/or requiring them to find their way to a designated location
      • Forced wearing of apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste
      • Degrading or humiliating games and activities
      • Sleep or food deprivation
      • Unreasonable exposure to the weather
      • Holding a person against their will and/or in a space for a period
      • Line-ups and berating
      • Undue interference with academic pursuits

    5. The Hazing Policy does not prohibit the following conduct:

      1. Customary public athletic events, contests or competitions that are sponsored by the University or the organized and supervised practices associated with such events;

      2. Any activity or conduct by RSO or Groups with an educational purpose that is consistent with the mission of (i) specified educational curriculum, (ii) an extra-curricular program, or (iii) a military training program, as defined and approved by the University. Military training programs typically include performance-oriented exercises with pre-identified tasks, conditions and standards. Individual corrective actions must comply with standard operating procedures maintained by the Commandant of Cadets.

    6. This regulation applies to behavior that occurs on University Premises. It may also apply to off-campus behavior if the activity is sponsored, conducted, authorized, or recognized by the University, a RSO, or a Group.

    7. RSO and Groups will complete a Non-Hazing Compliance Form upon request.

    8. Retaliating in any manner against any individual who reports Hazing or who participates in an investigation of a Hazing report is prohibited.

    9. Making an intentionally false accusation of Hazing is prohibited and violates the Student Code of Conduct.

    10. All University Community Members shall cooperate in an investigation of Hazing.  In addition to this policy, any group/RSO that has an inter/national governing entity shall follow additional policies and guidelines, such as:

      1. NCAA student athletes shall follow the policies and guidelines set forth by the NCAA and University Athletics Compliance office.

      2. Members of the Corps of Cadets shall follow the policies and guidelines set forth by the Commandant of Cadets.

      3. All fraternity and sorority members shall follow the policies and guidelines set forth by Fraternity and Sorority Life and the chapters inter/national organization.

    11. Due to potential risks, events such as quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, and road trips must be approved, in advance, through the Dean of Students or Commandant of Cadets.

    12. Additional Requirements for RSO and Groups:

      1. All elected or appointed RSO presidents or designee shall educate their respective organization members on an annual basis regarding the applicable University policies concerning Hazing.

      2. Responsibility for any violations of this regulation may be attributed to the accused RSO or Group and its members or its officers.

      3. Based on the standard of proof of preponderance of evidence, or that it is more likely than not, any RSO or Group may be found responsible for any violations of this regulation where the RSO or Group did not discourage or did not take reasonable steps to prevent Hazing by its members or affiliates.

    13. Discipline

      1. Violation of this Policy may result in sanctions or other consequences under the Student Code of Conduct, Human Resources Policies, or other applicable University Regulations or Policies. Visitors refusing to comply may be reported to the University Public Safety Department.

      2. Possible sanctions for individual students resulting from the University disciplinary process range from a warning to disciplinary expulsion. Possible sanctions for RSO or Groups include suspension or restriction from University Premises or revocation of RSO status, if applicable. Possible sanctions for faculty and staff range from a warning to termination of employment.

      3. Violations of this policy will be referred to appropriate law enforcement officials and the Office of Student Integrity for action and/or prosecution, as well as to regional and national affiliated offices, for additional actions.
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    Support Info

    O.C.G.A. § 16-5-61 makes it a misdemeanor of a high or aggravated nature to “haze any student in connection with or as a condition or precondition of gaining acceptance, membership, office, or other status in a school organization.”  Penalties could include incarceration, fines, or both.

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    Procedures

    1. An individual with knowledge or suspicion of Hazing is expected to report the activity, through one of the following mechanisms:

      1. Submit the “See Something, Say Something” form
      2. Contact law enforcement
      3. Contact University Public Safety Department
      4. Report directly to an Appropriate University Official as defined above.

    2. Any report should be submitted as soon as possible after the events take place, preferably within 72 hours, in order to preserve any evidence resulting from the incident.

    3. Any related operating procedures must comply with and should reference this policy.

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