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Hazing

Responsible Department
Student Affairs
Effective Date
11/14/2017
  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”).
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    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: Any behavior, action, or situation that (i) endangers the mental or physical health of a student, (ii) assists, directs, or in any way causes others to participate in degrading behavior or behavior that causes humiliation, embarrassment, ridicule, or discomfort of a student as a condition for continued membership in a group or organization, or as part of any activity of a Recognized Student Organization.

    3. Recognized Student Organization or RSO: Any number of persons who have complied with the formal requirement for University recognition including Fraternities, Sororities, Chapters and Student Clubs, the Corps of Cadets and affiliated Co-curricular Clubs.

    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 Structured 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 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 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 adjacent streets and sidewalks).
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    Statement

    1. No RSO, Group, team, chapter, colony, student, faculty, staff member or alumnus shall conduct nor condone Hazing.

    2. Hazing in any form is prohibited. It is not a defense to a charge of Hazing that:

      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.

    3. Actions and situations that may constitute Hazing include, but are not limited to, the following:

      • Forced consumption of food, alcohol, or drugs
      • Paddling in any form
      • Creation of unnecessary fatigue
      • Personal servitude
      • Physical and/or psychological shocks
      • 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
      • 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
      • Kidnapping or abandonment
      • Line-ups and berating
      • Undue interference with academic pursuits
      • Expectation of participation in activities that are illegal, lewd or in violation of University policy such as indecent exposure, trespassing, or theft

    4. The Hazing Policy is not intended to 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 training exercises with pre-identified tasks, conditions and standards. Individual corrective actions must comply with standard operating procedures maintained by the Commandant of Cadets.

    5. 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.

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

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

    8. Making an intentionally false accusation of Hazing is prohibited.

    9. All University Community Members shall cooperate in an investigation of Hazing.

    10. In addition to this policy, NCAA student athletes shall follow the policies and guidelines set forth by the NCAA and University Athletics Compliance office.

    11. In addition to this policy, members of the Corps of Cadets shall follow the policies and guidelines set forth by the Commandant of Cadets.

    12. 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, Commandant of Cadets.

    13. 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 perpetrators, the RSO or Group, its members or its officers.

      3. Any RSO or Group may be found responsible for any violations of this regulation upon satisfactory proof that the RSO or Group did not discourage or did not take reasonable steps to prevent Hazing by its members or affiliates.

    14. Corrective Action and Discipline

      1. Violation of this Policy may result in corrective action under the Student Code of Conduct, Human Resources Policies and Procedures, 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 an oral warning to termination of employment.

      3. Violations of this policy are subject to referral to appropriate law enforcement or University services, as well as to regional and national affiliated offices, for action or prosecution.
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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.”

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    Procedures

    1. An individual with knowledge or suspicion of Hazing is expected to report the activity to the Appropriate University Officials, the University Public Safety Department, or call 1-888-NOT-HAZE.

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

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