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Student Handbook

Hazing

Hazing Policy

The College prohibits hazing. Hazing is defined as any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of another person for the purpose of membership, advancement or continued good standing in any organization recognized by the College. In addition, any requirement by a member or pledge which compels another member or pledge to participate in any activity that is against College policy or New York State Law is defined as hazing.

Hazing behaviors include but are not limited to the following:

  1. forcing or requiring an individual to drink alcohol or use other substances or consume unreasonable amounts of food;
  2. engaging in activities that compel an individual or group to remain at a certain place, or transporting anyone anywhere without their knowledge and/or consent (road trips, kidnaps, etc.);
  3. creating excessive fatigue or distress through the deprivation of privacy, sufficient sleep or decent and edible meals;
  4. participating in morally degrading or humiliating games and activities;
  5. participation in or creation of situations that cause physical harm or emotional strain, such as causing a member or non-member to be the object of malicious amusement or ridicule;
  6. using brutality or force.

Any of these activities, if a condition, either directly or indirectly, of membership, advancement, or good standing in a College-recognized organization, shall be presumed to be a forced activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.  The College may treat the action of even one member of a group as constituting hazing by the entire group.  Executive leaders of an organization found responsible for hazing are also subject to disciplinary action.

Hazing is a violation of the New York State Law when such action by a group or organization recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health or involves the forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation or affiliation with any organization. Any individual, group or organization found responsible for hazing will be subject to disciplinary action, which may result in the assignment of points to individuals (including executive leaders of an organization or captain(s) of a team), probation, suspension or revocation of College recognition.

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