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A Word On Hazing


Each chapter must evaluate the mission and purpose of its new membership program to ensure it is making a positive contribution toward the development of new members. Any reported incident of hazing will result in an investigation and possible judicial proceedings by the University, Inter/national organization, and local jurisdictions.

RSO Hazing Policy:

No RSO shall conduct hazing activities. Hazing activities are defined as: any action taken or situation created,whether on or off campus, for the purpose of initiation or affiliation with any University organization or teamwhich jeopardizes the physical and/or mental well-being of an individual; embarrasses, frightens, degrades an individual; or is illegal.

As per the WMU Student Code, Article IV, B. 10, hazing is defined as any act which endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person, embarrasses, frightens, or degrades a person or which destroys or removes public/private property, for the purpose of initiation, admission into, or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership, in a group, organization or team. The expressed or implied consent of the alleged person against whom the actions have been taken will not be a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing are not neutral acts-they are violation of this rule. In addition, according to the state of Michigan’s “Garret’s Law,” senate bill #783, hazing may result in criminal prosecution resulting in fines and imprisonment.

Further, SALP defines hazing as: Hazing is a fundamental violation of human dignity. Hazing is a broad term encompassing any action or activity which does not contribute to the positive development of a person; which inflicts or intends to cause physical or mental harm or anxieties or sleep deprivation; which may demean, degrade, or disgrace any person, regardless of location, intent or consent of participants. Hazing can also be defined as any action or situation which intentionally or unintentionally endangers a student seeking admission into or affiliation with any student organization. In addition, any other activities which are not consistent with policy, law or the regulations and policies of the educational institution will constitute hazing. Hazing is in direct opposition to the educational mission of the institution.

Information used by permission from the Texas education code and Texas Tech University student affairs handbook.

To report and instance of hazing, plaes contact Nicole Millar at nicole.c.millar@wmich.edu

External Resources:

stophazing.org
hazinglaw.com