I. OBJECTIVE & PURPOSE
Actions or statements which by design or intent amount to hazing are prohibited, and shall be prevented and adjudicated by the University whenever possible. This regulation shall apply to acts conducted on or off campus whenever such acts are deemed to constitute hazing.
II. STATEMENT OF REGULATION
Hazing is defined as any action or activity of any group or individual which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purposes including, but not limited to, initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating under the sanction of the University.
It is not necessary to have direct proof that a person’s initiation or continued membership is contingent upon participation in the activity for it to be considered hazing. Furthermore, it is not a defense to a charge of hazing that the consent of the victim had been obtained, or that the activity leading to charges of hazing was not an official organizational event or was not approved or sanctioned by the organization.
Hazing does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions or any activity or conduct that furthers a legal and legitimate objective.
Hazing includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Pressuring or coercing students into violating the University regulations, Student Conduct Code, local, state, or federal law.
(b) Activities that conflict or interfere with a student’s academic performance.
(c) Forced consumption or intake of food, alcohol, drug or any other substance.
(d) Any brutality of a physical nature such as whipping; beating; branding; forced calisthenics; exposure to the elements; or any other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical and/or mental health or dignity of the individual.
(e) Any activity that would subject a reasonable person to experience emotional stress including deprivation of food or sleep. Forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment or that could affect the mental health or dignity of the student. These activities include but are not limited to kidnapping, scavenger hunts, any forced activity of a sexual nature, and personal servitude.
III. STATEMENT OF PROCEDURES
(A) Any person having knowledge of any activity or statement which may constitute hazing should contact the Office of the Dean of Students, the University Police Department, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Athletic Director, the Office of the Dean of the College in which the club or, course or organization is housed, or the Office of the Vice President for Student and International Affairs. Actions to enforce the University’s prohibition against hazing shall be conducted pursuant to the Student Conduct Code.
(B) Penalties - The penalties described below may be imposed for violation of this regulation, regardless of whether the violation occurred on or off campus, and shall be in addition to any other penalty to which a student or group may be subject for violations of the criminal laws of Florida or any other applicable University regulation or policy.
(C) Individuals subject to University jurisdiction found guilty of hazing violations may receive penalties including the withholding of diplomas or transcripts pending compliance with the regulations completion of community service or other educational sanctions, and the imposition of reprimand, probation, suspension, or dismissal.
(D) University recognized student organizations including fraternities and sororities that engage in hazing may be penalized by revocation of permission for the organization to be registered, to meet on campus and to use campus facilities, and the right to exist at the University of North Florida.
(E) Copies of this policy, and regulations concerning violations, penalties, and process for enforcement will be distributed to students enrolled in the University, and shall be referenced/incorporated in the bylaws of every organization operating under the sanction of the University.
Authority: 1006.63, F.S
History: New 05/16/04: Amended 5/16/07; Amended 10/21/14