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Hazing Information

WHAT IS HAZING?

HAZING is defined as any intentional, knowing, or reckless act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against an individual that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are or include students at an educational institution, including but is not limited to the following:

This policy provides that “hazing” includes but is not limited to any of the following that is associated with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, participating in, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization:

(1) Physical brutality, such as whipping, beating, striking, branding, burning, shoving electronic shocking, blindfolding, paddle swats, bondage or restriction, or placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity.

(2) Physical activity, such as sleep, food or drink deprivation, exposure to the elements, confinement in a small space, calisthenics, forced exercise, jogs or runs that subjects the other person to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the physical health or safety of the individual or causes severe emotional distress.

(3) Activity involving consumption of food, liquid, or any other substance, including but not limited to an alcoholic beverage or drug, that subjects the individual to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the physical health or safety of the individual or causes severe emotional distress.

(4) Requiring or coercing someone to perform public stunts, buffoonery, personal or group servitude (washing cars, running errands, cleaning), wearing apparel which is uncomfortable, conspicuous or not normally in good taste.

(5) Creating, inflicting or requiring any activity that detracts from adequate study or class time or productive work; or any activity that is not consistent with the academic mission of the University of Louisiana Monroe. For example, any activity or situation that keeps an individual from less than six uninterrupted hours of sleep.

(6) Bullying, degrading, humiliating, ridiculing or harassing an individual or group through words or deeds: line-ups or interrogations; name calling; threats or lies.

(7) Activity that induces, causes, or requires an individual to break a university, local, state or federal law or policy. The law provides exceptions for normal physical activity associated with athletics, physical education, military training, or similar programs.

(8) Activity that includes nudity.


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 ULM Hazing Policy

 

 

Definitions You Should Know...

 

Organization: is a fraternity, sorority, association, corporation, order, society, corps, cooperative, club, service group, social group, band, spirit group, athletic team, or similar group whose members are primarily students at, or former students of, a post-secondary education institution, including the national or parent organization of which any of the underlying entities provided for in this definition is a sanctioned or recognized member at the time of the hazing.

Pledging: is any action or activity related to becoming a member of an organization, including recruitment and rushing.

Appropriate authority includes:

  • Any state or local law enforcement agency.
  • A 911 Public Safety Answering Point as defined in Title 33 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950.
  • Emergency medical personnel.

 Reckless behavior: is an activity or behavior in which a reasonable person knew or reasonably should have known that the activity or behavior may result in injury to another, including but not limited to excessive consumption of alcohol, binge drinking, drag racing, consumption of any controlled dangerous substance, acts of hazing, or other similar activity.

 Serious bodily injury: is bodily injury that involves unconsciousness, extreme physical pain, or protracted and obvious disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty, death, or a substantial risk of death.


Hazing Myths and Facts

  • Myth #1:  “Hazing is a problem for fraternities and sororities primarily.”
    • FACT:  Hazing is a societal problem.  Hazing incidents have been frequently documented in the military, athletic teams, marching bands, religious cults, professional schools and other types of clubs and/or, organizations.  Reports of hazing activities in high schools are on the rise.

 

What You Should Know About Hazing

- More than half of college students involved in clubs, teams, and organizations experience hazing.

- 82% of deaths from hazing involve alcohol.

- Individuals CANNOT consent to being hazed.

- Just because a majority of the members of an organization are not involved in a hazing incident does not mean the organization is not responsible.

- Hazing is not just associated with athletes and Greek-lettered organizations.  It occurs across a wide spectrum of organizations.

 


 

HAZING IN STUDENT GROUPS

Student Group

Percent

Varsity Athletes

74%

Social Fraternity or Sorority

73%

Club Sport

64%

Performing Arts Organization

56%

Service Fraternity or Sorority

50%

Intramural Team

49%

Recreation Club

42%

*Other

30%

Academic Club

28%

Honor Society

20%

Allan & Madden, 2008, hazingstudy.org

 

*Other includes religiously-affiliated organizations, culture clubs and organizations, and student government


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