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Title: Anti-Hazing Policy

Anti-Hazing Policy
What is Hazing?
  • Hazing is defined as any action taken or
    situation created intentionally, whether on or
    off Longwood property, by either
    fraternity/sorority organizations, student
    clubs/organizations, athletic teams, individual
    students or student groups, to produce mental or
    physical discomfort, endangerment of life,
    embarrassment, harassment, intimidation, or
  • Longwood University
    Anti-Hazing Policy

Hazing is
  • Against the law
  • It shall be unlawful to haze so as to cause
    bodily injury, any student at any school,
    college, or university. Any persons found
    guilty thereof shall be guilty of a Class 1
    Misdemeanor, which carries a minimum of 12 months
    imprisonment or a 2,400 fine.
  • Code of Virginia 18.2-56
  • Against Longwood Policy
  • Conduct Code 4 Hazing or otherwise
    mistreating so as to cause bodily injury and/or
  • Conduct Code 15 Violating any aspect of
    the Anti-Hazing Policy up to but not including
    acts that induce bodily injury.

Against the idea of Citizen Leadership
  • Longwood University is committed to the belief
    that abusive behavior, harassment and assault
    does not build character, does not build
    leadership skills, and does not foster group
    loyalty or unity. Hazing is an abuse of power
    and relationships, and its purpose is to demean
  • Longwood University Anti-Hazing Policy

Some examples include
  • Alcohol use
  • Paddling
  • Physical/psychological shocks
  • Branding
  • Excessive exercise

  • Degrading/humiliating activities
  • Public stunts
  • Forced or required consumption of liquids,
    solids, or combinations, i.e., alcohol, massive
    quantities of water, spicy or unusual foods, or
    non-food items

Hazing Myths
  • Myth 1 Hazing is no more than foolish pranks
    that sometimes go awry.
  • Fact Hazing is an act of power and control over
    others it is victimization.
  • Hazing is pre-meditated and NOT accidental.
    Hazing is abusive, degrading and often
  • Myth 2 As long as theres no malicious intent,
    a little hazing should be O.K.
  • Fact Even if theres no malicious intent
    safety may still be a factor in traditional
    hazing activities that are considered to be all
    in good fun.
  • For example, serious accidents have
    occurred during scavenger hunts and kidnapping

More myths
  • Myth 3 Hazing is an effective way to teach
    respect and develop discipline.
  • Fact First of all, respect must be EARNEDnot
  • Victims of hazing rarely report having
    respect for those who have hazed them. Just like
    other forms of victimization, hazing breeds
    mistrust, apathy and alienation.
  • Myth 4 If someone agrees to participate in an
    activity, it cant be considered hazing.
  • Fact Consent of the victim cant be used as a
    defense in a civil suit.
  • Even if someone agrees to participate in a
    potentially hazardous action it may not be true
    consent when considering the peer pressure and
    desire to belong to the group.
  • Source

What are the possible consequences?
  • For the person doing the hazing
  • Criminal charges - with jail time, fines or
  • Civil liability damages up to 1.2 million
    dollars have been awarded to plaintiffs.
  • Suspension or Dismissal from Longwood.
  • Loss of organization recognition

For the person being hazed
  • Physical abuse possibly leading to death.
  • Emotional abuse.
  • Loss of sense of control and empowerment.
  • Decline in grades.
  • Relationships with friends and family suffer.
  • Post-traumatic stress syndrome.
  • Erosion of trust within the group members.

Hazing Warning Signs
  • Does this activity promote leadership, sport, or
    academic skills?
  • Does this activity promote and conform to the
    ideals and values of  your sport, organization or
  • Will this activity increase feelings of
    friendship between new and returning members?
  • Would you tell prospective members what they will
    go through?
  • Would you be willing to allow parents to witness
    this activity?  A judge?  Your Coach/Advisor?
    The University President?
  • Would you be willing to defend this activity in
  • Does the activity meet both the spirit and letter
    of the standards prohibiting hazing?

If you answer NO to any of these questions, You
are probably hazing!
If you or your organization is hazing
  • Remember
  • A lawsuit can ruin your group and financially
    devastate you and your family.
  • A reputation for hazing can negatively impact
    members' future employment or graduate school
  • There are effective ways to achieve the group's
    pro-social goals without hazing.
  • Learning ways to build group cohesiveness without
    hazing will develop skills that can be used after
  • You will be more likely to generate committed
    alumni support without hazing.
  • Without hazing, you won't have anything to hide
    or regret and will leave a positive legacy for
    future generations of members.
  • Cornell University

Alternatives to Hazing
  • Campus or community service
  • Ropes course activities
  • Attendance at campus activities or events
  • Participation in intramurals
  • Leadership training
  • Academic study halls
  • National Organization or NCAA required
    educational programs or events

More alternatives.
  • Fundraisers
  • Badge/Pin/Letter/Jersey days
  • Healthy physical activities or NCAA recognized
  • Balanced food consumption or diet
  • Wearing of semi-casual or business attire
  • Group retreat or overnight of reasonable length
  • Other inclusive group activities with a
    constructive purpose.

Resources for developing and scheduling activities
  • Department of Athletics 2057
  • Associate Dean for Student Affairs 2080
  • Campus Recreation 2356
  • Honor and Judicial Programs 2493
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life 2118
  • Leadership and New Student Programs 2414
  • Student Union and Involvement 2103
  • Student Health and Wellness 2102

All you have to do is ask!
If you are being hazed
  • Remember
  • Anger, confusion, betrayal, fear, resentment,
  • embarrassment, humiliation, hopelessness,
    helplessness, anxiety and depression are all
    normal reactions to being hazed. Some individuals
    have become suicidal.
  • Physical consequences can include exhaustion,
    headaches, hangovers, illnesses, injuries, and
  • It's common to believe that things won't get
    worse, though they often do.
  • You may want the hazing to stop, but don't want
    to get the group in trouble.
  • You may want to leave, but fear the consequences
    or feel like you've invested too much already to
    walk away.
  • Self-blame can occur and is fueled by hazers who
    tell new members that they will let others down
    if they leave or tell anyone what is going on.
  • Cornell University

What can you do
  • Stay connected with friends outside of the group.
    Groups that haze often try to isolate their new
    members from others
  • Talk with others about what you are going
    through. You do not have to keep it a secret.
    Demanding secrecy is a common practice designed
    to protect people who are abusing others.
  • Seek guidance from your parents/guardian or other
    family member.
  • Refuse to participate. Others before you have
    done so.
  • Join together with other new members to refuse to
    be hazed. There is power in numbers because
    groups depend on getting new members to join.
    Hazers don't want new members to realize how much
    power they have, so they work hard to keep them
  • Leave the group. This is hard to do, but is
    always an option. Walking away from hazing takes
    strength. Don't believe it if anyone who tries to
    tell you that it is sign of weakness or that you
    weren't tough enough to hack it. Quitting when
    you are being hazed takes character.
  • Talk to a Counselor to help you sort out what to
  • Report the hazing, confidentially if you
    preferto any Athletic or Student Affairs Staff
  • Cornell University