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Anti-Hazing Policy. What is Hazing? Hazing, which shall include any form of mental, physical or emotional harassment, degradation, intimidation or harm,

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1 Anti-Hazing Policy

2 What is Hazing? Hazing, which shall include any form of mental, physical or emotional harassment, degradation, intimidation or harm, is strictly prohibited. Organizations found to be incorporating any form of hazing activities into their recruitment, new member or ongoing organizational activities, will face appropriate sanctions for violation of campus, local and state policy and/or law. The Center for Student Organizations and Leadership Development (CSOLD) and St. Cloud State University strongly discourage the use of alcohol and other substances as part of club and organizational activities.

3 Hazing is… “Against the law” Minnesota Hazing Law Hazing policy. Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) "Hazing" means committing an act against a student, or coercing a student into committing an act, that creates a substantial risk of harm to a person in order for the student to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization. (b) "Student organization" means a group, club, or organization having students as its primary members or participants. Subd. 2. Model policy. The commissioner of children, families, and learning shall maintain and make available to school boards a model policy on student or staff hazing that addresses the requirements of subdivision 3. Subd. 3. School board policy. Each school board shall adopt a written policy governing student or staff hazing. The policy must apply to student behavior that occurs on or off school property and during and after school hours. The policy must include reporting procedures and disciplinary consequences for violating the policy. Disciplinary consequences must be sufficiently severe to deter violations and appropriately discipline prohibited behavior. Disciplinary consequences must conform with sections to Each school must include the policy in the student handbook on school policies. “ Against University Policy: SCSU Code of ConductCode of Conduct Prohibited Conduct *Intentionally, recklessly or negligently causing physical harm to any person on university premises or at university sponsored activities. This includes engaging in any form of fighting. Intentionally, recklessly or negligently placing any person under mental duress or causing any person to be in fear of physical danger through verbal abuse, harassment (including repeated phone calls), sexual harassment, hazing, intimidation, threats or other conduct which threatens or endangers that person's emotional, mental or physical well- being.

4 Against the idea of Citizen Leadership… St. Cloud State 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 others.

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

6 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

7 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 life-threatening. Myth #2: As long as there’s no malicious intent, a little hazing should be O.K. Fact: Even if there’s 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 trips.

8 More myths… Myth #3: Hazing is an effective way to teach respect and develop discipline. Fact: First of all, respect must be EARNED—not taught. 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 can’t be considered hazing. Fact: Consent of the victim can’t 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:

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

10 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. For the person being hazed…

11 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 fraternity/sorority? 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 court? 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!

12 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 applications. 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 graduation. 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

13 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

14 More alternatives…. Fundraisers Badge/Pin/Letter/Jersey days Healthy physical activities or NCAA recognized practice 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.

15 Resources for developing and scheduling activities Campus Recreation web: Center for Student Organizations and Leadership Development (CSOLD) web: Volunteer Connection web: Women's Center web: All you have to do is ask!

16 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 scars. 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

17 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 subjugated. 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 do. Report the hazing, confidentially if you prefer—to any Athletic or Student Affairs Staff Member Cornell University

18 Together we can we can clear clear the haze…


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