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Policy on Hazing

Updated: August 2008

All acts of hazing by a University student organization or group and/or any of its members or alumni are prohibited. It is a violation of California state law, Board of Trustees policy and HNU policy for students to engage in any activity that may be described as hazing.

Hazing is a broad term encompassing any action or activity which does not contribute to the positive development of a person; or which inflicts or intends to cause mental or physical harm or anxieties; or which may demean, degrade or disgrace any person regardless of location, intent or consent of participants. In addition, hazing can be defined as any action or situation which intentionally or unintentionally endangers the physical or mental health of a student for the purpose of initiation or full admission, or affiliation with any organization operating under the sanction of HNU.

The University believes that any activity which promotes a class system within organizations is inappropriate. Subservience in any form is unacceptable. Subsequently, activities which facilitate inappropriate levels of authority over students may be deemed as hazing and will not be allowed.

Enforcement:

Any student found to be involved in any hazing activity will face disciplinary action and is subjected to a maximum sanction of dismissal from the University. Students and their organizations are also subject to criminal and civil action as it relates to California state law.

EDUCATION CODE - SECTION 32050-32051:

32050. As used in this article, "hazing" includes any method of initiation or pre initiation into a student organization or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to such an organization which causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm, to any student or other person attending any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution in this state; but the term "hazing" does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions.

32051. No student, or other person in attendance at any public, private, parochial, or military school, community college, college, or other educational institution, shall conspire to engage in hazing, participate in hazing, or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or person attending the institution. The violation of this section is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100), nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or both.

California State Hazing Laws:

SECTION 32050
As used in this article, "hazing" includes any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to such an organization which causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm, to any student or other person attending any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution in this state; but the term "hazing" does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions.

SECTION 32051
No student, or other person in attendance at any public, private, parochial, or military school, community college, college, or other educational institution, shall conspire to engage in hazing, participate in hazing, or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or person attending the institution. The violation of this section is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50), nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisonment in the county jail for not more that one year, or both.

SECTION 32052
Any person who participates in the hazing of another, or any corporation or association which knowingly permits hazing to be conducted by its members or by others subject to its direction or control, shall forfeit any entitlement to state funds, scholarships or awards which are enjoyed by him, by her, or by it and shall be deprived of any sanction or approval granted by any public educational institution or agency. The governing board of any public school, public college, public university, or other public educational institution or agency shall adopt rules and regulations to implement this section. If the Attorney General or the district attorney of any county or city and county has reason to believe that forfeiture should be declared under this section, he or she may institute a special proceeding in the superior court to establish such forfeiture. Any funds so forfeited shall be deposited in the State Treasury and credited to the State School Fund. Notice of the existence of these provisions of law and implementing institutional regulations prohibiting hazing, together with the campus location where verbatim copies can be obtained, shall be published in all campus general catalogs. This section shall become operative January 1, 1988, and shall remain in effect only until January 1, 1994, and as of that date is repealed unless a later enacted statute, which is chaptered on or before January 1, 1994, extends or deletes that date.

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