Drury University, MO Anti-Hazing Policy
Status: In effect
POLICY STATEMENT & DEFINITION
Hazing is any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off university premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities or situation include creation of excessive fatigue, physical or psychological shocks, publicly wearing apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste, engaging in public stunts and jokes, normally degrading or humiliating games and activities, and any other activities which are not consistent with the regulation and policies of the educational institution.
Some examples of hazing may include, but are not limited to:
- 1. Subtle Hazing: Behaviors that emphasize or accentuate a power imbalance between new members and active or existing members. Some examples may include but are not limited to: Deception; assigning demerits; silence periods with implied repercussions; deprivation of privileges for some members; requiring new members to perform duties not assigned to existing members; socially isolating new members; random tests on information; name calling; requiring new members to refer to other members with titles (e.g. Mr. Miss, etc.) while they are identified with demeaning names; expecting certain items to always be in one??s possession; road trips.
- 2. Harassment Hazing: Behaviors that confuse, frustrate, and/or cause undue stress to some members are considered harassment hazing. Some Examples: Verbal abuse; threats or implied threats; line-ups; asking new members to wear humiliating attire; stunt or skit events with degrading, crude or humiliating acts; personal servitude for active members; sleep deprivation.
- 3. Violent Hazing: Behaviors that have the potential to cause physical and/or emotional harm. Some Examples: Forced or coerced alcohol, drug, or food consumption; beating, paddling or other physical acts; branding; forced or coerced ingestion of substances; water intoxication; expecting illegal activity; abductions and/kidnapping.
Current Missouri statutes can be found at: http://www.moga.mo.gov
Sanctions provide a vehicle for the rectification or correction of any damages resulting from inappropriate behavior, protect the excellence of the educational and social environment, and assist the individual in leading a healthier lifestyle.
Sanctions may include but are not limited to:
- Community service hours
- Disciplinary probation
- Disciplinary suspension from the university
- Educational Sanctions
- Loss of participation and privileges in campus organizations
- Parent notification
- Peer mentoring
- Professional Assessment
- Removal or restricted access from campus housing
Violators of this policy will be subject to sanction ranging from official letters of warning and reprimand to disciplinary suspension from the university, according to the severity of the offense.
In support of this policy, the university shall conduct periodic orientation and educational programs for faculty, students and staff on the nature of sexual harassment in order to ensure an academic and work environment free of sexual harassment.
RESPONSIBILITY & COOPERATION REGARDING REPORTING INCIDENTS
Any person who feels that he or she or another person has been hazed in any way on Drury property, at any Drury activity, or by any person related to Drury in any way must immediately report the incident to the appropriate staff member, . Drury will investigate the incident and take appropriate action. Students, faculty and other Drury citizens are required to cooperate fully with any investigation by or at the request of Drury University.