Falmouth Public Schools, MA Hazing Policy
Status: In effect
The Falmouth School Committee recognizes the right of all students to participate through competition or open admission to all clubs, activities, and sport programs, and therefore, prohibits the practice of "hazing".
The term "hazing" shall mean any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization, whether on public or private property, which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any student or other person. Such conduct shall include whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug or other substance, or any brutal treatment or forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any such student or other person, or which subjects such student or other person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation.
Any sponsor or advisor who knowingly allows hazing to occur will be removed from said position and punished under Chapter 536. Any student found guilty of encouraging or participating in such practices shall be suspended and/or expelled from the Falmouth Public Schools, and prohibited from any further participation in extra-curricular activities or school programs. Legal actions shall be brought under terms of Chapter 269 of the Acts of 1985.
The Principals of Lawrence School and Falmouth High School shall annually certify and file on the appropriate form that this policy and the law shall have been given to appropriate students and faculty. The Superintendent of Schools shall submit a report, on an annual basis to the Department of Education that the requirements of the law have been met.