WHAT IS HAZING?

HAZING as it is seen in Cal State Fullerton includes but is not limited to the following behaviors: lining up, heckling, taunting, dressing in uni- form, selling items, condescending name calling, carrying items, or any other act that is considered demeaning by the CSUF staff. The CSUF hazing policy will be enforced. Please read thoroughly.

CSUF HAZING POLICY

California State University, Fullerton expects that all students, recognized student organizations, and affiliated groups will observe and fully comply with University Policy in accordance with Title 5 Education Code, Section 41301 (Standards for Student Conduct) and State of California Penal Code Section 245.6 (proscribes criminal and civil penalties for individuals who haze). The Dean of Students Office shall ensure that all students, recognized student organizations, and affiliated student groups are informed on an annual basis about education policies specific to hazing.

All recognized student organizations affiliated with a national or local governing body must adhere to regulations set forth by their respective organizations concerning hazing. It is the responsibility of all students, recognized student organizations, and affiliated student groups to be informed of all of the above mentioned regulations.

University policy with respect to hazing prohibits all students, recognized student organizations, and affiliated student groups from engaging collectively or individually in any of the following practices as part of any program or general activity, regardless of the person’s willingness to participate. This list is intended to provide examples of hazing and should not be considered all inclusive.

1. Any type of harm such as paddling, beating, striking, branding, tattooing, body piercing, placing of a harmful substance on the body, or similar activity;

2. Any type of physical activity, such as deprivation of sleep (6 to 8 hours per day minimum), food, or maintaining hygiene; exposure to the elements; confinement in a small space; calisthenics; or other activity that subjects the student to a risk or harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student;

3. Such activities as new member scavenger hunts, new member ditches, kidnaps, and the like, as well as any activity that is mandatory for new members only, and is not educational in nature;

4. Any activity involving consumption of a food, liquid, alcoholic beverage, liquor, drug, or other substance which subjects the student to an unreasonable risk or harm or which adversely affects the mental or physical health of the student;

5. Nudity or forcing or allowing students to dress in any unusual or awkward fashion; educational institution, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization or the institution rather than submit to acts described in this section.

6. Any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects the student to unreasonable mental stress, shame, or humiliation, or that adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the student, or discourages the student from entering or remaining registered in an educational institution, or that may reasonably be expected to cause a student to leave the organization or the institution rather than submit to acts described in this section.

Title 5. California Code of Regulations 41301 Standards for Student Conduct “(8) Hazing, or conspiracy to haze. Hazing is defined as any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university, or other educational institution in this state (Penal Code 245.6), and in addition, any act likely to cause physical harm, personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm, to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university, or other educational institution. The term “hazing” does not include customary athletic events or school sanctioned events. Neither the express or implied consent of a victim of hazing, nor the lack of active participation in a particular hazing incident is a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act, and is also a violation of this section.”

A group of students acting together may be considered a ‘student organization’ for purposes of this section whether or not they are officially recognized.

State of California Penal Code 245.6 (a) It shall be unlawful to engage in hazing, as defined in this section.

(b) “Hazing” means any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university, or other educational institution in this state. The term “hazing” does not include customary athletic events or school-sanctioned events.

(c) A violation of this section that does not result in serious bodily injury 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.

(d) Any person who personally engages in hazing that results in death or serious bodily injury as defined in paragraph (4) of subdivision (f) of Section 243 of the Penal Code, is guilty of either a misdemeanor or a felony, and shall be punished by imprisonment in county jail not exceeding one year, or by imprisonment in the state prison.

(e) The person against whom the hazing is directed may commerce a civil action for injury or damages. The action may be brought against any participants in the hazing, or any organization to which the student is seeking membership whose agents, directors, trustees, managers, or officers authorized, requested, commanded, participated in, or ratified the hazing.

(f) Prosecution under this section shall not prohibit prosecution under any other provision of the law.

Reporting Allegations of Hazing Allegations of violation of state law or university policies regarding hazing are handled by the Dean of Students Office or University Police for appropriate disciplinary and/or criminal investigation and action. As outlined in the Executive Order 1073, Student Conduct Procedures, and the Student Organization Judicial Procedures, due process will be followed including right of appeal. Nothing in this policy is intended to prevent or prohibit a victim of hazing from filing a complaint with the police in addition to reporting the event(s) to the Dean of Students Office, as described above.