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Rules and Regulations of Hofstra University Regarding Hazing

The state of New York has enacted a law that requires the University to file its rules and regulations relating to the subject of "hazing" with the Regents and the Commissioner of Education. The following rules and regulations regarding hazing are hereby adopted by the University and that the same be filed with the Regents and the Commissioner of Education and be disseminated among the University community. Hofstra University recognizes that membership in a fraternity/sorority or other campus organization (herein collectively referred to as an "organization") can be a meaningful experience in conjunction with other aspects of the educational process. Unfortunately, however, membership or prospective membership in an organization is sometimes accompanied by a wrongful activity commonly known as "hazing." Hazing is a violation of the Penal Law and other laws of the state of New York as well as the general regulations of the University. Accordingly, the University hereby reaffirms its policy that it will not condone hazing of any kind. To this end, any student, faculty member, staff member, visitor, licensee or invitee who engages in hazing may be removed from the campus and, where appropriate, shall be subject to suspension, expulsion or other disciplinary action. Similarly, the University may take any or all of the following actions against any organization that authorizes hazing or those members (whether individually or in concert) who engage in hazing: rescind permission for the organization to operate on campus property, rescind recognition of the organization, and prohibit the organization from using the University's name in any manner.

Hazing has been defined as generally including, among other things:

  1. Any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers mental or physical health or involves the forced consumption of liquor or drugs for the purpose of initiation into or affiliation with any organization.
  2. Any other act or series of acts that cause or are likely to cause mental or physical harm or danger.
  3. Mistreatment by playing stunts or practicing abusive, humiliating or ridiculous tricks that subject an individual to personal indignity, humiliation or ridicule.
  4. Harassment by exacting unnecessary, disagreeable, or difficult work or harassment by banter, ridicule or criticism. Some examples of such prohibited activities are:
    1. Abnormal or unusual dress holding the wearer up to ridicule, e.g., extraordinary headwear, costumes, underwear, body painting, etc.
    2. Performing unusual or abnormal acts, e.g., dancing on tables, standing at attention, standing on windowsills, blindfolding, etc.
    3. Excessive or unusual physical activities, e.g., crawling, duckwalk, push-ups, sit-ups, skipping, hopping, squatting, etc.
    4. Verbal or written harassment or abuse, e.g., yelling, making demeaning remarks, etc.

Violations of any of the foregoing prohibitions are also considered violations of the Student Conduct Code and shall be dealt with by the University as follows:

  1. In the case of any individual or group that is not a member of the University community: The authorization for such individual or group to remain on University property will immediately be revoked; and if the individual or group thereafter refuses to leave University property, necessary and appropriate action will be taken to remove such person or group from the University property. In addition, the University may, at its sole discretion, take all necessary and appropriate action to prevent any such individual or group that engages in hazing from reentry University property.
  2. In the case of a student: The student shall be requested to cease and desist from such prohibited conduct and, if he/she fails to do so, necessary and appropriate action will be taken to restrain and remove such student from University property. In addition, disciplinary proceedings shall be commenced, pursuant to the Code of Community Standards, against any student who engages in hazing. In accordance with those procedures, the penalties of suspension, expulsion or other disciplinary action may be imposed.
  3. In the case of a non-student member of the Hofstra community: The person shall be requested to cease and desist from such prohibited conduct and, if he/she fails to do so, necessary and appropriate action will be taken to restrain and remove such person from University property. In addition, charges shall be brought, in accordance with appropriate University policy, against any non-student members of the Hofstra community who engage in such inappropriate conduct. Appropriate disciplinary action will be imposed in accordance with University approved procedures.
  4. In the case of an organization: The organization shall be requested to cease and desist from such prohibited conduct and, if the organization fails to do so, necessary and appropriate action will be taken to eject such organization from University property. In addition, charges shall be instituted pursuant to the disciplinary procedures of the University against any organization that authorizes or engages in hazing. A hearing shall take place and, to the extent applicable, those procedures shall be followed. In addition to the penalties set forth in those procedures, the penalties of temporary or permanent rescission of permission for the organization to operate on campus property and temporary or permanent rescission of use of the University's name in any manner by such organization may be imposed.
  5. Whenever, in the opinion of the Dean of Students or the designated representative, the conduct of any individual or organization poses an imminent threat to the physical or emotional safety of himself/herself or others or to property, the Dean of Students or the designated representative may immediately suspend such individual or organization and/or eject such individual or organization from the campus pending an appropriate hearing and final determination.
  6. In addition to the foregoing, the University reaffirms its right to utilize and seek the aid of public authorities and such judicial, civil and criminal processes and proceedings ,at the discretion of the University, as may be necessary and appropriate. Any penalty imposed by the University shall be in addition to any penalty pursuant to the Penal Law or any other law to which a violator or organization may be subject.
  7. The foregoing rules and regulations shall be part of the bylaws of all organizations operating on the University's campus. Every organization shall annually review its bylaws with all individuals affiliated with such organization.