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Anti-Hazing

On-Linze Anti-Hazing Resource:

Hello Eagles! We are excited to launch this new anti-hazing resource to the campus community. Please click on the link below to access the AliveTek "Hazing Prevention: It's Everyone's Responsibility" Module. You can log-in by using your eagle email credentials (without the @eagle.fgcu.edu). The 60-minute course includes an introduction and definition of hazing, a pre/post test, and several chapters covering different aspects of hazing. You will receive a certificate with completion of this course. This course is required of all new students as of Summer 2017.

Student Registration Link:

http://fgcu.prevent.zone

Be a part of the solution and help eradicate hazing on college campuses. Take the Hazing Solutions Anti-Hazing Course today!

Report Hazing -

Please bookmark this URL and pass on to others to report every incident you hear of--each incident report will be received and reviewed by the Dean of Students’ Office and the University Police.

https://publicdocs.maxient.com/reportingform.php?FloridaGulfCoastUniv&layout_id=12

 

Florida Gulf Coast University, Student Code of Conduct -- Hazing

Acts as defined in Section 1006.63, Florida Statutes, as well as any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for purposes including, but not limited to, initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition of continued membership in, a University registered group or organization.  Express or implied consent of the Impacted Student will not be considered as a defense. All provisions of Section 1006.63, Florida Statures, are applicable to an allegation of hazing.


Statute regarding Hazing in the State of Florida

In the State of Florida, "Hazing means any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating under sanction of a university or college . . . . [Hazing] shall include, but not be limited to any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or any other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the individual, and shall include any activity which could subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the individual . . . Any activity as described above upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with a university or college organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be forced activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding." [Florida Statue 240.262] Effective July 1, 2005 - the Chad Meredith Act makes dangerous hazing a crime in Florida. The bill, named for a University of Miami freshman who drowned in a campus lake while trying to join a fraternity in 2001, makes hazing that results in serious injury or death a felony punishable by up to five years in prison, even if the victim consents. Florida is now one of eight states to make some types of hazing a felony.

 


 

Below are some frequently asked questions about hazing. If you are ever in a situation where you are unsure if a behavior would be considered hazing, always err on the side of caution. Also remember there are several resources on campus to assist you with questions or concerns about hazing, including the Dean of Students’ Office and the University Police.

 

What is Hazing?

Hazing is defined as any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating under sanction of a university or college. Hazing shall include, but not be limited to, any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or any other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the individual, and shall include any activity which could subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which could result in extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which adversely affects the mental health or dignity of the individual.

 

Is Hazing against the Law?

Yes. Hazing is listed as an illegal behavior under Florida Statute. The Chad Meredith Act, which passed in July of 2005, states that it is a first degree misdemeanor to commit an act of hazing that creates a substantial risk of physical injury or death. The offense level increases to a third degree felony if the act of hazing actually results in serious bodily injury or death [Florida Statue 240.262].   Not only is hazing against the law, but it is against University policy. Hazing is listed in the FGCU Student Code of Conduct as a prohibited behavior.

 

Is it still considered hazing if the individual gives consent?

Yes. Any activity described as hazing upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with a university or college organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be forced activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding.

 

Can an organization lose recognition if they are found responsible for hazing?

Yes. Any form of hazing is against the Florida Gulf Coast University Student Code of Conduct. Not only can the organization lose recognition from the University, but from their National Organization as well (if any).

 

Is a behavior considered hazing even if the leadership of the organization is not aware or involved in the activity?

Yes. An Organization can be held responsible and liable for hazing even if the leadership of the organization is not involved in the activity. The organization can lose its recognition both from the University and the National Organization to which it belongs (if any).

 

Does hazing exist only within Fraternities & Sororities?

No. hazing can occur in student organizations, athletic teams and sport clubs, and marching bands, just to name a few. Whenever a student is confronted with a behavior that could possibly be considered hazing, it should be reported to the University Police or the Dean of Students’ Office.

 

How do I report an incident of hazing?

There are several ways an incident can be reported, including an organization advisor or coach, the Dean of Students’ Office, or the University Police.

 

Can hazing be reported anonymously?

Yes, but reporting an incident of hazing anonymously limits the University’s ability to fully address the behavior.

 


 

National Panhellenic Conference (NPC)

Hazing is defined as any action or situation with or without consent that recklessly, intentionally or unintentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or creates risk of injury, or causes discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule or that willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a chapter or colony of an NPC member fraternity.

 

Such activities and situations include, but are not limited to, creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; wearing, publicly, apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and jokes; participating in treasure or scavenger hunts; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities, late night sessions that interfere with scholastic activities or normal sleep patterns; and any other activities that are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual, or the regulations and policies of the member fraternity or the educational institution.

 


 

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

(taken from the NPHC Joint Position Statement against Hazing)

 

WHEREAS the definition of hazing has been held to include any action taken or situation created that involves or results in abusive, physical contact or mutual harassment of a prospective Fraternity or Sorority member; and that any such action is considered hazing, whether it occurs on or off the Fraternity or Sorority premises, campus or place where chapters or prospective members meet: and that hazing has also been described to include any action that results in excessive mutual or physical discomfort, embarrassment or harassment; that such activities include, but are not limited to paddling, creation of excessive fatigue, physical or psychological shock, morally degrading or humiliating activities, late work sessions that interfere with scholastic activities and any other activities inconsistent with fraternal law and regulations and policies of the affiliated educational institution and federal, state or local law; and

 

BE IT RESOLVED AND RESTATED WITH EMPHASIS ANEW that hazing, pledging, pledge “lines”, pre-pledge “lines” or post-intake hazing are strictly prohibited by these NPHC organizations; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, RESTATED AND MADE KNOWN that these

NPHC organizations are committed to eradicate the scourge of hazing and to that end

Thatthe intake process has been recodified by each organization, which permits the conduct of intake only when specifically authorized by the officer placed in charge of the process and at only such times, places and in the presence of persons specifically authorized and certified to conduct the intake process; That prospective members and the parents of collegiate applicants are advised that hazing is not a requirement for membership, nor is it tolerated; That members and prospective members must attest that they are fully aware of the organization’s policy against hazing and will not engage in prohibited conduct and that the organization will fully cooperate with law enforcement authorizes and with university officials in the investigation and prosecution of hazing or other illegal activity;

That members and applicants for membership are also put on written notice that they will be held responsible to the organization for violation of policies against hazing and the organization will pursue full remedies allowed by the law to obtain indemnification for damages caused by the actions of the members or applicants who participated in illegal, unauthorized or prohibited conduct despite notice to refrain from such conduct;

That each organization shall enforce severe penalties, including expulsion, for proven violations of its policies against and impose sanctions against a chapter involved and cooperate with the university in implementing sanctions by the university;

That members and applicants for membership shall be required to immediately notify the national office of the Fraternity or Sorority, the local chapter advisor, university officials and law enforcement officials of any observed hazing incident or improper activity believed to be in violation of the policy against hazing, without fear of reprisal and their application for membership will not be affected by so doing; and, indeed, failure to report known violations may disqualify a candidate for membership; and, finally,

That these NPHC organizations shall continue to encourage their members to participate in activities which promote high scholastic achievement, sisterhood, brotherhood, loyalty and leadership; and shall continue to affirm sound values and the worth of every member working together to accomplish organizational goals and serve the community.

 


 

Anti-Hazing Websites

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week – www.bacchusgamma.org/ncaaw.asp

National Hazing Prevention Week – www.hazingprevention.org 

Stop Hazing.org - www.stophazing.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To report any incidents of hazing, please contact the Dean of Students Office at DOSO@fgcu.edu or 239-590-7900. You can add this to the top of the page under the Hazing with the circle and line through it and before the Student Code of Conduct section.