Hazing

The college recognizes that co-curricular activities can significantly enhance the campus community and the learning and development of its individual members. When students affiliate in groups with a common purpose, a “group think” or “test of loyalty” may develop that sometimes results in mistreatment

In accordance with New York State Penal Law Sections 120.16 and 120.17., The College adamantly prohibits any form of hazing conducted or condoned by any member of the campus community.

1. Hazing is defined as any act, or creation of, or participation in the creation of any situation, which endangers mental or physical health or which involves the consumption of alcohol or other drugs for purposes of initiation into or affiliation with any group or organization.

2. Activities that may be construed as hazing include, but are not limited to:

  • Activities that disrupt or interfere with an individual’s pursuit of academic endeavors
  • Activities which harass or intimidate
  • Activities that expose members or prospective members to potentially dangerous or hazardous circumstances, including lockdowns or overcrowding rooms and locking exits
  • Activities that deprive individuals of sleep, edible meals, or personal hygiene (deprivation of sleep includes maintaining pledging or affiliation activities after midnight on school nights, Sunday through Thursday)
  • Activities which have a foreseeable potential for resulting in personal injury
  • Activities which involve illegal acts
  • Activities that involve tests of endurance; leaving a person in a location without means of identification or communication or return
  • Activities that are physically exhausting
  • Activities that involve the forced or required consumption of food, beverages, alcohol, or other drugs
  • Activities that impart pain or cause mutilation or alteration to the body
  • Any activity which by its nature has the potential to cause severe mental anxiety, mental distress, panic, human degradation, or public embarrassment

3. It shall not constitute a defense to the charge of hazing that the participant(s) took part voluntarily, that they voluntarily assumed the risks or hardship of the activity, or that no injury in fact was suffered.

4. Hazing is a violation of New York State law and is subject to criminal prosecution.