Joining a Fraternity or Sorority: Anti-Hazing Statement
Hazing is a broad term encompassing any action or activity which does not contribute to the positive development of a person who inflicts or intends to cause mental or bodily harm or anxieties; or which may demean, degrade, or disgrace any person. If you have to ask if a particular activity or action is hazing, then it probably is.
Ohio University, as an educational institution, has a special set of interests and purposes essential to its effective functioning. These include:
- The opportunity for students to attain their educational objectives;
- The creation and maintenance of an intellectual and educational atmosphere throughout the University; and
Furthermore, Ohio University maintains the autonomy of campus organizations with the constructs of the rules and regulations established in the Student Code of Conduct, the Chapter Guidelines & Policies, and Guidelines & Policies Affecting Organizations. Initiation into campus organizations and other activities undertaken by such organizations or individuals must be consistent with the stated purposes of the organization and the educational mission of Ohio University.
- The protection of the health, safety, welfare, property, and human rights of all members of the University and the safety and property of the University itself.
The Student Code of Conduct defines hazing as a Code A Offense as stipulated under Section 6, Mental or Bodily Harm. Section 6: Mental or Bodily Harm - (a) intentionally inflicting mental or bodily harm upon any person; (b) taking any action for the purpose of inflicting any bodily harm; (c) taking any reckless, but not accidental, action from which mental or bodily harm could result to any person; (d) causing a person to believe that the offender may cause mental or bodily harm; (e) hazing. Violation of Code A Offenses may result in sanctions of suspension or expulsion of the individual or organization from the university.
When a campus organization and/or individual are found to be involved in a possible hazing activity, the university shall initiate disciplinary action. Such action shall be conducted in compliance with conduct proceedings as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct available online at http://www.ohio.edu/judiciaries/conduct.cfm. Organizations and/or individuals found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct shall be subject to the range of sanctions available to the university as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.