Hazing Policy

Southeastern's Policy on Hazing

Southeastern Louisiana University does not tolerate the physical, mental or

psychological abuse of any individual or individuals. Any group suspected of

participating in such hazing abuse will be fully investigated and, if found guilty,

action will be taken against the organization. Individuals within a group found

guilty of hazing may face suspension or expulsion from the University.

The University will not tolerate retaliation by any individual (whether or not that

person was directly involved in the original incident) against any faculty, staff or

student who reports, participates in an investigation of, or is a complainant in a

disciplinary proceeding involving the allegation of hazing. Claims of retaliation

will be investigated as a breach of the University's hazing policy and may result in

University sanctions.

 

The University adheres to the University of Louisiana System's policy on hazing,

Section XXIV, and the Fraternity Executive Association's statement on hazing

(also referred to herein as the Association and/or FEA definition of and statement

on hazing).

 

Louisiana Law on Hazing

R.S. 1801 Hazing Prohibited

Hazing in any form, or the use of any method of initiation into fraternal

organizations in any educational institution supported wholly or in part by public

funds, which is likely to cause bodily danger or physical punishment to any student

or other person attending any such institution is prohibited.

 

Fraternity Executive Association (FEA): Statement on Hazing

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The Association defines hazing as any action taken or situation created,

intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical

discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule. Such activities and situations

include paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical and

psychological shocks, quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any

other such activities carried on outside the confines of the house; wearing, publicly,

apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public

stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; late

work sessions which interfere with scholastic activities; and any other activities

which are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual or policy or the regulations and

policies of the educational institution.

 

Hazing Activities

Hazing actions and situations include, but are not limited to the following:

1. Forcing or requiring the consuming of food or any other substance

2. Calisthenics (push-ups, sit-ups, jogging, runs, etc.)

3. "Treeings" (tying someone up and/or throwing food or other substances on them)

4. Paddle swats

5. Line ups

6. Theft of property

7. Road trips (dropping someone off to find their own way back)

8. Scavenger hunts

9. Curtailing sleep to less than six (6) continuous, uninterrupted hours per night

10. Conducting activities which do not allow adequate time for study

11. The use of obscenities and vulgarities in dress, language or action

12. Nudity at any time

13. Running personal errands of the members (driving them to class, cleaning their

individual rooms, serving meals)

14. Forcing or requiring the violation of University, Federal, State or local law

15. Dressing alike, specific costumes or clothing

16. "Lock n Key" - restricting activities unless permission is given

Fraternity Insurance Purchasing Group, Risk Management Policy (FIPG:

Focus on Hazing)

 

Penalties:

The Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council, and Pan-Hellenic Councils are

the governing bodies of the National Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and the

National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) chapters on the campus of Southeastern

Louisiana University.

Having adopted the Fraternity Insurance Purchasing Group Risk Management

Policy/Program (FIPG), each chapter and all levels of fraternity membership must

know that hazing carries a number of risks, including the following:

1. A civil lawsuit

2. Criminal prosecution for an illegal act

3. Discipline by the fraternity

4. Discipline by the college or university

5. Possible loss of insurance coverage

 

Hazing Explained

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What organizations may consider to be a perfectly harmless way of making

students learn their lesson in education, may, in the view of others, be an act

of violence that can be criminal. Hazing is a felony in more than 35 states. In

addition, this administration does not condone or accept hazing as a normal part of

fraternity education.

The danger in hazing is that it gets out of hand. What begins as an innocent prank

can lead to disaster. There is the apocryphal story of the pledge who was tied to the

railroad track, after the chapter carefully checked the timetable for that particular

route—only to discover to their horror that trains do run late.

The role of the undergraduate chapter is to see that the education process is both

enjoyable and rewarding, not only for the new members, but also for the active

members. This calls for a precise agenda for membership education, including

a list of activities and dates and times. New and old members can participate

in any activity, and by being knowledgeable, get more out of activities and the

educational experience.

 

Where Hazing Begins

Answer these questions about each activity in the pledge/new member education

program. If there is one question that has a negative answer, then this activity must

be eliminated.

Is the activity an educational experience?

Does this activity promote and conform to the ideals and values of the fraternity?

Will this activity increase the new members' respect for the fraternity and

the members of the chapter?

Is it an activity that pledges and initiated members participate in together?

Would you be willing to allow parents to witness this activity? A judge?

The University president?

Does the activity have value in and of itself?

Does the activity meet both the spirit and letter of the standards prohibiting hazing?

 

Dissemination of Hazing Policy

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner, which supports the

educational mission and function of the University, as well as to comply with all

federal, state, and local laws. Students have the responsibility of familiarizing

themselves with the conduct standards and regulations, which are distributed

annually and will be held responsible for compliance with them. Southeastern's

policy on hazing is contained in the Code of Student Conduct Standards and

Regulations.

Each and every fraternal group within 10 business days from the start of each

semester shall: 1) distribute a copy of the Southeastern Louisiana University

Policy on Hazing to each of its members, and 2) have the Chapter President and

the Pledge Educator sign and return to the Director of Student Organizations and

Greek Affairs the University-issued statement which acknowledges compliance to

the policy on Hazing and Hazing Awareness Education (see Attachment I).


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