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CWUP 8-40-060 University Hazing

Section 1

A.  Introduction

Conspiracy to engage in hazing or participation in hazing of another person or group is not tolerated at Central Washington University and will result in University action and/or sanctions.

B.  Hazing Defined

Hazing is a misdemeanor punishable as provided under RCW 9A.20.021.  Hazing includes any method of initiation into a student organization or living group, or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to such organization or living group, that causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger or physical harm or serious mental or emotional harm, to any student or other person attending CWU.  The term does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions.


Section 2

Hazing by Individuals – Any individual student who engages in the hazing of any other student, or conspires with others to haze another student, shall be subject to the procedures and sanctions stipulated in the Student Code of Conduct.


Section 3

Hazing and Organizations

1. Any organization, association, or student living group that knowingly permits hazing is strictly liable for harm caused to persons or property resulting from hazing.  If the organization, association, or student living group is a corporation, whether for profit or nonprofit, the individual directors of the corporation may be held individually liable for damages.

2. Behaviors such as, but not limited to, embarrassment, ridicule, sleep deprivation, verbal abuse, or personal humiliation of others, do not fall specifically under the definition of hazing.  However, no organization, association, or student living group shall engage in such conduct associated with initiation, or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to an organization or living group.

3. Any organization, association, or student living group that engages in hazing, as defined, or in activities noted in section 1B above shall be referred to the office of the dean of student success for disciplinary action.


Section 4

Hazing and Staff Knowledge and/or Participation –  Any member of the university staff who knowingly participates, encourages, permits, or condones hazing shall be forwarded to the Human Resources Department who will work with the appointing authority regarding any disciplinary action, up to and including termination.


[10/2009; CAB:1996; Responsibility: Dean of Student Success; Authority: Provost/VP for Academic & Student Life; Reviewed/Endorsed by: Provost’s Council 7-24-2012; Cabinet:04/24/2013; UPAC Review/Effective Date: 05/01/2013; Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President]

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