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Policy on Hazing

Denison Policy

Denison acknowledges that the new membership process of an organization, team or group may include formal rites of passage that center on learning important information and developing close bonds of friendship with other members. There is nothing inherent in that goal that requires hazing, which by its very nature is incongruent with our values and has no place in our university life. Denison does not condone hazing behavior of any kind. It is the responsibility of all student organizations, groups and teams, and their individual members, to encourage an atmosphere of learning, social responsibility, and respect for human dignity and to provide positive influences and constructive development for members and aspiring members.

Consistent with the Ohio Revised Code, no individual, group, team or campus organization shall conduct or condone hazing activities. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not considered a neutral act; such action violates this policy. Tradition, the intent of such acts, and the express or implied consent of the victim do not constitute valid defenses for violation of the policy.

Hazing, by its nature, relies on the exertion of explicit or implicit power over another person by an individual or group, and the submission of the receiver. Hazing includes actions taken or situations created that are intentional and threaten the safety of others, or that produce, or have the potential to produce, mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule for the purpose of initiation, admission into, or affiliation with a group, organization or team, or as a condition for continued membership. Such actions or situations may include the use of alcohol, paddling in any form, creation of fatigue, mutilation or alteration of the body, physical and psychological shocks, quests or road trips, engaging in public stunts of misbehavior, degrading or humiliating games and activities, and any other such activities that are not consistent with academic achievement, fraternal or organizational rituals or policies, or State of Ohio law.