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Hazing

On April 10, 2002, the Washburn University Board of Regents adopted a new "Student Conduct Code" that includes a policy on hazing which applies to all registered student organizations.

The student conduct code policy states:

"S. Hazing: any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off University premises or on property owned, leased or operated by a University-recognized organization, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule.

Consent is not a defense.

In considering a hazing case, it is not a defense that the person subjected to the hazing consented to or acquiesced in the hazing activity. For the purpose of this Code, any activity as described above - upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with a University organization is directly or indirectly conditioned or believed by the person to be such a condition to initiation, admission or affiliation - shall be presumed to be a forced activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity notwithstanding."

Hazing is a misdemeanor in the State of Kansas according to Kansas Statute No. 21-3434. This statute reads:

"Promoting or permitting hazing. (a) No social or fraternal organization shall promote or permit hazing.

(b) Hazing is intentionally, coercing, demanding or encouraging another person to perform as a condition of membership in a social or fraternal organization, any act which could reasonably be expected to result in great bodily harm, disfigurement or death or which is done in a manner whereby great bodily harm, disfigurement or death could be inflicted.

(c) Promoting or permitting hazing is a class B nonperson misdemeanor.

(d) This section shall be part of and supplemental to the Kansas criminal code."

In addition, each fraternity and sorority at Washburn has adopted its own policy that opposes hazing of students. Each fraternity and sorority also provides anti-hazing education for all its membership, along with development from the office of Student Activities & Greek Life. For more information about a particular chapter's policy, please contact the chapter president and/or chapter advisor directly.

Additional Hazing Related Resources

StopHazing.org  - "Educating to Eliminate Hazing." Definition, Laws, News, Myths and Facts, Resources, Activism...

www.hazingprevention.org