CSU Policy: Hazing

Policy Title: Hazing Category: Student Affairs
Owner: Vice President for Student Affairs Policy ID#: 8-8004-003
Vice President for Student Affairs
Web: http://www.studentaffairs.colostate.edu/
Email: vpsa@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-5312
Original Effective Date: 1/1/2000
Last Major Revision: 11/11/2014
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Hazing is against the law in the State of Colorado. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not neutral; they are violations of this rule. Conduct prohibited by the Student Conduct Code may be grounds for discipline, up to and including removal of recognition of a student organization, depriving the group of the use of campus resources and participation in campus activities. Organizations may also be required to compensate victims of hazing.


Hazing is against the law in the state of Colorado. Hazing means any activity by which a person recklessly endangers the health or safety of or causes a risk of bodily injury to an individual for purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with any student organization; except that hazing does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions, or authorized training activities conducted by members of the armed forces of the state of Colorado or the United States. Hazing includes but is not limited to:

  1. forced and prolonged physical activity;
  2. forced consumption of any food, beverage, medication or controlled substance, whether or not prescribed, in excess of the usual amounts for human consumption of any substance not generally intended for human consumption;
  3. prolonged deprivation of sleep, food, or drink.

Furthermore, Colorado State University has adopted the following addition to the above policy:

  1. Physical hazing shall be defined as any activity which is harmful or humiliating to the individual (i.e. paddling, abandonment, excessive exercise, eating repulsive food, exposure to extreme temperatures, nudity, consumption of alcohol or drugs, etc.
  2. Psychological hazing shall be defined as any public act or in-house act which compromises the personal dignity of an individual thereby: causing personal embarrassment or shame to the individual; causing an individual to be the object of malicious amusement or ridicule; or causing an individual psychological harm or emotional strain.
  3. Any requirements by an initiate or new member which compel another initiate or new member to participate in any activity which is illegal, which is known by the compelling party to be contrary to individual’s moral or religious beliefs, or which is contrary to the rules/regulations of the university, shall be construed as hazing.


Colorado Hazing Law

CSU End Hazing website--http://endhazing.colostate.edu/


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