Hazing

  • Hazing means any intentional, knowing or reckless act committed by a student, whether individually or in concert with others, against another student:

    In connection with pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization which is affiliated with the educational institution; and

    (1) Which is intended to have the effect of, or should reasonably be expected to have the effect of, endangering the mental or physical health of the student.

    Hazing shall not include any activity or conduct that furthers legitimate curricular, co-curricular, or military training program goals, provided that:

    (1) The goals are approved by the educational institution; and

    (2) The activity or conduct furthers the goals in a manner that is appropriate, contemplated by the educational institution, and normal and customary for similar programs atother educational institutions.

    Reporting Procedures

    1. Any person who believes they have been the victim of hazing, or any person with knowledge or evidence of conduct which may constitute hazing shall report the alleged acts immediately to a school administrator, coach or the superintendent.
    2. The building principal is the person responsible for receiving reports at the building level. Any person may report hazing directly to a school administrator or to the superintendent.
    3. Teachers, administrators, volunteers, contractors, coaches, or other employees of the school district shall be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances, or events which might include hazing.  Any such person who receives knowledge or evidence of conduct which may constitute hazing shall inform the building principal.
    4. The school district will take appropriate action against any student, volunteer, contractor, or employee of the school district who retaliates against any person who makes a good faith report of alleged hazing. Retaliation includes, but is not limited to: any form of intimidation, reprisal, or harassment.

    Consequences

    The building administrator (or designee), in accordance with established policy, procedures, and school rules, is responsible for managing student discipline in cases of hazing. Discipline and consequences will be at the discretion of the building administrator (or designee) after consultation with the superintendent. A range of disciplinary consequences including warning, suspension, exclusion from co- or extra-curricular opportunities, revocation of non-curricular privileges (i.e. parking, attendance at events, etc.), or long-term suspension may be applied. Repeat offenders should expect increasingly severe penalties.

    In cases of student athletes, consequences for hazing violations may range from individual suspension from participation in athletic programs for a period of time to cancellation of an athletic schedule, depending on the magnitude of the incident and the number of athletes involved. Consequences for athletic hazing violations brought to the attention of the administration after-the-season may include restriction on subsequent athletic eligibility, revocation, or denial of athletic letter awards, and/or athletic probation.

    Students having knowledge of the planning or occurrence of a specific hazing activity, and who fail to report it to the required officials as noted previously may be subject to discipline involving loss of non-curricular privileges.

    Potentially illegal acts will be brought to the attention of law enforcement. For more information on the hazing, please policy C10: Prevention of Harassment, Hazing and Bullying of Students on the EWSD website.