Hazing Information & Resources

C. Conduct Which Violates The Dignity And/Or Safety Of An Individual (Student Code of Conduct)

No student (individual and/or in concert with others) will for the purpose of initiation into, participation, or affiliation with any organization or group, recklessly or intentionally take any action or create or participate in the creation of any situation that endangers the mental, emotional, or physical health of another person (whether or not the act is voluntarily agreed upon).

Statute Regarding Hazing (State of New York):

§ 120.16 Hazing in the first degree.                                                                           

A person is guilty of hazing in the first degree when, in the course of another person's initiation into or affiliation with any organization, intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such other person or a third person and thereby causes such injury.               

Hazing in the first degree is a class A misdemeanor.                               

§ 120.17 Hazing in the second degree.                           

A person is guilty of hazing in the second degree when, in the course of another person's initiation or affiliation with any organization, intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such other person or a third person.

Hazing in the second degree is a violation.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Hazing?

The definition of Hazing varies but the National Agenda for Hazing Prevention in Education’s definition of hazing states: “Hazing is any activity expected of someone joining or participating in a group that has potential to humiliate, degrade, abuse or endanger a person regardless of that person’s willingness to participate,” (National Collaborative for Hazing Research and Prevention, November, 2010).

Is it still considered hazing if the individual gives consent?

Yes. Any activity described as hazing upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with a university or college organization is directly or indirectly conditioned shall be presumed to be forced activity, regardless of the willingness of an individual to participate in such activity.

Can an organization lose recognition if they are found responsible for hazing?

Yes. Any form of hazing is against the Marist College Code of Student Conduct. Not only can the organization lose recognition from the College, but from their National Organization.

Is a behavior considered hazing even if the leadership of the organization is not aware or involved in the activity?

Yes. An Organization can be held responsible and liable for hazing even if the leadership of the organization is not involved in the activity and can lose its recognition.

Does hazing exist only within Fraternities & Sororities?

No. hazing can occur in student organizations, athletic teams and sport clubs, and marching bands.  In a national study (Allan & Madden, 2008) a total of 11, 482 participants were surveyed across 53 campuses, including individual interviews conducted on 18 campuses. Of those participants, 55 percent reported experiencing some form of hazing as a member of a student organization, club, campus group, or a sports team. Of those surveyed, student-athletes on varsity teams (74%) experienced behavior at the highest rate followed by social Greek members (73%), club sports (64%), performing arts (56%), service organizations (50%), intramural teams (49%), recreation clubs (42%), other (30%), academic clubs (28%), and honor society (20%).

Whenever a student is confronted with a behavior that could possibly be considered hazing, it should be reported to the Office of Student Conduct or other college officials.

How do I report an incident of hazing?

There are several ways an incident can be reported, including an organization advisor or coach, Office of Student Conduct, Assistant Dean of Students, Safety & Security, or other college faculty/staff.

Can hazing be reported anonymously?

Yes, but reporting an incident of hazing anonymously limits the College's ability to fully address the behavior and hold groups accountable.

Questions to Ask yourself (from Hazing Prevention.org)?

  • Would I feel comfortable participating in this activity if my parents were watching?
  • Would we get in trouble if the authority figure walked by?
  • Am I being asked to keep these activities a secret?
  • Am I doing anything illegal?
  • Does participation violate my values or those of my organization?
  • Is it causing emotional distress or stress of any kind to myself or others?
  • If someone were injured, would I feel comfortable being investigated by the insurance carrier?
  • When I apply for jobs, can I take the onus of having a criminal arrest on my record?

Statement from National Panhellenic Conference (NPC):

Hazing is defined as any action or situation with or without consent that recklessly, intentionally or unintentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or creates risk of injury, or causes discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule or that willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in, a chapter or colony of an NPC member fraternity.

Such activities and situations include, but are not limited to, creation of excessive fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; wearing, publicly, apparel that is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and jokes; participating in treasure or scavenger hunts; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities, late night sessions that interfere with scholastic activities or normal sleep patterns; and any other activities that are not consistent with fraternal law, ritual, or the regulations and policies of the member fraternity or the educational institution.