Students may not engage in any hazing activities whether on or off campus and whether planned or spontaneous. Students are entitled to be treated with consideration and respect. No individual shall perform an act that is likely to cause physical, psychological or social harm to any other person within the University community. Initiations and similar activities should be designed to instill group spirit and loyalty, but not at the expense of the individual involved.
Hazing is prohibited under California law. California Penal Code Section 245.6 provides, in pertinent part:
“Hazing” means any method of initiation or preinitiation into a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university, or other educational institution in this state. The term “hazing” does not include customary athletic events or school-sanctioned events.
Behavior that may not constitute “hazing” under the California Penal Code nevertheless may constitute a violation of university policy. For the purpose of this policy, hazing includes the definition set forth under the California Penal as well as any action taken or situation created which, regardless of location, intent or consent of the participants:
- produces, or is reasonably likely to produce, bodily harm or danger, mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, fright, humiliation, intimidation, degradation, or ridicule, or otherwise compromises the dignity of an individual;
- compels an individual to participate in any activity which is unlawful, perverse, publicly indecent, contrary to the rules, policies or regulations of the University, or which is known by the compelling person to be contrary to the individual’s genuine moral or religious beliefs; or
- will impair an individual’s academic efforts.
The following is a non-exhaustive list of examples of unacceptable behavior and forms of hazing, even where the conduct may not necessarily constitute a violation of the California Penal Code:
- any form of physically demanding activity (calisthenics, runs, etc.) not part of an organized voluntary athletic contest or not specifically directed toward constructive work;
- paddling, shoving or otherwise striking individuals;
- compelling individuals to wear, carry, or publicly display any article or apparel that is uncomfortable, degrading or physically burdensome;
- depriving an individual of the opportunity for sufficient sleep (six hours continuous sleep per day minimum), decent edible meals, or access to means of maintaining bodily cleanliness;
- activities that interfere with an individual’s academic efforts by causing exhaustion, loss of sleep, or loss of reasonable study time, or by preventing an individual from attending class;
- compelling an individual to consume alcohol or drugs;
- compelling an individual to eat or drink foreign or unusual substances or compelling the consumption of undue amounts or odd preparations of food;
- having substances thrown at, poured on, or otherwise applied to the bodies of individuals; or
- morally degrading or humiliating games or any other activities that make an individual the object of amusement, ridicule, or intimidation.
- compelling participation in illegal activities.