FSL Guidelines

E. Hazing
1. Members of fraternities and sororities may not engage in any hazing activities. Both California Law and USD policy prohibit hazing. Engaging in hazing may result in disciplinary action, up to and including separation from the University, as well as suspension or revocation of a chapter’s registration.
2. Hazing is prohibited under California law. The California Penal Code 245.6 provides:
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.
3. Behavior that may not constitute “hazing” under the California Penal Code nevertheless may constitute a violation of these Guidelines or other applicable USD policy. For the purpose of these Guidelines, hazing includes the definition set forth under the California Penal Code as well as any action taken or situation created which, regardless of location, intent or consent of the participants:
a. 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;
b. 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  
c. will impair an individual’s academic efforts.
4. Examples. The following are examples of unacceptable behavior and forms of hazing, even where the conduct may not necessarily constitute a violation of the California Penal Code:
a. Any form of physically demanding activity (calisthenics, runs, etc.) not part of an organized voluntary athletic contest or not specifically directed toward constructive work.
b. Paddling, shoving, or otherwise striking individuals.
c. Compelling individuals to wear, carry or publicly display any article or apparel, especially items which are unusual, uncomfortable, degrading, or physically burdensome. It is understood that students may choose to wear pledge/associate member pins, pledge class T-shirts that are consistent with the University’s policy concerning harassment or other appropriate apparel, compelling them to do so is hazing. Examples include, but are not limited to wooden paddles, painted rocks, T-shirts with degrading slogans or names on them, notebooks, etc.
d. Depriving individuals of the opportunity for sufficient sleep (six hours continuous sleep per day minimum), decent edible meals, or access to means of maintaining bodily cleanliness.
e. 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 or participating class.
f. Compelling individuals to consume alcohol or drugs.
g. Compelling individuals to eat or drink foreign or unusual substances or compelling the consumption of undue amounts or odd preparations of food.
h. Having substances thrown at, poured on, or otherwise applied to the bodies of individuals.
i. Morally degrading or humiliating games or any other activities that makes an individual the object of amusement, ridicule, or intimidation.
j. Transporting individuals against their will, abandoning individuals at distant locations, or conducting any “kidnap,” “ditch,” or “road trip” that might in any way endanger or compromise the health, safety, or comfort of any individual.
k. Causing an individual to be indecently exposed.
l. Violating accepted social customs in regard to sex and relations between the sexes and/or any violations of Sexual Misconduct.
m. Activities that require a person to remain in a fixed position for a long period of time.
n. Compelling an individual to become branded or tattooed.
o. “Line-ups” involving intense or demeaning intimidation or interrogation, such as shouting obscenities or insults.
p. Assigning activities (pranks, scavenger hunts, etc.) that compel a person to deface property, engage in theft, or harass other individuals or organizations.
q. Tests of courage, bravery or stamina.
r. Intentionally deceiving new members prior to initiation to make them believe that they will not be initiated or will be hurt or struck.
s. Intentionally creating a mess and compelling individuals to clean it up.
t. Excluding an individual from social contact for prolonged periods of time.
u. Imposition of many hours of silence, during which time an individual may not speak while going about his or her daily routine.
Further information regarding hazing can be found online at http://www.sandiego.edu/greek-life/.
5. Any activity as described above upon which the initiation or admission into or affiliation with the organization is directly or indirectly conditioned, or implied to be conditioned, or which occurs during a pre-initiation or initiation activity shall be presumed to be “compelled” activity, the willingness of an individual to participate in such an activity notwithstanding. Behavior in which only pledges/associate members participate in may be interpreted as “compelled” behavior (See II, E, 4). Any indication that a deviation from pledge/associate member class behavior that may result in the loss of membership or other consequences will be considered a violation of the Fraternity/Sorority Guidelines.
6. Enforcement
a. It shall be the specific responsibility of the chapter president to see that this policy is communicated each semester to all members (initiates and new members/pledges/associate members), and to see that his/her chapter strictly adheres to the policy.
b. Fraternities and sororities should understand that not only is the chapter responsible for preventing hazing in any form, but any and all members involved in a hazing violation will be held personally accountable for their actions.
c. Chapters are responsible for controlling the actions of their alumni members during initiation or pre-initiation activities.
d. The Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs will be notified promptly of all alleged hazing incidents; the handling of such cases is subject to the Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs’ review.
e. The (inter)national office of a fraternity or sorority will be notified of any hazing charges pending against their chapter and will be informed of the disposition of the case. For serious or repeated violations, the (inter)national office will be requested to take appropriate corrective action in addition to the sanctions imposed by the Fraternity/Sorority Standards Board or the University.
f. Any established hazing case may result in revocation of registration for the chapter and a recommendation to the national/international office of the fraternity or sorority of revocation of their charter.
g. Fraternities and sororities are expected to comply with the provisions of the Interfraternity and Panhellenic Councils’ Constitutions and Bylaws.
h. Hazing is a crime in the State of California, as defined above. Incidents of hazing will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency if the investigation of the incident provides sufficient evidence to indicate that the matter falls within the hazing definition in the California Penal Code.


Further information regarding hazing sanctions and outcomes can be found online at http://www.sandiego.edu/greek-life/.

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