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Policy on Hazing

Policy on Hazing Oglethorpe University does not permit the hazing of a student as a requirement for membership or participation in any student organization, athletic team, Greek chapter, colony, club, or group. Hazing is not consistent with the mission of the University and is in opposition to the founding principles of fraternal organizations. The University will not tolerate hazing in any form. Hazing activities are defined as:

An action taken or situation created by an individual or group, intentionally, whether on or off campus, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule in another person or group, regardless of the consent of the participants. Any act that interferes with regularly scheduled classes or academic pursuits of a student may also be defined as hazing. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol; paddling in any form; creation of excess fatigue; physical and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities carried on or off campus; the wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; forced servitude; and other such activities that are not consistent with academic achievement, ritual or policy, or the regulations or policies of the University, or applicable state law.

Complaints or information concerning an alleged violation of the hazing policy should be reported to the Dean of Students or the Director of Residence Life and Greek Affairs. Staff will investigate all complaints and take appropriate action upon confirmation of a violation.

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