The University of Southern California expects that all members of the university community will observe and fully comply with the State of California Education Code requirements on hazing. In addition, all students are expected to adhere to related regulations set forth by their respective inter/national, regional or local organizations and university policies concerning practices commonly referred to as hazing. It is the responsibility of the officers of organizations to be informed of all the above mentioned regulations and to see that they are brought to the attention of the rest of the membership.
No student, or any other person in attendance at any public, private, parochial, or military school, community college, college, or other educational institution, shall conspire to engage in hazing, participate in hazing, or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or person attending the institution.
The violation of this section is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100) nor more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year, or both.
The University of Southern California’s policy with respect to hazing prohibits any students from engaging collectively or individually in any of the following practices as a part of any programs or general activities. This list is intended to provide examples of hazing. As it is impossible to anticipate every situation that could involve hazing, this list should not be considered to be all-inclusive. For clarification of this hazing policy and what activities are included, contact the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards, The office for Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development, or the Office of Campus Activities.
Anyone with information about a hazing incident which violates university policy has a responsibility to report it to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards, the Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development staff, Campus Activities or the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Following a proved allegation of hazing, individual members and officers of the organization may be subject to disciplinary action by the university, up to and including suspension and permanent dismissal from the university. Additionally, the student organization may lose its recognition/registration. Loss of recognition/registration may begin immediately after a decision finding hazing is finalized. In order to regain recognition/registration a student organization may be required to suspend activities such as:
The restoration of recognition will be followed by a period of probation for the organization. Probationary status for the organization may include some of the limitations imposed during suspension and may also involve projects, programs and/or other criteria to be met by the organization. These stipulations will be designed to promote positive development of the organization.
Please refer to section 11.00 Behavior Violating University Standards and Appropriate Sanctions for additional information.
Revised April, 2007.