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Hazing Policy

  1. Students have an obligation to know and follow the regulations of the university. The following actions are therefore prohibited:

    I. Action Detrimental to Others, Yourself and the University.

    H. Hazing, any action taken or situation created, intentionally to produce  mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities may include but are not limited to the following: use of alcohol, paddling in any form, creation of excessive fatigue, physical and psychological shocks, quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities, 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.

What is hazing?

As stated in both the university's hazing policy and Missouri laws regarding hazing, hazing is defined as acts against a particular individual or prospective member of an organization that endangers their wellbeing.  Examples of hazing include, but are not limited to:

  • use of alcohol
  • paddling in any form
  • creation of excessive fatigue
  • physical and psychological shocks
  • quests, treasure hunts, scavenger hunts, road trips or any other such activities
  • 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

Why is hazing such a problem?

Hazing may seem like fun or a joke but in reality it is a very big problem.  The impact of hazing can echo far further than many think possible.  Some problems that occur as a result of hazing include:

  • Problems with alcohol such as alcohol poisoning and alcoholism from activities that pressure individuals to engage in alcohol consumption.
  • Problems with proper stress management from mentally daunting activities.
  • Lack of proper nutrition from activites that restrict what individuals may eat and drink. 
  • Problems with sleep from activities that require individuals to go without little to no sleep for extended periods.
  • Problems with saftey and injury occuring from high-risk activities.
  • Problem maintaining academic performance from activites that result in individuals missing class or not being allowed to study. 
  • Problems maintatining healthy realtionships as a result of individuals being instructed to restrict contact with those outside the organization.
  • Problems with the Law resulting from individuals being pressured to engage in activities that violate federal, state, local, and/or university laws.
  • Problems with illness as a result of any combination of the above.

Who can I talk to about suspected hazing?

Any person with knowledge of susppected hazing is asked to come forward so the proper investigative procedures can be taken.  You can help put an end to hazing by contacting any university official with information regarding suspected hazing practices.  This includes the Community Advisors and the Residence Hall directors in the dorms or anyone may contact public safety at 660-543-4123. 

How does UCM plan to stop hazing?

In an effort to eliminate hazing, the university will not ignore any reported cases of suspected hazing.  Furthermore, within the Greek community the university's hazing policy is distributed to all orgainzations and their members at the beginning of each semester.

What are the Missouri state laws regarding hazing?

The Missouri State law defines hazing as , “a willful act, occurring on or off the campus of an educational institution, directed against a student or a prospective member of an organization operating under the sanction of an educational institution, that recklessly endangers the mental or physicalhealth or safety of a student or prospective member for the purpose of initiation or admission into or continued membership in any such organization to the extent that such person is knowingly placed at probable risk of the loss of life or probable bodily or psychological harm.” RSMO 578.360

What happens to hazers?

At the University of Central Missouri hazing is taken seriously.  Any allegations of hazing made against an indiviudal and/or an organization will be cause for the university to begin its investigative process.  Potential punishment could result in suspension from the university for individuals found involved or responsible organizations.  Hazing does not just effect you, it effects those around you as well. 

In Missouri, hazing is considered a Class A misdemeanor that is punishable by fines up to $1,000, imprisonment of up to one year, or both.  Additionally, in situations where the hazing "creates a substantial risk to the life of the student or perspective member," the responsible party faces a Class C felony charge which is punishable by fines up to $5,000, imprisonment of up to seven years, or both. Please note that under current Missouri law, consent is not a defense for hazing.

Additional Hazing Web Resources

For futher information regarding hazing please visit the following web resources:

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