UC DAVIS DEFINITION OF HAZING
It is against the law for student organizations to conduct any activities which involve “hazing.” Violations may result in loss of registration as a student organization, action by the Office of Student Judicial Affairs, or referral to local law enforcement agencies.
Action and activities which may constitute Hazing include, but are not limited to, the following*:
1. Forms of physical activity not part of an organized, voluntary athletic contest or not specifically directed toward constructive work.
2. Any activity that might reasonably bring physical harm to the individual.
3. Paddling, beating, or otherwise permitting someone to hit another individual.
4. Requiring one to wear any degrading or uncomfortable garments.
5. Depriving one of the opportunity for sufficient sleep (6 hours per day minimum), decent and edible meals, or access to means of maintaining body cleanliness.
6. Activities interfering with one’s academic efforts by causing exhaustion, loss of sleep, or reasonable study time.
7. Requiring one to consume large amounts of alcohol.
8. Forcing, coercing, or permitting one to eat or drink foreign or unusual substances such as raw meat, raw eggs, salt water, onions, etc.
9. Having substances such as eggs, paint, honey, etc. thrown at, poured on, or otherwise applied to the bodies of individuals.
10. Morally degrading or humiliating games or any other activities that make an individual the object of amusement, ridicule, or intimidation.
11. Kidnaps, road trips, etc., which are conducted in a manner that endangers the health or safety of an individual.
12. Subjecting one to cruel or unusual psychological conditions for any reason.
13. Any requirement which compels someone to participate in any activity which is illegal, perverse, publicly indecent, contrary to the individual’s genuine moral and/or religious beliefs, or contrary to the rules, policies and regulations of the University.
CALIFORNIA HAZING LAW
EDUCATION CODE SECTIONS 32050-32052 “HAZING” 32050.
As used in this article, “hazing” includes any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to such an organization which causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger, physical harm or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any student or other person attending any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution in this state; but the term “hazing” does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions.
CRIMINAL PENALTIES FOR HAZING 32051.
No student, or 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.
FORFEITURE OF FUNDS AND/OR LOSS OF UNIVERSITY RECOGNITION DUE TO PARTICIPATION IN HAZING 32052.
Any person who participates in the hazing of another, or any corporation or association which knowingly permits hazing to be conducted by its members by others subject to its direction or control, shall forfeit any entitlement to state funds, scholarships, or awards which are enjoyed by him/her and shall be deprived of any sanction or approval granted by any public educational institution or agency.
The governing board of any public school, public college, public university or other public educational institution or agency shall adopt rules and regulations to implement this section.
If the Attorney General or the district attorney of any county or city has reason to believe that a forfeiture should be declared under this section, he or she may institute a special proceeding in the superior court to establish such forfeiture. Any funds so forfeited shall be deposited in the State Treasury and credited to the State School Fund.