WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HAZING UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT CHAPEL HILL STATEMENT ON HAZING IN THE CODE OF CONDUCT Applies to Individuals & Organizations • “Hazing that causes or permits an individual, with or without consent, to engage in activities that subject that individual or others to risks of physical injury, mental distress, or personal indignities of a highly offensive nature, in connection with recruitment, initiation, or continued membership in a society, fraternity or sorority, club, or similar organized group whether or not recognized by the University.” [Instrument of Student Judicial Governance, §II.C.1.f] STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA HAZING LAW This act becomes effective December 1, 2003, and applies to offenses committed on or after that date. Approved 4:44 p.m. on the 4th day of July, 2003 14-35. Hazing; definition and punishment. It is unlawful for any student in attendance at any university, college, or school in this State to engage in hazing, or to aid or abet any other student in the commission of this offense. For the purposes of this section hazing is defined as follows: "to subject another student to physical injury as part of an initiation, or as a prerequisite to membership, into any organized school group, including any society, athletic team, fraternity or sorority, or other similar group." Any violation of this section shall constitute a Class 2 misdemeanor. (2003, 14.38 Witnesses in hazing trials; no indictment to be founded on self-incriminating testimony. In all trials for the offense of hazing any student or other person subpoenaed as a witness in behalf of the State shall be required to testify if called upon to do so: Provided, however, that no student or other person so testifying shall be amenable or subject to indictment on account of, or by reason of, such testimony. (1913, C. 169, s. 8; C.S., s. 4220.) Questions to ask to determine if an act or event may be considered hazing http://www.stophazing.org Is alcohol involved? Will active/current members of the group refuse to participate with the new members and do exactly what they're being asked to do? Does the activity risk emotional or physical abuse? Is there risk of injury or a question of safety? Do you have any reservation describing the activity to your parents, to a professor or University official? Would you object to the activity being photographed for the school newspaper or filmed by the local TV news crew? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," the activity is probably hazing. WHAT IS HAZING? The following is a non-inclusive list of activities considered to be hazing by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in conjunction with the FIPG policies. The following items apply to new members, associates, and members of all student organizations. - Mandatory restriction of a person's freedom to leave the house, i.e., taking of keys, and lock-ins - Activities or duties of any kind between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. (This does not include “party duties” shared with members) - Scavenger/treasurer hunts (unless approved through the new member education program) - False threats to withdraw membership (i.e. mock trials, mock black ball sessions) - Calisthenics - Excessive mandatory hours per day of “fraternity/sorority work/activity” including study time of fraternity/sorority material - No mandatory “summoning” or “tapping” to come to the house at a moments notice between 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. - Wake-ups, clean-ups, "waits", party duty and phone duty, unless the duties are shared equally by actives and new members at each activity - Placing new members in unsafe sleeping arrangements - Verbal harassment, such as yelling, screaming, or calling new members degrading names - Mandatory personal errands for a brother/sister - Only the president, new member educator, or appropriate designee may do any quizzing - Tests of courage, bravery, or stamina - Assigning tasks such as stealing, painting objects, or harassing another group - Not allowing new members to eat, shower, shave, change clothes, etc. - Demeaning rules such as requiring new members to enter through a certain door or window, or not allowing them to sit on furniture - Paddling, whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements - Forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance - Providing alcohol or any other drugs for consumption - Sleep deprivation; New members must receive opportunity to sleep for at least 6 continuous, uninterrupted hours (this includes initiation week) - Blind-folding, kidnapping, transporting new members against their will - Allowing another chapter to engage in any unacceptable activities with your new members - Public embarrassment (carrying objects, wearing clothes or objects in poor taste, etc.) - Requiring new members to "entertain" or perform for members or others (i.e. pledge jokes or songs at dinner). To report an incident . . . The Dean of Students Office takes calls at (919) 962-8298 to report any problems associated with being a new member - including allegations of hazing. The reported can be anonymous, but the group alleged to be hazing must be identified to initiate an investigation. Anonymity of the complainant (parent or student) can be upheld through a thorough investigation of all chapter officers involved and all new members regardless of the situation, so that no individual is singled out. You can also report hazing at http://Greeks.unc.edu on the HAZING HOTLINE. MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT HAZING “Hazing builds unity.” FACT: Unity will be created within the class, but the new members will be unified against the chapter. The end result is a number of unified groups within one disunited chapter. “The new members want to be hazed.” FACT: If you believe this, why not publicize your chapter’s planned hazing activities during recruitment, and then see how many new members the chapter gets. “I went through it, now the new members have to go through it.” FACT: Would you go through it again? It only takes one class to break this so called “tradition.” Our founders and early members were not hazed, so why treat today’s new members differently? “If we eliminate hazing, (name of fraternity/sorority) will be just a social club instead of a fraternity/sorority. It will be cakewalk to become a member.” FACT: A truly well organized, positive, and educational program will require more time, dedication, and energy than a hazing program. The resulting difference will be initiates who are better prepared to work for the chapter, and who can better serve as leaders. “The military thinks hazing is good, and they do it, so why can’t we.” FACT: Hazing in the military that is allowed, is regimented and is done by professionals. It is done to prepare soldiers for their disciplined lifestyle. Military personnel are trained for unusual circumstances and to put their life on the line for our country. (Name of Fraternity/Sorority) doesn’t ask that of our members.
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