All forms of hazing on the part of any individual, group of individuals or organizations are subject to disciplinary action. No initiation or other activity shall be undertaken which endangers the health and safety of an individual, or demands an individual to engage in conduct of an unbecoming or humiliating nature, or in any way detracts from an individual’s academic pursuits.
Hazing is a broad term encompassing any action or activity which does not contribute to the positive development of a person; which inflicts or intends to cause physical or mental harm or anxieties; which may demean, degrade, or disgrace any person regardless of location, intent, or consent of participants. Hazing can also be defined as any action of situation which intentionally or unintentionally endangers a student for admission into affiliation with any student organization. The consent of the student/participant or any assumption of risk by the student/participant is not a defense to an action brought pursuant to this policy.
Illinois State Statute and Bradley University Policy, as well as the policies of all national fraternities and sororities prohibit students from engaging in any activity that may be considered hazing. Furthermore, according to the Illinois Statute of Hazing, Section 120-1, anyone who commits the act of hazing could be charged with a Class B misdemeanor.
Bradley University views hazing activities as not contributing to the positive development or welfare of the individual. The University recognizes acts of hazing as irresponsible, intolerable and inconsistent with the principles of higher education and basic human development.
Bradley University defines hazing as any activity a student or prospective student joining, or seeking to attain or maintain any status in, a group is expected or required to perform, or is subjected to, that humiliates, degrades or risks emotional and/or physical harm, regardless of the person's willingness to participate.
Bradley University considers all of the following activities to be hazing. No student or prospective student shall be expected or required, in order to join, or attain or maintain any status in, a group to perform, or be subjected to, any act which:
This list is in no way all inclusive of hazing activities. Any questions regarding suspected hazing, violations of a student's or prospective student's rights, or other questionable activities should be reported to the appropriate University office.
It is not a defense to a charge of hazing that:
Violations of the University’s Standards of Conduct may result in sanctions including; dismissal from the University, suspension from the University, disciplinary probation, censure, fines or restitution, referrals, campus or community assistance requirement, and/or banning.
Additionally, the University will apply additional sanctions upon the guilty organizations which may include; removal of leadership, loss of membership intake or new member privileges for a period of time, loss of recognition for a period of time, suspension from the University for a period of time, indefinite suspension from the University, and/or permanent suspension from the University.
The Illinois Hazing Act, a criminal statute, defines the offense of hazing as follows:
Hazing. A person commits hazing who knowingly requires the performance of any act by a student or other person in a school, college, university, or other educational institution of this State, for the purpose of induction or admission into any group, organization, or society associated or connected with that institution if:
Should the acts of hazing meet the standards of the Illinois Hazing Act, the University reserves the right to report the incidents to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Any Bradley University faculty, staff, student, or advisor, with knowledge or suspicion of hazing is expected to report the activity to the appropriate University Office. In the event active hazing, with the potential for bodily harm is witnessed, Bradley University Police should be notified immediately.
All reports of hazing within the Bradley University fraternity and sorority community should be directed to the Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life: Kathleen Prout at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 677- 2695.
All reports of hazing within the student organizations, and club sports teams (non-fraternity and sorority) should be directed to the Executive Director for Student Involvement: Tom Coy at email@example.com or (309) 677-3053.
All reports of hazing within intercollegiate athletic teams should be directed to the Senior Association Athletic Director: firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 677-2846.
Any reports of hazing not falling within the previously mentioned categories should be directed to the Vice President for Student Affairs: Nathan Thomas at email@example.com or (309) 677-3140.
Those who wish to report hazing activity and wish to withhold their name and identifying information from the investigation may do so, but as a result will limit the ability of the University to conduct a full investigation. Confidentially can be guaranteed, but anonymity cannot.
Retaliating in any manner against any individual who reports hazing or who participates in an investigation of a hazing report is prohibited. In addition, making an intentionally false accusation of hazing is prohibited.
Individuals who are victims of hazing and who truthfully report the activities shall not be individually charged with a violation of this regulation.
Individuals who have knowledge of a hazing incident, but who did not participate, and truthfully report the activities shall not be individually charged with a violation of this regulation in relation to that particular incident.
An organization that seeks assistance in preventing hazing from occurring within the organization, even if past behaviors have included hazing, shall not be charged with a past violation of this hazing policy.
Any organization that self-reports a hazing behavior to the appropriate University office shall be given the opportunity to change those behaviors without immediate threat of being charged with a violation of this regulation. An organization that self-reports shall identify those individuals responsible for the hazing behaviors. If evidence is presented in subsequent semesters that hazing behaviors have continued within the organization, that organization may be held responsible for past behaviors.
Responsibility for determining applicability of these rights will be made by the appropriate University administrator.