Hazing Policy

Bethel University students are prohibited, in any context and anywhere, from engaging in any act, whether the act be physical, mental, emotional, or psychological, which subjects another, voluntarily or involuntarily, to anything which may abuse, mistreat, degrade, humiliate, harm, or intimidate.

Individual students and student organizations guilty of hazing will be disciplined individually and as an organization. Recognition or registration by the University of an organization that engages in, allows, or condones hazing may be withdrawn or denied.

 

Hazing

Hazing is both illegal and a violation of University expectations. The law defines hazing to mean “any intentional or reckless act in Tennessee, on or off the property of the University, by one student acting alone or with others which is directed against any other student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that student, or which induces or coerces a student to endanger such student’s mental or physical health or safety.” Under the law, “Hazing does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions, and is limited to those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any organization.” The University prohibits illegal hazing.

 

Tennessee State Law

49-7-123. Hazing prohibited.

(a) As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) "Hazing" means any intentional or reckless act in Tennessee on or off the property of any higher education institution by one (1) student acting alone or with others which is directed against any other student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that student, or which induces or coerces a student to endanger such student's mental or physical health or safety. "Hazing" does not include customary athletic events or similar contests or competitions, and is limited to those actions taken and situations created in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any organization; and

(2) "Higher education institution" means a public or private college, community college or university.

(b) Each higher education institution shall adopt a written policy prohibiting hazing by any student or organization operating under the sanction of the institution. The policy shall be distributed or made available to each student at the beginning of each school year. Time shall be set aside during orientation to specifically discuss the policy and its ramifications as a criminal offense and the institutional penalties that may be imposed by the higher education institution.

 [Acts 1995, ch. 500, § 1.]

49-2-120. Prohibition against hazing. -

(b) The governing body of each LEA shall adopt a written policy prohibiting hazing by any student or organization operating under the sanction of the LEA. The policy shall be distributed or made available to each student at the beginning of each school year. During the first month of each new school year, time shall be set aside to specifically discuss the policy and its ramifications as a criminal offense and the penalties that may be imposed by the LEA.

[Acts 2001, ch. 196, § 1.]

 

Such activities and situations include but are not limited to:

  • Creation of excessive fatigue;
  • Physical and psychological shocks;
  • Wearing publicly apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste;
  • Engaging in public stunts and jokes, morally degrading or humiliating games and activities;
  • Late night sessions which interfere with scholastic activities.
  • Any other activities which are not consistent with the regulations and policies of Bethel University.