Hazing is against the laws of the State of New York and Adelphi University policies. The Center for Student Involvement, the Division of Student Affairs, and the University will enforce all legislation, laws and regulations pertaining to this issue. Please read the following information carefully before planning your organizational activities.
Hazing means any intentional, knowing, or reckless act occurring on or off the campus of Adelphi University, by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental/emotional or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of affiliating with, joining, pledging, holding office in, or maintaining membership in any organization whose members are or include students at Adelphi University.
This term includes, but is not limited to:
In addition, Adelphi University has also defined hazing to include, but not limited to the following:
ALL student clubs and organizations, including fraternities and sororities, must comply with the annual updated requirement of the New York State Anti-Hazing Law. Adelphi University’s response to this law is reproduced in the following sections of this chapter.PLEASE NOTE: Upon the advice of the University council, no campus official has the authority under the law to excuse any organization from this requirement. ALL student clubs and organizations, including academic honor societies, must meet this requirement.
STATEMENT OF ADELPHI UNIVERSITY, GARDEN CITY, NEW YORK SUBMITTED IN COMPLIANCE WITH CHAPTER 676 OF LAWS OF 1980 AMENDING SECTION 6450 OF THE EDUCATION LAW IN RELATION TO REGULATION OF CONDUCT ON CAMPUS (ANTI-HAZING RULE)
APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF ADELPHI UNIVERSITY ON SEPTEMBER 9, 1980 AND TO BE FILED WITH THE NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.
Preamble: Adelphi University has for many years opposed hazing (activity conducted for the purpose of initiation into an organization) in any form by any person or group associated with this University. In recognition of enactment of Chapter 676 of the Laws of 1980 which amends Section 6450 of the Education Law to prohibit dangerous activity conducted for the purpose of initiation into an affiliation with any organization, the Board of Trustees reaffirms as University policy its opposition to hazing by adoption of the following Rule and the regulation thereunder:
A failure to comply with the filing of such statement shall result in the denial of University approval and the right to operate on the Campus of such group organization, or the recession of any prior approval and right to operate on the Campus, as the case may be.
It is against all policies having to do with Adelphi University’s Inter-Greek Council, as well as those policies of the sub-councils and national organizations, to haze any member of our Greek community. Hazing is most often heard of in a situation having to do with new members, but remember, anyone can be hazed, not just a new member. In the bylaws of the Inter-Greek Council at Adelphi University, it states:
“No chapter, colony, student or alumnus shall conduct nor condone hazing activities. Hazing activities are defined as, “Any action taken or situation created, intentionally, whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule”.
Such activities may 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 or any other such activity carried on outside or inside the confines of the chapter house; wearing of public apparel which is conspicuous and not normally in good taste; engaging in public stunts or buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; the application of foreign substances to the body; depriving students of sufficient sleep (6 hours per day minimum), decent and edible meals, or access to means of maintaining bodily cleanliness; forcing, coercing, or permitting students to eat or drink foreign or unusual substances or alcoholic beverages; and any other such activities that are not consistent with academic achievement, fraternal law, ritual or policy, or regulations and policies of the educational institution or applicable state law, regardless of one’s willingness to participate in such activity.
Any alleged case of hazing will be investigated and adjudicated by the fraternity’s national organization and the Center for Student Involvement. The Center for Student Involvement may refer certain hazing matters to the Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards or the Greek Judicial Board, at their discretion.”
From the Greek community standpoint, the following situations are hazing, whether your chapter members say they are or not. Activities that exhaust you, dressing you up funny in front of other people, playing jokes or tricks on you, morally degrading games or activities, initiation rituals or any ceremony in the middle of the night, making you stay awake for unreasonable amounts of time, activities that interfere with school work, etc.
Activities like these can seem very harmless, and possibly even fun to some members, but nevertheless, they are hazing. Even if one person in a group of 30 feels like they are being forced or pressured to do something they aren’t comfortable with, or is inappropriate, then it is hazing; and it’s not always the shy ones who feel uncomfortable, it could be anyone.
Remember, even if the event feels and appears to be completely harmless, if it is an activity or one like the ones listed above, it is hazing and it is very much against the law. If one person in that group feels uncomfortable, it counts.
No matter how harmless the activity or event seems, if you are being hazed, it is very important for you to speak up. Nobody wants to get their chapter or any individuals in their chapter in trouble, but it is the right thing to do.
If you are concerned about the actions of your chapter or any other chapter at Adelphi, you can file a complaint form in the Center for Student Involvement or simply call/email the office. The Greek Advisor would then address the concern.. The instance would be brought to a hearing and a sanction would more than likely be placed on the chapter if they were found to be in violation.
You can call the Center for Student Involvement at 516.877.3603.
Complaints can be filed for any reason, not only hazing. So, if you are concerned about any actions of your chapter or another chapter, the same form could be filled out. It is important for our Greek community to follow all policies in order for our members to be safe and content.
All of this sounds very extreme, but the things that can and do happen to people as a result of hazing are more extreme. It is better to not engage in any questionable activities at all, rather than have something go wrong that could have easily been prevented.
How Does Someone Commit a Hazing Offense?
A person commits a hazing offense if he or she:
Does it matter if I did not intend to harm anyone?
No. Adelphi University guidelines state that if one of the above occurs, it is hazing, regardless of your intent.
Does it matter if the person being hazed agrees to the activity?
No. The law and Adelphi University guideline’s state that if one of the above occurs, it is hazing regardless of the consent or cooperation of the recipient. Consent is not a defense.
What is the penalty if I am found guilty of hazing?
The student may be subjected to University disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the University, in addition to or regardless of any penalty imposed by the courts. The student organization will be subjected to disciplinary action by the Center for Student Involvement and/or the appropriate governing organization (Student Government Association/Greek Council). Sanctions can include fines, probation, or any other sanction that the Center for Student Involvement deems appropriate including suspension and loss of recognition.
Can I get in trouble for reporting hazing?
No. Any person who reports a specific hazing incident involving a student to the Center for Student Involvement or the Division of Student Affairs is protected from civil, criminal liability, or University judicial sanctions. A person who reports in bad faith or with malice, however, is not protected by this section.
If you are being hazed or you are aware that hazing is occurring within a student organization please contact the Center for Student Involvement at 877-3603. The Center for Student Involvement will coordinate with the necessary University departments to immediately address this offense.