Hazing

Hazing is a violation of the FIU Student Code of Conduct. Hazing is defined as any group or individual action or activity that inflicts or intends to inflict physical or mental harm or discomfort or which may demean, disgrace, or degrade any person, regardless of location, intent, or consent of participant(s). Hazing includes, but is not limited to forced consumption of any food, alcohol, controlled substances, drugs, or any other substance, forced physical activity, deprivation of food or sleep, physical abuse of any nature, and verbal abuse, including yelling or demands.

The complete hazing policy, as stated in the FIU Student Code of Conduct, is as follows:

6. (i) Hazing

Any group or individual action or activity that inflicts or intends to inflict physical or mental harm or discomfort or which may demean, disgrace, or degrade any person, regardless of location, intent, or consent of participant(s). Although hazing is related to a person’s initiation or admission into, or affiliation with, a student group or organization, it is not necessary to have direct proof that a person’s initiation or continued membership is contingent upon participation in the activity for a charge of hazing to be upheld. The actions of either active or associate members (pledges) of an organization may be considered hazing. Hazing includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Interference with a student’s academic performance.
  2. Forced consumption of any food, alcohol, controlled substances, drugs, or any other substance.
  3. Forced physical activity.
  4. Deprivation of food or sleep.
  5. Kidnapping, including restricting a person to move about in free and lawful manner.
  6. Physical abuse of any nature.
  7. Performing personal chores or errands.
  8. Verbal abuse or degradation, including yelling or demands.
  9. Assigning or endorsing pranks (i.e. stealing, harassing other organizations, defacing property, etc.).
  10. Any action or threatened action that would subject the individual to embarrassment, humiliation or mental distress, including the use of demeaning names.

In the State of Florida, hazing is a criminal offense. A person commits hazing, a third degree felony, when he or she intentionally or recklessly commits any act of hazing upon another person who is a member of or an applicant to any type of student organization and the hazing results in serious bodily injury or death of such other person.

Hazing activities are not only associated with Greek organizations but have occurred as a part of athletic teams, and other clubs and organizations on campus. FIU will hold student organizations and individuals students accountable through the FIU Student Conduct Process and face disciplinary sanctions and be held criminally liable.

Chad Meredith’s Story: In 2001, University of Miami student Chad Meredith returned from a concert and began drinking with two officers of Kappa Sigma, a fraternity he wished to join. After several hours of drinking, the group tried to swim across Lake Osceola near campus. Meredith had a blood alcohol level of 0.13. He drowned 34 feet from shore in six feet nine inches of water. Although, the fraternity officers protested that the incident was not a fraternity-sanctioned hazing event, a jury found otherwise, and awarded the deceased student’s family a $12.6 million verdict in a negligence suit based on hazing.

The information above was taken from the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution http://www2.fiu.edu/~sccr/hazing.html

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